Happy 200th Birthday, Adam Dunlap

Adam and Harriet Dunlap

Adam and Harriet Dunlap

Happy 200th Birthday to my great-great-great grandfather, Adam Dunlap, who was born December 18, 1813 in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. History nerds may be interested to know that just over 150 miles to the west, British troops were preparing for their sneak attack on Fort Niagara that would be launched late at night on the 18th. Adam’s parents, John and Nancy Dunlap, were natives of Ireland and came to the United States just two years earlier, in 1811.

Adam lived in Marcellus until 1844, when he moved to Sauk Prairie with his wife, Harriet (Lybolt) Dunlap and his eldest child, Erin. It was two or three years after this that he moved to what is now known as Dunlap Hollow in the Town of Mazomanie. With the help of Thomas Snatchel/Snachell (a friend from Sauk Prairie), Adam built the stone house in which I grew up. The Adam Dunlap Farmstead is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Several of the original stone farm buildings are still standing, though one of the barns was dynamited back in the 1920s or 1930s because it was feared that it would collapse…a corner of that building still stands defiantly.

Adam and Harriet had 10 children:
1) Erin (1843-1906) served in the Civil War and was a grain buyer in Minnesota after the war. He married Mary Agnes Jewell and had three children: Adam, Harriet and Clara.
2) John H. (1847-1888) lived with Adam in his adulthood and stood to inherit the farm, had he not suffered an untimely death due to asthma. He married Emily A. Taylor and had six children: Jessie, Ida, Mary, George, Alma and Stella.
3) Sarah J. (1847-1847) died young…probably a twin of John H.
4) Mary Ella (1849-1930) married Webster Emily and lived near La Crescent, Minnesota for most of her adult life. She had four children: Etta, Royal, Katherine and Burt.
5) Ervin (1851-1937), my great-great grandfather, began working the family farm after John H.’s death. Around 1912, he moved north–first to Mauston, then to Jim Falls. He married Mary Elizabeth McKee and had five children: Raymond, Mabel, Adam N., Guy (my great-grandfather) and Irene.
6) Emma (1851-1852) died young.
7) Elba (1854-1854) died young.
8) George (1856-1860) died young.
9) Jennie (1858-?) is one of the biggest mysteries of my family tree. She married William Davis/Davies in 1876 and had at least one child. She then married Clarence L. Kribs in 1895. The last time I can find her is in Minneapolis in 1900. I would welcome any and all information about what became of her.
10) Adam Jr. (Addie) (1861-1879) died of appendicitis when he was 17…a fact which was very strongly in my mind when I had my appendectomy at the age of 17…

Adam died May 30, 1901 and is buried in the family cemetery in Dunlap Hollow (on Shower Road, near the corner of Shower Road and Dunlap Hollow Road).

The Adam Dunlap Farmstead in the 1960s

The Adam Dunlap Farmstead in the 1960s

Dunlap Cemetery in the 1960s

Dunlap Cemetery in the 1960s

Hey, I’m posting this from my phone…fun

Here’s a picture of Otto with me from a couple of months ago.  I highly recommend the Snapseed app.

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Lily really likes her new dress

Jodie and Lily 12/12/2012

Lily really likes her new dress. Thanks, Kris!

Otto doesn’t like the flash on my phone

Otto is startled by the flash on my phone

Otto is startled by the flash on my phone

Eoin and Otto Hanging Out

Here are a couple of pictures of Eoin and Otto hanging out on the day Otto turned 6 weeks old.

Eoin and Otto in the living room

Eoin and Otto in the living room

Eoin and Otto in the living room again

Eoin and Otto in the living room again

Eoin’s Alien Story

Eoin wrote an alien story today. Have a read. The final page is like a poem. According to Eoin, he didn’t get any help with the spelling.

On page 3, the alien in the lower right is holding a strand of the star that it is unravelling.

Legos in Ohio

Last Sunday, we took a trip to the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum in Bellaire, Ohio. It’s well worth a visit if you’re vaguely in the area (we drove 2.5 hours out of the way to go there). That said, try not to go on a hot day–the old school building in which it is housed is not air conditioned.

Eoin and Spiderman

Eoin appreciated the life-sized Spiderman

The Zoo Room

Diego, Jodie, Lily, Boots and Dora--which ones are made out of Legos?

Lily in the Zoo Room

Lily in awe of the statues of Diego, Dora and Boots, while a creepy monkey looks on

Bubble Boy!

This Saturday, I took Eoin and Lily to the UW-Madison Science Expeditions. Lily enjoyed seeing the Boaz Mastodon at the UW Geology Museum. Eoin enjoyed being enveloped by a bubble:

Eoin in a bubble at the UW-Madison Science Expeditions 04/14/2012

Eoin in a bubble at the UW-Madison Science Expeditions 04/14/2012

Bucky Time

Not only did Eoin and Lily get their first trip to the Kohl Center today, but they also got to meet Bucky:

Buckingham U. Badger, Eoin, Jodie and Lily

Buckingham U. Badger, Eoin, Jodie and Lily

Oh, and the UW Women’s Basketball team thrashed Illinois 72-60.

Lily 22 Months Old

I hope Lily never wants to actually play Uno Moo, since it’s going to be hard to find all of the pieces, which she has been hiding all over the house:

Lily hiding under her bus with a chicken

Lily hiding under her bus with a chicken

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