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270. DAVID 4 DUNHAM (Micajah 3 Joseph 2 John 1) probably born in Plympton say 1714, but not on the Plympton Vital Records. He is placed as a child of Micajah 3 Dunham because Micajah 4 and David 4, sons of Micajah 3 both appear on records of Brimfield, Hampshire County, MA or the adjoining town of Brookfield, which is in Worcester County, MA.

A record of David married by 1731 Esther _____ is probably for this David. There is no vital record showing the marriage of David 4 Dunham but I believe he married a woman named Esther, and she may have been Esther Richardson.

Vital Records of Brookfield, MA do not show children of this David 4 and Esther (possibly Richardson) Dunham, but there are some clues which point to a Dunham family living in Brookfield.

There is a Richardson Dunham, born about 1761 who I believe is the son of David 4 and Esther (possibly Richardson) Dunham. This man moved to Shusan, Salem Township, Washington County, New York. This Richardson Dunham married Susanna Dodge in Brookfield April 8, 1784. Richardson Dunham had Revolutionary War service from Brookfield, MA.

There is another marriage in Brookfield and that is for Rhoda Dunham who married Asa Bacon 3 July 1760. Asa Bacon was born 8 April 1738 in Wrentham Ma, died 1807 in Washington, Orange Co. VT. Rhoda (Dunham) Bacon died 10 June 1833 in Washington, Orange Co. VT. If Rhoda Dunham was age about 20 years when she was married that would place her birth year about 1740-41. There were children of Asa and Rhoda (Dunham) Bacon born in Brookfield, Worcester County, MA.

I can find no birth record for Darius Dunham but the name is unusual enough that it provides a clue as to his family. A Darius Dunham, (who would be generation five) was born about March 1762; died 13 September 1825 in Fredericksburg, Ontario, Canada. This man is the Darius Dunham, Minister of the Old Hay Bay Methodist Church, Bay of Quinte, Ontario, Canada.

David 5 son of Micajah 4 and Tabitha (Cooley) Dunham had a son named Darius 6 Dunham b. 4 June 1790. This younger Darius may have been named for an uncle who was Darius 5 son of David 4 Dunham.

From the above research as least some of the children of David 4 and Esther (possibly Richardson) were:

i. Rhoda 5 Dunham b. say 1741 m. 3 July 1760 Asa Bacon
407. ii. Richardson 5 Dunham b. 1761
408. iii. Darius 5 Dunham b. March 1762
iv. Robert 5 Dunham who appears on the 1790 census of Salem, NY near Richardson Dunham. He died intestate in Salem, NY in 1809. Ref. Letters of probate administration, Salem, Washington Co. NY, 1809



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