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50. DANIEL 3 DUNHAM (Joseph 2 John 1), bapt. in Plymouth 1687.[1] He d. btw. 12 March 1750 and 6 March 1758, the dates on which his will was written and probated.[2] Daniel married SARAH (--) about 1709. We do not know when Sarah died but it was after 12 March 1750 as she is mentioned in Daniel’s will where she received all the estate. His will states, “My children already had portions and their mother has greater occasion.”

Daniel resided in Newport by 15 April 1709, the date on which he sold his portion of the land left to him by will of his father.[3]
Plymouth Co. LR 7:297 states
“...I Daniel Dunham of Newport on Rhode Island, late of Plymouth...for 5£ 10 shillings paid by William Canady of Plymton...1/2 part of 40 acres both upland and swamp my honored father Joseph Dunham, late of Plympton aforesaid, deceased bequethed...unto my brother Benajah Dunham and myself...in Plympton being a neck of land lying to northward of Swan Hold Swamp, which by said will is called a homestead...”
In another deed of sale, Daniel identifies himself as a chairmaker.[4]
Plymouth Co. LR states
“...I Daniel Donham of New Port in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, Chairmaker, for 16£ paid by Thomas Edwards of Boston, goldsmith, sell all my right title..to all the Cedar Swamp and lands herein after mentioned lying and being in Plymouth and Plimpton...dated 23 September 1727
Daniel Dunham and Sarah his wife -- set our hands and seals
Witness: Job. Lawton -- Isaac Anthony”
It is interesting to try to identify the members of the Dunham family who appear on the first Rhode Island census taken in 1774 by John R. Bartlett. This unusual census pre dates the 1790 census by sixteen years and therefore provides a look at the demographics more than a generation prior to that first Federal Census. Daniel 4, John 4, Robert 4, Joseph 4, and Benjamin 4 all appear on the 1774 census and will be further identified under their respective families. The Sarah Dunham who appears with 2 females over 16 years old may be the widow of Daniel 3 although she would be in her eighties, if still living.

from “Census of Inhabitants of the Colony of RI & Providence Plantations 1774”[5]

Name Male +16 M-16 Female +16 F-16 Blacks Total
John Dunham 1 1 1 3
Sarah Dunham 2 2
Benjamin Dunham 1 1 2
Joseph Dunham 4 2 4 10
Daniel Dunham 2 2 3 1 8
Daniel, Jr. Dunham 1 2 1 3 7
Benjamin Dunham 2 1 3 1 7
Robert Donham 2 1 1 2 6

Children of Daniel and Sarah (--) Dunham born at Newport, Rhode Island:[6]
290. i. PERSIS 4 DUNHAM, b. 7 February 1710
291. ii. DANIEL 4 DUNHAM, b. 3 August 1712
292. iii. JOHN 4 DUNHAM, b. 19 Dec. 1715
293. vi. ROBERT 4 DUNHAM, b. ca. 1716
294. v. SARAH 4 DUNHAM, b. 6 September 1718
295. vi. ESTHER 4 DUNHAM, b. 5 March 1720
296. vii. JOSEPH 4 DUNHAM, b. 24 February 1723/4
297. viii. MERCY 4 DUNHAM, b. 3 November 1727
298. ix. ABIGAIL 4 DUNHAM, b. ca. 1728; Note:[She is not in NEHGR 87:82, but she is listed in RIGR 12:267.]
299. x. BENJAMIN 4 DUNHAM, b. 19 April 1730

1. Plymouth Church Records 1:259.
2. Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Vol. 12:51-2.
3. Plymouth Co. LR 7:297.
4. Plymouth Co. LR 22:101.
5. Bartlett, John R., Census of Inhabitants of the Colony of RI & Providence Plantations 1774, p. 12, (Reprint 1984, Hunterdon House)
6. Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Vol. 12:266-7.

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