Martha Ellen, daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Shepherd Swearinguin, was born 7 Jul 1843 in Menard Co., IL. John R. Dunlap, born in 1839 in Sangamon Co., IL, died on 5 Jun 1861 in Athens, IL. He enlisted in Co. G, 7th Inf. Reg. on 18 Apr 1861 and was medically discharged on 24 May 1861 as a Private. His Company and Regiment were stationed at the old abandoned penitentiary in Alton, IL on the banks of the Mississippi River. The climate, duties and exposure, as well as the food, here on the banks of the river resulted in Mr. Dunlap contracting a disease. He became so disabled that he was sent to the hospital there in the penitentiary building where he grew worse and became wholly disqualified from further military duty. To save his life, he was furnished a furlough and sent home where he died a few weeks later.

Mr. & Mrs. Dunlap were the parents of a son, James William Dunlap (25 Apr 1860 - 14 Oct 1932.


Submitted by: Ellen Booth


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