O. P. DUNBAR, a prominent jeweler of Steubenville, was born in Wayne township, Jefferson county, April 19, 1843. His parents, John and Mary (Fulton) Dunbar, were both natives of Pennsylvania. His father was the son of Samuel Dunbar, a native of Scotland, and his mother was the daughter of Robert Fulton, a native of Ireland. He is the fourth of five children of his parents, all now living: The oldest, Mary, married in 1864, William Bigham, a grocer of Pittsburgh, who died in 1875. In 1886 she was married to Mr. Howell, an influential citizen of Centreville, Iowa. He died in 1888 from injuries by the kick of a horse, and his widow has since removed to Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Howell left to her a large estate. The toher children are: Jane, who was married in 1867 to William McFarland, with whom she resides on their fruit farm near Tacoma; John F., who married Annie Scott in 1869, and is now in business at Steubenville as a queensware merchant; O. P., the subject of this mention; Maggie, who was graduated by the Steubenville Female seminary and in 1875 went as a missionary to Alaska, as a representative of the St. Louis Foreign Mission society of the PResbyterian church. She was married in 1884 to John McFarland, a native of Washington county, Penn., and brother of the husband of Jane. Her husband is laboring with her as a missionary. The mother of these children died in 1848. Their father was afterward married to Jane Hartford, who now eighty years of age, survives her husband, who died in January 1853. O. P. Dunbar came to Steubenville to learn the jewelry trade in the spring of 1861. After an apprenticeship of nearly four years, in the fall of 1864 he engaged in the jewelry business for himself, with such success that he is now one of Steubenville's leading jewelers. He was married August 3, 1864 to Emma A., daughter of Michael McKinney, of Steubenville, who was accidentally killed in a planing mill in 1870. His wife, Rebecca Johnson, a native of Jefferson county, still survives. Mr. Dunbar has had four children: Charles, Maud, Edna and Pearce, of whom Edna died aged three years. Their mother died January 13, 1877. Mr. Dunbar served in the war of the rebellion four months in Company C, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Ohio volunteer infantry. He is a republican in politics. In business he is successful and as a citizen commands confidence and esteem.
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