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Arne H Trelvik


Anthony Howard Dunlevy


A. H. Dunlevy.

Anthony Howard Dunlevy, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of this county, died at his residence in Lebanon, Thursday evening, December 1, 1881. The Dunlevy family are not only prominent in the annals of the county, but the name is prominent in the pioneer history of the State. The deceased, Anthony Howard Dunlevy, was a son of Judge Francis Dunlevy, who was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1761. The elder Dunlevy was one of the pioneers of Ohio, and was a prominent actor in the Indian wars. He moved to Columbia, Ohio, 8n 1792, where he for a time taught a classical school. He was a member of the first Constitutional Convention of Ohio, and as one of the original anti-slavery men of that early period, voted to strike the word whit out of the Constitution when it was before the Convention for adoption. He was the first President Judge of the Southwestern third of the State, which included the then thriving village of Cincinnati. Judge Francis Dunlevy died in 1839.

A. H. Dunlevy was born at Columbia, December 21st, 1793 and was therefore at the time of his death, nearly 88 years of age. He came to Lebanon with his father in 1797. He received a classical education, and was a playmate, school-mate, and afterward fellow law-student with Thomas Corwin in the office of Joshua Collett, who was one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Both were admitted to the bar together in 1817. After his admission to the bar Mr. Dunlevy opened an office at Lebanon and practiced his profession with success. He was Prosecuting Attorney of Warren County for four years, and in 1837 a Representative in the General Assembly of Ohio, but he was never an office-seeker. For many years he was editor and publisher of THE WESTERN STAR, and continued until the last years of his life to contribute to its columns, as well as to the newspapers of Cincinnati. He was the author of many valuable papers on the early history of Warren County, and wrote a small volume on the History of the Miami Baptist Association, which was published in 1869. He was through life an opponent of human slavery, an advocate of temperance, and the earnest friend of education.

In 1818 he was married to Lucinda Corwin, cousin of Thomas Corwin and daughter of Ichabod Corwin, one of the original proprietors of Lebanon. They lived together in the marriage relation sixty-three years. She died July 14, 1881, in the eighty-first year of her age.

Mr. Dunlevy was a member of the East Baptist Church at Lebanon, and lived and died a Christian. He had the full use of his mental faculties and was perfectly rational until the last. He was sensible of his approaching death and talked of it as calmly as of any other event. With one who had been so long and so faithfully devoted to the service of Christ death could have no terrors. He passed calmly away in the triumph of a faith which was full of the promise of immortal happiness.

Thus ended a long and well spent life. The deceased believed before the close of his life, that he was the oldest living person born north-west of the Ohio river, and that he was the oldest living lawyer of Ohio. He leaves a number of children, grand children and great great grandchildren.

Source: The Western Star 8 Dec 1881 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
19 Dec 2005

Francis Murray Dunlevy (1821-1890)


Was born in 1821 and died the 20th of March, 1890. He was the son of Anthony Howard Dunlevy and Lucinda Corwin Dunlevy. He was educated partly at the schools in Lebanon but his education was completed at Dennison University. He married when young Amanda Fassett, daughter of Elias Fassett, at Granville, and embarked in mercantile pursuits in Lebanon in company with Matthias Corwin. After a short and rather unsuccessful career he went to New York and engaged in banking business with Mr. Fassett and Hon. Columbus Delano. In this he was more successful for a time but they became embarrassed in the crisis of 1857, when they retired from the business. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits on a large and highly cultivated farm in Licking county and continued upon the farm until a few years ago, when he became rather infirm in health and sold his farm and lived with his two daughters in New York, Mrs. Macaullay and Mrs. Millbank and his two sons in Denver, Frank and Elias Dunlevy who were his only children and all surviving. Last summer his wife died in Denver and was buried at Granville where he was interred on Saturday last.

In his early manhood he attached himself to the Baptist church as a member but a few years afterward he withdrew from it and did not afterward unite with any church, though he lived the life of an honorable and christian gentleman

Source: unnamed paper dated 27 Mar 1890 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
20 Dec 2005

Dr. John C. Dunlevy

On Wednesday last, at his residence in this place, Doct. John C. Dunlevy, late of Hamilton, of an epileptic fit. He had been somewhat indisposed during the day and the day previous, but has so far recovered, as half an hour before the fatal shock, to make some preparation for visiting a patient in the country. Suddenly becoming worse however, he had barely abandoned the idea, when he was seized with convulsions and loss of sense, which he survived but a short time. As a successful and skillful physician, few professional men enjoyed a larger public confidence – none perhaps more eminently deserved it. Prompt and attentive he was ever punctual at the hazard, of his own health, which for many years was extremely precarious, to the call of professional duty. In his death community have lost a much valued and useful citixen [sic] – his companion a kind and loving husband, and his now orphan children a kind and indulgent father. In their severe bereavement their only consolation is in the assurance that he has left a world of sorrow and affliction for one of endless joy and peace.

His funeral takes place this morning at 10 o’clock at his residence. A Sermon will be delivered on the occasion by the Rev. Daniel Bryant.

Source: The Western Star 24 Jan 1834 [copied from microfilm located at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Note: A lengthy memorial to the doctor was published in the 31 January 1834 edition of The Western Star, correcting the cause of death to "a sudden translation of a fheumatic affection" and extolling his virtues as a man, a doctor and a christian. A few passages of interest follow:

"The Deceased was born ner Columbia at the mouth of the Little Miami on the 19th day of March 1796, and consequently had nearly completed his 38th year."

"His education having been entirely acquired by his own industry and without the aid of schools or colleges, it could not be expected to be very extensive, especially as he labored on a farm until about 16 years of age. Yet he was a good English and tolerable Latin scholar, and his acquaintance with prfane and biblical history, and general Literature was accurate and extensive.
He was amongst the first graduates of the Medical College of Ohio, though he had attended a course of lectures at Lexington some years before."

"The day before his death when listening to the repeating of some verses by his eldest daughter, between 3 and 4 years old, he asked its mother with much interest whether the child would ever forget him if he should be called away."

Source: The Western Star 31 January 1834 [copied from microfilm located at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
26 January 2006

John Craig Dunlevy

Death of J. C. Dunlevy

Chicago, February 6 – John Craig Dunlevy, of 156 Rush street, died this morning. Mr. Dunlevy was born in Lebanon, O., October 5, 1822. he is the grandson of Francis Dunlevy, who was born in Winchester, Va., and who, after serving in the War of the Revolution, moved to Southern Ohio with the pioneers in 1789. Howard Dunlevy was the father of John C. Dunlevy. He was a lawyer by profession, and for many years was a partner of his wife’s cousin, Thomas Corwin. John C. Dunlevy studied law in the office of Mr. Corwin. He married in 1846, Sarah Janet Hulburd, daughter of the Rev. Hiland Hulburd, of Columbus, O., and was admitted to the bar the following year. At the age of 31 he was elected Judge of the Probate Court of Warren county. In 1869 he removed to Chicago, and has since that time made this city his home.

Source: unnamed paper dated 11 Feb 1897 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
20 Dec 2005

Lucinda (Corwin) Dunlevy

Death Notes.

Mrs. Lucinda Dunlevy, wife of Hon. A. H. Dunlevy, died at her home in Lebanon at 3 o’clock Thursday morning July 14, from paralysis, from which she has been suffering for the past seven months. The deceased was born in what is now the town of Lebanon December 8, 1800, before the town was laid out, her father Ichabod Corwin, being one of the first settlers of this place. August 20, 1818, she married A. H. Dunlevy, and they have resided here every [sic] since. In 1827 Mrs. Dunlevy united with the Baptist Church, and has been a devout Christian ever since. One of her daughters, Mrs. Ashmore, is now a missionary to China. Her relict, who is eigty-seven [sic] years old, is in poor health. Deceased leaves one brother, Hon. R. G. Corwin, and two sisters surviving her, besides a faithful and loving husband, three sons, and three daughters. The funeral took place at 6 o’clock Saturday evening.

Source: The Western Star 21 Jul 1881 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
19 Dec 2005

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