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William Franklin & Martha Temperance Dunnam

William Franklin Dunnam Dies Near Elmont
  William Franklin Dunnam died at his home north of Elmont on Sept. 25, 1895.  He was born in Tallapoosa County, AL. on Nov. 20th. 1849, the son of Josiah Watson Dunnam and Francis (Fannie) Duncan Dunnam.  On Dec. 31, 1868 he married Martha Temperance Woods in Tallapoosa Co., AL.
  He and Martha had eleven children.  William Jasper, Robert Andrew, Josiah/Joseph Watson, Adella, John Monroe, Martha Ann Slemmer, Wyatt Mirron, Laura Epsa, and Charley Allen; all born in Tallapoosa Co., AL.  They came to Grayson County by wagon in 1886.  Two more children were born in Grayson Co., TX.  They were Macie Lee, and Ernest Richard Dunnam.
  He was a farmer by trade.  His parents preceded him in death.  His father served during the Civil War in the 47th. Alabama Infantry and died from disease on Nov. 3, 1862 and is buried in the Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester, VA.
His mother died in Coosa Co, AL. on July 19, 1913 and is buried in the Smyrna Cemetery.
  He was a loving father and devoted husband.
  Mr. Dunnam is buried in the Worden Cemetery in Collin County just south of Elmont.  
Mrs. M.T. Dunnam
Died Saturday At
Home Of Her Daughter
Aged Resident is Survived by 144 Descendants
In Four Generations, died February 18, 1932
  Death early Saturday morning ended the life of one of Haskell county's oldest residents when Mrs. Martha Temperance Dunnam, 89, passed away at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Oliver Hix two miles west of Haskell.  Mrs. Dunnam had been critically ill for the past thirty days.  Deceased had resided in this county since 1915, when she came here to make her home with her children following the death of Mr. W.F. Dunnam in Grayson county, Texas.  The aged woman leaves one hundred and forty-four living descendants; Seven children, sixty grandchildren, seventy-five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
  Final rites for Mrs. Dunnam were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Elmont community Baptist Church near Van Alstyne, with the pastor, Rev. Howard Bryant conducting, assisted by Rev. C.S. Wilhite, minister of the Van Alstyne Baptist Church.  Burial was in the Worden cemetery in that community.  Funeral arrangements were handled by the Holden Funeral Home of Haskell, and the body was carried overland to Elmont in a funeral coach of the local establishment.
  Grandsons of the deceased were named pallbearers.  They were Cliff Dunnam, Johnny Dunnam, Roscoe Dunnam, Audie Dunnam, W.C. Dunnam, and Coyt Hix.  Flower bearers were Misses Moneta Hix, Estella Dunnam, Lena Dendy, and Edna Large, granddaughters of the deceased.
  Martha Woods was born December 23, 1849 in the state of Georgia the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Woods.  On December 31, 1868 she was married to William Franklin Dunnam in Alabama, and the couple resided in that state for several years before moving to Texas.  Later they settled near Van Alstyne, where Mr. Dunnam died a number of years ago.
  Surviving children include five sons, Robert Andrew and Ernest Richard of Haskell, John Monroe of Paris, Texas, Wyatt Mirron of Oildale, California; and Charley Allen of Weinert: two daughters, Mrs. Winfield J. Lockett of Van Alstyne, Texas and Mrs. Oliver Hix of Haskell  She was preceded in death by two sons,Willam Jasper Dunnam , Josiah/Joseph Watson Dunnam, and two daughters Mrs. Adella Wright and Laura Epsa O'Neal.
      IN Memoriam
Mr. W. F. Dunnam died Sept. 27, 1895
Death has entered into his home,
Missing is our loved one dear;
Silently passed he to his rest,
Comely and without fear.
He has gone and left us,
Gone where the angels dwell.
Why did he leave us to grieve?
But "God doeth all things well."
As we stood beside his bed,
With anxious watching eyes
He saw, beyond this soaring earth,
His home within the skies.
The friends he had gathered 'round
Were like the sands of the sea.
Oh, why has he left us?
How lonely we will be!
His earthly life was finished;
He had run his earthly race,
And in dying praised his Savior
For a lasting, saving grace.
Let us not grieve for him,
And sit with tearful eye,
But try to meet death as he did--
Be not afraid to die.
This he with angel harpers,
With voice triumphant sings;
"O, death, where is thy victory,
O, grave, where is thy sting?"
     by Maud Williams


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