Frederick Dunagan 1824-1907


Frederick Dunagan is the oldest born son of Joseph Ellis and Lucinda Beall Dunagan and the grandson of Ezekiel and Lydia Ann Brown Dunagan. He was born on November 2, 1824 in Gainesville, Hall, Georgia. His father Joseph was 31 and his mother Lucinda was 22 at the time of his birth. Frederick was named after his maternal grandfather, Colonel Frederick Beall.

We know that Frederick married Louisa Augustus Kerbow on October 22, 1846, Jackson County Georgia, when he was 22 years old and she was 18. They had four children in nineteen years. Harriet H. Dunagan West Andrewartha was born July 13, 1847. Their second child, Columbia Clementine Dunagan Tate was born November 22, 1848. Joseph Milton Dunagan, their first son and third child was born in White County Georgia in October of 1850. Some years later in 1866 their son William Dunagan was born, also in White County Georgia.

We find Frederick and his family in Hall County, Georgia in the 1850, then in White county in the 1860 census. His occupation was listed as farmer. In the 1870 White County, Georgia census we find Louisa with three of her children. Frederick and Columbus Clementine were not listed in the household. We know that Frederick had already left for Idaho where is listed in the 1870 census as a farmer whose farm is valued at one thousand dollars with his personal belongings valued at three hundred dollars.  He has one farm hand living on the farm with him. His farm was located in the Idaho Territory, Alturas, Overland Road.

I believe that Frederick went ahead of the family to prepare a home for them. Idaho History Volume 3 states that his daughter Harriet came to Idaho in 1874. I will need to do more research to see when the others arrive in Idaho.

By 1880 we discover that Frederick has not only changed professions but has also divorced. He has made his home in Hornet and Little Salmon Valley, Washington, Idaho. His profession is now listed a singing teacher.

This is what is written in the History of Idaho Volume 3 1920:

“… Frederick Dunagan, a musician of ability, who also taught music and who became a prospector and miner, going to California as a gold seeker in the early ’50s. Later he came to Idaho, living in old Alturas county for many years. He afterward removed to Baker, where he passed away in 1907.

I know that Louisa, his wife, is buried in Boise, Ada, Idaho in Morris Hill Cemetery. Fred died in Baker, Idaho in 1907, however, I have been unable to find the location of Frederick’s burial to date.

I would love hearing from any of Fred and Louisa’s descendants and learning more about my third great uncle.

Darline Dunagan Scruggs

About Darline Dunagan Scruggs

I was born in Hall County Georgia where my ancestors have lived since the late 1790’s. My heritage is rich in histories and stories of my Dunagan ancestors and their related families. Being born and raised here has enriched my knowledge by tales that have been passed on from generation to generation. I have made it my personal quest to gather this knowledge and preserve it for our future generations.
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