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Newspaper Article Regarding Mary Jane Doran Dunlap 80th Birthday and 1909 Family Reunion

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Shelby County Republican
July 15, 1909

Nearly one hundred people gathered at the Dunlap farm Tuesday to celebrate Mrs. Mary J. Dunlap’s eightieth birthday. The weather was fine and the day was spent in visiting and merry making. Dinner lasted all the afternoon. There were present three of her brothers, one sister, one son and six daughters, besides a host of grandchildren and other relatives, also many neighbors. Another sister, Mrs. J. M. Holler, and her husband of Yelton, Okla., arrived one day late having been delayed by washouts and wind storms. All present enjoyed the day and the dinner and wish Mrs. Dunlap many returns of the day. The list of those present is too long to print, owing to limited space, but friends and relatives were present from Spartin, Ill., Fairview, Okla., Isabel, Kan., Henry Ill., Hartford, S. D., Scotland, S. D., Troy, S. D., Aral, S. D., and Farragut, Manilla, Smithland, Avoca, Dow City, Botna and Irwin, Iowa.

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Written by Michael S. Doran

March 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Mary Jane Doran Dunlap 80th Birthday – 1909 Family Reunion

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Following is a copy of a news account of the eightieth birthday of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap. She was the grandmother of Ilo Irwin Schroeder. Ed Irwin mentioned in the article was Ilo’s father and a nephew of E.W. Irwin for whom Irwin was named.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1909”

Tuesday, July 13, Mrs. J.M. Dunlap celebrated her eightieth birthday, surrounded by over a hundred of her relatives and friends who had gathered at her home, one and one-half miles north of Irwin by invitation to assist in this, her “red letter” day. Among those present were three brothers, Thomas Doran of Oklahoma, Wm. Doran of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and Robert Doran of Henry, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Monier of Sparling Illinois, and six daughters, Mrs. Alex Mitchell of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Charlie Goodner of Anderson, Iowa, Mrs. A.L. Reed of Raymond, South Dakota, Mrs. Charles Barr of Manilla, Mrs. Frank Beymer of Avoca and one son, Roy Dunlap of Irwin. Also present were Mrs. Nellie Dunlap and three daughters of Smithland, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Mitchell and two children of Troy, South Dakota, Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell and three children of Scotland, South Dakota, Mr. John Mitchell of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Ray Rathburn of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Margaret Thomson and son also of South Dakota, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Dell of Dow City. There were about thirty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a large number of neighbors and friends.

A large tent had been secured for the occasion in which the tables were set – seating about sixty five people. The day was an ideal one for the reunion. All Monday afternoon until the wee small hours of the morning, the relatives began to arrive from a distance and were stored away in the many places prepared for them. Long before the chickens began to crow the men were awakened by the ladies of the party, calling them to get up – some to milk, others to turn the separator, bring water, take care of the children, hunt fresh eggs – for some who had not seen “fresh eggs” for many moons, while the ladies prepared a breakfast that seldom has its equal. How so many good eatables could be gathered together in so short a time puzzled the hungry men!

The home, which is situated on a hill a quarter of a mile from the mail road, surrounded by a large fine grove and beautiful lawn, was soon one of the happiest and busiest places on earth. Old friends who had not seen each other for forty years were renewing old acquaintances and were as happy as in their childhood days. It was one of the largest gatherings of relatives and friends held in that vicinity for years. Ed Irwin acted as chef and surely did a fine job – until he came to the chicken.

Mrs. Dunlap has lived in her present home near Irwin for over thirty years and is one of the oldest settlers in the area and is enjoying excellent health. Words cannot be found that will express the happiness and thanks to her relatives and friends who bestowed upon her, this happy gathering on her eightieth birthday, and may she live to see many more is the wish of her large circle of friends.”

Mrs. Dunlap was born in New Brunswick in 1829 and came to United States when she was fifteen. She and her husband came to Shelby County in 1880 and moved one and one-half miles north of Irwin in 1882. She lived to be over ninety years old. Her daughter, Louemma, married Ed Irwin who was born in Washington County, Iowa in 1862. He was the son of Ebeneezer Irwin. Eben Irwin, brother of E.W. Irwin, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania January 28, 1822.

Ed and Louemma had seven children: Alice who died in infancy, Orval (died 1962), Mabel (Mrs. George Delaney) of Chicago, Ilo Schroeder of Irwin, Rea Grieder of Harlan, Rhoda Mitchell (died 1971) and Agnes O’Brien (died 1942).

Ilo Irwin married Carl Schroeder, son of Jochim and Elfrieda Frank Schroeder March 5, 1919. Their daughter Arlene married Jerry Gustafson of Stratford, Iowa. The have two daughters: Lee Ann (Mrs. Gary Leinen) and Gwen of Denison. The Leinens also live at Irwin and have two daughters: Cori born in 1975 and Wendy born in 1979.

Ebeneezer Irwin had eight children. A daughter, Cora, was the grandmother of Max Edwards of Irwin.

Written by Michael S. Doran

March 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Photos of Descendants of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap

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William Douglas Dunlap

Written by Michael S. Doran

March 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

1870 Census of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap

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Page No. 80             
SCHEDULE 1 – Inhabitants in Whitefield,  in the County of Marshall, State              
of Illinois, enumerated by me, on the 15th day of June, 1870.             
Post Office: Henry        , Ass’t Marshal.

Name Age Sex

Place of Birth

1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
12 216 219 Dunlap John 37 M W Farmer 4000 1200 Ohio


Mary 40 F Keeping House

New Brunswick l l


George 12 M




William 11 M




Sarah J. 7 F



Margaret 6 F



Laurella 4 F



Leroy 2 M



John 3/12 M


Written by Michael S. Doran

January 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Descendants of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap

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•Name: Mary Jane Doran
•Birth: 13 JUL 1829 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada
•Death: 12 DEC 1919 in Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa, USA
•Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa, USA

Marriage 1 John M. Dunlap b: 16 MAR 1833 in Ohio, USA
•Married: 16 MAR 1854 in Marshall County, Illinois, USA

1. Ethan Dunlap
2. John A. Dunlap b: 16 MAR 1870
3. Laura Dunlap
4. Lu Dunlap
5. Margaret Dunlap
6. Sidney LeRoy Dunlap
7. Augusta Brooks Dunlap b: 13 FEB 1855 in Marshal County, Illinois, USA
8. Elizabeth Dunlap b: ABT 1856
9. George Dunlap b: ABT 1857
10. William Douglas Dunlap b: 26 JAN 1858 in Marshall County, Illinois, USA
11. (Sara) Jennie Dunlap b: 1862
12. Alice Dunlap b: 12 JUL 1874

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Headstone of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap

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Birth: 13 JUL 1829 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, Canada
Death: 12 DEC 1919 in Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa, USA
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa, USA

Mary Jane Doran Dunlap – Find A Grave Memorial

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Children of James Doran and Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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1 James Doran b: 6 FEB 1806 d: 24 OCT 1893
+ Mary Rebecca Maxwell b: 13 JUL 1801 d: 1 NOV 1897

2 Mary Jane Doran b: 13 JUL 1829 d: 12 DEC 1919
2 John Doran b: 19 MAR 1830 d: 9 MAR 1897
2 Edward James Doran b: 3 FEB 1833 d: 3 MAY 1911
2 William Doran b: 8 MAY 1835 d: 1913
2 Margaret Doran b: 26 MAR 1837 d: 23 OCT 1933
2 Thomas Alexander Doran b: 22 APR 1839 d: 4 MAY 1923
2 Willmina Doran b: 5 JUL 1841 d: 24 MAY 1932
2 Robert Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 25 FEB 1926
2 Andrew Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 26 AUG 1864
2 Phoebe Ann Doran b: 22 FEB 1847 d: 4 MAR 1915