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MARY M. (WHARTON) DUNLAP

       *VICTIM OF THE 1857 MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE*


Mary M. Wharton was the daughter of Joshua B. Wharton and Elizabeth Ann Cooke, born abt. 1818 Tennessee. Coming from Lawrence County, Tennessee to Independence County in the Arkansas Territory before 1830, a few years later, Mary's father, Joshua Wharton, was one of the earliest settlers of Wharton's Creek, in War Eagle Township, in Madison County, Arkansas. On 1 March 1837 she married Jesse Dunlap, Jr.,  the son of Jesse Dunlap, Sr. and Mary Williams, in Madison County. The couple resided in Madison County, before moving to Johnson County, and then Marion County, Arkansas.

Mary's older sister, Nancy Jane (Wharton) was married to her husband's older brother, Lorenzo Dow Dunlap.
With her sister, Nancy Jane, her husband's brother, Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, and their eight children, Mary, her husband Jesse Dunlap, Jr., and their ten children, comprised "The Dunlap Train" that departed from Marion County, Arkansas in April of 1857.  "The Dunlap Train" had 18 children with them, their ages ranging from 18 years to 7 months. 13 of the Dunlap children died in the Massacre.

Mary M. (Wharton) Dunlap, her husband, Jesse Dunlap, Jr., and 7 of their 10 children (Ellender, Nancy M., James D., Lucinda, Susannah, Margarette, and Mary Ann) died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Mary was 39 years old when she died on 11 September 1857. Her three youngest daughters, Rebecca Jane Dunlap, born 4 June 1851, Louisa Dunlap born 10 November 1853, and Sarah Elizabeth Dunlap, born 16 August 1856, survived the Massacre. The three surviving Dunlap girls were returned to Arkansas in 1859 and raised by their paternal uncle, James Douglas Dunlap, and his wife Linda (McMurray) Dunlap.

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Inscription:

IN MEMORIAM

    IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS EMIGRANTS LED
    BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT. ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA. THIS EVENT
    IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

MARY WHARTON DUNLAP, 39

*Please note that the names of the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre that appear here are those who we have personally researched and verified as victims. In some cases this list will differ from the names that were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill Hill.

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