Jesse Dunlap, Jr. was
the fourth son of
Jesse Dunlap, Sr. and his first wife
Mary Williams, born 14 March 1818 in Warren County, Tennessee. On 1 March
1837 he married Mary M. Wharton, the daughter of Joshua B. Wharton and
Elizabeth Ann Cooke, in Madison County, Arkansas. The couple resided in
Madison County, before moving to Johnson County, and then Marion County,
Arkansas. Jesse was a merchant, in partnership with his
brother-in-law, William C. Mitchell. When his father died, it was
Jesse, Jr., and not one of his older brothers, who was appointed sole
executor in his 6 December 1847 Will.
Jesse Dunlap, Jr.'s
brother, Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, was married
to Nancy Jane Wharton, who was the
sister of Jesse's wife Mary M. Wharton. With his older brother, Lorenzo
Dow Dunlap and his family, Jesse Dunlap, Jr., his wife, and ten
children, comprised "The Dunlap Train" that departed from Marion County,
Arkansas in April of 1857 in conjunction with "The Mitchell Train".
Brothers Jesse Dunlap, Jr. and Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, were the maternal
uncles of Charles Roark Mitchell and
Joel Dyer Mitchell, whose families
comprised "The Mitchell Train" from Marion County, Arkansas. Jesse, Jr.
and Lorenzo's sister, Nancy Isabella Dunlap, was married to William C.
Mitchell, who was the father of the two Mitchell brothers. William C.
Mitchell, Jesse Jr's business partner, brother-in-law, and a former
Arkansas State Senator, would later give a deposition that stated that
Jesse Dunlap, Jr. had $320 in cash, 9 yoke of oxen, 30 head of cattle, 2
horses, 3 wagons, log chains, and fixtures, 3 guns, pistols and knives,
and provisions, camp "fixins", and
cooking articles, when he started for California.
Jesse Dunlap, Jr., his wife Mary M. (Wharton) Dunlap and 7 of their 10
Mary Ann) died in the
Mountain Meadows Massacre. Jesse Dunlap, Jr. was 39 years old when he
died. His 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.
© 2008 A.C. Wallner for the
Mountain Meadows Association. All rights reserved
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
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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
actual victims. In some cases this list will differ from the names that
were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill Hill.
virtual flowers - MMA FIND A GRAVE
JESSE DUNLAP, JR.