Lorenzo Dow Dunlap was the third son of Jesse Dunlap, Sr.
and his first wife, Mary Williams, born 21 February 1815 in Stokes County,
North Carolina. In 1839 he married Nancy Jane Wharton, the daughter of
Joshua B. Wharton and Elizabeth Ann Cooke, in Madison County, Arkansas.
They resided briefly in Madison County, before moving to Johnson County,
and then Marion County, Arkansas.
With his younger
brother, Jesse Dunlap, Jr. and his family,
Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, his wife, and eight children, comprised "The Dunlap
Train" that departed from Marion County, Arkansas in April of 1857 in
conjunction with "The Mitchell Train". Lorenzo's brother Jesse
Dunlap, Jr. was married to Mary M. Wharton, who was the sister of
Lorenzo's wife Nancy Jane Wharton.
Brothers Lorenzo and
Jesse Dunlap, Jr. were the maternal uncles of
Charles Roark Mitchell and
Joel Dyer Mitchell, whose families
comprised "The Mitchell Train" from Marion County, Arkansas. Lorenzo and
Jesse, Jr.'s sister, Nancy Isabella Dunlap, was married to William C.
Mitchell, who was the father of the two Mitchell brothers. William C.
Mitchell, a former Arkansas State Senator, would later give a deposition
that stated that Lorenzo Dunlap had 4 yoke of oxen, 1 wagon with log
chains and wagon sheet, 3 guns, pistols, and knives, provisions, cooking
articles, tents, and bedding, along with 12 head of cattle, when he
started for California.
Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, his
wife Nancy Jane (Wharton) Dunlap,
and 6 of their eight children (Thomas
Jesse Dunlap, John H.
Dunlap, Mary Ann Dunlap,
Dunlap, Nancy Dunlap,
and America Jane Dunlap)
died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. His two youngest children, Prudence
Angeline Dunlap, born 9 January 1852 and Georgeann Dunlap, born 1 February
1857, survived the Massacre. In 1859 the two Dunlap girls were returned to
their paternal aunt Nancy Isabella (Dunlap), the wife of William C.
Mitchell, in Marion County, Arkansas. Lorenzo Dow Dunlap was 42 years old
when he died.
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