John James Dunmire

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JOHN JAMES DUNMIRE, who is engaged in general farming in Rayburn township and also owns and operates a coal mine upon his farm, is one of the leading citizens of that township, where he has been honored with various public positions. Mr. Dunmire was born May 2, 1863, in Valley township, Armstrong county, son of Phillip J. and Salina (or Sally) S. (Davis) Dunmire, both of whom are deceased.

Phillip J. Dunmire, the father, was born July 31, 1832 at Cherry Run, in Armstrong county, of German parents, who settled there. He was a carpenter by trade and gave all his attention to his own affairs, never aspiring to office or taking any active part in public affairs. In politics he was a Democrat; in religion he and his wife were Lutherans. His death occurred Feb. 12, 1899. He married Sally S. Davis who was born March 22, 1837, in Valley township, and died May 24, 1896. Her father, Daniel D. Davis, died Jan. 26, 1890, aged eighty three years, eleven months, ten days; her mother Salina was born Aug. 9, 1808, in Valley township, Armstrong county, and died Dec. 19, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip J. Davis had the following children: Eliza Jane, born May 4, 1858; Levi, Feb. 23, 1860 (died July 23, 1909); John James, May 2, 1863; George B. McClellan, July 28, 1865; William Clinton, April 8, 1867; Ida Mary, Nov. 2, 1869; Lizzie McNerna, July 7, 1872 (deceased); Samuel Jefferson, May 15, 1875 (deceased); Maggie Luretta, March 28, 1878; Maud Blanche, July 1, 1880.

John James Dunmire (best known as J.J. Dunmire) received his early education in Pittsburgh. He followed mining in Kittanning for fifteen years, until 1898 he came to his present home in Rayburn township, Armstrong county. He has a tract of fifty acres, devoted to general crops, and also operates a coal mine situated on the property. Mr. Dunmire has managed his business affairs successfully, and so thoroughly has he won the confidence of his fellow citizens in the township that they have chosen him to fill several public positions of trust. He is at present serving as overseer of the poor, and he has served as school director, auditor and road supervisor, in every capacity giving the complete satisfaction that his supporters expected of him. In political sentiment he is a Democrat. He belongs to the United Presbyterian Church. In 1884, Mr. Dunmire was married to Christina Fairley, who was born June 26, 1860, on the place he now occupies in Valley township, daughter of John and Elizabeth Fairley, the former of whom died in 1866, the latter in October, 1896. Mrs. Dunmire died April 19, 1907, and in 1912 Mr. Dunmire married (second) Eliana Mary Hutchison, who was born at Parker, Armstrong Co., Pa., daughter of W.P. Hutchison. His children, all by the first marriage, are as follows: Sarah Elizabeth, born May 24, 1885, was married Sept. 20, 1906, to Charles Kennedy, and resides at Kittanning, Armstrong county; Elsie Olive, born March 5, 1887, was married June 29, 1911, to Lee Patton, and lives in Borough of Kittanning; Author Fairley, born Feb. 19, 1889, Janet Agnes, born June 11, 1893, Mary Maud, born July 13, 1895, and Ruth Christina Fairley, born April 4, 1898, are at home.

Source: Page 902, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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