The Dunn families of early 1900s Louisiana

There is some confusion among online genealogies about two families Dunn in Louisiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The following is found in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 Federal Census records for Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.  The marriage of Thadd

These two families are:

Thaddaeus A. Dunn(1873-1944, Baton Rouge, LA, s/0 Elisha T. Dunn & Elizabeth Witherington Dixon)

m. Mary Anne O’Malley (1868, Donaldsonville, Ascension, Louisiana -? betw. 1905 & 1910; d/0 Thomas O’Malley and Katherine Rush)


1. Mary Elizabeth ‘Mamie’ Dunn (1894- ?) m. Hugh Davis Pruyn

2. Katherine Dunn (1895-1979 occupation: Stenographer)

3. Ruth Dunn (1902- ? occup. Office Clerk) m. William Werner

4.  Thaddeus A. Dunn, Jr. (1905 – ?)

This family remains in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from the 1900 census through the 1930.

Sometime between 1905 and 1910, Mary O’Malley Dunn either dies, or she and Thaddeus divorce, at any rate, I don’t find her again.

Thaddeus remarries to Elizabeth (Caulfield?) and they have:

5. Mildred Dunn (1912 – ?)

THE OTHER FAMILY is found in New Orleans, Ward 3, New Orleans, Louisiana:

Michael Dunn (c. 1861- betw. 1910 and 1920 in Louisiana) Occupation: Dry Goods Packer

m. Mary A. ? (c. 1871 in Louisiana)


Mary Dunn (c 1892 – ? in LA) Stenographer in an office

Robert Dunn (1894 – ?) Clerk, cotton

Katie Dunn (c 1896 – ?) Teacher, public school, m. Edward Bannon

Eddie Dunn (c 1898 – ?) rate clerk, railroad

Mildred Dunn (c 1900 – ?) ___keeper, printing co.

Agnes Dunn (c 1903 – ?)

Loretta Dunn (c 1906- ?)

So, both families have daughters named Mary, Kate and Mildred. However, there is a Ruth in the family of Thaddeus, and not in the family of Michael Dunn.

In the 1910 and 1920 census, Thaddeus is remarried, and Mary is widowed.  This, unless they were divorced and she was only claiming to be widowed, is not feasible.  The fact that daughters in both families were stenographers is also confusing, but Thaddeus’ daughter Mary and Michael’s daughter Katie are the stenographers.  Therefore, in the 1930 census of Baton Rouge, when I find ‘H.” Pruyn, married to Hugh Pruyn with sister Katherine Dunn; and with Ruth and William Werner with sister Mildred Dunn living next door to one another in Baton Rouge, it is clear that these are the daughters of Thaddeus Dunn and Mary O’Malley.  It is Michael Dunn’s widow, Mary, living with her children Edward and Mary; next door to daughter Kathryn and her husband Edward Bannon in New Orleans.

Therefore, despite some confusing clues, Kate Dunn, the daughter of Thaddeus Dunn and Mary A. O’Malley of Baton Rouge did NOT marry Edward Bannon; it was the daughter of Michael and Mary Dunn of New Orleans who married Bannon.

Now I just have to figure out what happened to Mary Anne O’Malley’s siblings — other than her brother Charles F. O’Malley, who was my great-grandfather.


Mary J. O’Malley Wyles correspondence

Grandmother, Mary Josephine O’Malley Wyles (b. 1903, Las Vegas, NM; d. 1991, Albuquerque, NM; also known as Josie O’Malley and Molly Wyles) was part of the literary circle of 1920s New Mexico, and she told me stories, which I unfortunately didn’t record, about her correspondence and friendships with some of them, including Ashley Pond, the poet, and others, whose names I don’t remember now.  At any rate, I have found some small evidence of this in her archived correspondence with a man named Spud Johnson.  One of her letters is archived with his papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center University of Texas at Austin.  []

Ancestor Nexus

I’ve spent some time lately examining the settlement patterns of the lineages of each of my eight great grandparents.  The each come from varied backgrounds that show some really interesting trends that raise lots of questions for me about the history of our nation.  I’d like to use this blog to explore what I find.

The eight grandparents are, in order of maternal to paternal (i.e., bottom to top of a pedigree chart):

1.  Augusta Victoria Fleck, b. 1883 in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico; m. Charles Francis O’Malley on Easter Sunday of 1902; d. 1959 in Las Vegas.

2.  Charles Francis O’Malley, b. Dec. 3, 1876 in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana; m. Augusta Fleck (see #1 above); d. October 17, 1969 in Las Vegas, San Miguel, New Mexico.

3. Mary Richards, b. June 28, 1875 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri; m. Tom Russell Wyles in 1899; d. March 25, 1968 in St. Louis.

4.  Tom Russell Wyles, b. Feb. 14, 1872 at Bloomfield House, Prince Edward County, Virginia; m. Mary Richards, see above; d. June 16, 1959 in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

5.  Jessie Crook Jackson, b. Sep 1, 1890 maybe in Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee; m. William Calvin Fielden Nov 7th, 1911 in Curry County, New Mexico; d. Feb. 9, 1969 in Los Angeles, California.

6. William Calvin Fielden, b. Mar 31, 1881 in Tennessee; m. Jessie C. Jackson, see above; d. Jan 1967 in Eagle Nest, Colfax, New Mexico.

7. Sarah Rebecca Lee, b. Mar 31, 1886 in Pineville, Bell, Kentucky; m. William James Fleming in 1909; d. Nov 23, 1974 in Farley, Colfax, New Mexico.

8.  William James Fleming, b. Aug 14, 1885 in Belleville, Republic, Kansas; m. Sarah Lee, see above; d. Jan 9, 1965, in Farley, Colfax, New Mexico.

As I said, I’ve noticed some interesting patterns, and I hope to elucidate what I’ve found on following posts.