Dunkin, Frank M.

Dunkin, a farmer and stock raiser, was the seventh of ten children and was born January 17, 1843, in Taylor Township. His father moved with him on a farm in Putnam County when Frank M. was but three years of age, and when he was fifteen years old they moved to Greencastle where he attended Asbury (now Depauw) University for three years, when at the beginning of the rebellion he enlisted to help support his country. He was placed in Company E, 33rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. John Coburn. He participated in the battles of Wild Cat, KY, Thompson's Station, TN, and he was wounded and captured at the latter place. He was carried to Libby Prison and detained for eleven days when he was exchanged. He was then detailed as Chief Orderly on Gen. Baird's staff, afterward being transferred to Gen. Steadman. Then he took part in the battle of Chickamauga where he was again wounded and was relieved from duty for a time. In 1864, he returned to his regiment. After the re-enlistment of the regiment he was sent to Gen Rousseau's staff as Orderly and was finally discharged at Atlanta, September 1864. He was married in 1865 to Hattie Eckels, who died February 1, 1867. She was a daughter of Delana and Louisa K (Elliott) Eckels. By this union there was one child, Linnie E. Mr Dunkin was next married to Nancy E Asher, daughter of Allen and Sarah (Allen) Asher, on December 28, 1869. They have had three children born to them: Elmer, Evert, and Hattie. Mr Dunkin was a member of the Masonic fraternity and his wife was a communicant in the Missionary Baptist Church. They are very liberal and are always ready to give to the needy. Mr. Dunkin paid much attention to teaching, in all having taught seventeen years. He was in consequence considered one of the best. He was very popular, having held the office of Justice of the Peace in the township. In politics he was a Democrat.

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