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.Edward Heath Williams (7).

Edward Heath Williams is a son of James Horn Williams and Juliette Marion (Nellie) Heath.  He is my maternal grandmother's father.

Based on the age of the children, this picture was taken about 1895.

Born: 4/23/1859 Osceola, AR
Died: 11/15/1901 Jonesboro, AR

Married: Maude Dunn 17 Mar, 1885 Pensacola, FL

Born: 2 Nov, 1865 Quebec, Canada
Died: 29 Jun, 1918 Muncie, IN

According to the records of my maternal grandmother Mama Nelle Williams Holthouse.

Edward Heath and Maude Williams raised three children:

1.  Edward James Williams (oldest in photo above), born 12/15/1885  Luxora, AR
Died 1962 in Roswell, NM
Married  23 Jan, 1906 Jonesboro, AR to Charlotte Harris who was born 24 Aug, 1884 in Olive Branch, MS
They had four children:
Edward Heath Williams
Born 3 May, 1907 Roswell, NM
Dorthy Mae Williams
Born May 19, 1910 Roswell, NM
Nelle Jean Williams
Born 4 Jan, 1914 Roswell, NM
Mary Charlotte Williams
Born 22 June, 1921 Roswell, NM

2.  Frank Dunn Williams (youngest in photo above), born 8/16/1894 Luxora, AR
Died 8/17/1944
Married 5 Feb, 1917 Jonesboro, AR to Lenita M.  Mason who was born 16 July, 1896 in Portia, AR and died Sep 1976 in Jonesboro, AR
They had five children:
Phyllis Jean Williams
Born 30 May, 1918 Jonesboro, AR
Frank Dunn Williams, Jr.
Born 27 Dec, 1919 Jonesboro, AR
Died 24 Aug 1947 USMC Air Station, Cherry Point, NC
Martha Ann Williams
Born 1923, Jonesboro, AR
Joyce Williams
Born 1925, Jonesboro, AR
Juanita Williams
Born 1928, Jonesboro, AR

3.  Nelle Francis Williams Holthouse (on left in photo above), born 10/29/1891 Luxora, AR
Died 10/10/1973 Lawrenceburg, TN

The last child was my grandmother, Mama Nelle.  Her children are listed on the web site

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas
page 567

Edward H. Williams. He whose name heads this brief sketch is one of Mississippi County's most active and enterprising business men, alive to all current topics, and public-spirited and progressive in all matters tending to benefit the community.
He was born near Elmot, in 1859, his parents being James H. and Nellie Heath) Williams [for whose history see sketch of James H. Williams]. As Edward grew toward youth and [p.567] early manhood he attended school in the neighborhood of his home, and worked on the farm for his father until he was twenty-one years old, at which time he engaged as a clerk for A. Goodrich of Osceola, with whom he remained one year.
After renting and tilling his father's farm for two years, he started from home with the intention of going to Florida, but stopped in Alabama, and attended school at Florence for some six months, after which he concluded that his native State was good enough to suit him, so he returned and went into business with D. T. Waller, which partnership was dissolved at the end of twenty months, Mr. Waller purchasing his interest.
He then bought out N. W. Goodrich, and for two years was associated with A. Goodrich. purchasing his partner's interest at the end of that time; he has conducted affairs in a very satisfactory manner, proving himself to be a man of rare business ability and efficiency. He keeps an excellent assortment of general merchandise, his stock being valued at about $4,000, and has won the reputation of being one of the first business men in Mississippi County.
He is enterprising and energetic, studying largely the interests of the people, and fully justifies the confidence and esteem which are bestowed upon him. In connection with his mercantile interests he is managing his father's farm, growing cotton, and has been postmaster at Elmot since May, 1885.
His estimable wife was formerly Miss Maude Dunn, of Pensacola, Fla., to whom he was married on the 17th of March, 1885, and by her he has one child, Edward James. Mrs. Williams is connected with the Catholic Church.

Elmot is a postoffice five miles above Osceola, in Fletcher Township.  It is the outlet for an excellent country, which is being rapidly improved and settled. The Government has been making extensive improvement along the river from and in the channel below, and this has given Elmot a rapid rise. The open land in this section is a continuation of the Osceola settlement, extending along the river in unbroken fields of the choicest land for nearly ten miles. Within a short distance on the river front are three stores and several landings, which have local names. Ed. Williams, proprietor of a general store, is also postmaster of Elmot.

The following two letters were given to me by my Mother who got them from her Mother, the daughter of Ed Williams.

Manila Ark.

7/9, 1901


My darling wife,


            I got here 4:30 yesterday eve.  Am feeling rather blue over failure of my crop.  I have been all over it this morn and will say I am blue over it and doubt it will make a crop unless it rains some more.  Cotton needing rain also.  No news.  I will be giving more time this week.  Can’t say when I will get home, likely any time.


Love to all.  Am so blue I am sorry I couldn’t deliver with a lot of land and money to get set.

I am, your Hubby,

Ed H. Williams


Unfortunately, have all AM.


I heard (illegible) would like to cook for us.  Do not.   Hire Amy (Illegible) for a day or so.  She may go over tomorrow.  Can’t say.  Loving, Ed

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Manila Ark.

Oct 22, 1901


My darling wife,


            I am still alive this morning.  I got up and ate breakfast before sunup.   Yes, a little after daylight.    Another go every time.  Am now in town.   I am feeling fully as well or a little better than when I left home.   No news here.   I will try and put in a good week picking cotton.  Only got out 3 bales last week.  I will try and do better this week.   No news.   All well at farm (illegible) but some of hands are sick.   I love hearing from you.   Love to all and lots to my wife mixed with kisses.   I am yours, Ed H. Williams   

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Elmot and Osceola, both in Mississippi County AR, are on the Mississippi River.  Below is a picture of the River in that period.

The Mississippi River circa 1906
 "Steamboat landing at Vicksburg. Sternwheeler Belle of Calhoun and sidewheeler Belle of the Bends."
Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
The Belle of Calhoun was a 181-foot sternwheeler built at Carondelet, Illinois, in 1895. Named for Miss Anna Wood, who was crowned the Belle of Calhoun County, Illinois. Sank three times in her career, finally burned at Alton in the winter of 1930-1931.

Belle of the Bends was a 210-foot sidewheeler. Built in 1898 at the Howard Yard in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Converted to an excursion boat at Cairo and renamed Liberty circa 1918. Dismantled in October 1919.


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Marriage of Ed Heath Williams to Maude Dunn 3/17/1885

The wedding was held at the residence of Mr. and Mr. E. T. Dunn, North Palafox Street (Pensacola FL) with Rev. Father Tobin officiating.

The attendants were Frank Maura with Clara Dunn, sister of the bride and W. H. Knowles with Lena Williams, sister of the groom. Following the service and the reception the couple left for Elmot, AR which was to be their home.


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As explained below in his obituary, Ed Williams met his future wife while traveling on a passenger train.  They were married in 1885 in Pensacola.  This picture shows the inside of a trolley used in Pensacola in 1910.  Notice the apparel of the passengers.

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Edward Heath Williams Obituaries



Edward Heath Williams, born April 23, 1859, died Nov. 15, 1901, Osceola, Ark.  He attended the local schools and worked on his father’s farm.


At age 21 he became a clerk for A. Goodrich of Osceola where he remained for one year. After renting and tilling his fathers land for two years he left home with the intention of going to Florida, but stopped in Alabama, and attended school in Florence for about 6 months.  He then concluded that his native state was good enough for him and he returned home.


While traveling for his health he met a young lady who was on her way home after attending "finishing school" in Alabama - they met on a train.  Edward was attracted to her and pursued her. Her father hired an agency in Memphis to investigate Edward's background before he allowed a courtship.  Evidently the father was pleased with his findings and the young lady willing to be­come Mrs. Edward Heath Williams as they became man and wife.


Maud Dunn  Williams was born Nov. 2, 1865 in Quebec, Canada.  She died in Muncie, Ind. June 29, 1918.   Her home when they met was in Pensacola, Fla.  They were married Mar. 17, 1885.  They were the parents of Nelle Williams born Oct. 29, 1891, married B.G.Holthouse .  She died in Lawrenceburg, Tn. Oct. 13, 1973.  She was born in Luxora, Ark.


After their return to Arkansas he went into business with D.T.Waller.  After about 20 months he sold his interest to Mr. Waller .  He then bought out Mr. Goodrich for whom he had worked earlier.  In connection with his mercantile business he managed his fathers farm, growing cotton and was postmaster at Elmot, Ark.  Mrs. Williams was a member of the Catholic church.




Edward was the son of James H. Williams who had been sent to Arkansas by his father in Nashville, TN to manage his farms, along with his wife and young daughter.  He led a long and successful life in Luxora, AR just outside of Osceola on the Mississippi river.

Ed prospered as a farmer and merchant in Luxora and Osceola, AR and was one of Mississippi county's largest land owners at the time of his death.

He moved to Jonesboro, AR in 1900 and was in the insurance business there. In 1901, at 42 years of age, he died at home on Washington Street following nearly a month of fever and typhoid pneumonia. (He contracted pneumonia following a trip on horseback where he was caught in a rainstorm while looking after one of his farms according to family oral history).

He was buried in the Jonesboro city cemetery on Sunday afternoon following the funeral at the Methodist Church.

Relatives attending the funeral included: His brothers, Will Williams of Mariana, AR, and Henry Williams of Birmingham, AL.  Henry is Ed's uncle, Henry Philips Williams who owned a large farm in Guthrie KY and lived for awhile in Birmingham AL.

Cousin, Elliott Williams of Luxora, AR is the son of John W. Williams.  John is the son of Williams Williams (brother of Ed's father James H. Williams).  He had graduated at  the Nashville University in 1841, surveyed land in Texas several years, read law, married Martha (youngest daughter of Graves Pennington of Davidson County TN) and then purchased a farm in Mississippi County AR.  When his wife died he married Anna, eldest daughter of Col. Elliot Fletcher of AR.  They had three children, Susan, Sally and Elliot.

Mesdames A. G. Cartwright and W. B. Calhoun, sisters of Mr. Williams.

Frank Dunn of Pensacola, FL, brother of Mrs. Williams.

Ed Williams died without a will as evidenced by the document below, perhaps because he died young and unexpectedly. The below document shows his wife being appointed to handle the disposition of his worldly goods.  There are additional records of how the probate was administered in the Craighead County Court records in Book D, pages 5, 11, 9, 7, 32, 35, 75, 102, 159, 168, 549, and 574.   

For whatever reason that Ed Heath Williams died without a will, his wife Nelle was required to post a bond to handle his probate.

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Maude Dunn
(Sometimes listed as "Maude" and sometimes listed as "Maud")

Florence's son is Colby B. Hall, Jr.  He was three years old in 1910, about the time this picture was taken.

Ed's wife, Maude Dunn, continued to live in Jonesboro in the above house until she became ill with cancer in 1918 and after visiting Florida in search of her health (probably visiting her brother in Pensacola), she went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She was operated on, but did not improve and moved in with her daughter, Mama Nelle, and her husband, Pop, who were living in Muncie, IN at the time.
She passed away on June 29, 1918 in Muncie and her body was returned to Jonesboro for burial in the Catholic Cemetery west of the city.

One of Maude's husband Ed's obituaries mention that she has a sister, Mrs. C. (Coley) B. Hall of Luxora, AR.  According to my Aunt Jean Holthouse Smith, Maude Dunn had a sister, Florence Dunn who came to Arkansas and met the Sherriff, Coleman B. Hall and married him.  They lived in Monroe Township near Ed and Maude.
Jean recalls Mama Nelle telling her that Florence was a natural musician, with a flair for the piano.  Mama Nell said that her aunt Florence could go to a concert and hear a piece of music and then come home and play it on her piano.  Mama Nell always told Jean that she got her gift for music, and her love of playing the piano, from her Aunt Florence.
Another of her husband Ed's obituaries mentions that another sister attended, Mrs. W. B. Calhoun, however this is Lillie Dunavant, the daughter of Ed's father's forth and last wife, Sarah A. Alexander and her first husband, Leonard W. Dunavant.

The man in the above picture is most likely John A. Bowen, the husband of Zerlena "Lena" Williams who is sitting beside him.  I don't know who the other lady in the back seat is, although a good guess would be Maude's sister Florence Dunn who married the Sherriff of Mississippi County, Coleman Birdwell Hall, about 1890.

Maude pass away on 29 June 1918 in Muncie and her body was returned to Jonesboro for burial in the Catholic Cemetery west of the city.

The obituary below mentions three children:     Ed Williams of Roswell, NM
                                                                                Frank Williams of Jonesboro, AR
                                                                               Mrs. Bernard Holthouse of Muncie, IN.

Mama Nelle's note beside the above clipping indicated "Maude Dunn Williams was born Nov 2, 1865 and died June 29, 1918".

The below Letter of Administration shows that, like her husband, Maude died without a will although she had terminal cancer and knew she was going to die.

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The tin plate at the left was in the possessions of my Grandmother, Moma Nelle Williams Holthouse.  I believe the picture may be of her parents, Edward Williams and his wife Maude Dunn about the time they were married in 1885.  The older women may be Maude Dunn's grandmother.  She appears to be too old to be her mother.

This article was in the Pensacola News Journal as part of the
St Michaels Cemetery restoration.

There are also 2 other articles on Dunn

By the 1850s, about 3 million Irish and Scottish immigrants had come to North America to create a better life for themselves and their descendants.  Among them were the parents of Edward Thomas Dunn, citizens of Ireland who settled in the United States, and the parents of Mary Frances Connolly, residents of Scotland who immigrated to Canada.

On May 14, 1840, Edward Thomas Dunn was born in St. Albins, Vt. His future wife, Mary Frances Connolly was born in Quebec on Jan. 22, 1846. Their first child, Maud, was likely born in Canada. In 1868, Mary Frances gave birth to their second daughter, Clara, in Quebec. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Pensacola where Mary Frances gave birth to their first son, Frank Mark, on Feb. 11, 1871.

Once in Florida, Edward worked as a stevedore, one who loads and unloads ships, in the area’s thriving maritime economy. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1876, he formed a company J.P. Jones, Dunn and Co., with his fellow stevedores. They specialized in removing ballast and fumigating ships putting into port in order to stem the spread of yellow fever.

William Henry Davison, a Boston-born civil engineering graduate of Harvard, served as the port inspector of the Pensacola quarantine station during this time. His duties often brought him into contact with Edward Dunn. Davison’s diary records many derogatory observations of Edward and his co-workers, including insights into Edward’s close business relationship with the mayor of Pensacola. At one point, Davison comments negatively on Jones, Dunn and Co. who in their leisure, run the city of Pensacola. He also suggests that Edward seems to think that he has the supreme command of quarantine. Despite these criticisms, Edward Dunn was probably concerned with supporting his growing family.

After Frank, more children followed: John J. in 1877; Florence in 1879; and Webb in 1885. The family lived in a house at Palafox and Garden streets. Edward and Mary were doting parents, purchasing a piano for Maud and Clara to enhance their musical talents. Since their arrival in Pensacola, the Dunns had become an important part of the community and owned multiple house lots in the city.

In 1885, Maud married John Williams (my note:  She actually married Edward Heath Williams, my great-grandfather) on March 17 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. In 1891, Clara became Mrs. Zere Middlebrook in a simple civil ceremony presided over by the county judge, the Hon. L. M. Brooks.  According to the Pensacola Daily News, Edward and Mary did not approve of their daughter’s suitor.  However, Clara and Zere Middlebrook were too in love to remain apart.

Though a new resident of Pensacola, Zere Middlebrook’s employer, Louisville and Nashville Railroad, reassigned him to Montgomery where the newlyweds set up residence. The couple’s newfound happiness and the foundation of the Dunn household shattered in 1895 when Mary took ill at their new home 30 W. Wright St. and died from congestion of the brain on Nov. 9. This early medical term referred to a variety of possible diseases, including hydrocephalus, meningitis, and cerebral hemorrhage, among others. Many residents of Pensacola attended the funeral. Her remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery in the Dunn family mausoleum.

Edward’s period of grief was relatively short. He married Ada Quigley nine months later, on Aug. 17, 1896.  For the youngest living child, Florence, these changes may have been too stressful. In 1897, Edward transferred her guardianship to his oldest son, Frank. Florence did not remain under Frank’s guardianship for long. At age 18, she became Mrs. C. B. Hall. (My note: See Florence's picture above and the note relative to her meeting and marrying the sheriff while visiting her sister Maude in Arkansas.) 

Following her marriage, Frank married Laura Helen Marsh, daughter of a prominent local medical doctor, in the Marsh home in the Pensacola social event of November 1902. Father McCafferty of St. Michael’s Church performed the ceremony and more than 200 guests attended the reception.

Only two years later, shortly after the birth of his grandson, Charles Mather, Edward died at his residence on Wright Street at 2 a.m. Dec. 22, 1904. The Pensacola Daily News described him as a man known by nearly everybody in Pensacola. He was buried with Mary in the Dunn family mausoleum in St. Michaels Cemetery.

The parents of Maude Dunn Williams are Captain Edward Thomas Dunn (picture to the left) and Mary Francis Connally.

Captain Edward Thomas Dunn
Born 14 May, 1840 St. Albins, VT
Died 22 Dec, 1904 Pensacola, FL
Buried St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, FL ---->
Mary Frances Connally (First wife)
Born 22 Jan, 1846, Quebec, Canada
Died 9 Nov, 1895, Pensacola, FL
Buried St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, FL ---->
Ada Quigley
Born 20 Sep 1854, Mobile AL
Died 23 Dec 1915, Pensacola, FL
Buried St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, FL ---->

Obituary of Mary Frances Connolly, wife of E. T. Dunn

Burial crypt for Captain Edward Thomas Dunn and his wife Mary Frances Connally.

Their children were, in addition to Maude:
Clara Dunn
Born Dec 1879, Pensacola, FL
Captain Frank Mark Dunn
Born 11 Feb, 1871 Pensacola, FL
Died 15 Jan, 1911
John Dunn
Born abt 1877
Died Jonesboro AR
Florence Dunn
Born about 1881
Married Coleman "Coley" Bridwell Hall, bn abt 1875, who was Sheriff of Mississippi Co. AR
One son:  Coleman "Coley" Bridwell Hall, Jr., bn 26 Aug 1906, d 5 Nov 1978
He married Josie Permillia Young,  bn  1 Feb 1913, d 31 Dec 1972
Webb Dunn
Born about 1884

Ada Quigley, Edward Dunn's second wife was buried alongside her parents in St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola.
Further down on the web page you can read more about Ada, where she worked, how she died, and where she is buried.

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Frank Dunn was a ship's captain, like his father, and was involved in supporting the rebels in Cuba during the fight for independence from Spain between February of 1895 and the during the war between Spain and the U.S. from 2/15/1898 to 12/10/1898.  The following story appeared in a Pensacola newspaper, I believe during the early part of 1898.

"In Pensacola, Florida was launched the Commers N. Smith, which is owned by the pilot’ association of that port, and is a craft so stanch that in her one could make a trip around the world.  In the few months of her existence before filibustering gave the United States so much costly trouble the Smith had made many a night trip into out of the way harbors in Cuba, and had put ashore for the insurgents hundreds of thousands of round of ammunition that had helped to prolong the struggle of Gomez and his men until the United States could take the burden from them.


Captain Frank M. Dunn, of Pensacola the master of the Smith, is as coolly daring as any commander of a war ship.


The crisis was fast approaching, and watching it in the Cuban capital were Hamilton Peltz, Ernest W. McCready and Walter S. Meriwether.  Day after day, when the world was waiting, anxious for the news from the centre of interest – Cuba – they sent despatches across by dispatch boat to Key West, graphic, accurate, that never would have pass the Spanish censor, because they told the whole truth.  Correspondents of other papers sat helpless in Havana.  They could not use the cable for the news they could gather; they had no dispatch boats."

On the left is a typical steam vessel seen in the Pensacola area in 1898 and on the right is a picture of the port in 1898.

The Pensacola Harbor circa 1885

Frank Mark Dunn, white, wed Laura Helen Marsh, white, on 5 Nov 1902, Officiated by Jas. P. McCafferty, Pastor, St. Michaels Catholic Church - Pensacola, FL, Book P-37.
Source: "Transcribed Marriage Records of Escambia County, Florida from 1901 through 1918". Published in 2011 by the West Florida Genealogical Society

Laura Marsh Dunn was born 4 December 1874 in Iowa and died 7 February 1954 in Los Angeles, CA. She was the daughter of
Charles Franklin Marsh (1842-1908) and Louise Martha Clark Marsh (1839 - 1922).

Pensacola Journal (FL)
17 January 1911
Page 6


Capt. Frank M. Dunn, one of the most widely known and popular pilots of the gulf coast, died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at the sanitarium, where he was operated upon Saturday afternoon, and yesterday his remains were placed at rest in St. Michael's cemetery in the presence of an immense concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives. Beautiful floral tributes placed upon the newly made grave attested to the popularity of the deceased.

The deceased had been commander of the dredge Caucus since that vessel was constructed and placed in commission. Prior to that he was a bar pilot, and during the Spanish-American war commanded the dispatch boat Summers N. Smith, then owned by the pilots.

The deceased was forty years of age and is survived by a widow, five children, Charles, Louise, Mary Francis, Edward and Frank Dunn, Jr., the latter but six weeks old. Also, three sisters, Mrs. J. Ed. Williams, Mrs. Lee Middlebrook and Mrs. C. P. Hall of this city and a brother, John Dunn of Arkansas, and two aunts, Mrs. J. J. McGuire of Pensacola and Mrs. J. J. Pereria of Mobile.

He was a member of a prominent and old family of Pensacola, his father and being at one time of the best known lumber dealers of West Florida.

Capt. Dunn after completing his education in the public schools here took to the harbor as a life vocation. He became apprentice to the bar pilots' association, later becoming a pilot. This was about twenty years ago. Since then he has operated a number of boats, principally the Caucus, the command of which he retained until the time of his death.

No later than Wednesday Capt. Dunn was aboard the Caucus. After enjoying a hearty mid-day meal at his home he came up town and complained of feeling ill. Late in the afternoon he returned to his home, soon afterward taking to his bed, from which he never arose, his condition growing worse. Capt. Dunn was afflicted with paralysis of the bowels. His condition became so serious that on Saturday afternoon he was removed to the hospital, where an operation was deemed imperative, but this did not result in any relief and he expired Sunday morning at 5 o'clock.

Capt. Dunn will be missed by a large circle of friends as well as by his immediate family. He was popular and commanded the respect of every one with whom he came in contact. His death was received with sadness among his fellow workmen and especially by the members of the bar pilots' association. The flag on the Pilot, that organization's vessel, as well as on the Caucus and a number of other harbor boats were at half mast Sunday morning, out of respect to his memory and among the many beautiful floral tributes offered at the funeral was a large floral emblem, from the pilots.

The pall bearers were J. Ed. O'Brien, A. C. Blount, Jr., R. H. Turner, John Christey, I. H. Aiken, A. M. Stillman, and J. W. Higgins.

Pensacola Journal (FL)
24 January 1911
Page 2



The New York Herald of Tuesday contained the following from its Washington bureau on the death of Capt. Frank M. Dunn of this city:

"News was received here today of the death at Pensacola, Fla., of Captain Frank M. Dunn, who was commander of the Summers N. Smith, the New York Herald's despatch [sic] boat, during the war with Spain. Although Captain Dunn was a young man scarcely having attained majority, he was one of the most skilful [sic] navigators in the waters of the West Indies and proved himself not only a daring sailor but a very careful one.

"During nearly six months that the Summers N. Smith was in the Herald's service this staunch little steamer never missed a trip, first plying between Havana and Key West after the blowing up of the Maine; then between the blockading and Key West; then circumnavigating Cuba when the Spanish fleet was believed to be cruising; then running between the Cuban coast and Port Antonio, Jamaica, during the Santiago campaign, and finally serving with the fleet and the army during the entire Puerto Rican campaign.

"On one occasion Captain Dunn, in order to communicate with Herald correspondents in the field with General Haines at Arroya, P. R., risked his life in the surf and swam ashore, and his boat was often under fire, notably at Santiago and near Cardenas and in Guantanamo Bay, when a detachment of Spanish sharpshooters made a target of his vessel.

"The Summers N. Smith was the one despatch [sic] boat which did not cause the navy trouble at night during the blockades which she was sent to watch. She had been the station boat of the Pensacola pilots and a large black 'P' on her smokestack made her easily distinguishable when a searchlight was turned on her. The most famous trips of the Summers N. Smith was from Matanzas, when through a heavy storm she took to Key West the first and only news of the bombardment of the forts at that place for the Herald, the first great scoop of the war, and when she was caught under the batteries of Santiago but escaped unscathed to carry the story of the first real bombardment of the Spanish works protecting the harbor that sheltered Cervera's squadron.

Captain Dunn was a man of refinement and of great physical courage. Although boyish and slight of figure on one occasion he whipped at one time three mutinous men of his crew. He leaves a widow and several children."

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Click here to read about the disasterous 1880 fire in downtown Pensacola that destroyed the Dunn Exchange on Palafox Street owned by an uncle of Maude Dunn.

Dunn's Exchange was located next door to the City Hotel, according to the book "Historical Sketch of Pensacola Florida, Embracing a Brief Retrospect of the Past and a View of the Present", published in 1882.  The below ad appears in the book.  John Dunn is shown as the proprietor.  I believe he is a brother of Edward Thomas Dunn.



A fire that erupted in the early morning of December 11, 1880 destroyed five blocks of downtown Pensacola, including several government buildings and "nine-tenths" of the city's business district.

The fire originated from Simon Damiani's confectionary shop, whose inhabitants barely escaped the blaze. Mrs. Damiani later died from her burn wounds.

The fire spread quickly by a brisk wind, sweeping down Palafox from Romana to Government Streets. Reaction to the fire was slow, as the only steam-powered fire engine in town was at a machinist's shop being repaired, but eventually citizens formed a bucket brigade. The fire was stopped at the City Hotel near Tarragona Street to the east, and behind the Customs House to the west.

Damages were estimated between $500,000 to over $1 million. Two lives were lost.[1] Over 100 buildings and businesses were razed by the fire.

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St. Michael's Catholic Church was dedicated on  June 1886.  Architect Charles Overman designed the building and contractor John F. Kehoe, both of Pensacola, constructed the church.  Former pastor Father Blaasen donated the church bell.

Below is a plat of the northern portion of the St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola, FL showing the location of the known graves of relatives of Maude Dunn Williams.

The box below has pictures of all the Dunn family graves in the historic St. Michael's cemetery in downtown Pensacola.  Just click on the arrows to move through the photos forward or back.  Clicking on the small square in the bottom right of the box will allow you to view the photos in full screen mode.  I took these photos in 2006.

Dunns in Pensacola Cemetery by Larry Feldhaus

Edward Thomas Dunn lived at 30 W. Wright Street in Pensacola for several years until he died.  His home was across the street from the side of the Escambia hotel shown in the picture above.  The hotel faced Palafox Street.  After he died in 1904, his widow and second wife, Ada Quigley, worked at this hotel as housekeeper according the 1907 Pensacola City Directory. 

As can be seen in the newspaper article below, Ada Quigley apparently sold the house and moved into a boarding house at 422 West Gregory Street where she overturned an oil stove and received severe burns resulting in her death on 23 December 1915.  She was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in the Quigley plot alongside her parents.

Below is the record of Ada Quigley's burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

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