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Champaign County, Illinois

Park and Dunlop Families

Submitted by Quint Hart


James Dunlop was born in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland in 1833. The son of James and Margaret Dunlop.

As a young man, James and his brother, William, followed their uncle, John Dunlo0p to Perrysivlle, Vermillion, Indiana. John, who's family changed the spelling of their name to Dunlap, was a well known merchant in Perrysville. John had immigrated about 25 years earlier.

Uncle John sent his own son, James R. and James to Urbana, to open and run a branch of his mercantile business, in that city. James R. Dunlap returned to Perrysville, but James Dunlop remained in Urbana, running the business for his Uncle John.

There he met Joseph Park, who helped him obtain his citizenship, and became his father in law, when James married Joseph's daughter, Anna. They were the parents of 11 children, all of whom survived into adulthood, except for the youngest child, Gardner Park Dunlop. Gardner Park seems to have died of a ruptured appendix when he was 6 years old. At the time of Anna's death in 1907, all of her children, except for Joseph and Clara had died. Only two of the children married. Charles, and Clara. Charles married Emma Barrett and Clara married 1st a Shaw, and later W. T. Bruer.

James owned several businesses during his life time. He became an insurance agent, while he studied to become an attorney. He was in his late 40's when he did get his law degree.

James loved politics, although he never ran for office, he loved working with the various committees.

Of the living children, Charles, M. the 1st born, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana, in Civil Engineering. He 1st went with his brothers William and Joseph to Denver, Colorado. He and William returned to Urbana for a short time. Charles again went to Denver, then on to Eagle Rock Idaho ( now known as Idaho Falls).

While in Eagle Rock, he met his future wife, Emma Barrett. She was working as a practical nurse, they lived in the same boarding house there. Charles and Emma were married October 22, 1886 in northern Utah, where her parents lived.

Over the years, Charles continued to work for rail road companies. His area was from Helper, Utah to Evanston. Wyoming to the Montana border.

For about a year, in the early years of their marriage, Charles and Emma, and their two oldest children, went to Missouri. Charles' sister, Clara lived there with her husband W. T. Bruer. Tom as Charles always called him, owned and operated a large lumber company, in Missouri. He and Charles formed a partnership, and planned to open another lumber business in Little Rock Arkansas, with Charles running that business. Emma and the children, in the mean time lived with Clara and Tom.

After about a year, in 1890, he and Emma decided to return to the west.

Tom and Clara, and their children remained in the Springfield, Missouri area until their deaths, and are buried there.

Around 1897, Charles became the superintendent for a gold dredging company in Leesburg Idaho. Leesburg is on the Idaho?Montana border, near Salmon Idaho. He was killed there, when a boiler exploded, on the dredge. He is buried at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Charles and Emma were the parents of 5 children. Kate Park Dunlop, who called herself Kathryn. Scott Barrett, Rhea, Louise, and Jean. Kate and Scott are seen in a 4 generation picture of the Park/Dunlop family.

Joseph was the only child other of James and Anna's to survive early adulthood. He remained in Denver, never married, and is probably buried in that area, as he was in a local nursing home in the 1920's.


The Joseph Park family owned and operated a mill in Urbana, for many years. The building was still there in the 1990's.

Joseph was the 4th son of Elihu and Elspy (Lamon) Park. He was born, August 17, 1816 in William's Grove, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Dillsburg, York Pennsylvania.

Joseph's older brother, William, left home when he was 19 to "go west". He immigrated to Greene County Ohio, and learned the milling trade. Three other of his brother, including Joseph, eventually followed him into Ohio. Joseph followed William when he was 20.

The brothers settled in the Beaver Creek area of Greene County, Ohio. It is interesting that Joseph later married the granddaughter of Jacob Haines. Jacob Senior had purchased land in the area after the Revolutionary War. The Haines family (as the name was spelled in Maryland) gradually moved to Ohio over the next 20 years, with the exception of Jacob Sr. who chose to remain in Maryland. The oldest son, Judge Jacob Hanes was the father of Mary.

Joseph and Mary Hanes were married March 22, 1832 in Bellbrook, Greene Ohio. Of the 7 children born to Joseph and Mary, only 3 survived their childhood. Those 3 are Anna E., Kate, and Wildney L.

The older brother, William, who also married a Haynes, and Joseph, and their families eventually moved further west. They lived in Indiana for a time, again owning and running a flour mill.

When the California Gold Rush started in 1849, Joseph went west, he spent a short time in California, and then returned to Indiana.

Around 1854, Joseph followed William to Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, where the family remained the rest of their lives.

Joseph formed a partnership again with William, running a flour mill. He remained in this business until his death in 1894. Joseph, Mary and their unmarried daughter, Kate, are buried in the Mr. Hope Cemetery in Urbana.

At the time of his death, Joseph, was the sole owner of the milling business, stated so many years before.

The Park family were of mostly Scots-Irish stock, and very proud of that fact. William and Joseph's grandfather, had fought in the Revolutionary War. Family tradition is that their 4th great grand mother had immigrated to Philadelphia with William Penn, although I've never been able to discover her name.

In 1855, Joseph became the sponsor of another young Scots-Irish man. This man, James Dunlop, became his son-in-law, when he married Anna, on March 25, 1858 in Urbana.

Joseph enlisted in the Union Army, when the Civil War broke out. He was a Captain in Company G. 76th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. He was at Bolivar, Lagrange, Tennessee. He was with General Grant on his first campaign to Vicksburg. He injured himself helping push a cannon across the river in that campaign, and was mustered out in 1861. He never quite recovered from that injury. At the time of his enlistment, Joseph was 48 years old.

The Park family were member of the Universalist-Unitarian Church, his daughter, Kate, after his death, donated a stained glass window to that church, in his name. It was there several years ago when I visited Urbana.

Joseph was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Urbana, joining in 1840. He was also a Knights Templar.

An interesting side note to this family is that the son-in-law of William Park, a man by the name of Jaques, was instrumental in starting the Genealogical library in Urbana. I was pleasantly surprised to see his name on the entrance to that library.

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