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Re: Burial site of Adam Dunsmore (died 1815)
Posted by: Michael Voirin (ID *****3296) Date: July 22, 2002 at 20:52:24
In Reply to: Re: Burial site of Adam Dunsmore (died 1815) by Charles Densmore of 401

This is what I know about Adam. I lost a great deal of information with a failed hard drive 5 years ago.


                            Dinsmores of Mississippi
200. Adam Dinsmoor1. He was b. in Ireland, and bore the same Christian name as one (No.6) of the four sons of John Dinsmoor2, the Scotch Emigrant who settled in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. By his approximate age, he was probably a grandson of one of teh three (Adam2, Robert2, Samuel2) brothers who remained in Ireland. He m. Miss Jackson.

201. David Dinsmore2.
202. Samuel Dinsmore2.
203. James Dinsmore2 (205), m. Miss McDonald.
204. Elizabeth Dinsmore2, m. Archibald McDonald.


Adam Densmore arrived in the US around 1773 (landed in Philadelphia). He came from St. Muras Church - Upper Faun (Only doorway left). The minister gave Adam a certificate or statement that he had been known to be a faithful member of the the Presbyterian Church. She didn't think he was a member of that church, but of the Presbyterian Faith.

Adam took an oath of Legal in Frederick County, MD.


Adam had moved from Wilkes County to Buncombe County, NC when his son, David, was born.

It is believed Adam and son, James, came down the Tennessee to Madison County, AL in 1810. It was here that Adam died in 1815. Most likely he owned land on what is now called the "Arsenel" at the Marshal Space Center where his grave is located. I understand it is difficult to gain entrance to the grave site. A great number of descendants of Adam and James still live in that area.


Last will and testament of ADAM DUNSMORE deceased. Son-in-law ARCHIBALD MCDONALD; daughter ELIZABETH MCDONNELL, wife of said ARCHIBALD MCDONOLL. Grandaughter ELIZABETH JACKSON MCDONNELL. Grandson ARCHIBALD MCDONNOLD JR. and his sister JANE. Grandaughter MARTHA MCDONNELL, his sister MARGARET MCDONNELL. Granddaughter SARAH DUNSMORE. Debts due me in Runcomb Co, NC. Daughter MARTHA HUGHS. To son JAMES DUNSMORE "as compensation for driving my team when I moved to his country." To two sons DAVID and SAMUEL DUNSMORE, $2.00 having provided for them heretofore. Son JAMES and son in law ARCHIBALD MCDONNELL, executors (and residuary legatees). 18 March 1815. Wits.: A. Tatom, William Byrd, Richard Elliott. Probated 10 July 1815.


Superior Court of Madison County, Mississippi Terr., 2nd Monday in May in the Year of Our Lord 1815 by Hon. Obadiah Jones, Esq, Judge.

#133. JOHN NELSON vs. ADAM DUNSMOOR 20 Ap. 1815


Page #167

James Dunsemore -- 1 male 26-45; 4 females 0-10; 2 females 16-26; 2 slaves

Adam Dunsmore -- 1 male 10-16; 1 male 16-26; 1 male 45+; 1 female 45+; 3 slaves


ADAM DUNSMORE, over 45 years of age 1800. Lived on Flat Creek, Buncombe Co., NC. Wife living at that time, over 45. 2 sons, one aged 10 to 16; other, 16 to 20--3 slaves. JAMES DUNSMORE between 26 to 45 in 1800 lived on Flat Creek, Bucombe Co., NC 4 Female minors 10 yrs of age, 2 females between 15 and 26, 2 slaves.

Grantees prior to 1800 in Buncombe Co. 1790, ADAM DUNSMORE, Flat Creek, 1791. JAMES DUNSMROE, Flat Creek 1794; SAMUEL DUNSMORE, Flat creek, 1794--granted by State.


ARCHIBALD MCDANIEL, 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females, 1 free person.

1778 Maryland record of an Adam Densmore


P.89 DINSMORE, ADAM & State NC... 380 Acres, 10 Nov 1784 (DB 1-209)_

P.357 In 1787 Jacob Boy (Buch) and Christian Truckisel (Troyel) bought 380 acres from Adam Dinsmore located in the "county of Sullivan (NC) joining Shell's line and Christina Weaver's". In 1794, Jacob bought 470 acres from Henry Waggoner, the location "... being in the county of Sulliavan, Western Territory South of Ohio on the north side of the Holston River including the plantation where the said Jacob Boy now lives".

#1417 The King and Sharp families moved to Washington County, NC (now Sullivan Co, TN) in the 1770's. William King (1752-1810), son of Edward, married Elizabeth Sharp, sister of John and daughter of Thomas. Their son Benjamin Harvey (1784-1860) married Sallie (Sarah) DINSMORE (1797-1869). Of this union their daughter Eliza Jane (1823-1907) married Samuel Lee Stone (grandson of 1740's German immigrant Ludwig Stein - Lewis Stone). This couple were the parents of May Jane (1862-1930) who married Charles Norton Pile (1857-1907). Their daughter Lola Ann (1885-1978) married Joseph Keller Thomas (1876-1968) and became the mother of Mary Virginia, b. Dec 5 1916 (Mrs. Frank C Dorman, Jr) and Joseph Keller Thomas, Jr., b. Dec 28 1918.


In an old family cemetery in a grove of trees bordering a cotton patch, about one mile south of Falkville, Alabama, is a large stone slaw about seven feet long with the following inscription: "Sacred to the Memory of JAMES DUNSMOOR Who departed this life September 22 A.D. 1837, aged 77 years." This stone marks the final resting place of one of the most illustrious ancestors of a large segment of the Morrow family.

Born in 1760 in County Dongegall, Ireland, in the Parish of Templemore, James Dinsmore was the son of Adam Dinsmore and his wife, Elizabeth. Both of his parents were born in that ssame parish, and their church letter testifies to the fact that they were members of the Presbyterian Church, James had at least two brothers and two sisters: Samuel, David, Elizabeth, and Martha. The exact birth dates of the others is not known, but records have been kept of thier marriages. Mrs. W A Greet, of Falkville, ahs furnished the writer a copy of the Church Letter of Adam Dinsmore, as well as a photostat copy of the Land Grant of James Dinsmore:

              Church Letter of Adam Dinsmore

"That Adam Dunsmore and Elizabeth, his wife, were born in the Parish of Templemore and hath lived there from infancy, and hath always supported the character to be persons of condour, veracity and plaindealing through the whole of their conduct, and we do recommend them, as regular and orderly members of any Christian Society whom it may please Divine Providence to order their residence.
       Certified by us at Faun, 17th day of August, 1772
       (signed)        John Wallace
              Thomas Wallace."

       Attached to the Letter:
"I do hereby certify to all whom it may concern that the above named Adam Dunsmore, having lived in my neighborhood, hath been known to me to bear a blameless reputation as far as I have heard, hath behaved himself as a very regular member of the Church of Scotland.
       Given under my hand the 17th day of August, 1772
              (signed) Josiah Marshall
       One of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace
              for the County of Donegall."

                                                 "Frederick County,
                                                 State of Maryland
       I do hereby certify that the bearer, Adam Dunsmore, has taken the oath of Fidelity and as presented by the State of Maryland before me, one of the Justices for the County and State above mentioned.
                                                 March 1, 1778
                                                 John Rose, Recording"

Although the birth dates of the children, other than James, are not known, all of them were young when Adam and Elizabeth migrated from Ireland in the early 1770's

The 1790 Census of North carolina shows that the Adam Dinsmore family lived in Montgomery County and were near neighbors of the James McDonald family. In 1784 Adam Dinsmore secured land in Sullivan County, Tennessee, according to the list of North Carolina Land Grants in Tenn., 1778-1791, page 27. At that time Tennessee was still a part of North Carolina. The record shows that Adam Dinsmore received 380 acres of land which joined "David Shelby's and Thomas Hughes' lines."

It is significant to note that Adam's son, James, and his daughter, Elizabeth, married the daughter and son of James McDonald, of North Carolina; while his daughter Martha, married their Tennessee neighbor, Thomas Hughes. In 1824 the Thomas Hughes family was still living in Sullivan County, Tennessee. On May 28, 1824, Martha Dinsmore Hughes and one of her sons signed business papers which were recorded in the County Archives. The Hughes branch of the family has not been traced further.

After the death of his wife, Elizabeth, Adam Dinsmore lived in the homes of several of his children. He moved to Alabama about 1810. In his will he mentions the fact htat his son James "drove my team when I moved to this country." Adam died in the summer of 1815 in the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Dinsmore McDonnell, near Huntsville, Alabama. He was buried in an old family cemetery in Madison County, Alabama. In 1960 this cemetery was reported to be within the grounds of the US Arsenal, near Huntsville, Alabama. At one time this cemetery was kept in very good condition, but visitors in the 1970's have had a very difficult time in locating the exact spot of the old burying ground.

In an old family Bible owned by Mrs. Katy Patterson McAnnally of Hartselle, Alabama, is a record of the marriage of James Dinsmore to Jean McDonald, in Rhea County, Tennessee in 1794. Eleven children were born to this couple. Many of the family records included in this study are incomplete, but an effort has been made to include the Dinsmore and McDonald family information as a part of thet general background and history of the Morrow family. Several branches of the Dinsmore, Morrow, and Patterson families have intermarried over a period of more than a century and it is impossible to relate the story of one without the others.

According to the land records in Madison County, Alabama, James Dinsmore of "Rhea County, Tennessee" on February 16, 1811, secured land in "Madison County, Mississippi Territory." It was not recorded until december 29, 1821 and on May 1 1824 having paid for it in full, James Dinsmore received a deed for "the southeast quarter of section six, township eight, range three, west, 160 and .24 acres." It was signed by James Monroe, President of the United States:

       Recorded in Volume 7, Page 644:

       "JAMES MONROE, President of the United States of America,
       To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting:

       KNOW YE, That James Dunsmoore, Assignee of Malcolm Patterson, having deposited in the General Land Office, a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Huntsville, Alabama, whereby it appears that full payment has been made for the South East quarter of Section Six, in Township eight of range three west, containing one hundred & sixty acres & twenty four hundredths of an acre of the Lands directed to be sold at Huntsville in pursuance of the laws providing for the sale of the Lands of the United states, in Mississippi and Alabama, there is granted by the United states, unto the said James Dunsmoore & to his heirs the quarter lot or section of land above described: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said quarter lot or section of Land, with the appurtences unto the said JAMES DUNSMORE & to his heirs and assigns forever.

       IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.

       Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four and of the Independence of the United States of America the forty-eighth.

       By the President,              (signed)
                            James Monroe
Recorded in Volume 7, Page 644
       SEAL                     Geo. Graham
                            Commissioner of the
                            General Land Office

The Dinsmore land in Alabama had originally been assigned to one "Malcolm Patterson" who had then sold the land to James Dinsmore. Because of the name Malcolm family members hav assumed that James Dinsmore's son-in-law had secured the property first and then sold it to James. The Malcolm Patterson who amrried Margaret Dinsmore was only twenty years old in 1811, and it is improbable that he owned property at that time. A recent finding of a copy of a census made in Madison County, Mississippi Territory, dated January, 1809, shows there were two Patterson families in the county: Archibald Patterson, wife, 6 sons and 2 daughters under 21 years of age: and Malcolm Patterson, wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters under 21. The Malcolm who married Margaret Dinsmore was probably the son of either Archibald or Malcolm Patterson, jsut mentioned, since both families had migrated from the Carolinas shortly after 1806 when the Cherokee Indians had ceded their land north of the Tennessee River and it was divided into townships and sections by the Nashville Office of the US Land Commission.

The Choctaw agent in Mississippi Territory from 1801 to 1813 was Silas Dinsmore (relationship not known, but thought to have been a younger brother of Adam Dinsmore.)

James Dinsmore's estate was not settled after his death; instead, the property was left undivided until after the death of his wife nearly twenty years later, August 31, 1857. Her son-in-law, Robert Morrow, was the ifnal administrator of thte estate, and a settlement was reached on July 21 1861.

On October 8, 1857, the following item appeared in the Southern Advocate, Huntsville, Alabama:

"Mrs. Jane Dinsmore, a revolutionary relic, wife of the late James Dinsmore, died on 31st August last aged 89 years. In 1810 with her father Andrew McDaniel (sic) she settled near Huntsville. She was for 50 years a member of the Presbyterioan Church and worshipped with it years ago in the Court House in this place. She was truly a mother of Israel.


John Dinsmore, father of Adam Dinsmore, was born in Archarmead, Scotland, about 1603. His father was known as the Laird of Archarmead (which means that he was the "big" landlord of the area). About the age of 17, in 1620, John Dinsmore settled at Ballywatick, in County Antrim, Ireland. He had four sons: John II, Adam, Robert, and Samuel. The oldest son, John II, was the first of the Dinsmores to come to America. He lived for ahile at Gorgas, Maine. He was captured by Indians and suffered great hardships, escaped and helped to settle the town of Londonderry, NH. He owned a farm, and stone house built by his own hands, then he sent for his wife and children in 1730. He lived to be 90 years old and "was well known and beloved by all." The British government declared one John Dinsmore "a traitor for writing articles against England published in American Magazines." Later, this John (who may have been John III, the son of the John who sent for his family in 1730) was appointed Head of Newspapers in America by President Thomas Jefferson who was first elected President in 1800. Complete data on this may be found in the Archives of the Congressional Library, Washington, DC.

Adam Dinsmore was born in Ireland in the Parish of Templemore, County Donegall. He and his wife, Elizabeth, migrated to North Carolina in the 1770's. On March 1, 1778, he took the Oath of Fidelity to the United States in Frederick County, Maryland. In 1784 he was granted 1,000 acres of land in Buncombe, North Carolina. He and his wife had at least five children. The older children were born in Ireland, but it is presumed that the younger ones were born in North Carolina. His wife, Elizabeth, died either in North Carolinia or Tennessee; for no reference is made to her after the family moved to Alabama.

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