William H. Dunham died 1891. Who is he? The “H” may represent Harold, Harry, Henry or a surname such as Hempton. Unknown at this time, the “H” is still a mystery. Known fact, there are two men named William H. Dunham that died in 1891.
According to federal census, state census, Civil War Draft Registrations and Find A Grave Index, William H. Dunham was born 17 July 1820 in New York. He married Lucinda E. Reed on 10 November 1852, according to newspaper records. Find A Grave links two children Frederick T. Dunham (1859-1911) and Reed Nathan Dunham (1866-1886) with William and Lucinda. The family lived in Seneca, New York according to various state and federal census years. William H. Dunham died 31 January 1891. His obituary located on Fulton Post Cards reads “an old and highly esteemed resident of Seneca, residing near Seneca Castle…. advanced age of 70 years and 6 months.”
“A NEWARK TRADEGY: WHO KILLED ROAD-HOUSE KEEPER DUNHAM?” The Eau Claire News,5 February 1892. newspaperARCHIVE. http://newspaperarchive.com arrived by email as the result of an earlier request for article notification. The article continues to ask, “Who killed William H. Dunham… Dunham was shot dead in the kitchen of his hotel in Newark [New Jersey] a few nights ago.” The details of this crime investigation are printed in 15 articles found on the Old Fulton NY Post Cards site. William H. Dunham was murdered 23 December 1891. Gleanings from the articles include: called “Billy,” age 37 (born about 1854), married Kate Heinzer about 12 years ago (about 1879), Conrad Heinzer named as brother-in-law, Blanche Edwards his New York mistress, his mother and brother attended his funeral.
- both named William H. Dunham
- both died 1891
- both men had New York connections, one was born and lived all his life in Seneca, New York, the other had a brother (unidentified) living in New York
- parents unknown at this time
- siblings unknown at this time
Lessons learned and further research:
- before online searches, this would not have been discovered
- look down many avenues, not just a faithful one or two websites
- search by different names such as both Dunham (deceased) and Fuller (suspect)
- ask questions, how come the Newark, New Jersey, murder was published in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin newspaper?
- newspaper sites used for this article include newspaperARCHIVE.com and Old Fulton NY Post Cards. For me, Old Fulton accessed through Mozilla Firefox displayed with less blank pages
Comments or questions, Selma Blackmon