1861 - 1864 — Thebes, Alexander County, Illinois
Richard Dunning was born in about 1843 in Fredonia, Caldwell County, Kentucky. His Residence on 24 September 1861 was Thebes, Alexander County, Illinois, which is where he Enlisted in Company D 18th Illinois US Infantry on that date. At his Enlistment he was 18 years young, 5 Feet 10 Inches tall, with Light Hair, Hazel Eyes, a light Complexion, he was single and a Farmer. He Enlisted for 3 years.
I found in Samuel P Dunning's ( See his Footnote Person Page) Civil War Pension Application a copy of this song that Richard Dunning had written during the Civil War. Samuel P Dunning had sent his sister Armilda (SP?) J Dunning this song along with a letter he had written to his father George W Dunning and family.
A Richard Dunning Married one Nancy Jane Harguson OR Forguson on 1 September 1864 in Alexander County, Illinois.
I believe that Richard Dunning must have also gone by another name, due to the fact that I cannot find him on the 1850 or 1860 Census in Kentucky or Illinois.
Richard Dunning born between 1835 - 1845 is on the 1865 Santa Fe Precinct, Alexander County, Illinois Census.
Who is Richard Dunning of Thebes, Alexander County, Illinois ???
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Is he Enumerated as "Richard Ready" on the 1850 Alexander County, Illinois Census with his Aunt Louisa Dunning Ready ???
Is he Enumerated as "Richard Ready" on the 1860 Alexander County, Illinois Census with his Aunt Louisa Dunning Ready ???