From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 605


Chester Dunham was born July 17, 1810, in Frankfort, Herkimer Co., N. Y., a son of John and Elizabeth Dunham.  His parents moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1818, where his father died with cancer, aged sixty-three years, and his mother died in her eighty-seventh year.  Our subject was married July 17, 1844, to Miss Amanda Harper, a native of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, born March 9, 1821.  She died April 5, 1884.  Mr. Dunham lived in Cuyahoga County till 1866, his children being born in that county.  Their names are-- Delilah, who has been an invalid since ten years of age, Emily and Sarah, all living at home, and John Henry, Franklin S. and Martin L., residents of this township.  Mr. Dunham has operated a cheese factory in the past successfully, and was also in the dairy business before coming to this county.  He brought considerable capital with him, which he has increased.  His present home is on section 30, this township, where he has a fine farm containing 160 acres.  He pays great attention to stock raising, having one of the finest stock farms in Steuben County.  He is one of the most active men to be found in the county, and although in his seventy-sixth year he attends to his large amount of stock, and does all the work except in the seasons of growing and gathering the crops.


Submitted by: Kim Davoli