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Delilah (ERVIN) DUNHAM of Grundy County, Missouri
Source:  John C. Spickard.  1990.  Grundy Gleanings (Grundy County Genealogy Society, Trenton, MO) 6 (4): 1 + 3.
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Portrait of Delilah (Ervin) Dunham.
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DELILAH ERVIN DUNHAM
Elsenmann Photo, New York
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Delilah, dau. of ALEXANDER and MARY ANN (THOMPSON) ERVIN, was born 26 Aug 1847 in Grundy Co.  Although an invalid all her life she received a common school education and did all types of housework.  Under such hardships few people are as active as she.  MARY ANN, her mother, was born 10 Feb 1829 in Boone Co., Mo.  In 1838 she moved to Grundy Co. with her parents, Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Thompson.  She md. ALEXANDER ERVIN 1 Feb 1844.  Being left a widow with one child, Delilah, she moved with her parents to Calif. in 1849.  MARY ANN md. GEORGE ALEXANDER SPICKARD 23 Oct 1851.  GEORGE had md. ELIZABETH CANTRELL (Cantron) 25 Aug 1847 in Grundy Co.  She died 21 Sept 1850 in Calif. leaving a son, CHARLES SMITH SPICKARD.  Geo., Mary, Charles, & Delilah left Calif. in 1851 & settled on a farm west of Spickard, GEO. &
Transcriber's Notes:  I apologize for the poor quality of the image, but I was scanning a much recopied photocopy, not the original page, much less an original photograph.  Broderbund Marriage Index (CD-227) says George & Elizabeth were married in July, not August.  George & Mary had a son born in 1853 in California; they did not return to Missouri until 1854.  For further information and sources, see George's family group sheet.
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MARY ANN had ten children:  ELDORADO CALIFORNIA - JOHN THOMAS - GEORGE ISAAC DAVIS - SARAH FRANCES PAYNE - WILLIAM WARREN - ALEXANDER UNION - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - MARY MAGALINE (sic) HUTTON - EDWARD AUGUSTUS and MELISSA MAY.  Their family Bible is in GRUNDY GLEANINGS, Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 4.  Dec 4, 1887, DELILAH md. LUTHER S. DUNHAM at the residence of GEORGE A. SPICKARD.  Her obit states he was "of Petoska, Mich."  The marriage record reads "of Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio."  The following is from an article in THE EVENING REPUBLICAN, Monday, June 10, 1895,
 
"The town of Spickard was greatly wrought up on Saturday last, over the attempted sucide (sic) of L.S. DUNHAM & wife, LOTTIE, resulting in the death of Mr. Dunham, the dose being ineffectual in Mrs. Dunham's case.  Mr. & Mrs. Dunham lived in the same house with I. ANGUS & MAGGIE HUTTON, & on Sat. Mrs. Hutton thought she heard an unusual noise in the Dunham's apartment.  She found them both lying on the bed breathing very heavily.  Physicans (sic) stated they had taken poison.  MR. DUNHAM died at 12:15 P.M., age 50 yrs 8 d.  They revived MRS. DUNHAM at 3 o'clock.  A letter was found, written by the couple at 11 P.M. on Friday, in which they stated they had resolved to die together by taking morphine."

After the death of her husband she resided with her mother until her death 28 Jan 1911.  Then DELILAH came to Spickard to live with her half sister, MARY M. HUTTON.  LUTHER & DELILAH had on (sic) dau. who died in infancy.  We know DELILAH was with a circus for awhile & presume this is where she met Luther.  DELILAH died 4 Sept 1913 at age 66 yrs 8 das.  They are buried in Groff Cemetery, Mercer Co., Mo., near the Grundy Co. line, northwest of Spickard.  Credits for the Story:  Mary Weaver for the picture, John C. Spickard, The Evening Republican 10 June 1895, Grundy County Gazette 2 Feb 1911 & 11 Sept 1913.

Transcriber's Notes:  I have Sarah married to C.D. DENSLOW; and there are DENSLOW grandchildren living with Mary (THOMPSON) SPICKARD in the 1900 Census.  Would someone please enlighten me as to whether Sarah was married (first?) to a Mr. PAYNE and who he is?
Family Group Sheet of Luther S. DUNHAM & Delilah ERVIN
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