Katherine (Green) Dunavan
born May 8, 1822, in Licking county, Ohio
died May 27, 1899, in Chicago, Illinois
KATHERINE GREEN DUNAVAN
Mrs. Katherine Green Dunavan, daughter of John and Barbara Grove Green, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Brown, in Chicago, of heart failure, following a slight attack of pneumonia, at the age of 79.
She came to Illinois with her parents when seven years of age and was married to George M. Dunavan at the age of fifteen. They settled on Buck Creek when neighbors were few, but with the brave and hopeful spirit of her parents and the assurance that an effort was all that was needed she did her part toward making a comfortable and pleasant home, yet none but early settlers of a new country can realize the disadvantages that have to be undergone.
They raised a large family and she was a most devoted wife and mother, idolized by her children, realizing as they did the many sacrifices she made for them in their effort to educate and give advantages that the growth of the country made possible and of which the early settlers were denied. They moved to Kansas in 1885, and after a few years went to Walkerville, Montana, where some of their sons were engaged in mining.
On account of the health of Mr. Dunavan they came back to Chicago several years ago, he dying about five years ago, she returned to Montana, but two years ago came back to visit her daughters, Mesdames Brown and Edmondson and her brothers Jesse living in Ottawa and Isaac living at the old home in Dayton, where the funeral sermon was preached, and many old neighbors followed her to the cemetery where her husband, parents and brothers and sisters lie, and her husband’s mother, one of the first buried in the lovely spot near the bank of the Fox.
She also left two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Dunavan of Hamilton, MO., and Mrs. O. W. Trumbo, all of the one large family of John Green, one of the first that ventured to come to the then far west to make a home, from Licking county, Ohio, a number soon coming with their families, making the history of the early settlement and part they have had in bringing forward the growth of this one of the first counties in the state.1
1. From an unknown newspaper, probably the Ottawa [Illinois] Free Trader around June 1, 1899