Dunham & Whalen Reunions
Of Warren Center, Pa.
Compiled by Lyle D. Rockwell, 201 Pleasant St., Athens, Pa. 18810 [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The first Dunham & Whalen Reunions were held in 1905. This statement is based on the information that the last reunion was held in 1940 and was the 35th Reunion. These reunions were for the Family of Levi and Sallie Whalen Dunham of Warren Township, Bradford County, PA. Levi Dunham, born abt. 1820, died February 22, 1876, was a son of Elijah and Temperance Curtis Dunham. Sallie Whalen Dunham was born abt. 1831, died August 1, 1878, and was a daughter of Henry and Louisa Whalen of Warren Center. Levi & Sallie’s family home was where the present State Game Lands are today (2007), and just north of the Irish Cemetery between Cadis and Warren Center.
It seems that after Dr. Sydney Dunham died, the interest soon faded, and the reunions were no long held.
|Photo of Bertha A. Dunham, daughter of Levi and Sallie Whalen Dunham, born March 24, 1863, died January 1, 1922, wife of Warren T. Brainard. Their child, Jesse A. Brainard, married Frances Theresa Dewing, and their children are Margaret, Laura, Theresa, Beatrice, and Albert. Theresa is the mother of Lyle D. Rockwell.|
|Photo of Dr. Sydney Dunham:||Photo of The Family of Dr. Sydney Dunham|
A note in the reunion book states that there were ten Dunham brothers who originally left England for the United States. Three were listed: Elijah, Orin, and Lorin Dunham. The other seven aren’t mentioned.
Mrs. Laura (Brainard) Allyn of Warren Center had the records of the Dunham & Whalen Reunion records in her possession, but only from the 20th annual reunion until the last one in 1940. It is from these records that this document has been compiled from.
Note from 1929 reunion:
Emma Camp was appointed to write a history of the families.
Note from 1934:
Dunham Genealogy being worked on 2 or 3 years by Mr. & Mrs. Earl
Davis (in charge of Library) in Long Beach, Calif.
||Mailing addresses for invitations:
1. Dr. S. A. Dunham 1396 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y.
2. Monroe Dunham Warren Center, Pa.
3. Dell Dunham Apalachin, N.Y.
4. O. J. & Susie Dunham Earlville, N.Y.
5. Charles Camp 8 Adams Ave. Endicott, N.Y.
6. Frank Knowlton Owego, N.Y.
|7. W. D. & Etta Brearley Endicott, N.Y.
8. Irvin Dunham E. Syracuse & Fayetteville, N.Y.
9. Charles S. Anderson Catatonk, N.Y.
10. Edward Storm RD Candor, NY
11. Milton Bowen Warren Center & Endicott, N.Y.
12. Lumen Nichols Warren Center, Pa.
13. Warren Brainard Warren Center, Pa.
14. Wesley Bowen Warren Center, Pa.
15. Romie Bikely Owego, N.Y.
16. Arthur Corbin Owego, N.Y.
17. Ralph Brearley 34 Third St. Johnson City, N.Y.
18. Edgar Brearley 12 Arthur Ave. Endicott, N.Y.
19. Floyd Brearley Vestal, N.Y.
20. Carlton Dunham Lebanon, N.Y.
21. Sabra Campbell Owego, N.Y.
22. E. E. Smith Spencer Ave. Hamilton, N.Y.
23. F. L. Dunham Greene, N.Y.
24. Dart & Ina Wheaton Owego, N.Y.
25. Mary Dunham Shaman, Ill.
26. George Wheaton Rush, Pa.
27. Jim Wheaton Nichols, N.Y.
28. Martin (Cyrus) Wheaton Nichols, N.Y.
29. Mrs. William Bogart 83 Broad St. Binghamton, N.Y.
30. Mrs. M. J. Johnson 421 Jefferson St. Elmira, N.Y.
31. Jessie A. Brainard Warren Center, Pa.
32. Dudley Dunham Endicott, N.Y.
33. Mrs. S. B. Brown Cortland, N.Y.
34. Ward Camp Vestal, N.Y.
35. Lancy Camp Endicott, N.Y.
36. Pardon Tracey Apalachin, N.Y.
37. J. F. Hickey Little Meadows, Pa.
|38. N. A. Guiles Apalachin, N.Y.
39. Mrs. Josephine Ellis 188 Hallock St. Jamestown, N.Y.
40. Charles Sleeper (divorced) Warren Center, Pa.
41. George Lamb McGrawville, N.Y.
42. Cecil Lamb Johnson City, N.Y.
43. Henry Lamb Endicott, N.Y.
44. Harold Brearley Endicott, NY.
45. Mrs. Merle Halstead Owego, N.Y.
46. Cleon Dunham Lebanon, N.Y.
47. Mrs. Floyd Walker Endicott, N.Y.
48. Robert Brearley Endicott, N.Y.
49. DeWitt W. Dunham Box 146 Monrovia, Calif.
50. Carlton Dunham Lebanon, N.Y.
51. Clarence D. Dunham Johnsonville, N.Y.
52. Clarence Dunham Arcadia, Calif.
53. Lulu Dunham Orwell, Pa.
54. Leo Jones Warren Center, Pa.
55. Lee Dunham Norwich, N.Y.
56. Mrs. George Briggs E. Syracuse, N.Y.
57. Mr. & Mrs. John Barnum Neath, Pa.
58. Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Bailey Eldred St. Johnson City, N.Y.
59. Mr. & Mrs. DeWitt Graham East Franklin Union, N.Y.
60. Charles (Lancey) Camp 8 Adams Ave. Endicott, N.Y.
61. Lee Camp 10 Francis Ave. Endicott, N.Y.
62. Mr. & Mrs. M. J. Johnson 421 Jefferson St. Elmira, N.Y.
63. Mr. & Mrs. John D. Mortimer 537 Decker Elmira, N.Y.
64. Mr. E. R. Brearley 12 Arthur Ave. Endicott, N.Y.
65. Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Brearley R-1 Vestal, N.Y.
66. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rockefeller Warren Center, Pa.
67. E. C. Baumbough Canton, OH.
The Year: The Presidents: The Secretaries: The Places:
1925 Dr. S. A. Dunham Emma Camp Dunham Homestead
1926 Dr. S. A. Dunham Angeline Anderson Wesley Bowen Home
1927 Dr. S. A. Dunham Angeline Anderson Wesley Bowen Home
1928 Dr. S. A. Dunham Mrs. Charles Sleeper Wesley Bowen Home
1929 Dr. S. A. Dunham Margaret Brainard Wesley Bowen Home
1930 Dr. S. A. Dunham Margaret Brainard Grange Hall W. C.
1931 Dr. S. A. Dunham Margaret Brainard Highland Lake
1932 Dr. S. A. Dunham Margaret Brainard Highland Lake
1933 Dr. S. A. Dunham
1934 (no notes)
1935 Dr. S. A. Dunham Gertrude Dunham Jesse Brainard’s
1936 Dr. S. A. Dunham Viola Nichols Grange Hall
1937 Dr. S. A. Dunham Viola Nichols Viola Nichols
1938 Dr. S. A. Dunham Grange Hall
1939 Dr. S. A. Dunham (absent) Edgar Brearley Grange Hall
1940 Milton Dunham Frances Brainard Lake O’Meadows
|I have found an additional picture that should go with the Dunham Whalen Reunions of Warren Township, Bradford County. I have attached. It is a little fuzzy, but is aged from time. The picture has on the back: Photographed at the home of James Monroe Dunham of Warren Center, PA|
All were invited to partake of a bountiful dinner at one o’clock. At 3 o’clock a business meeting was called to order by the president, Dr. S. A. Dunham. Emma Camp, secretary, read the minutes of the last reunion. It was decided to hold the next reunion the 3rd Saturday in August, the 21st, with Gertie Bowen in Warren Center. A new idea to be tried out was for the L. A. S. of Warren Center to furnish the dinner at the hall for fifty cents a plate. All children under seven, no charge. Dr. Dunham presented the youngsters under 15 years of age with pencils. The following officers were elected for coming year. Pres. Dr. S. A. Dunham, Secy. & Treas., Angeline Anderson. Signed, Angeline Anderson, Secy.
Collections taken: $6.66
Printing of Cards $1.25
Balance on hand: $3.81
Births: Jean Louise Brearley, of Harold & Mildred Brearley, born Dec. 16, 1925,
Richard Lee Camp, born Feb. 16, 1926 to Lee and Grace Camp.
A business meeting was called to order by the President, Dr. Dunham.
Balance on hand: $6.56
The guests who served to draw the most attention were the twins, Franklin and Frances Brearley, children of Floyd and Emma Brearley of Vestal. To them was presented a ten dollar bill, also a rattle. Tops were given to the boys under seven, and nursery rhymes to girls under seven. Pictures of Dr. Dunham were presented to the adults.
The young people furnished music. The same officers were re-elected for the next year. It was decided to hold the reunion in 1927 at Mr. & Mrs. Bowen’s home, unless changed later.
Death: Will D. Brearley died suddenly Easter morning, April 17, 1927
Births: Beverly May Brearley, born Dec. 11, 1927
Marriage: Bob Brearley & Amey Ball, June 16, 1927
Lillian Brearley & Floyd Walker, June 24, 1927
A business meeting was called to order by Pres. Dr. S. A. Dunham. Officers were elected for the coming year, Pres. Dr. S. A. Dunham, Sec. & Treas., Mrs. Charles Sleeper. It was decided to hold the reunion in 1928 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Bowen on the 3rd Saturday in August.
Post Cards $0.50
Balance on hand: $7.44
The guests who seemed to draw the most attention were Mrs. Ed Dunham and her daughter Flo, who drove from Long Beach, Calif. Also, Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Dunham and daughters Ruth & Eleanor motored from Troy, N.Y., leaving home at four a.m. so as to be with us.
Officers elected for the coming year: Pres. Dr. S. A. Dunham, Sec. & Treas. , Mrs. Charles Sleeper. It was decided to hold the reunion in 1928 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Bowen on 3rd Saturday in August.
Post Cards $0.50
Balance on hand: $7.44
Births: Joyce Arlene, born Nov. 15, 1927, to Mr. & Mrs. Harold Brearley
Jack Graham, born Nov. 18, 1927 to Mr. & Mrs. Lee Camp
Marie Elion, born Dec. 16, 1927 to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brearley
Evelyn Irene, born Feb. 1, 1928 to Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Walker
Deaths: Will Bogart, died in January 1927
Addie Brown, died in July 1928
Post Cards $0.50
Balance on hand: $3.93
There was $2.00 returned because the Ladies Aid had paid for the hall the year before, making a total of $5.93, with the former balance of $7.44 added, making balance in treasury $13.37.
Deaths: Warren Brainard, died Nov. 17, 1928 (born May 18, 1862)
Mrs. Monroe Dunham, died Aug. 2, 1928
Balance from past year: $13.37
Expenses: Cards $6.60
New balance: $11.59
Births: Douglas Edward, born July 14, 1930 to Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Walker
James Edgar, born Sep. 7, 1929 to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brearley
The 25th annual reunion of the Dunham and Whalen families was held at the Grange Hall at Warren Center. Over sixty set down to the bountiful basket lunch. After dinner, the business meeting was held upstairs. Prizes were distributed by drawing numbers from the hats. Numbers had been distributed before and the holder of the lucky number got the prize.
It was decided by a large majority to hold the reunion at Highland Lake on the third Saturday in August. It was planned to rent the Boy Scout Cottage. Dr. Dunham spoke about going fishing with his grandfather Whalen.
There was a large crowd in the evening. Thetga’s Orchestra furnished the music. Everyone seemed to be enjoying himself. Enough money was taken in the evening to pay for the hall and the orchestra and a sum left. Luman Nichols was the chairman for this party and he was appointed chairman of a party for another year.
6 gal. Ice cream $7.50
2 lb. Coffee $0.76
Ice cream plates $0.30
Dance cards $0.60
Reunion cards $0.50
Balance on hand: $11.79
Marriage: Fay Camp to Audrey Doonan on June 27, 1931
Reunion & dance cards $1.05
Camp rental $5.00
Balance for today $3.48
Balance from last year $11.79
Treasury balance $15.27
A large crowd enjoyed the dance in the evening. The music was furnished by Thetga’s Orchestra. There was a large sum taken in. From this, the remaining $10.00 was paid and the orchestra, and a sum paid to Mrs. Wesley Bowen for sum due on ice cream. Luman Nichols has charge of the money from the party.
Highland Lake on the third Saturday in August.
A good crowd was in attendance for dinner and many enjoyed bathing after dinner. A Business meeting was held soon after dinner. There was much discussion as to the place for next year but it was finally decided to hold the reunion at the same place the next year on the third Saturday in August. The same officers were elected for the coming year. Pres. Dr. S. A. Dunham, Sec. & Tres., Margaret Brainard. The dance committee was Ralph Brearley and Luman Nichols. Graham’s Orchestra from Endicott furnished the music for the party. Many enjoyed the party in the evening. There were many people from this vicinity and also many from away. Lu Nichols had charge of the arrangements for the party and has charge of the party money.
Hall rental $5.00
Ice Cream $5.40
Balance in treasury: $11.00
No reunion entries for the years of 1933 and 1934 in book.
Births: Betty Jayne, born Aug. 29, 1936 to Mr. & Mrs. Rexford Hill
(Mrs. Hill is the daughter of Berdell N. Dunham)
Marriages: Gertrude L. Dunham to John W. Barnum in Endicott, N.Y. on Oct. 16, 1936
(home address, Friendsville, Pa. RD#2)
Marshall D. Dunham to Myrtle I. Steltz in Endicott, N.Y. On Dec. 23, 1936
(Home address, Apalachin, N.Y.)
Beatrice Bowen to Robert Rockefeller
Ice Cream $3.00
Hall rental $1.00
Balance turned over to Mrs. Allen for 1937 reunion.
Death: Mrs. Dr. Dunham
Births: Victoria Ann, born to Mr. & Mrs. John Barnum
Ruth Irene, born to Mr. & Mrs. Glen Pitcher
Ice Cream $3.00
Balance on hand: $6.36
Births: Harold James, born Aug. 25, 1938 to Mr. & Mrs. Harold Brearley
Ronald Robert, born Sep. 12, 1938 to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rockefeller
Elwyn George, born Mar. 23, 1939 to Mr. & Mrs. Merton Allyn
Beverly Jean, born Feb. 13, 1939 to Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Rockwell
Coffee, etc. $0.75
Hall rental $2.00
Ice Cream $3.60
Balance on hand: $2.94
Signed by Edgar R, Brearley, secretary
Births: Joanne, born Mar. 20, 1940 to Mr. & Mrs. John Barnum
Alice Marie, born June 21, 1940 to Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Dunham
Maurice Earl, born Apr. 19, 1936 to Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham
Albert, born Nov. 8, 1938 to Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham
David Irvin, born Nov. 2, 1939 to Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham
Signed by Mrs. J. A. Brainard, secretary
Coffee, etc. $0.28
Ice Cream $3.30
Cottage rental $2.00
Balance on hand $0.44
Births: Harold, born Oct. 10, 1940 to Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Rockwell
Paul, born July 15, 1941 to Mr. & Mrs. John Barnum
Marriages: Beatrice Brainard to Kenneth Oakley on April 2, 1941.
Deaths: Dell Dunham in 1941.
No more Dunham Reunions were held after the year of 1940. However, the descendants of Jesse and Frances Dewing Brainard Reunions were held at each of their children’s homes, taking turns from year to year. When the descendants grew too numerous, they were held at the Warren Center Grange Hall throughout the late 1950s.
|Photo of the backside of the Levi Dunham stone showing Sallie Whalen:||Photo of the gravestone in Warren Heights Cemetery of Levi Dunham:|
|Allyn||Elwyn||George||B||3/23/1939||To Merton & Laura Brainard Allyn|
|Barnum||Victoria||Ann||B||1937||To John & Gertrude Dunham Barnum|
|Barnum||Joanne||B||3/20/1940||To Mr & Mrs. John Barnum|
|Barnum||Paul||B||7/15/1941||To Mr. & Mrs. John Barnum|
|Bowen||Beatrice||M||4/29/1926||To Charles Sleeper|
|Bowen||Beatrice||M||1936||To Robert Rockefeller|
|Brainard||Beatrice||M||4/2/1941||To Kenneth Oakley|
|Brearley||Jean||Louise||B||12/16/1925||To Harold & Mildred Brearley|
|Brearley||Franklin||B||5/11/1926||To Floyd & Eunice Brearley|
|Brearley||Frances||B||5/11/1926||To Floyd & Eunice Brearley|
|Brearley||Bob||M||6/16/1927||To Amy Ball|
|Brearley||Silliam||M||6/24/1927||To Floyd Walker|
|Brearley||Joyce||Arlene||B||11/15/1927||To Mr & Mrs. Harold Brearley|
|Brearley||Marie||Elian||B||12/16/1927||To Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brearley|
|Brearley||James||Edgar||B||9/7/1929||To Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brearley|
|Brearley||Harold||James||B||8/25/1938||To Mr. & Mrs. Harold Brearley|
|Camp||Richard||Lee||B||2/16/1926||To Lee & Grace Camp|
|Camp||Jack||Graham||B||11/18/1927||To Lee & GraceCamp|
|Camp||Fay||M||6/27/1931||To Audrey Doonan|
|Dunham||Gertrude||L.||M||10/16/1936||To John W. Barnum|
|Dunham||Marshall||D.||M||12/23/1936||To Myrtle J. Steltz|
|Dunham||Alice||Marie||B||6/21/1940||To Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Barnum|
|Dunham||Maurice||Earl||B||4/19/1936||To Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham|
|Dunham||Albert||B||11/8/1938||To Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham|
|Dunham||David||Irvin||B||11/2/1939||To Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Dunham|
|Hill||Betty||Jayne||B||8/29/1936||To Mr. & Mrs. Rexford Hill|
|Pitcher||Ruth||Irma||B||1937||To Glenn & Margaret Brainard Pitcher|
|Rockefeller||Ronald||Robert||B||9/12/1938||To Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rockefeller|
|Rockwell||Beverly||Jean||B||2/13/1939||To Lloyd & Theresa Brainard Rockwell|
|Rockwell||Harold||Lloyd||B||10/10/1940||To Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Rockwell|
|Walker||Evelyn||Irene||B||2/1/1928||To Floyd and Silliam Brearley Walker|
|Walker||Douglas||Edward||B||7/14/1930||To Floyd & Silliam Brearley Walker|