Also referred to in some family documentation as Emeline Selina, her appearance in early census was as a number in the category of 'free white females' while living under the roof of her father. It was not until the 1850 Census that her name first appeared in the Census as the wife of Drury N. Dunn.
Based on the 1850 Census and the birth of her first child, her marriage date has been estimated to be in 1832 when she was 17 years of age. It is not known how the couple came to know each other and marry as Drury Dunn hailed from Tennessee and no documentation or hearsay has been found to explain his appearance in Georgia.
By the time the 1850 Census was taken, Selina and Drury were enumerated as Free Inhabitants in California District in the County of Cobb, State of Georgia. Drury's occupation listed as Farmer with real estate valued at $225. He was 42 years of age and Selina was 35 with children Francis 14, Robert 15, Sophia 13, Mary 12, Caroline 9, Washington 7, Elender 5, and Marshall 2.
Listed just above the Dunn's on a neighboring property was Selina's younger brother Joseph Marshall Byrd Pittman, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Eugenia. His property was valued at $5000, which brings to question whether Drury's $225 was in real estate or personal property. More than likely Selina and Drury were living on her inherited property which was included in her brother's 1850's listing.
Drury was a widower at age 47 with ten children between the ages of 19 and 1 year old. Three months after Selina's death, a marriage citation was issued to Drury Dunn and Elizabeth B. Hammock who were wed on February 23, 1854.
The Dunn Family's next documentation was in the 1860 Census taken in Township 15 Range 12, Calhoun, Alabama. Drury, Elizabeth and 8 of Selina's children were listed as residents. From all indications and later years of Census Records, most of Selina's children remained in Alabama with their father and step mother Elizabeth who bore Drury one more child.
Selina's children buried in Upper Cane Creek Cemetery are: son Marshall Pittman Dunn and daughter Caroline Dunn Thompson. Son Robert Edward Dunn is buried in Terrell Cemetery, Marion County, Alabama. There is no record of Selina's death or the whereabouts of her final resting place. She is, however, fondly remembered and documented here on
Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors as the sister of my
2xGreat Grandfather Rene Marion Pittman.
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