1996.42.1 | Chair
About 1835, 19th century
85.2 x 47 x 45 cm
Gift of Martha Collins Schleit, 1996
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
John Dunn (1804-1889), a native of County Derry, Ireland, came to New Brunswick in 1824, and comfortably assimilated into the community. He settled first in Saint John, where he carried on an extensive trade as a cabinetmaker and manufacturer of lumber. Following his retirement from business in 1854, Dunn took up farming in the Parish of Musquash. He served several terms as a representative for Musquash on the local municipal council and, at his death in 1889, was counted among the most respected residents of St. John County. Among his surviving children were the Saint John architect, R. C. John Dunn, and Albert T. Dunn, M.P.P. and Surveyor-General of New Brunswick.
Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
This chair is branded under the seat: J. Dunn/St. John. N.B./Warranted.
John Dunn's son, Saint John architect R.C. John Dunn, gained extensive experience abroad working for Boston and Chicago architects.
The Reverend Robert Wilson married John Dunn and Martha L. Gould, Saint John, in 1833.
In the 1851 St. John County Census, John Dunn and his wife, Martha, gave their origin as Irish.