Samuel Dunn and his wife Dorcas Cobb were early settlers of Township 20 (Alexander) Two of their three sons became Methodist ministers.

Levi Cobb Dunn is found on the 1850 census of Alexander. He is listed with his wife Sally and children Russell, Elmira, Olin, and Laura. A family sketch from A-CHS Project Scholar David Chase fills in details. Levi’s wife was Sally Carle, born May 9, 1817 at Waterborough, Maine, a daughter of Peter and Abigail (Hamilton) Carle. Peter and Abigail had a hotel at the four-corners of South Princeton before moving to West Princeton. Sally and Reverend Levi C. Dunn of Alexander were married on March 14, 1839. Their children:

1. Russell Collins Dunn was born at Machias on July 25, 1840. Died in Civil War

2. Almira Lamb Dunn was born at Marion, Maine on August 14, 1844.

3. Emery Carle Dunn was born in Alexander on April 3, 1846. He was living in Brownville when he enlisted in the Union Mounted Artillery on October 1, 1864. He died of disease at Alexandria, Virginia on May 17, 1865.

4. Olin Cobb Dunn was born at Alexander on April 6, 1848.

5. Laura Jane Dunn was born at Alexander on September 18, 1849.

6. Samuel Clarkson Dunn was born at Frankfort, Maine on March 10, 1852. He died on March 27, 1852.

7. William Crawford Dunn was born at Waldoboro, Maine on June 30, 1856. He died at Winslow, Maine on September 14, 1857.

8. Abigail Carle Dunn was born at Winslow on April 11, 1858. She died at Atkinson, Maine on December 23, 1864.

Levi was Methodist minister. Information supplied by Boston University, School of Theology Library reveals that Levi was converted at age 17 (1829) and soon felt the call for Christian ministry. He prepared himself by attendance at Kent’s Hill Seminary at Readfield, Maine and gave two years to the Maine Conference as an itinerant preacher. United with the East Maine Conference, he served in Lincolnville, Sullivan, Tremont, Washington, Winslow, Hermon, and supply for the last two years. Poor health interrupted his service several times including from 1839 to 1852 and he retired in 1861. Levi died at Orono, Maine on September 13, 1894. Sally died on March 21, 1907, also at Orono. Their daughter Almira had married Jeremiah S. Paine and she resided in Orono. Places of birth and death of Levi’s children add more to their travels. I suspect three were born at the house on the Arm Road.

Charles Bean Dunn and his family are listed in Alexander Vitals compiled by Sharon Howland. Charles married Olive Abigail Scribner of Calais on November 24, 1836. They had three daughters, Adelaide (August 24, 1837 – October 17, 1837), Phebe (born January 12, 1839) and Frances (born May 5, 1841). Olive Abigail was the oldest child of Samuel and Phebe (Scott) Scribner. Samuel Scribner lived at 1886 Airline Road on lot 76.

Charles was also a Methodist minister and as such he and Olive Abigail moved every two years. Material from Boston University tells the following. Charles B. Dunn’s service to his church started in 1842 and finished in 1889. His assignments were Conference work for five years, Orrington Center, North Bucksport, Orland, Castine, East Corinth, Exeter, Sebec, Rockland, Hampden, Orrington, Rockport, Damariscotta, Rockland District, Bucksport District, Hampden, East Corinth, Damariscotta, Searsmont, Supplied for last four years. Charles died at Hampden on May 25, 1889.


From John Taylor’s Records

Samuel Dunn (March 15, 1773 – April 1848) and Dorcas Cobb (June 13, 1783 – September 1847)


Faney born may 9, 1802

Samuel born September 21, 1804

Betsey born March 7, 1806

Levi Cobb born August 4, 1812

Charles born December 10, 1815

Harriet Newell born February 14, 1818

Laura Jane born November 2, 1820

Charles on November 24, 1836 married Olive Abigail Scribner born July 17, 1819


Adelaide Dorcas born August 24, 1837, died October 17, 1837

Phebe Louisa born January 12, 1839

Frances born May 5, 1841

From 1850 census of Alexander

Levi Dunn, 38, Meth Epospical, $400, born Maine house near Phebe Scribner

Sally, 32, born Maine

Russell 10 born Maine

Elmira L. 6 born Maine

Obin 2 (male) born Maine

Laura 11/12 born Maine

Scott, Harry A. 22 laborer born Maine

Scott, Nancy 25 born Maine

Deed 38.469 in 1834 Samuel Dunn sold lot 85 to Charles Dunn

Lot 85 is Foster Carlow’s farm, the Ray Bohanon Place, Joseph Godfrey homestead.