John Francis Dunn

ID# 2370, (1871-1961)
Descendants of Martin Dunn (died c 1847)
1st cousin 3 times removed of Faye Louise Doyle
John Francis Dunn
     John Francis Dunn was born on 19 May 1871 in South Crosby Twp, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario.1,2 He was the son of James Dunn and Eliza Dunn.1 He was baptized on 9 June 1871 in St Edward the Confessor Church, Westport, Leeds & Grenville County, OntarioG.1 He was a school teacher in 1891.3 He was a physician in Elgin, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario.4 He lived in Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, before 1911.5,4 He married Mary Helena Moynihan on 18 July 1917 in Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario.6,2 He died in 1961 in Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario.2 He was buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Almonte, Lanark County, OntarioG.2

The Two Doctors reads:
"He was born May 19, 1871, and by the time of the new elections of 1891 he was in early manhood and had develped a passionate interest in both cheese-making and politics.
     Sir John A Macdonald's administration had suffered two damaging blows, from the Riel crisis of 1885 and from the Pacific Scandal. However, his National Policy of protection of some industry vexed the County of Leeds . . . Here, in South Crosby, where cheese-making had become a profession, the natural market for cheese from the factories that dotted the countryside every four miles was the United States . . . to the cheese-makers and dairy farmers of the township the National Policy was close to being a national disaster.
     In order to have a voice in the affairs of South Crosby, my father [John Francis] purchased an additional piece of land alongside the homestead on Indian Lake in order to get his name of the voter's list, for only men of substance could exercise the franchise . . .
     Later he taught school at Sweets' Corners, Brockville, and then became principal of St Mary's School near the cathedral in Kingston. From there he went to McGill University in Montreal to study medicine . . . On graduation he found himself with his mother's heritage of the Irish complaint; he too had evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis . . . However, he worked as a ship's doctor on the North Atlantic run from St John's, Newfoundland to Liverpool and made a complete recovery . . . He returned to Elgin and practiced medicine there for some years until his brother James, the youngest of the family, had also succeeded in medicine at Queen's University in Kingston.
     John Francis moved to Almonte in 1911 to take over the practice of the late Dr Denis Patrick Lynch. . . He married Mary Helena Moynihan in Almonte in 1917. They had a family of 13 children: James, John, William, Martin, Mary, Philip, Arthur, Declan, Frances, Eleanor, Margaret, Martha, Elizabeth, and Helen. Billy and Mary died in infancy."2

Last Edited=4 Apr 2018


  1. [S1428] Volume C, Baptisms, marriages, burials 1868-1886: baptism of Francis John Dunn; pg 57, St Edward the Confessor RC Church, Westport, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario. Viewed 2012-2018, at, database: Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923, img 30.
  2. [S631] John Dunn, "The Two Doctors", in Hearth & Heritage: History of Chaffey's Lock & Area, Laurel Fleming, compiler. (Kingston: The Women's Institute of Chaffey's Lock, 1981).
  3. [S457] 1891 Census (South Crosby, Leeds South, Ontario), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario T-6350.
  4. [S297] Susan Warren, Hub of the Rideau - a History of South Crosby Township (Township of South Crosby: The Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, 1997).
  5. [S282] Letter from Gertrude Phelan (Richmond Hill, Ontario) to Faye West, 24 Nov 2003; privately held by Faye West (Edmonton, Alberta). file: Doyle, general.
  6. [S1587] John Dunn & Mary Moynihan, Marriage Registration 011428 (19 Jul 1917), Ancestry,
  7. [S73] 1881 Census (South Crosby, Leeds, Ontario), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario C-13232.
  8. [S308] 1901 Census (Crosby South, Leeds South, Ontario), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario T-6478.
  9. [S633] Philip Thomas Dunn baptism, 16 Dec 1923, in Ontario French Catholic Church Records, Drouin Collection, Ancestry,