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Thomas Dundas


Son of: John Dundas of Manour Scotland
and: Anne Murray
born: 1738
died: 25/4/1805
After initially settling in Philadelphia, Thomas became a merchant in the neighbouring city of Reading. In 1778 he took the oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth
marriage  
  x Hannah who died August 1797 in Reading
  the following children were born of this union:
1. William Dundas died 1808 unmarried
  william dundas William Dundas
2. Jane Dundas born 4/4/1774 married 1793 Marks John Biddle and had issue:
  a. James Dundas Biddle married 1815 Frances Wood and died 1822 leaving issue:
    i. Marks John Biddle
    ii. James Dundas Biddle
    iii. Jane Biddle died unmarried 1849
    iv. Ann Biddle died unmarried 1882
  b. Hannah Dundas Biddle married1st Jonathan Good and 2ndly Abraham Adams and died 1859. Left issue by 1st marriage: and
    i. John Good
    ii. Thomas Good
  c. Frances Dundas Biddle married Joseph R. Priestley and died 1878 leaving issue:
    i. Joseph Priestley married Hannah Taggart
    ii. Eliza Priestley married Thomas Lyons
    iii. Marks J. B. Priestley married Mary Taggart
    iv. Fanny Priestley married Henry Toulman
    v. Jane Priestley married Conyers Button
  d. Lydia Biddle married David F. Gordon of Reading and died 1848 leaving issue: 
    i. James B Gordon d. s. p.
    ii. Elizabeth F Gordon
    iii. Jane Dundas Gordon married J. Brinton White
    iv. Clara Gordon
  e. Elizabeth Eckert Biddle married Edward Anderson and died 1876 leaving issue:
    i. Alexander Anderson married Anise Hull
    ii. J. Lesley Anderson married Hester Agnes Carroll
    iii. Marks Biddle Anderson

James Dundas
Son of: John Dundas of Manour, Scotland
and: Anne Murray
born: 1734 at Manour Scotland
occupation: In 1754, James Dundas went out to Jamaica to take charge of the estate of Mr Stirling of Keir and three years later moved to Philadelphia. Founded with George Bartram the firm of Bartram and Dundas
died: 10/1/1788 in Philadelphia. Interred in Christ Church burial ground Philadelphia
marriage  
  x  11/5/1758 Elizabeth Moore who died 31/8/1787 and was buried at Christ Church burial ground, Philadelphia
  the following children were born of this union:
1. John Dundas
2. Thomas Dundas born 28/6/1765 died 20/8/1772
3. James Dundas born 25/8/1771 died in infancy
4. Burnet Dundas born 28/9/1781 died 16/7/1852 buried at Trinity Church Cemetery Constantia, Oswego County New York married 1st 10/9/1827 Emily Jewel who died 1830 and had issue(shown below), married 2ndly 10/11/1832 Miss Johanna Louisa Vethake, daughter of the late F A Vethake of Constantia who died 1855.
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  a. George Frederick Dundas died in infancy
  b. Anna Scriba Dundas born 11/6/1828 married Seymour Smith and had six children
5. Anna Dundas born 9/5/1760 died in infancy
6. Elizabeth Dundas born 1/5/1761 died 5/9/1762
7. Maria Dundas born 24/6/1766 married 1st 1788 Frederick Starrman who died of yellow fever in 1793. They had 4 children. Maria married 2ndly 1796 George Scriba (the widower of her sister Sarah). Maria died 1798
8. Sarah Dundas born 25/9/1767 married 1789 George Scriba. Sarah died 24/6/1892
9. Susannah Dundas born 2/12/1770 died in infancy
10. Margaret Dundas born 28/4/1772 died in infancy
11. Elizabeth Dundas born 20/1/1764 married 27/10/1785 Henry Pratt and died in 1793 having had issue:
  a. Mary Ann Pratt born 1786 died aged 15 days
  b. Anna Maria Pratt born 1787 married her cousin in 1809 James Dundas
  c. James Dundas Pratt born 23/4/1789 died 25/9/1853 buried Cedar Hill cemetery next to his wife. A merchant in Philadelphia. Married1810 Ann Taylor who died 1853 and left issue:
    james dundas pratt James Dundas Pratt
    i. Emma Matilda Pratt born 1811 and died 1813
    ii. Adelaide Taylor Pratt born 1813
    iii. Henry Charles Pratt born 1814
    iv. James Dundas Pratt born 1816 married 1st 1840 Eleanor Hall Comly, 2ndly Sarah Durns and had issue:
      . Henry Comly Pratt born 1841. (issue from 1st marriage)
      .. James Dundas Pratt born 1849 married 1876 Florence Adele Gavit and died 1913 having had issue:
        x. Howell Dundas Pratt born 1883 married 1909 Adele Biddle Dixon. They divorced in 1920 and had issue; Henry, Jane and Adele
        xx. Dorothea Dundas Pratt born 1887 married 1907 William Disston
      ... Frank Pratt born 1859
      .... Emma Pratt
      ..... Anna Pratt
      ...... Adaline Pratt
    v. Edmund Pratt born 1818
    vi. Ann Eliza Pratt born 1822
    vii. John Howell Pratt born 1824
    viii. Emma Matilda Pratt born 1824 (twin with John Howell Pratt)
  d. Henry Pratt born 1790 died 1791
  e. Sarah Clementina Pratt born 1791 married 1809 Thomas McKean
  f. Henry Dundas Pratt born and died 1793
12. Susannah Dundas born 2/12/1770 died 10/12/1777
13. Anna Dundas born 24/11/1762 married 24/4/1793 Friedrich Scriba

John Dundas
Son of: James Dundas
and: Elizabeth Moore
born: 20/2/1759
occupation: In addition to agricultural pursuits, John operated a flour mill and a warehouse. He settled in Alexandria where he had acquired a large acreage in Fairfax County. The Dundas home was known as Dundas Castle. He served as the Mayor of Alexandria in 1795-96, as one of the directors of the Bank of Alexandria, and as one of the U.S. justices of the peace in Alexandria County
died: 29/8/1813 of dropsy
John Dundas was an Ensign in Capt. John King's 3rd Co in 1758, where he fought for American Independence
marriage
  x 28/3/1785 Agnes Hepburn (died 23/5/1820)
  the following children were born of this union:
1. James Hepburn Dundas
2. William Hepburn Dundas
3. John Dundas born 8/3/1794 died 31/7/1794
4. John Dundas of Alexandria
5. Thomas Dundas
6. Henry Thompson Dundas
7. Edwin Burnet Dundas born 12/9/1805 died unmarried
8. Nancy Moore Dundas  born 14/2/1788 married 23/5/1811 Newton Keene died 9/9/1850
9. Eliza Dundas born 1794 died in Cabell Co, 1855
10. Sophia Matilda Dundas born Virginia 24/21791 married 1811 Captain Thomas Hunt Peyton and died 1870 at Blue Sulphur Springs

James Hepburn Dundas
  Son of: John Dundas
and: Agnes Hepburn
born: 21/6/1786
  died: 4/7/1865. Buried at Christchurch cemetery
Admitted to the Philadelphia bar 4/10/1809. He did not however confine his energies to the legal profession, but became a dominant figure in commercial circles and the world of finance. He invested heavily in the coal trade and was a leading factor in the expansion of this industry.
In 1830, he purchased the site known as Lafayette Vauxhall Gardens and in 1839 built the famous "Yellow Mansion" the scene of many of Philadelphia's leading social events.
the yellow mansion
The Yellow Mansion, home of James Dundas

In 1828, when his father's cousin Ralph Peter Dundas died, James Hepburn Dundas fell heir to the Manour Estate in Scotland. In 1829, James Hepburn Dundas filed a claim to the estate of Manour. He was opposed by his cousin Colonel Thomas Dundas, on the ground that he was not a British subject and therefore debarred from succeeding on the ground of alienage. Both the Court of Session and the House of Lords decided in favour of Colonel Thomas Dundas who accordingly succeeded as heir on entail.

  marriage
  x  14/9/1809 Anna Maria Pratt who died 1851 (his cousin)
  james and anna maria
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Virginia Dundas born 14/7/1810 died  6/8/1810
2. William Henry Dundas born 24/8/1812 died 10/12/1813
3. Elizabeth Dundas born 1816 and died 1819

Lengthy and bitter litigation followed the death of James Hepburn Dundas. He had left a large real and personal estate, valued at over one million dollars. James Dundas had tried to avoid this and had given specific legacies and annuities. His will shows that he divided his estate into forty equal shares between various family members. However this was not enough to prevent the litigation that followed his death.


Nancy Moore Dundas
  Daughter of: John Dundas
and: Agnes Hepburn
born: 14/2/1788
died: 9/9/1850
  marriage
  x  23/5/1811 Newton Keene (died 1841)
  the following children were born of this union:
1. John Newton Keene born 1812 died 1836
2. Charles Keene
3. Agnes Dundas Keene
4. Newton Kenne born 1826 died 1842
5. Nancy Keene married 1st Henry Blake 2ndly Henry Smith
6. Sarah Edwards Keene born 1832 died 1849

Agnes Dundas Keene


 

Daughter of: Nancy Moore Keene  nee Dundas
and: Newton Keene
born: 27/12/1822
died: 11/4/1902
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Agnes spent many years as a member of the family circle of her uncle James Dundas in the famous "Yellow Mansion," he having been childless for a long period.

April 19th 1902 -New York Times Philadelphia- The will of Mrs Agnes Dundas Lippincott was probated today, letters testamentary being granted to James Dundas Lippincott, her son. No valuation is placed upon the estate, but it is supposed to be worth considerably more than $5,000,000. James Dundas Lippincott inherits practically the entire estate. To her grandson, Joshua L. R. Wurts Dundas of New York and Bermuda, Mrs Lippincott bequeaths $20,000. The sum of $20,000 is left in trust for Mrs Anna D Smith of Plainfield, N.J. during her life and to Pauline Lessing, Mrs Lippincott's maid, is bequeathed $1,000 outright and an annuity of $350. Benjamin W Richards a nephew is left $5,000. The sum of $15,000 is left in trust for the maintenance of the James Dundas mausoleum in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The rest of the estate goes without reserve to James Dundas Lippincott. No reference is made to the sale of the famous old Dundas mansion at Broad and Walnut Streets, which occupies the most valuable unimproved site in the city.

marriage
  x  2/5/1839 Joshua Lippincott died 1880
  the following children were born of this union:
1. James Dundas Lippincott born 6/6/1840 and although twice married James died 6/3/1905 without issue and was buried at Laurel Hill cemetery
2. Anna Maria Dundas Lippincott born 1850 married 9/6/1868 Major William Wilberforce Wurts (born 1841) whose surname was changed by legal procedure to Wurts-Dundas. She died at Nice 11/1/1897. Her husband died at Nice, France in 1897. Issue:
  a. Joshua Wurts Dundas
  b. Thomas Wurts Dundas
  c. Elizabeth Wurts Dundas
  d. William Wurts Dundas born 1875 died 1893
  e. Ralph Wurts-Dundas born 1871 in France and died 1921. Married 1898 Josephine Neilson Harmer who died 29/1/1929 after having been committed to an asylum following the death of her husband in 1921. August 15th 1922 -New York Times; "A sheriff's jury from the second panel, of which Henry Birrell was foreman, yesterday pronounced incompetent and incapable of managing her estate, Mrs Josephine H. Wurtz Dundas formerly of 22, West Eighty Sixth Street. Mrs Dundas is the widow of the late Ralph W Dundas who died on Oct 16th last, leaving an only child, Muriel Dundas 18 years old, now travelling in Europe. Mrs Dundas is a patient in the West Hill Sanitarium at Riverdale, Bronx County, where she was committed on May 1st. Dr Michael J Thornton, Superintendent of the institution, Dr Kirby of the Manhattan State Hospital, Dr Cotton of the Trenton, N.J. State Hospital and Dr Hicks of Kings County Hospital testified as to the mental condition of Mrs Dundas. Her property is valued at $555.145.27. N Taylor Phillips was appointed guardian for Mrs Dundas".
    Ralph Wurts-Dundas a multi millionaire, purchased property at Beaverkill in 1915, and began construction of a castle at Craig-e-Clare, also known as Dundas Castle, shortly thereafter. He died in 1921 shortly before the finishing touches were completed and tradition suggests that because his wife and later his daughter had been confined to an institution due to mental instability no one ever lived in the magnificent stone structure. Unless, of course, you believe the legends that began to circulate in the 1930s of the seductive woman with the long blond hair who regularly lured unsuspecting fishermen to an afternoon's adventure!The castle still remains empty to this day, which is most odd considering the beauty and location of it. The lands and castle were purchased by a group of African-American masons in 1949, but they have left it as it was when they purchased it.
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Dundas castle at Craig-e-Clare in the 1920's
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Dundas castle at Craig-e-Clare as it is now
    i. Muriel Harmer Wurts Dundas married James R. Herbert Boone of Baltimore, Maryland in 1930 and died in 1970. Buried in London Park Cemetery, Baltimore. Like her mother, Muriel Wurts Dundas was committed to an asylum (Mead House, Hayes, Middx) in 1942 in London after having been judged incompetent to manage her affairs by reason of lunacy. However unlike her mother she did eventually return home and died in New York childless in 1970. (The American Weekly 18/4/1944).
      June 20, 1937, - New York Times. Judge Charles Klein of Orphans Court awarded today the $4,218,000 estate of J. Dundas Lippincott to his grandniece Mrs. James Herbert Boone of New York City. Mr. Lippincott died in 1905, leaving his estate in trust to his wife and the late Ralph Wurts-Dundas of Philadelphia, Mrs. Boone's father
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      Muriel and James
      JAMES R. HERBERT BOONE, left his Baltimore home, the Oak Hill House, and art collection to Hopkins to support the humanities. The University used part of the proceeds of these gifts to endow this professorship. Mr. Boone and his wife, Muriel Harmar Wurts-Dundas Boone, spent much of their married life in Europe where they were granted audiences with the Pope and royalty in England and Italy. Mr. Boone made headlines in the 1930s for funding a lengthy but unsuccessful hunt for sunken treasure off the English coast. He died in 1983. He was reported to be a descendant of Pocahontis on his maternal side and  Lord Baltimore on his paternal side. "Appleton Post Crescent 21/6/1930).

April 21st 1907 -New York Times Philadelphia- Arthur Fitzroy Somerset Dundas asserted that he was a son of the late Mrs Wurtz Dundas and the rightful heir of the Wurtz Dundas fortune. He still uses the name of Dundas, despite the action of the courts in this city in deciding against his claim. When he was an infant he was left in care of a nurse and afterwards suffered years of poverty. He first came into public view by declaring that he was a son of Mrs Anna Maria Wurtz Dundas a daughter of Mrs Joshua Lippincott, owner of the Yellow Mansion, which stood at Broad and Walnut Streets. He sought upon this ground to establish his right to share the inheritance held by Ralph Wurtz Dundas, who was always recognised as the only living son of Mrs Wurtz Dundas. Anna Maria Dundas was a beautiful and talented girl and among the many suitors for her hand was Major William Wurtz, whom she married in 1869. Soon after the marriage the husband adopted the family name of his wife and they went to live in Paris. When the Franco-Prussian war began they went to Brussels. While they were there Ralph Wurtz Dundas was born.

Apr 21, 1907- New York Times. London, April 20. -- Arthur Fitzroy Somerset Dundas, who says he is a son of the late Mrs. Wurts-Dundas, of Philadelphia, and rightful heir to millions of dollars, stood in the prisoners' dock at Reading to-day, charged with breaking into a private dwelling with the intention of committing suicide. The caretaker of the house found a note protruding from the door. It was signed by Dundas and said he was ill as the result of not being able to find employment, that for days he had been without food and that he had locked himself up with the intention of ending his life. The police were called and broke open the door. They found that Dundas had been trying to hang himself with his suspenders and necktie, but had failed to take his life. When taken before a Magistrate, who ordered that he be held for further enquiries, Dundas said that the orphan's court at Philadelphia had decided against his claim, but that he had appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


William Hepburn Dundas
Son of: John Dundas
and: Agnes Hepburn
born: 23/9/1792
died 24/1/1861
occupation: William Hepburn Dundas studied law but later engaged in mercantile pursuits and for some years was a prominent and very highly regarded merchant in Baltimore. Shortly after 1830, he moved to Washington D.C. where he entered the Post Office Department. In 1852 he was advanced to second assistant postmaster general, which post he held until his death.
marriage  
  x 9/5/1824 Mary Young Hesselius
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Agnes Dundas born 24/4/1825 died 29/7/1894 unmarried. Interred in the Dundas lot in Congressional Cemetery, Washington
2. Harriet Rachel Dundas born 1828 married 1851 Charles Everett and died 9/7/1910 in Alexandria
3. Mary Hesselius Dundas born 10/12/1830 died 22/8/1845
4. James Dundas born 19/3/1833 died 7/4/1836
5. Eliza Dundas born 1835 married ? Oldham and died 27/7/1910 in Philadelphia
6. William Oswald Dundas
7. Douglas Fife Dundas born 13/1/1846 died 3/7/1850

William Oswald Dundas
Son of: William Hepburn Dundas
and: Mary Young Hesselius
born: 2/9/1841
died: 6/5/1920. Interred in the Dundas lot, Mount Olivet Cemetery
At the outbreak of civil war, William Oswald Dundas espoused the cause of the Confederacy and in 1861 joined a blockade runner at Liverpool, England. He spent the years 1861-2 in this service, the purpose of which was to bring supplies from the British ports to the Confederate States
In 1863 William Oswald Dundas was Assistant Paymaster to General Kirby Smith's Dept. In the same year he was taken a Union prisoner of war being captured at Bolivar.
In 1879 William Dundas and his wife moved to Abbeville, South Carolina and settled at Montevino a cotton plantation of four hundred acres. The family remained at Montevino until 1890 where they were engage in cotton farming and the manufacture of bricks. They moved to Philadelphia in 1890 and stayed there until 1908 when they returned to Washington D.C.
marriage  
  x 21/9/1865  Mary Pamela Marron
  the following children were born of this union:
1. William Hesselius Dundas born Washington 17/3/1863 died 6/9/1880 interred Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington
2. John Marron Dundas born Washington 11/9/1866. Died unmarried
3. Eliza Dyer Dundas born Washington 12/12/1869
4. James Douglas Dundas born Washington 11/10/1871. Died 28/3/1930 at Philadalphia. Interred Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington. Married 27/2/1904 Florence Whitlock Tybout. No issue.
5. Francis de Sales Dundas born Washington 11/12/1873. Married 30/5/1911 Ellen Douglas Mitchell with issue:
  a. Francis de Sales Dundas born Virginia18/10/1912. Died 5/11/1925
  b. Ellen Douglas Dundas born Pennsylvania 23/4/1914
  c. Florence Tybout Dundas born Pennsylvania 16/8/1915
  d. John Marron Dundas born Virginia 27/71921 married 18/12/1971 Mary C Foley
  e. William Oswald Dundas born Virginia 19/9/1922 married Hilda Marie Tutwiler and died 31/7/2004 and had issue:
    i. Ellen Marie Dundas
    ii. William Michael Dundas
6. Mary Young Hesselius Dundas married 1907 Doctor Francis Henry Hodgson
7. Joseph Anthony Dundas born South Carolina 6/7/1880. Married 4/6/1904 Genevieve Campbell Hinchey with issue:
  a. Marie Genevieve Dundas born Philadelphia 3/8/1914
  b. Helen Regina Dundas born Philadelphia 13/4/1920