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Capt. John Dunlap (1799-1876).

Captain Dunlap is no relation, but the sight of my somewhat unusual name in the cemetery certainly intrigued me. Dunlap was born in Boston in the last year of the 18th century. His parents, John and Rachael, were both natives of Point Shirley, just east of the end of Runway 27 at Logan International Airport. A “John Dunlap” — perhaps this one? — shows up in three public records: as a two-term Selectman, first elected in 1838; as a one-term Representative, elected in 1840; and then, in 1850, as an agent of the whaler R. E. Cook, which was under the command of Captains Cook, Nickerson and Tilson. The John Dunlap in Lot No. 143 married Almira Ayers (1808-1890), a Provincetown native whose first husband was Groce Ghen. She may be the “Mrs. Dunlap” shown in the 1880 Barnstable County atlas as the owner of 130 Bradford Street, a house that stood where the Gulf Express station is now.

¶ Last updated on 17 June 2017.


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