Mr. Gilbert Cope,
West Chester, Pa/
Dear Sir:-It gives me pleasure to reply to yours of 11th inst., though I have but little to communicate, and that little merely traditionary. My grandfather's name was James. He was a physician, skillful, of extensive practice, and high reputation. My father, who was John, believed that the doctor was a graduate of Edinboro. He settled not in Savannah, but in Liberty County, Georgia, where he married and admirable woman, a widow with a good estate, who brought two sons, John and James, and one daughter, who married the HOn. John Elliott, Senator of the United States from Georgia. All the three had large families, my father 10 children, five of whom are living, myself the eldest, now drawing near to the open door which no man can shut. My uncle James had, I believe 11 children. Those who survive are all worthy and respectable, and their children after them. Mres. Elliott's family was short-lived. Of her grandchildren. Capt. James Dunwody Bullock has lately brought out an interesting couple of volumes calle "The Secret Service of the Confederate States," wherein are many things that it would do all the States of the restored Union much good to reflect well upon. Capt. Bullock has two sisters one of whom is married to a very worthy lawyer in New York city. The other is the widow of the late Theordore Roosevelt of the the same great city, and her two sons, Elliott and Theodore, are rising young men in the city. Capt. Bullock resides in Liverpool, England. My brother Henry died like a Paladin, thirty paces in advance of his regiment, which he commanded upon the gory field of Gettysburg. We spell our name with one O. The tradition among us is that they originally Scotch; that they settled in the north of Ireland very early in the eighteenth century. In the north of Ireland we have heard that our ancestor of that day married into a family of the name of Cresswell, and his eldest son moved over to this country. My grandfather Dunwody was a determined Whig and a surgeon in the war of Independence. One of my grandfather's brothers came to Georgia some after he did. He died early in life. I think his name was Robert. Dr. Dunwody assisted his widow in rearing her children. One of her sons, Robert also, moved to Louisiana. There was a rumor that he became a very prosperous citizen of that State. Two other sons, Samuel and James, became ministers of the Methodist Church. Samuel rose to distinction in this State. He had an iron memory. It was generally believed by his neighbors that he could repeat the Scriptures verbatim and could, if you quoted a text give you chapter and verse. I wish I had more definite and trustworthy information to supply,-sincerely hope it may avail something in aiding your researches. Teh late Dr. Robert Irwine, of Augusta, Ga. told me that he had been a school fellow of several of the name in the north of Ireland, and that they bear a strong family likeness to those Dunwody's he has met in these ends of the world.
James B. Dunwody
Returning from a fatiguing professional tour last night and am scarecly able to write.