John Dunlap General Bob Dunlap General Lillian DunlapWilliam "Billy" James Dunlop III, seafaring adventurer, record holder

Notable Relatives

United States

"From this small hill by the Glazert Burn
They bequeathed a Soul unto our Name
From Hist'ries Heart we may discern
Who We are and from Whence we came
Whose Bearer's deeds did Greatness earn
For Dunlop, Dunlap, DeLap Same"

MJD from "The Black'n'Blue" 2002


-John Dunlap (1746-27 Nov 1812), a Scots-Irishman from Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Ulster, printed the first daily newspaper in the US, the "General Advertiser" , in Philadelphia. He was appointed printer to the Continental Congress in 1773, printing not only the first copy of the Declaration of Independence-at the time called "the Dunlap Broadside" (see above- one of 26 copies still in existence) but also the Constitution of the United States. John founded the 1st Troop of Philadelphia City Calvary in 1774, seeing action in the campaign of 1776-77 at Princeton and Trenton. John also subscribed L4,000 to the American Army in 1780 and owned 98,000 acres in Virginia and the land on which Utica, Ohio now stands. (His wife, Janet Rutherford, was the niece to Benjamin Franklin's wife. The couple were frequent visitors and close friends of the Franklin's. Janet was descended from the Rutherfords of Hunthill, Strabane, Northern Ireland....distant cousins of Sir Walter Scott!...submitted by Gary Harding) 

Dunlap Records
Gray's Printing



William Dunlap (1766-1839), American painter, playwright, and historian who was considered the "Father" of American drama. He was one of the founders of the National Academy of Design (1826) and wrote "History of the Arts of Design in the United States"(1834), and "History of the American Theatre" (1832).



-Robert P. Dunlap governor of Maine, born in Brunswick, Maine, 15 August 1796; died there, 20 October 1859. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1815, admitted to the bar in 1818 and began practice in his native town, but soon abandoned it, having inherited a fortune. He was a member of the lower house of the legislature in 1821'2, of the senate in 1823, and its president in 1827'9 and 1831'3. He was chosen to the executive council in 1833, was governor of the state in 1834'8, and was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1842, and served two terms, in 1843'7. He was for many years president of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College, collector of Portland in 1848'9, and postmaster of Brunswick in 1853'7. Governor Dunlap was a prominent freemason, being the head of the order in the United States for nine consecutive years.



-Fred Dunlap(1859-1902)Second baseman for the Cleveland Spiders and the St. Louis Maroons, Fred led the National League in ALL fielding categories and twice batted over .300. His greatest year was 1884, when he not only led all second baseman in those 5 fielding categories, but ALSO lead the league in batting (.420), slugging (.621), runs (160) and Home Runs (13). The 160 runs scored is still #14 all-time, and Fred is tied with Ty Cobb and George Sisler for 7th highest average in one season all-time.




  Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap 1879-1931. Robert H Dunlap born 22 December 1879 in Washington, D.C., was appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine

Corps 8 August 1898. He served with distinction in the Spanish-American War, in the Philippines and China during 1900, including the Battle of Tientsin of the Boxer Rebellion; and in the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914. For his distinguished service as regimental commander during the Meuse Argonne campaign in World War I, he was awarded a Citation Certificate by Commander-in-Chief, A.E.F.; the French Fourragere; and the Navy Cross. In 1928 he served in Nicaragua and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Medal of Merit of Nicaragua. Brigadier General Dunlap sacrificed his life attempting to rescue a woman imprisoned in a landslide in France 19 May 1931.
He had a USS destroyer named after him, the USS Dunlap.



Knight Dunlap (1875-1949) is the "forgotten man" of American psychology. President of APA (1922); first editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology (originally Psychobiology.); critique of the group mind concept; pioneer in arguing for an experimental approach to social psychology; developer of the "negative practice" technique for the treatment of maladaptive habits; creation of a theoretical system called "Response Psychology;" invention of the Dunlap chronoscope, Dunlap tapping table, and the Dunlap chair (for vestibular research). Dunlap conducted important research on color vision, audition, and the nystagmatic reflex. He was also among the first to demonstrate practice effects in intelligence testing. Dunlap's mind was wide-ranging and he wrote books on physiological psychology, the psychology of religion, social psychology, general psychology, psychoanalysis, and personal adjustment. He also was an important leader of national and regional organizations including APA, the Western Psychological Association, the National Institute for Psychology, the National Research Council, and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.


-John Thomas DunlopHarvard University Bio

Dunlop, the Lamont University Professor Emeritus, was a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S presidents beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford, serving from March 1975 to January 1976.

Born in Placerville, Calif., in 1914 and raised in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries, Dunlop earned a bachelor's degree (1935) and a Ph.D. (1939) from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1938, becoming associate professor of economics in 1945 and full professor in 1950. He chaired the Economics Department from 1961 to 1966. Dunlop served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences during a time of student unrest. He led the faculty-student University Committee on Governance, which examined and made recommendations on University issues and concerns. He was appointed Lamont University Professor in 1971.

In addition to serving as secretary of labor, Dunlop held many other government posts, including: director of the Cost of Living Council (1973-74), chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee (1971-74), chair of the Commission of the Future of Worker/Management Relations (1993-95), chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor-Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters (1977-2003), and chair of the Commission on Migratory Farm Labor (1984-2003). He wrote numerous books and articles, including: "Wage Determination Under Trade Unions" (1944); "Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases" (1949); "Industrial Relations Systems" (1958); "Labor in the Twentieth Century" (ed., 1978); "Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Consensus Building" (1984); and "A Stitch in Time: Lessons from the Apparel and Textile Industries" (with Abernathy, Hammond, and Weil, 1999).

"John Dunlop was a towering figure in Harvard's history," said Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers. "As a scholar, dean, secretary of labor, and an adviser to countless institutions, John Dunlop was a major contributor to the life of our nation and to our university. He will be missed."


  Captain Robert H. Dunlap Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima on 20 and 21 February 1945. He inspired his men to heroic

efforts during a critical phase of this battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit and daring tactics in the face of fanatical opposition greatly accelerated the final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and materially furthered the continued advance of his company. For his personal valor on these days he was awarded the US Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman



-William "Billy" James Dunlop III 1941-1984. A descendant of James Dunlop of Ayr and a seafaring adventurer in the grand Celtic tradition, Billy holds the Guinness World record for a transatlantic Crossing in the smallest boat ever. He made the journey from Portland, Maine to Falmouth, England in the Spring of 1982 in the "Wind's Will", a nine foot boat! In July 1983, this brave Dunlop set out to circumnavigate the globe in the same nine-foot craft!! Billy pulled into one of the Cook Islands for repairs and left on June 23rd, 1984, his birthday. He was bound for Australia where so many Dunlops have gone before, but none in so brave a fashion!! He was never heard from again, and no trace was ever found. Conjecture was that he was caught in a storm two days out of the Cook Islands. Bill's quote before he left on his global adventure was: "I'd rather die out there trying than not do it at all." -Submitted by Donna Dunlop Thompson, Bill's proud sister.



  -John Glenn (July 18, 1921-), American astronaut, pilot. A retired Marine Colonel, John Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 clusters for service during WWII and Korea. He has won many awards and medals, almost too numerous to list. His signature accomplishment remains his piloting the Mercury-Atlas 6 "friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission on Feb 20, 1962. He also flew in the STS-95 "Discovery" shuttle mission on Oct 29-Nov 7, 1998. He is descended from the Dunlaps through his maternal grandmother.



John David Dunlop was born in Cleburne, Texas, a railroad town south of Fort Worth. But in 1927 at age 3, he flew in his uncle's biplane. From then on, Dunlop had a love affair with flight. An Eagle Scout, Dunlop graduated from high school and then joined the Marine Corps in 1942. As a fighter pilot, he flew more than 100 missions in two South Pacific campaigns — the Marshall Islands and the Western Caroline and Peleliu islands.In 1946 he met and married Eleanor Jane Feild, also a Marine, who had learned to fly at 16. His wife of 56 years lives in Tucson. He also was an aerial photographer in the Korean War before becoming a test pilot for a number of aircraft and the Lunar Lander. His 20-year military career included two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Silver Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal with two gold stars. John David Dunlop died April 4, 2003.


  Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Beginning her career as an Army nurse in 1942 as a second Lieutenant, Lillian retired in 1975 as a Brigadier General in the US Army. Ms Dunlap served as the Chief of the Army Nursing Corps in 1971 and is only the second woman to serve as a Brigadier General, receiving her stars from the legendary General William Westmoreland. Among her war time assignments, she served at the 59th Station Hospital, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands and Philippine Islands from 1943-1945. These were some of the 'hot spots' during World War II. Other overseas assignments were in Germany in 1954-57 and as Chief Nurse in Okinawa 1965-66. She has been the recipient of the Woman's International Center's Living Legacy Award in 1998. See her website to read about the many awards and activities attributed to this living legend. Read her memoirs



Lt ColonelWilliam Dunlap Simpson, portrait William Dunlap Simpson, lawyer of Laurens, S.C. Oct 1823- Dec 26 1890.  Served during the Civil War with the 14th Carolina Volunteers and in the Confederate Congress (1863-1865).  In 1876, he was S.C. lieutenant governor from 1876-1878 and, in 1878, was acting governor until he became chief justice of the state Supreme Court from 1880 until his death.  Owner of a plantation in Laurens, SC, he married Jane E. Young, daughter of Henry Clinton Young (b. 1794), lawyer of Laurens, S.C., and Lucy Melissa Young (1802-1874).  William and Jane's children included William Dunlap, Jr., and Ernest, both lawyers, and John W., who was a banker in Spartanburg S.C., Greensboro, N.C., and Tennessee.




-Alexander William Dunlap DVD, MD. NASA payload specialist who supported many Shuttle flight experiments and is currently a candidate for on-board specialist for in-flight animal experimentation. The second of our Clan to carry the name to new heights..





jack in vietnam 1968  Lt. Col John (Jack) E Delap A U-2 Pilot and  WWII and Vietnam vet, Jack planned and flew missions as Mission Planner and Chief of Navigation for the original training cadre of U-2 spy planes out of Groom Lake in Nevada, also called Area 51. He flew over the Republic of China and the USSR. He had won the DFC with Oak cluster, Bronze Star, Air medal (5), and many more.jack at Groom Lake









-James E. Dunlap, Rider for the Pony Express. In mid-century America, communication between St. Joseph, Missouri and the fringe of western settlement and gold mining communities of California challenged the bold and made skeptical the timid. Into this picture rode the Pony Express. In rain and in snow, in sleet and in hail over moonlit prairie, down tortuous mountain path . . . pounding pony feet knitted together the ragged edges of a rising nation. From these hearty souls who toiled over plain and mountain that understanding might be more generally diffused, a nation spanning a continent was ours to inherit. In the spirit of the Pony Express it is for us to bequeath to those who shall follow, new trails in the sky uniting in thought and in deed." - Frank S. Popplewell



- Pvt. William Dunlap, Troop "M", 10th Calvary 1898, a Scottish-African-American....a Buffalo Soldier: In July 1866 Congress passed legislation establishing two cavalry and four infantry regiments (later consolidated to two) whose enlisted composition was to be made up of African-Americans. The mounted regiments were the 9th and 10th Cavalries, soon nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers by the Cheyenne and Comanche. The 9th and 10th Cavalries' service in subduing Mexican revolutionaries, hostile Native Americans, outlaws, comancheros, and rustlers was as invaluable as it was unrecognized. It was also accomplished over some of the most rugged and inhospitable country in North America. A list of their adversaries - Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Victorio, Lone Wolf, Billy the Kid, and Pancho Villa - reads like a "Who's Who" of the American West. Lesser known, but equally important, the Buffalo Soldiers explored and mapped vast areas of the southwest and strung hundreds of miles of telegraph lines. They built and repaired frontier outposts around which future towns and cities sprang to life. Without the protection provided by the 9th and 10th Cavalries, crews building the ever expanding railroads were at the mercy of outlaws and hostile Indians. The Buffalo Soldiers consistently received some of the worst assignments the Army had to offer. They also faced fierce prejudice to both the colors of their Union uniforms and their skin by many of the citizens of the post-war frontier towns. Despite this, the troopers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries developed into two of the most distinguished fighting units in the Army, and a Dunlap was among them, deservedly.


Richard Gilliam Dunlop Son of Hugh Dunlop of Tennessee, he was at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814 – 15 as a Captain of Cavalry with General Andrew Jackson, and became one of his firm friends. Volunteer troops were called for once more as the Seminoles, with their Chief, Osceola, were resisting the treaty stipulation that they move west. The East Tennessee Mounted Troops assembled at Athens and elected R. G. Dunlap Brigadier General of their brigade. Their task was finished after only two battles. After a treaty ended the Seminole War, Richard returned to East Tennessee and studied law in the office of John McCampbell. He was soon practicing law in Knoxville, becoming a member of the Bar in 1822.  President Jackson officially proclaimed the Cherokee Removal Treaty in 1836. Gen. R. G. Dunlap and his troops policed the Cherokees in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia as they were moved west.  When his troops were disbanded in autumn he said that he gave the Indians all the protection in his power, the whites needed none. He added that he would never aid in executing, “at the point of the bayonet, a treaty made by a lean minority against the will and authority of the Cherokee people.” Gen. Dunlap then went to Nashville looking for funding and authority to take his brigade to aid the Texans in their fight for independence. He boasted that he would raise a force of between two and five thousand men provided he could retain his rank of General, but the subsequent victory at the Battle of San Jacinto in April 1836, made it unnecessary. Richard moved to Texas in 1837, and after the election of Mirabeau Lamar as President of the Republic of Texas, he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury on 14Dec1838. As such, Richard hand-signed Texas’ currency issues of 1839....- Kenneth Dunlop

Alva Dunlap   Founder of Dunlap, Illinois. Alva Dunlap was born on October 26, 1805 at Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York. As early as 1834, Alva began exploring the west, and made at least two trips to Illinois, looking for suitable land. In 1837, he chose the northwest quarter of Section 14, in what is now Radnor Township, Peoria County, Illinois. He built a little frame house, 16’ x 24’ in 1837 on his newly acquired land. The next year, 1838, he brought his family to Illinois. They were living in Sandy Creek, New York and left Sackets Harbor, New York on August 11, 1838 on a schooner of about 100 tons, bound for Chicago, Illinois via the Great Lakes. They arrived in Chicago and proceeded in wagons to their new homestead, arriving on October 11, 1838. Accompanying him were his wife Mary and five children, Burleigh, Byron, Marshall Ney, Frances Marie and Gilbert Lane 1st, his parents, Smith and Eleanor Dunlap, his sister Ellen Dunlap and his brother Napoleon Dunlap. By 1871, Alva was a prominent landowner in Radnor Township and a staunch supporter of the Peoria and Rock Island Railway Company, which was extending its tracks from Peoria. Family legend says that he donated the right-of-way through his land to the railroad, and helped the railroad secure the right-of-way from other farmers. At the same time, he set aside 40 acres of his land on Section 11 for a village, and asked that the town he was laying out be named for him. The Village of Dunlap was laid out on June 11, 1871.  It is located 15 miles northwest of Peoria, Illinois. The village grew fairly quickly, and in a few years had 300 residents.