THE PIONEER HUNN FAMILY
Dr. Anthony Hunn was the first of his family to come to Collin County in 1849, one of three doctor sons of a doctor from Germany. He practice medicine around Collin County for a time. Dr. Hunn soon acquired 11,000 acres of land east of McKinney. Dr. Hunn did not remain on the frontier, returning to his practice in Kentucky.
His son Frank, who had come to Texas with his father, remained and became a part of the early settlement of the county, with many descendants still living in the area.
Born in Kentucky in 1838, he saw life on the frontier even back in Kentucky. He took part as a youth in the so-called Jayhawker War that raged in Missouri and Kansas, serving with the Younger brothers.
The story of his colorful life may be read on microfilm of the McKinney Democrat, April 11, 1933 and May 17, 1928.
When the Civil War came, Frank Hunn joined the famed Johnson Spy Company, later attaining the rank of captain while in Patten’s Regiment....
After the war ended, Frank returned to McKinney and in 1868 married Tola Dunn’s daughter, Cynthia Ann, thereby joining two of the families of the county’s earliest settlers. Tola Dunn served as one of the first county officers elected at Old Buckner, the first county seat, in 1846, with the official business of the county carried on in Jack McGarrah’s little store. Cynthia Ann’s mother was the first white child born in the county after Jack McGarrah established the little trading post at Ft. Buckner. Jack McGarrah and Tola Dunn went west for the Gold Rush and died out there.
RITES SET THURSDAY FOR CLAY F. HUNN
Clay F. Hunn, 93 of Rhome, died Tuesday at Bridgeport. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Celina Baptist Church conducted by Rev. A. A. Johnston and Abe Gearheart, with burial in the old Celina Cemetery, Morgan-Scott Funeral Home directing.
He was born April 20, 1870 in Collin County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunn. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Surviving are four sons, Shane of Celina, Ollie and Tony of Rhome, Bill of Denison; two daughters, Hazel Hunn of Temple and Mrs. Nora Burk of Dallas; three brothers, W. D. Hunn, McKinney; Lud Hunn, Aubrey, Joe Hunn, California; a sister, Mrs. Elmer Younger, Ft. Worth and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
McKinney Democrat-Gazette, May 17, 1928
Mrs. Francis Hunn, born May 5, 1842, 3 miles north of McKinney. She was a daughter of Tola Dunn, and Sally McGarrah Dunn. Her name was Cynthia Ann Dunn. She married F. M. (Frank) Hunn with J. B. Wilmeth officiating, May 10, 1868. She died Jan. 20, 1893. The couple had 6 sons and 4 daughters, 3 infants died.
Her father, Tola Dunn, and her grandfather, Jack McGarrah, died in the Gold Rush days, 1849.
Frank Hunn came to Collin Co., with his father, Dr. Anthony Hunn, in 1849. The father did not stay, but at one time owned 11,000 acres of land below the bridge on East Fork east of McKinney. He did not keep the land long. F. M. Hunn was born May, 1838 in Kentucky. He was in “Jayhawker War” in Missouri and Kansas. Knew the Younger brothers there.