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Biography: Dr. Ernest B. Dunlap born July 24,1881 – photograph

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Dr. Ernest B. Dunlap




St. Clair County, Alabama and Oklahoma


Ernest B. Dunlap was born at Eden,Alabama, July 24, 1881, a son of Dr. Perry G. Dunlap (b. May 5, 1858 St. Clair County, Alabama – Jan 21, 1934, Lawton, Comanche County, OK) and Virginia “Jennie” Beaureguard. (Turner) Dunlap. (Nov. 7, 1861 AL – May 12, 1921, Lawton, Comanche Co., OK.

The Dunlap family originated in England and settled in South Carolina during colonial days.

Dr. Perry G. Dunlap was born in Alabama in 1862, removed from Eden to Adger near Birmingham in 1892, and in 1907 came out to Lawton, Oklahoma. He was in practice in that city until January 1912, since which date he has lived at Porter, Alabama. He was a graduate in medicine from the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tennessee, and was still engaged in practice in 1916. His wife was also a native of Alabama.

Their living children in 1916 were:

  1. Dr. Ernest B Dunlap (July 1881 – Dec. 18, 1964)
  2. Ellis Dunlap, a merchant at Adger, Alabama;
  3. Carl Walton Dunlap, who was in service with the United States Navy in 1916, but whose home was at Bremerton, Washington;
  4. Vivian Dunlap, of Anniston, Alabama;
  5. Lucile Dunlap, a teacher at Livingston, Alabama moved to Comanche County, OK
  6. Hurteline Dunlap, a student in the public schools of Porter.


Dr. Ernest B. Dunlap attended the common schools at Eden, Alabama, and in 1902 graduated A. B. from the Southern University. His medical studies were pursued in the Birmingham Medical College, where he received his degree Doctor of Medicine in 1906. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon college fraternity and the Phi Chi medical fraternity. During his college days, he took a prominent interest in athletics, particularly football, and baseball, and was also president of the college Y. M. C. A. He was a member of Board of Education of Lawton and was president of this board.

Doctor Dunlap had an unusually thorough training and experience before taking up individual practice. He spent nearly two years as intern in St. Vincent’s General Hospital in New York City, was for four months connected with the health department of that city, and three months in the Lying-in Hospital. For about two months he was assistant surgeon at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Doctor Dunlap began his active individual practice at Lawton in October 1908, and had a large clientage in general medicine and surgery. His offices were in the First National Bank Building.

He was a member of the County and State Medical societies and the American Medical Association and was appointed by Governor Williams on State Board of Medical Examiners, April 17, 1915. He was elected president of the board at the meeting in January 1916. He holds a commission from the United States Government with the rank of first lieutenant in the Medical Reserve Corps.

His church was the Methodist Episcopal in which he was a trustee, and his politics was democratic. Doctor Dunlap was a member of Lawton Lodge No. 183, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Lawton Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and belonged to the Lawton Chamber of Commerce.

On January 20, 1909, at Greensboro, Alabama, Doctor Dunlap married Miss Wylie A. Walton. Her father, J. J. Walton, was a prominent plantation owner at Greensboro, Alabama.

To their marriage were born at three known children.

  1. Mary Virginia Dunlap (Jan 10, 1910 – Jun 27, 1996)
  2. Jack Walton Dunlap
  3. Dr. Ernest B. Dunlap, Jr. (April 20, 1914 – December 24, 1985)

Dr. Ernest B. Dunlap passed away on December 19, 1964, in Comanche County, Oklahoma. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma. His wife Wylie was born 1884 and died Dec. 15, 1963 and is also buried in Highland as well as other family members.



  1. The above transcribed from: A standard history of Oklahoma: an authentic narrative of its Volume 3 By Joseph Bradfield Thoburn The American Historical Society, 1916
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 20532803 ## 20532803 # 20532787 # 54478018 # 20439010 l # 20482729 # 54478053 # 76681039

This biography is included in the Book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III

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  1. Leigh Ann Dunlap Seals your family?

    1. Wow – I don’t think so but it’s possible. My family hailed from West Virginia.

  2. My grandmother was a Spruiell from Eden, born there in 1900. Her dad’s folks were from down Wolf Creek Road south and that area was called Dunlap in one of the census years. In other years it was called Wolf Creek or Kelly Creek or Mundine or Lawley, but all the same place in the area of present Camp Creek Road and Wolf Creek Road South and the St Clair- Shelby County line and the meeting of Wolf Creek and Kelly Creek, near Lawley Chapel Methodist Church and Cemetery and more recently some nudist camp.

  3. Name: Nancy Sprniell
    [Nancy Spruiell]
    Age: 59
    Birth Date: Abt 1821
    Birthplace: South Carolina
    Home in 1880: Dunlap, St Clair, Alabama, USA
    Dwelling Number: 258
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Marital status: Widowed
    Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
    Mother’s Birthplace: South Carolina
    Occupation: Farmer
    Cannot Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Nancy Spruiell 59
    Auther Spruiell 23
    Simon Spruiell 15
    Jackson Spruiell 18
    Samantha Spruiell 16

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