ROBERT A. D. DUNLAP, Attorney-at-law and Register in Chancery, Gadsden, son of Samuel C. and Angeline C. (Tatum) Dunlap, was born in Henry County, Tenn., October I8, I843. The senior Mr. Dunlap was born in Lancaster District, S. C., 1808. in and his wife, six years before, was born in North Carolina. They were married in North Carolina, and from there migrated to Kentucky about the year 1834. From Kentucky they moved to Tennessee, and settled at Caledonia, where the old gentleman died in 1856.
The subject of this sketch was reared in Caledonia, there received his education, and, in 1862, entered the Confederate Army. Though not an enlisted soldier, he participated in the battle of Shiloh. At Corinth he was taken sick and returned home. In September, 1863, he enlisted in the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry (Forrest's command), and his company took part in many cavalry engagements in Mississippi and Tennessee. He was wounded at Guntown, Miss., and finally surrendered at Gainesville, Ala. For a short time after the war, he taught school, and in November, 1866, he located in DeKalb County, Ala., began the study of law, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and has practiced law ever since. He moved to Chattanooga in the fall of 1871, and from there, a year later, came to Gadsden. Here, in partnership with Colonels Denson and Disque, he practiced law two years; in partnership with Mr. Dortch he practiced some years: and since January, 1885, he has been unassociated. November, 1886, he was appointed Register in Chancery, which, aside from that of alderman in the City of Gadsden, appears to constitute the sum of his office holding.
Mr. Dunlap was married in July, 1868, to Susan G. Jacoway, daughter of John G. and Nancy Middleton Jacoway, of DeKalb County, and to them have been born nine children, viz. : John D., Samuel D., Horace E., Jessie M. (since deceased), Maggie E., Robert H., William W., Susan, and Frank C. The family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Dunlap is a member of the Order of Knights of Pythias.
Source: McCalley, Henry, Northern Alabama : historical and biographical. Birmingham, AL: Smith & De Land, 1888, pp. 835.