Z. T. Dungan is a native of Huntington Township, this county, and was born December 7, 1859, being the third and youngest child born to Matthew and Hannah (Barker) Dungan. The former, a native of Fayette County, Ind., was born June 9, 1828, and was the son of Zachariah and Prudence Ann (Durbin) Dungan, who were respectively, natives of Warren and Butler Counties, Ohio. Matthew Dungan came to this county in 1847, and located in Section 31, Huntington Township. He was married to Hannah J. Barker, December 19, 1852, and the following May, he and his wife located upon a farm in Section 29, same township. There they continued to Reside until April, 1885, when they removed to the City of Huntington, and there the husband died on the 4th day of August following. Soon afterward his widow, Mrs. Hannah Dungan, returned to the farm on Section 29, where she still resides. The latter was born in Wayne County, this State, June 12, 1828, and was the daughter of Thomas and Abbe (Cave) Barker. The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and early youth working upon his fatherâ€™s farm in this county. In winter he attended the district school, in which he obtained the rudiments of an education. At the age of sixteen he took up the profession of a teacher, and followed it eleven terms with good success. In the meantime he had improved his education by attending school. At seventeen years of age he was appointed by the County Commissioners as student to Purdue University, but after investigating that institution he concluded he would prefer a normal education, and consequently soon afterward he entered the Normal School at Ladoga. Later on he completed the teacherâ€™s and scientific courses in the Central Indiana Normal School at Danville. In 1876 he entered upon the study of the law and continued at this as his profession would permit until the spring of 1880, when he was admitted a member of the Huntington County Bar, under the late Judge Slack. Soon afterward he entered upon the practice of his profession in the office of Kenner & Dille, in Huntington. His undivided attention was given to the practice of his profession for two years. In conjunction with this he acted in the capacity of local editor of the Lime City News and the Indiana Herald. During the campaign of 1884 he was connected with the Daily Democrat. During the session of the legislature in 1885 he was appointed Assistant Clerk of the Senate, but owing to sickness was compelled to relinquish the position. Since April, 1885, he has resided upon a farm in Section 29, Huntington Township, a residence he expects to make temporary. May 11, 1880, he was married to Lina Close, daughter of George and Mary Ann (Ellis) Close, the former a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and the latter a native of Brown County, Ohio. Mrs. Dungan was born in Adams County, Ohio, July 6, 1859. To their marriage two children have been born, Harry O., born May 19, 1881, and Carleton M. G., born July 7, 1883.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Huntington City and Township. Pages 475-476.