Stanley Dunham
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Stanley Armour Dunham (1918 - 1992)

Sgt. Stanley Armour Dunham
Born in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 5 May 1940 in El Dorado, Kansasmap
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Died at age 73 in Honolulu, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii, United Statesmap
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Stanley Dunham is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 18 Jan 1942-
Pvt, World War II

When Stanley Armour was born on March 23, 1918, in Wichita, Kansas, his father, Ralph, was 23 and his mother, Ruth, was 17. He lost his mother when he was only 8 years old. He and his wife, Madelyn Payne Dunham, raised their grandson Barack Obama from the age of 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His father's ancestors settled in Kempton, Indiana, in the 1840s, before relocating to Kansas. His parents were married on October 3, 1915, at a home on South Saint Francis St. in Wichita, and opened The Travelers' Cafe on William Street situated between the old firehouse and the old Wichita City Hotel.

On November 25, 1926, at age 8, Dunham discovered his mother's body after she had committed suicide. Subsequently, Dunham's father placed him and his older brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Jr. in the care of their maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas. A rebellious teenager, Dunham allegedly punched his high school principal and spent some time drifting, hopping rail cars to Chicago, California, and back again. He married Madelyn Lee Payne on May 5, 1940, the night of her senior prom.

Dunham enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served in the European Theatre of World War II with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company, Aviation. During D-Day, this unit helped to support the 9th Air Force. Dunham and his brother were deployed to France six weeks after D-Day. Madelyn Dunham gave birth to their daughter Stanley Ann Dunham, who was later known as Ann, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita on November 29, 1942. During the war, Madelyn Dunham worked on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita.

Dunham was discharged from the U.S. Army on August 30, 1945. After the war, the family moved to Berkeley, California so he could pursue study at the University of California, Berkeley and then eventually back to El Dorado, Kansas, where Dunham managed a furniture store. In 1955, after the Dunhams moved to Seattle, Washington, Dunham worked as a salesman for the Standard-Grunbaum Furniture Company, and his daughter Ann attended middle school. The family lived in an apartment in the Wedgwood Estates in the Wedgwood, Seattle neighborhood. In 1956 they moved to the Shorewood Apartments on Mercer Island, a Seattle suburb. Ann attended high school there, and they stayed until she graduated in 1960. In 1957, Dunham started working for the Doces Majestic Furniture Company.

The family then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Dunham found a better furniture store opportunity. Madelyn Dunham started working at the Bank of Hawaii in 1960, and was promoted as one of the bank's first female vice presidents in 1970.

In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, he wrote, "One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's shoulders as the astronauts from one of the Apollo missions arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after a successful splashdown". At 10 years old, Barack Obama moved in with the Dunhams in Honolulu to attend school in the U.S. while his mother and stepfather Lolo Soetoro were living in Jakarta, Indonesia. His mother later came back to Hawaii to pursue graduate studies, but when she returned to Indonesia in 1977 for her master's fieldwork, Obama stayed in the United States with his grandparents. Obama wrote in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, "I'd arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents: I could live with them and they'd leave me alone so long as I kept my trouble out of sight".

Dunham died on February 8, 1992, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 73, and was buried in the Punchbowl National Cemetery.

Dunham is a direct descendant of Jonathan Singletary Dunham, a prominent early American settler who left the Plymouth Colony to build the first gristmill in New Jersey. The most recent native European ancestor was Falmouth Kearney, a farmer who emigrated from Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland, during the Great Irish Famine and settled in Jefferson Township, Tipton County, Indiana, United States. Kearney's youngest daughter, Mary Ann (Kearney) Dunham, was Stanley Dunham's paternal grandmother.

Stanley Dunham's distant cousins include six U.S. presidents: James Madison, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, plus Barack Obama, his grandson. Through a common ancestor, Mareen Duvall, a wealthy Huguenot merchant who emigrated to Maryland in the 1650s, Dunham is related to former Vice-President Dick Cheney (an eighth cousin once removed). Through another common ancestor, Hans Gutknecht, a German Swiss from Bischwiller, Alsace whose three sons resettled in Germantown, Pennsylvania as well as the Kentucky frontier in the mid-18th century, Dunham is President Harry S. Truman's fourth cousin, twice removed. Dunham and Wild Bill Hickok are sixth cousins, four times removed, through Jacob Dunham.



United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Stanley A Dunham
Name (Original) DUNHAM STANLEY A
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 18 Jan 1942
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1918
Birthplace KANSAS
Education Level 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation Salespersons
Marital Status Married
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Source Reference Civil Life
Serial Number -------Affiliate ARC Identifier 1263923---Box Film Number 02452.102
Citing this Record


Born to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ruth Lucille Armour in Wichita, Kansas, son Stanley Armour on 23 March 1918.[1]
1920 Wichita Ward 5, Sedgwick, Kansas
Age 1
Marital Status Single
Race (Original) White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1919
Birthplace Kansas
Father's Birthplace Kansas---Mother's Birthplace Illinois
Sheet Letter B--Sheet Number 10
Harry Armour Head M 46 Illinois
Gabriella Armour Wife F 43 Missouri
Doris Armour Daughter F 13 Illinois
Ralph Dunham Son-in-law M 26 Kansas Mechanic-Automobile
Ruth Dunham Daughter F 19 Illinois
Ralph Dunham Grandson M 3 Kansas
Stanly Dunham Grandson M 1 Kansas
Christopher C Clark Father M 74 Missouri
Citing this Record
1930 El Dorado, Butler, Kansas
Age 53---Marital Status Married
Birth Year (Estimated) 1877
Birthplace Missouri
Father's Birthplace Missouri---Mother's Birthplace Kentucky
Sheet Letter A---Sheet Number 17
Harry E Armour Head M 56 Illinois Pumper-Oil Lease
Gabriella Armour Wife F 53 Missouri
Doris E Armour Daughter F 24 Illinois Stenographer Oil Co. Office
Ralph E Dunham Grandson M 13 Kansas Carrier paper route
Stanley R Dunham Grandson M 12 Kansas
Christopher C Clark Father-in-law M 84 Missouri
Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 January 2018), Gabriella Armour in household of Harry E Armour, El Dorado, Butler, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 19, sheet 17A, line 33, family 180, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 695; FHL microfilm 2,340,430.


Hawaii Obituaries Index, ca. 1980-present
Name Stanley Armour Dunham
Event Date 1992
Event Place Hawaii, United States
Age 73
Birth Year (Estimated) 1919
Birthplace Wichita, Kansas
Death Date 08 Feb 1992
Newspaper Honolulu Advertiser
Spouse: Madelyn L Dunham Wife
  1. S Ann D Soctoro Daughter
Parents and
  1. Ralph E Brother
  2. Virginia Goeldner Sister
  3. Elinore Berkebile Sister
  4. Citing this Record


  1. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 January 2018), Stanly Dunham in household of Harry Armour, Wichita Ward 5, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States; citing ED 150, sheet 10B, line 89, family 281, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 550; FHL microfilm 1,820,550.
  2. "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Stanley A Dunham, enlisted 18 Jan 1942, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  3. "Hawaii Obituaries Index, ca. 1980-present," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 June 2017), Stanley Armour Dunham, 1992; citing Hawaii, United States, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Kauai Garden Island News, The Maui News and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Joseph F. Smith Library at Brigham Young University - Hawaii, Laie; FHL microfilm 100,544,966.

  1. "Birth Announced," The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), Thursday 28 March 1918, page 6, column 1.
  • Title: New England Historic and Genealogical Society
Abbreviation: NEHGS

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Dunham-2379 and Dunham-3 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and child
Dunham-2312 and Dunham-3 appear to represent the same person because: same person, same family, part of many merges of duplicates created

Rejected matches › Stanley Wayburn Duncan (1926-2004)