I have to backtrack with some additional information about John Dunwody. Thanks to June Hayden, who is a docent at Barrington Hall in Roswell, I now can go back one more generation. John Dunwody was the only child of Dr. James Dunwody and Ester Dean Splatt Dunwody. Dr. James Dunwody had a medical practice in Liberty County. When John Dunwody moved to Roswell, Roswell King (for whom the town in named) gave John Dunwody the opportunity to set up a business in Lebanon, the area just north of Roswell. John Dunwody’s business was a tannery.
John Dunwody and his wife, Jane Bulloch, had six children who lived to adulthood. They were James Bulloch Dunwody, John Dunwody, Jane Marion Dunwody, William Elliott Dunwody, Henry Macon Dunwody and Charles Archibald Alexander Dunwody. The last, Charles, is the Maj. Dunwody who started the post office and gave us our name.
Charles Dunwody, was born in 1828, so he would have been about 10 when his parents made the move from south Georgia. He attended Franklin College in Athens. In 1852, he married Ellen Rice.
In 1861, Maj. Charles A. Dunwody and Captain Thomas E. King started the Roswell Guards, a volunteer infantry company. In July of that same year, they were called to battle in Manassas, Virginia. Maj. Dunwody was badly wounded in the hip at Manassas. He then resigned his commission only to return to duty two times, once as a commanding officer at a camp of instruction at Calhoun, and secondly as a private in Roswell Battalion Georgia Cavalry in 1863.
One of his brothers, John Dunwody, served as a surveyor and disbursing agent for the Confederate States. When he died in 1903, he was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Another brother, Henry Macon Dunwody, was in the 51st Regiment, Georgia Infantry. He died at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. He and Major Charles A. Dunwody are buried at Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery.
When Major Dunwody returned home he settled near the intersection of Spalding Drive and Roberts Drive and did some farming. Then he decided the area needed a post office and went about getting one established.
He was also responsible for the rebuilding of the bridge across the Chattahoochee River in the area that leads to Roswell. There was a bridge before the Civil War; however, Confederate soldiers destroyed it in an effort to keep Union soldiers from entering the town of Roswell.
In 2000, the Sons of Confederate Veterans placed a memorial grave marker at Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery to honor Major Charles Dunwody.
Other sources cited include: “A History of Roswell Presbyterian Church” by Clarece Martin, and “Children of Pride: A True Story of Georgia and the Civil War” by Robert Manson Myers