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Re: Samuel BUNCH
In Response To: Re: Samuel BUNCH ()

Hi GiGi:

There's a branch of South Carolina Bunches that appear to be descended from old Paul Bunch who shows up in Chowan County, NC in 1725 (he was probably the same Paul Bunch who was in King William County, Virginia in 1704, and in Hanover County, Virginia records up until 1724). The only son mentioned in his 1726 will was a John Bunch who sold the North Carolina property he inherited from his father and moved to South Carolina shortly after his father's passing. Members of the family in South Carolina are listed as FPOC at least as late as the 1790 census (see the double entries for Ephraim and William Bunch -- in St. John's Parish, Charleston). Later descendants generally appear to have crossed the color line. See Paul Heinegg's research on the Bunch family for more information on this South Carolina branch.

I think the John L. Bunch family that shows up in 1850 in the St. James Goose Creek Parish, Charleston, SC is very likely connected to the aforementioned line. This is in part because of the location and in part because of the one son named Laford. I have a genetic connection to a line of Anderson County, Tennessee Bunches that came from South Carolina, and Laford seems to have been a popular name among them. Since I presumably connect to old Paul Bunch (by another route), it seems likely that the Laford Bunches of Tennessee (and SC) connect back to him too. That's obviously not proof of the fact, though.

Is the 1870 entry for your Mack Bunch the one for "MacKler" Bunch in Wake County, NC? If so, then he seems to be listed with a brother who's 6 years older and a sister who's 4 years older, and they're all listed as "black." I wonder if they weren't former slaves who took their surname from their former master? If you look at the 1860 census slave schedule for Wake County, there are two Bunches (Henry and Jesse) with slave holdings -- the youngest 3 for Henry roughly fit the ages/genders of the 1870 Wilson County entry. Is this a possibility?

-Mark Bunch


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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