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

Mark, thank you so much for the information. I have determined that the Mackler Bunch in Wake County is not the same Mack Bunch because they are both on the 1880 Census in different locations with different parents. I know that sometimes my mulatto grandfather, whose father was Anglo American and claimed him in his will was also listed on later Census as black. The terms change by years from Mulatto, to Negro, to Colored to Black, but they are the same man. He had a very unusual first name and they were not other men who had his name in Wayne County, NC.

My Mack Bunch's father was John Bunch and his mother was Eliza born 1839. She was Anglo American and on the 1910 Census after John dies she claims this fact. Her death certificate in Chowan County, NC kind of confirms the fact because it says that her parents information is "unobtainable." That is very rare, but I have experienced so much deception on the death certificates. In some counties they do not list African Americans as Mulatto to save face of their Slave Holding fathers.

On my great grandfather's death certificate they deliberately put his father was a man who was African American and only 10 years older than him. It is awesome that the stories I was told of his real father was confirmed by the will in which his Anglo American father (my 2nd great grandfather) left him and his sister land and requested that my great grandfather settle his estate.

Since I have mixed ethnicity on both sides of my family I have experienced deliberate incorrect spellings of last names on Census Records when they are living alongside their Anglo Ancestors and my Native American Ancestors are listed as "Colored" in Civil War Documents and "Mulatto" on other records. These deliberate deceptions make it make difficult to find our families.

Thanks Again,

GiGi Best


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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