From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
The primary source for information on the BUNCH family is
Park/e/s and Bunch on The Trail West, compiled by Alice
Crandall Park (Baltimore: 1975), pages 201-42.
John and Rebecca Bunch
John BUNCH - b. by 1692, New Kent Co., VA; d. 14 Mar. 1741/2, Louisa
Co., VA. Though his ancestry is unproved, land records and tax
rolls of New Kent Co., VA support the belief that John was the
son of John (born in the 1660s) and grandson of John
BUNCH, for whose transportation Mr. Gervase DODSON was granted
Lancaster Co., VA on Mar. 3, 1656 (600 acres for 12 passengers).
On Mar. 18, 1662, 450 acres in New Kent Co., VA was assigned to
John BUNCH. This John is called John BUNCH, Jr. on a Feb. 18,
1722 land patent for 400 acres in the part of Hanover Co., VA
that became Louisa Co. in 1742. This land was distributed by deed
in 1742 according to his will, which identifies five of his six
sons (omitting son Samuel from the list). Married about 1715.
Rebecca HARRISON - b. 1699, Louisa Co., VA; d. Mar. 16, 1770, Louisa Co., VA. Her death is the first
entry in the Bible record of her son David.
Children of John and Rebecca Bunch
- John - b. about 1716, prob. Hanover Co., VA; d. 1777, Louisa
Co., VA. In his will dated Jun. 8, 1774, and proved Jan. 18,
1777, he names his sister Lucretia, brothers William, Samuel,
David and James, and William's daughter Nanny. John apparently
did not marry.
- William - b. about 1718, prob. Hanover Co., VA. In 1742 he
sold 60 acres received from his father to his brother John. Married
by 1754 Febe (or Phoebe), possibly surnamed GIBSON. Children:
Anne 'Nanny'; and possibly Martin, David, and Winslow.
- Henry - b. about 1720, prob. Hanover
- David - b. about 1722, prob. Hanover Co., VA; d. Apr. 18,
1776, Trinity Parish, Louisa Co., VA. His will was dated Jan.
3, 1776 and proved Oct. 14, 1776. Married about 1746 Mary Jane
'Polly' HUGHSON (b. Aug. 29, 1729; d. May 4, 1807). [One source
gives David's wife as Mary O. ASHER.] Children: John married
Hannah CRUZE/CREWS; Joseph married Mary; Pouncey married Elizabeth
BUNCH (first cousin and daughter of James); William married Nancy
MOORE; Jane was possibly the Jeanie BUNCH who married George
CHEWNING; Mary; David married Judith BUNCH (first cousin and
daughter of Samuel); Lucretia; Anthony married first Mary BUNCH
(first cousin and daughter of Samuel), and second Mary BURNETT/BARNETT;
Thomas married Jennie; Nathaniel did not married; Winnie married
William CREWS; and Paul married Mary 'Poly' HANCOCK.
- James - b. about 1724, prob. Hanover Co., VA; d. 1802, prob.
Bedford Co., VA. His will was dated Apr. 27, 1795 and filed Sep
27, 1802 in Bedford Co., VA. Married about 1749 Mary. Children:
Elizabeth married first James TAYLOR, and second Pouncey BUNCH
(first cousin and son of David); Susannah'Sukey' married Patrick
COYLE; Margery married James HARRIS or HARRISON; Sarah 'Sally'
possibly married Maddox STANLEY, Jr.; Martha married Nathaniel
HARRIS or HARRISON; Priscilla married William SCOTT; Mary 'Molly'
married Blackstone GENTRY; Ann married Henry EDISON; and James
married Susannah COFFER.
- b. about 1726, prob. Hanover Co., VA; d. 1783, Louisa Co., VA. His
will was dated Jan. 30, 1782 and proved Jun. 9, 1783. Married about
1747 Mary HUDSON (b. 1726, Hanover Co., VA; d. 1783, Louisa Co., VA),
daughter of John HUDSON and Elizabeth HARRIS. Children: Rebecca married
Mr. MEREDITH; James married; John married; Samuel married Sally; Ann;
Judith married David BUNCH (first cousin and son of David); Mary
married Anthony BUNCH (first cousin and son of David); George married
Sally SARGENT; and Charles married Mary BELLAMY.
- Lucretia - b. prob. Hanover Co., VA. Named in brother John's
will of 1774 as married to Mr. MEREDITH.
- ? Rebecca - Listed as youngest child by an undocumented source.
Henry and Ann Bunch
Henry BUNCH - b. about 1720, prob. Hanover Co., VA.
Son of John BUNCH and Rebecca. In 1742 he
sold the 60 acres received from his father to his brother John.
He apparently moved to Bedford Co. prior to 1742, and his name
is found in court and land records there beginning in 1754. His
date and place of death have not been discovered, but many of
his children moved to Mercer Co., KY beginning about 1789. Perhaps
Henry died about this date. In addition to the seven sons shown,
Henry was perhaps the father of Charles (b. about 1761), Betsy
(b. about 1773), and Simeon (b. 1775) who married Celia 'Lula'
Boone in 1799, residents of Warren Co., KY in 1800. Married about
1745, Bedford Co., VA.
Ann - A deed for the sale of Bedford Co., VA land was
dated Nov. 2, 1763 and signed by Henry and Ann BUNCH, and recorded
May 22, 1764 when Anne relinquished dower right. She was possibly
Ann CALLOWAY, and the presumed mother of his children.
Children of Henry and Ann Bunch
- Richard - b. about 1747, Louisa Co., VA; d. prob. Washington
Co., KY. Served in the Revolution. Resided in Mercer Co., KY
in 1789 through 1811, and then moved to Washington Co., KY. A
Mercer Co., KY deed of 1804 names his wife as Mary. Children:
Susanna married William WILLSON; and possibly Charles married
Fanny LYONS, William married Martha ELLIS, and Richard married
- Zachariah - b. about 1751, Louisa Co.,
VA; d. Apr.-Aug. 1794, Clark Co., KY.
- Joseph - b. about 1753, Louisa or Bedford Co., VA; d. by
1800, Hardin Co., KY. He served in the Revoution at the Battle
of Point Pleasant in 1774. Joseph is found on the tax rolls of
Bedford Co., VA in 1782, and of Mercer Co., KY in 1789 and 1790.
A Mercer Co., KY deed of 1805 names his wife as Sarah. His will,
dated Apr. 20, 1818, names his children: Matilda married Jonathan
GRAY; and Zachariah.
- Winston - b. about 1759, Bedford Co., VA; d. 1830, Mercer
Co., KY. Served three years as a private from Albemarle Co.,
VA in the Revolution, and received a land warrant for 100 acres
in KY. Winston is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. Married 1784
Eliza BUNCH (b. 1764; d. 1834). Children: David W. married Elizabeth
WRIGHT (DAR line); William married Martha HART; and others.
- George - b. about 1765, Bedford Co., VA; d. Warren Co., KY.
Received land grant in Aug. 1799 in Warren Co., KY. Named in
will of his brother Calloway. Married first Nov. 28, 1787, Bedford
Co., VA Hannah HIBBS, daughter of Isaac HIBBS. George married
second Feb. 22, 1798, Nelson Co., KY Elizabeth SPENCER, daughter
of Thomas SPENCER. Child of Hannah: A son. Children of Elizabeth:
Mariah Jane married James Love BLEWETT; and two sons.
- James - b. about 1767, Bedford Co., VA; d. by Jul. 1797,
Nelson Co., KY. Married Nov. 28, 1791, Bedford Co., VA Ruth HIBBS,
daughter of Isaac HIBBS. The widow Ruthy BUNCH married again
on Jul. 29, 1797 in Nelson Co., KY. Son of James and Ruth: James.
- Calloway - b. about 1769, Bedford Co., VA; d. 1807-8, Warren
Co., KY. Will dated Nov. 11, 1807 and proved Jan. 4, 1808. Married
Jul. 8, 1794, Mercer Co., KY Mrs. Ann 'Nancy' HENDERSON (b. about
1773). Ann had a son Joseph HENDERSON. Children of Calloway and
Ann: Elizabeth married Nathaniel COVINGTON; Simeon married Minnie/Malinda/Massey
BRIGGS; William married Melinda ROARK; Martha 'Parsy'; Pamelia;
and Mary 'Polly'.
Zachariah and Sabory Bunch
[Second H in first name reconstructed]
Zachariah BUNCH - b. about 1751, prob. Louisa Co., VA;
d. Apr.-Aug. 1794, Clark Co., KY. Son of Henry
BUNCH and Ann. Zachariah sold land in Bedford Co., VA by deed
dated Sep. 1, 1772, making it likely that his first child was
born in that county. He appears on the 1784 tax list of Botetourt
Co., VA, and on the 1789 tax list of Mercer Co., KY. His will,
dated Apr. 3, 1794, Clark Co., KY, and proved by witnesses John
SUMMERS, Sr., and Peter DEWITT, Jr. and Sr. on Aug. 26, 1794,
and by Saby BUNCH on Aug. 28, 1794. The will names wife Saby,
six children, and grandson James CUBBAGE. Son in law John HOLLOWAY
was security for the executrix. An inventory of the BUNCH estate
was taken Nov. 24, 1794 and recorded Dec. 23, 1794, clearly indicates
Zachariah was a livestock farmer, including seven horses, 24 head
of cattle, 14 hogs and 7 sheep. Married about 1771.
Sabory - Wife of Zachariah in 1793, and possibly the
mother of his children. The following entry appears in a volume
of Mercer Co., KY Court Records: 'Indenture from Zachariah Bunch
and Sabory Bunch, his wife, to Lawrence McGuire, was acknowledged
and dower relinquished and ordered recorded.' This record provides
Saby's full given name, and suggests a lead that may uncover her
ancestry. Research continues.
Children of Zachariah and Saby Bunch
- Millie - b. Oct. 19,
1771, VA; d. Aug. 28, 1851, Scott Co., IL. Married John
- Mourning - Married before Apr. 1794 Mr. CUBBAGE. Son: James.
- Clark - b. about 1774, prob. VA; d. by 1820, poss. Montgomery
Co., KY. On Mercer Co., KY tax list in 1800. Married July or
Aug. 1794, Clark Co., KY Ann DAVIS, daughter of Ben, surety John
HOLLOWAY. Their son Davis served in the War of 1812. Children:
Davis married Mary 'Polly' HOLLOWAY (daughter of John HOLLOWAY
and Millie BUNCH); and possibly two others.
- Henry - b. by 1775, VA; d. 1820-1830, Clark Co., KY. Included
with "the three youngest" children in his father's
will. Married by 1800 Sally. In addition to the children which
follow, census records indicate Henry probably had two more sons
and one daughter. Their first three sons moved by the 1850 census
date to Independence Township, Macon Co., MO, with son Elijah
remaining in KY. Children: John married Mary 'Polly' OLIVER;
Henry married Nancy EPPERSON; Joseph married Luvicy Ann PATRICK;
and Elijah married Julina HAGGARD.
- Anna (or Amey) - Included in "my youngest daughters"
in her father's will. Married Dec. 12, 1795, Clark Co., KY Benjamin
WHITTENTON, with consent given by Sabray BUNCH on Dec. 9.
- Lucy (or Lucinda) - Included in "my youngest daughters"
in her father's will. Married Samuel H. HARDWICK (b. Jun. 11,
1779, VA; d. 1810-1820, KY). Lived in Montgomery Co., KY in 1810
and 1820. Children: Mary Ann 'Polly' married Robert PARKS; Sarah
Ann married Levie SHECKELS and/or David FITZSIMMONS; Samuel married
first Polly Ann HUGHES, and second Jane; Henry married first
Matilda DOWNS and second Arina A. 'Ary' NICHOLS WEEKS; Jordon
married Dorinda SPRAGGINS; Elizabeth married John O'HAIR; George
Nimrod married Jane PUGH; John Wesley married Lovey PUGH; and
William 'Billy' married Sarah ADKINS.