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    Frank Bunting

    Hello, thanks for your interest in these NC Buntings (they have many name spelling variants). They are undoubtedly part of your group. Frank Bunting (editor) here. The post below you mention was compiled by me. I guess you are not a member (yet, perhaps) of our Society. That’s because my post relates to an article (the first of 3) about the Bunting ancestry (probably Kent, UK) of our NC member Donna Bunting Flake. That first article (titled “Daniel Bunting”) was in the Spring-Summer 2020 edition (No. 61) of our journal. It looks at Donna’s paternal line. The next edition (No. 62, currently being sent out to members) has a follow-up article on Donna’s maternal Bunting ancestry (from Derbyshire UK). The final article (in prep.) will look at the pre-NC history of her paternal Buntings. The pre-NC history of her maternal Quaker Buntings is well known. In Journal 61, we presented a best-fit Family Tree for Donna’s paternal line and it shows how we think your Geraldus Buntyn and wife Elcy link to Donna’s line. If you make contact (via the “Request Advice” button on the Home page) with our webmaster Trevor mentioning this discussion… and provide your email address and name, I would be pleased to send you a PDF copy of Donna’s first article and that Tree. Better still, also join the Society, see all the Journals and contribute (if you choose) to the on-going research into your and Donna’s line. The latest Journal (No. 62) also has an in depth article describing a (completely different) Bunting group from Rowan county NC. There are at least 3 different Bunting groups with NC history. They have got tangled up in some people’s family history work due, in part it seems, to the patchy nature of early official records.


    This post is very interesting to me, as my Buntyn branch originated in Pitt County, North Carolina, a neighbor to Edgecombe.

    John/Joseph Buntyn (17 Sep 1765 – 06 Apr 1826, possibly South Carolina) married Elcy Averett/Everett (05 Jul 1773 – 09 Aug 1848, Georgia) before 1791 in NC (possibly Edgecombe, Martin, or Pitt Co. – record has not been located). [Elcy Everett Buntyn’s family Bible has his name as “Joseph Buntyn”, 1792 Pitt Co., NC, Warranty Deed (N: 231) has his name as “John Buntin”.]

    Their known children:
    1. Geraldus Buntyn (24 Aug 1791, NC – 20 Jul 1865, Tennessee). He served in the War of 1812.
    2. Benjamin Buntyn (04 Feb 1801, NC – ca. 1857, Texas)
    3. Amy Sarah Buntyn (09 Dec 1803 – 24 May 1856).
    4. James Everett Buntyn (26 Jan 1806, South Carolina – 25 May 1880, Mississippi)
    5. Joseph Everett Buntyn (12 Feb 1809, SC – 26 May 1894, GA) [MY LINE]
    6. Sally Everett J. Buntyn (12 Jan 1811 – 17 Sep 1827)

    Elcy Averett/Everett was a daughter of James Averett/Everett (ca. 1755, NC – ca. 1822, Edgecombe Co., NC), who owned property in Martin Co., NC 1787-1810.

    I have not been able to link my John/Joseph Buntyn to the other Buntin/Bunting/Buntyn families in this region of North Carolina, but I am certain he was related to them.

    Trevor Rix

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    A Line of Buntings from Kent UK to Norfolk co Virginia to North Carolina
    Frank Bunting (581)
    December 2020

    Donna Bunting Flake line: Revised tree from Richard Bunting (1618-1668)
    Compilation of this tree relies heavily on actual records. But, in new colonies like Eastern USA, they were/are scant. Making connections within this migratory line of Buntings uses those scant records plus critically the context of them, and male naming patterns.
    The context is mostly defined by names of associates/relatives at one known location of a Bunting individual or family moving to a new place (at more or less the same time) as a Bunting known to be or inferred to be from that group. The historical context is also used for each group for that place and time.
    The use of male naming patterns is standard – supporting evidence, not proof.
    In the end, DNA studies will be needed to confirm (or otherwise) the tree, and to a larger extent than would be so in a ‘records rich’ situation. This will be in addition to the discovery of new hard to find records.

    Richard Bunting (1618-1668)
    • Born England ca. 1618
    • Probably born in Kent (near Leeds Castle – association with Culpepper family) to father, either: a) Richard m1. 1610, then from Broomfield, or b) John m. 1614 from Hollingbourne (brothers?)
    • Immigration Richard is listed as a 1635 emigrant on ship “Dorset” aged 17: London to Bermuda, a sister colony to Virginia. Thomas Dew (Doe, Due, Dewe etc) and wife Elizabeth nee Bennet were wealthy planters owning land on Bermuda (then Somers Isles). They lived in the 1620s as early settlers near Jamestown Va. Between 1642-1660 they lived at Nansemond Va, just to the west from Norfolk Va along with some of the Bennett family. The Bennetts were Virginia and Somers Isles Company shareholders of London. They were originally from Kent, where Elizabeth was born, so they must have rubbed shoulders with the wealthy Culpeppers) of Kent/London (see Culpepper connection below). Thomas organised indentured immigrants to Bermuda around 1635 and was an associate of Rev Roger Green (for significance, see below) at Nansemond (1653 record). Thomas Dew is likely to have been behind Richard Bunting’s move from Bermuda to the (Lower) Norfolk Co. Va area, probably in the 1640-1650 period. Richard lived on (and likely established) a plantation on the southern side of Elizabeth River, Western Branch. The family plantations are now under suburbs, western portion of Portsmouth city, Va.
    • Marr. Eliza
    • Children alive in 1667/68 will: Elizabeth, Mary, Dorothy and Richard (one of the daughters marr. William Wallice – Richard’s 1705 will)
    • Died 1668 in Norfolk Co, Virginia (from will on Ancestry with transcribed name error: “Bouling”)

    Richard Bunting (ca. 1645-1713)
    • Born ca. 1645 – possibly Bermuda or Norfolk Co. Va
    • Marr. ca. 1665 Anne Green(e), probably in Norfolk Co. (Green family was there and at adjacent Nansemond by 1654 – from a Legal Memorandum)
    • Children alive in his 1705 will (death and probate 1713):
    ◦ Richard b. ca. 1670
    ◦ William b. ca. 1680 – d.1718, Norfolk co.
    ▪ Richard b. 1700-1705, teenager inheriting guns from father. Probably this Richard Bunting who sold land in 1746 to Peter and Dorcas Taylor
    ▪ Sarah, younger child
    ▪ Mary, youngest
    ◦ John b. 1670-75
    ◦ Thomas
    ◦ Henry
    ◦ Mathew (likely youngest son, and not of age in 1705, mentioned in brother William’s 1718 will)
    ◦ Daughters – Eliza (in Jeane Green’s will probated 1694 Eliza Bunting is mentioned as her granddaughter from; Jeane was mother of Anne Green). Jeane also mentions a Bridgett Bunting as her daughter-in-law
    • Died 1713 Norfolk co.
    • Note Richard’s brother-in-law, Henry Culpepper (ca. 1633-1675) first lived in Lancaster Co. (around 1658), after arr. Va. from England in 1653, returning there to visit in 1669. Henry Culpepper m. Elizabeth Green(e) ca. 1660, probably in Norfolk Co. Several documents show close a relationship of Richard with Henry’s son Robert Culpepper. Robert’s sons later lived in Edgecombe, NC: Joseph (there by 1739) and Benjamin (there by 1741) at Fishing Creek near Tarboro, along with a daughter Elizabeth who had married a Wilder from Norfolk co. Did one of the Bunting sons (or daughters – perhaps as a Culpepper wife) of Richard d. 1713 also move to Edgecombe with this group around that time?

    John Buntin b. 1670-75
    • Born 1670-75 Norfolk Co. Va.
    • Marr. Ellis ca. 1690
    • Children Some of John’s sons were likely John, and possibly Richard and Thomas
    ◦ A Thomas Buntin(g) is found in a 1729-1732 list of people with outstanding rents in Bertie precinct, Albemarle Co. and he was mentioned there in a 1736 Will (Henery Jernigan, a planter). So, born ca. 1700-1710
    ◦ John Bunting (surname hard to read) in 1740 mentioned as a neighbour to John Worsley of Edgecombe Precinct (family from Norfolk Co and mentioned along with John Buntin at Bath, and Daniel’s Buntin(g)s) at Edgecombe/Pitt Co. border area. Location was likely near current Hassell, Martin co. So, born 1700-1720.
    ◦ Richard Bunting – no records yet found, but presumably John had a son named after his father.
    • Present as witness to document in 1694, 1697 – records held in Chowan precinct of old Albemarle Co. North Carolina (now not existing having been split up in many stages into several present counties, including Bath Co. which became Beaufort Co.
    • John lived just SE of Bath pre-1700 – many records last found was in 1707 (will of Richard Collins) 
    • John was a “landgrave” – NC term for a sub-baron-like status.
    • In partnership pre-1700, owning a large area of land (640 acres) including Plum Point (aka Teach’s Point – land lander occupied by the infamous Blackbeard. John’s partner was Henderson Walker (apparently an uncle by marriage– family from Norfolk co. Va with Walkers marrying Green daughters, close relatives of John’s mother). Other references say their land was at Archbell point directly across the river mouth from Plum Point.
    • In 1700 Henderson Carter assigns/gifts his share of the land to John Bunting who was living there with his wife Ellis. They later that year sell it to Capt. Nicholas T Jones. John’s on-going plantation was just a little to the east from there (see 1708 map.
    • John Buntin(g)’s plantation location in 1708. The earlier owned Plum Point land location is marked as Mr Gale.

    • John Buntin(g)’s plantation location in 1726 (228 acres shown below) at the current small town of Bayview. John is rumoured to have died in 1713, so this may be a son’s plantation by 1726.

    • Family Records: there are no records found yet of proven children, or dates of death for John and Ellis.
    • Relatives or associates at Bath with surnames from Norfolk Va. area include: Walker, Green, Lewelling, Pearse, Bl(o)unt, Tart(e), Hollowell, Worsley (Thomas Worsley arrived in Norfolk co. Va in 1679)…
    • Moving inland: during the 1720-1740s the land to the north west of bath (Edgecombe and adjacent Precincts) was opening up and settlers came from the Isle of Wight – Norfolk Counties area in Va., and presumably more readily, up the Tar river valley from Bath
    • Map showing settlement areas by 1733 and just how close Bath (centre) was to Edgecombe and Bertie precincts

    John Bunting b. ca. 1705-1720, Bath Co. NC (with birth most likely 1705-1710)
    • Few life records exist. He was likely born closer to 1705-10 and was probably the one with property in 1740 in Edgecombe Precinct (next to John Worsley).
    • Sons:
    ◦ Daniel b. ca. 1745-1752,
    ◦ John b. ca. 1740. Daniel’s relative Geraldus Bunting b. 1764 in Pitt Co. was the son of a John Bunting (from 1792 Deed). Given the timings, Geraldus would be unlikely to have been a son of John Bunting of Bath more likely b. 1705-1710, than closer to 1720. Daniel’s son Daniel named two sons, Daniel and John (honouring his grandfather?). Daniel Senior (bought land in 1773) lived in the same Edgecombe/Pitt Co. border area as Geraldus b. 1765, so they were almost certainly close relatives.
    ◦ ? William Bunting b. ca. 1735-1740 Was he the father of William and Jeremiah of Edgecombe/Nash Cos.? Jeremiah Bunting b. ca. 1755-1760 lived in Cooper, Nash Co. (just to the west of Tarboro) that had been created out of Edgecombe Co., so he was originally from Edgecombe. Jeremiah had a relative (almost certainly an older brother) of similar age called William Bunting also from Edgecombe/Nash. Daniel sr. named a son William.
    ◦ A Samuel Bunting was recorded in Tarboro, county seat of Edgecombe County, in 1767 (Deed Book 2-45), so perhaps he was from the family of Jeremiah (biblical names, like Daniel)…uncle or maybe even the father of Jeremiah. So possibly, another son of John from Bath
    ◦ Note: It seems plausible that the Mary Bunting who sold land to Daniel Bunting in 1773 (Edgecombe area) was a widowed sister-in-law, so wife of a brother such as Samuel. Daniel could have been buying land once owned by his father which had been inherited by a brother of Daniel. It is also possible, but less likely, that Mary was a sister who had inherited the land.
    • Death Post 1740
    • Relatives or associates in Edgecombe/Pitt Cos. with surnames from Norfolk Va. (some via Bath) area include: Culpepper, Worsley, Tarte, Lewelling/Llwellyn and similar, Joyce, Blount, Cherry, Willis…

    Daniel Bunting b. ca. 1745-1752
    • Born ca. 1745-1752. He could not have been born much later as he would have to have been an adult to buy land in Edgecombe from a relative Mary Bunting in 1773
    • Marr. 1790, Edgecombe to Elizabeth Blount Council. Elizabeth’s immediate ancestry was mostly from Nansemond, Isle of Wight and Lower Norfolk counties in Virginia
    • Children
    ◦ John Buntyn b. 1784, Edgecombe
    ▪ Richard
    ▪ Mary
    ◦ Daniel Buntyn B. 1795, Edgecombe
    ▪ Joseph
    ▪ Redmond
    ▪ John
    ▪ Daniel
    ▪ Joel
    ▪ Council
    ▪ Asa
    ◦ Alsey Buntin
    ◦ William Buntin
    ◦ Sabra Buntin
    ◦ Christiana Buntin
    ◦ Julian Buntin
    ◦ Betsey Buntin
    • Death 1820, Edgecombe

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