Introduction. To my knowledge my own Bunce line is NOT related to any of the families in this section; however, some may be related to the Thomas Bunce of Hartford, Connecticut.
So, even though these were dead ends for me, I thought they might be helpful for other Bunce researchers.
Updated: 22 May 2004.
If you are looking for a specific individual, you can use the search or find feature on your web browser to search this page.
Transcribed copies of several letters from Ross Curry of Wisconsin Dells, Sauk Co., Wisconsin to Mrs. Henry Callahan of Sioux Falls, S.D., dated 1973-1974 regarding his Jacob and Rachel Bunce line. Mr. Curry mentioned Dr. Henry Paine Bunce, who was the subject of Mrs. Callahan's research, but apparently he was unrelated to the family of Jacob and Rachel (Satterly) Bunce.
Additionally, below that correspondence are copies of email messages regarding the same line of Jacob and Rachel (Satterly) Bunce.
In a reply to a Bunce researcher, I supplied some information on the families of Bunce in Huron and Lorain Cos., Ohio that are unrelated to the Jacob and Rachel (Satterly) line, and I later learned they are descended from Thomas Bunce, an original proprietor of Hartford, Conn.
Information from the DAR Patriot Index on the family of Edward Bunce of Huntington, Suffolk Co., New York
Copies of land records dated 1824 of Steuben Co., New York, executed by David L. Bunce, along with a small amount of biographical information on him./P>
A little information on a couple of Quaker Bunces, who emigrated from England to Pennsylvania in the late 1600s.
Link to will abstracts of several men named Bunce who died on Long Island, New York in Suffolk Co. in the 1700s.
A summary of information found in letters to Mrs. Callahan regarding other Bunce families, including that of Rev. Ebenezer Smith Bunce, but I can not vouch for the accuracy of this information, since I did none of the research. There’s also a little information on the family of Dr. Henry Paine Bunce.
A biographical sketch on John Bunce of Monroe Co., Michigan, who was a son of Ephraim and Hannah (Spalding) Bunce who lived in Egremont, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts for whom I have other information from Mrs. Alice K. Howard’s manuscript on the Bunce family.
List of people with Bunce surname, who appear as heads of households on the 1850 New York federal census.
Family of Mathias and Eleanor Bunce of Nobletown, Columbia Co., NY
Copies of 1995 emails concerning Mathias and Eleanor Bunce
You might also want to check the links to other Bunce sites I have on another section of my website.
Records of nearly 1,100 Bunce marriages, compiled by Anita Bodman, a descendant of Jacob and Rachel (Satterly) Bunce
I have information on three related families of Bunces who came to Wis. from Penna. and New York. All were descendants of Jacob and Rachel Bunce of Watertown, [Jefferson Co.], N.Y. and Cambridge [Springs, Crawford Co.], Penna.
Jacob served in Rev. War but has no records.
One of his sons or grandson was an early missionary to Wisconsin. Valentine lived in Ellsworth & Seline, and I am a descendant of Geo. Henry, a Civil War vet.
I have names of a number of others also who may have had descendants come here. Write if interested.
Another biographical sketch on another Bunce from Wisconsin is in the book History of Northern Wisconsin, published by The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, proprietor, Chicago, 1881, p. 417. From a search on the Worldconnect site, it appears that this line is related to William Platt Bunce, but that information could be in error, since William H. Bunce was born in Connecticut, and therefore, he may be descended from Thomas Bunce, an original proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut in 1636.
[Webmaster's Note: The following is a a biographical sketch found in the book History of the Saint Croix Valley Wisconsin, ed. by Augustus B. Easton, published by H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co., Chicago 1909, p. 640: “Valentine A. Bunce was born in Meadville, [Crawford Co.] Pa., in 1852, and came to Pierce County in 1889, being married in 1895 to Mary R. Staples. This union has been blessed with three children Grace Ellener Bunce, Berlin Bryce Bunce, and Orrin Howard Bunce. Mr. Bunce owns 120 acres on Sections 1 and 12 Trimbelle, Wis. In politics he is a Republican.”
William H. Bunce, furniture store, Merrillan, was born Oct. 2, 1813, in Connecticut. Came to Wisconsin in 1839 and landed at Milwaukie, finally locating at Menomonie Falls. Went to farming and remained there three solid years; moved to Ozaukee County, where he farmed for 12 years; sold out and moved to Washington County near West Bend, continuing to live there five years, selling out and moving to Sheboygan County, where he lived for five years, engaged at farming and also connected in a saw mill. He then returned to Menomonie Falls, where he lived awhile; in 1869, moved to Buffalo County where he farmed for five years. In 1879, he settled in Merrillan, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was married in 1835 to Miss Caroline Ostrander. She was born in New York.
Dear Mrs. Callahan,Will try to answer your letter this morning. . . .
Although I can’t rule out the possibility of your Bunces being related to mine, I cannot connect them either.
The oldest Bunce that you mentioned was Dr. Henry Paine Bunce born 1847. That would make him 5 or 10 years older than my grandmother Bunce. Since he is not one of her brothers and I have no record of him as a cousin, we would have to go back another generation at least to connect him. Wasn’t something said about them coming from Erie, Pa.? That’s where this line of Bunces came from.
I have records of my grandmother’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents, all Bunces.
My line is Jacob Bunce1, Jacob Bunce II2, George Henry Bunce3, Susan Bunce Burdick4, Sarah Burdick Curry5, Ross M. Curry6. I have two children in grade school. Seven generations.
Jacob Bunce I married Rachel Satterly and was supposed to have been a Rev. War vet and to have lived in Watertown [Jefferson Co.], N.Y., but I have never found proof of this. Rachel is buried near Cambridge Springs, [Crawford Co.], Pa. and so is a lot of her family. Jacob I and Jacob II both had very large families.
George Henry Bunce was a Civil War vet. He married Hester Kyle and came to Wisconsin. He died in Beloit, [Rock Co., Wis.] from disease contacted in Civil War. (yellow jaundice). I have no record of his brother coming although a cousin, Valentine Bunce, settled in Ellsworth, [Pierce Co.], Wis. and was a prosperous farmer.
Incidentally, I live in Sauk Co., Wis., which you mention in your letter. I also print this stationary since I am a printer. I also own my own press.
Further down in your letter you seem to indicate that John Bunce of Minn. was father of [Dr.] Henry [Paine Bunce]. I have two Johns in my records but no list of children for them.
One John was brother of Jacob II and the other John was son of Platt Bunce, a brother of Jacob II. John, son of Platt, lived near Gravel Run, Penna. That's near Erie or Cambridge Springs. I know no more about them.
I have contacted both Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Davis in the past. They were helpful but did not extend my lines. [Note: Mrs. Alice K. Howard and Mrs. Harriet Davis researched Bunce lines for years in Connecticut and Long Island, New York, respectively.]
I would be interested in Mrs. Eltgroth's address. There is a Rev. E. L. Bunce who used to preach in this area. However, I have his name as Edward or Edwin Bunce and believe he is related to me. They could be two different men, too.
None of the other names you mention connect with my line since I have not yet connected your Bunces.
If there is another other information you think I could help you with, please let me know and I will do my best.
Dear Mrs. Callahan,
I found your letter most interesting and also your helping on the history.
I have a five-page, both sides, handwritten history of early Sauk Co. that I wrote myself. It would give you a very good idea of the early settlement of the county, but I have only one copy of it. If you would like to see it before I get a chance to copy, perhaps you could make a copy for me and return it.
What were the names of the Suffolk Co., N.Y. Bunces in the 1790 census? Any Jacob Bunces?
I have heard of August Derlith. He lived in Sauk City and is dead now.
Hop farming was a big thing here 100 years ago. My Dad used to be able to find hops growing wild on ridge rows up to 10 years ago. I think I found some once.
I’ll check the history of the county when I get time sometime. There are three histories available but none to get elsewhere except at Baraboo.
The place to write in Madison is “Wisconsin State Historical Society,” State Street, Madison. I am quite sure that address will reach them. Supply the County and the name and they will list residents in the 1850-1860 & 1870 census.
I do some professional research but I'll check out some of the history for you for free when I get time.
I had two distant cousins who disappeared in Canton, S.D. George and Albert Hubbard. Their father and mother, Henry Hubbard [sic] are buried there & I saw their graves once. Also a lot of Baningers (?) went to Iowa & Dakoa and Forest and Appleman.
Let me know if you want the history.
To: Bonnie Bunce
From: Joyce Witt
Subject: Edwin Satterly Bunce
Date: 7/24/97 11:51 AM
Thank you for the information you contributed to the BUNCE line on the internet. I am also researching the BUNCE family. Edwin Satterly BUNCE b. Aug. 1819 Chautauqua Co., NY d. 29 Sept. 1903 Minneapolis, Minnesota md. 15 Apr. 1845 Lorain Co., OH to Emily Barber who was born Burkhampsted CT 1815. She died Buffalo, Minnesota 1894. Edwin was a pioneer circuit rider for the Methodist Church through Wisconsin and Minnesota. I have diaries, letters and such on this family. But have not been able to connect Edwin to a parent. Possibility is a William Bunce and Sarah Hamilton in Hanover Twp. Chautauqua Co., NY. They had two daughters Mary Elvina 10 July 1821 and Laura Jane 2 Sept. 1831, Villania Twp. Chaut. Co., in the 1820-1830 census it could include Edwin. Mary married in Ohio 1843 to John A. Hovey in Ohio. In one of Edwin’s letters to Emily at this time period he mentions that his sister is getting married in two weeks. There are lots of Barbers and Bunces in Ohio at that time, but I have not been able to connect either with the parent. Have you ever run across this family?
At 01:25 AM 10/24/98 EDT, you wrote:
> Seems to me sometime in the last year I saw that you were
> looking for a Jacob Bunce who married a Rachel Satterly.
> Is this true? Or am I remembering wrong?
No, I don’t know of any Jacob Bunce who m. Rachel Satterly, unless the Jacob I think is my ancestor had a third wife.
Perhaps you are thinking of Joyce Witt? Below is a message she emailed me quite a while ago, but I had also exchanged messages with her over the almost defunct FidoNet Natl. Genealogical Echo.
To: Bonnie Bunce @]old email address]
From: Joyce Witt
Subject: Edwin Satterly Bunce
Thank you for the information you contributed to the BUNCE line on the internet. I am also researching the BUNCE family. Edwin Satterly BUNCE b. Aug. 1819 Chautauqua Co., NY d. 29 Sept. 1903 Minneapolis, Minnesota md. 15 Apr. 1845 Lorain Co., OH to Emily Barber who was born Burkhampsted CT 1815. She died Buffalo, Minnesota 1894. Edwin was a pioneer circuit rider for the Methodist Church through Wisconsin and Minnesota. I have diaries, letters and such on this family. But have not been able to connect Edwin to a parent. Possibility is a William Bunce and Sarah Hamilton in Hanover Twp. Chautauqua Co., NY. They had two daughters Mary Elvina 10 July 1821 and Laura Jane 2 Sept. 1831, Villania Twp. Chaut. Co., in the 1820-1830 census it could include Edwin. Mary married in Ohio 1843 to John A. Hovey in Ohio. In one of Edwin's letters to Emily at this time period he mentions that his sister is getting married in two weeks. There are lots of Barbers and Bunces in Ohio at that time, but I have not been able to connect either with the parent. Have you ever run across this family?
From: John W. Ladwig
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997
To: Bonnie Bunce
Subject: Re: Columbia County web site
I’ve seen several e-mails that you've written to the NYS Genealogical Mailing List in the last couple of weeks and I've wondered about your surname Bunce. My wife had a ancestor whose sister married a Rev. Bunce in Rhode Island or Conn. They probably moved to the Washington County, N.Y. area, although, there is less known about these individuals than just about anyone else in the family. The wife's name was Eunice Satterlee, b. abt. 1731 in Westerly, R.I., dau. of John and Experience (Lamphere) Satterlee. She married a Rev. Bunce (first name unknown) who was a Methodist Minister. Nothing else is known about them. Nevertheless, in a book I purchased called Satterlee-ley-ly and Allied Families, 1972 by Goldie Satterlee Moffatt, there was this entry on p. 89:
The following, JACOB BUNCE family & 17 children of Rachel Satterley-lee, was copied by Sidney M. Frost, of Fredonia, N.Y. The source of information is not known. G.S.M.That's all I have. The author questioned if Eunice Satterlee and Rachel Satterley were the same people. Given the time frame of Eunice's birth, I would have to doubt it. One of Rachel's children served in the War of 1812 which is probably too late to be the same person.
Jacob Bunce - b. - bur. Henry Hopkins Cem., Rutland, [Jefferson Co.] New York. (6 mi. of Watertown, [Jefferson Co.] N.Y.) M. Rachel SATTERLEY- b. - died 1860 (age 66 or 86?) bur. in the Miller Station Cem. Cambridge, Penn. 17 children—order of birth not known.
- William Bunce (soldier in the war of 1812) Married ??. Had 5 children--1 was Hamilton Bunce).
- Jacob Jr. Bunce -b. 12-Aug.-1804 - Steuben, Oneida Co., N.Y. buried Cambridge Springs, Pa. M. # 1 Mary Ann Fields -b. 22-Sep-1806--8 children. M. #2 Susan Hammond. (5)
- Henry Bunce -b. 1839-d. 13-Apr.-1890-(age 51 yrs.) Married ?? 1. Horrise-2. Rastus-3. Caroline-4. Candice
- Mary Bunce -b. M. ? Peebles 4 children lived at Martinsbury, N.Y.
- Betsy Bunce -b. M. 12 children Juiles Stanford
- Morise Bunce -b. M. (daus. Emily & Emiline) ??
- Madison Bunce -b. M. (1 child) ??
- John Bunce -b.
- Rubia Bunce -b.
- Ezra Bunce -b.
- Phebe Bunce -b.
- Daniel Bunce -b.
- Laina Bunce -b. d. (age 84) M. Wm. Kelly -b. 1816-d. 1900.
- Margaret Bunce -b. M. Henry Scott
- Jonathan Bunce -b. M. ?
- Ezekiel Bunce -b. 1821 -d. 13-Oct-1882 (lived with sister Laina)
- Platt Bunce -b. M. ?? Parmelia--Riley--John--Dwight--?
Good Luck in your search!
John W. Ladwig
Message posted by Anita Bodman
1 JACOB BUNCE/SATTERLEE - NY, PA
Posted by: Anita S. Bodman
Date: March 29, 2000
Message 125 of 242
Am looking for descendents and ancestors of Jacob Bunce born 1764-1774 and died before 1850 in New York, possibly Oneida/Lewis/Jefferson county area. His wife was Rachel Satterlee, but have seen her name as Eunice in several places. She was born about 1774 in Rhode Island? and died Sept 13, 1860 in Rockdale twp, Crawford Co., Pa. She is buried in Miller's Station Cemetery in Crawford Co, Pa. Several of her children are buried in the same cemetery. Jacob and Rachel had 17 children (poor woman!) and most, if not all, who were born in New York, migrated to other New York counties and other states and eventually ended up back in Crawford Co., Pa. They were:
Mary Bunce 1795-1829 mar. John Peebles, Jr. Buried Lewis Co., N.Y.?
William Bunce 1797-1871, mar. Sarah Hamilton. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Henry Bunce 1799-1850, mar. Sally ________ (Fisher?). Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Betsey Bunce 1801-1887, mar. Giles Stanford. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Jacob Bunce 1804-1892, mar-1 Mary Ann Fields about 1825; mar-2 Susan Hammond 1844. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Platt Bunce 1808-1889, mar-1 Marietta ________, mar-2 Hulda Abigail ________. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.?
- Horace Bunce 1809-1875, mar. Parnel Maria Goodenough. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Jonathan Bunce 1813-1870, mar. Harmony Angeline Kingsley. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Laura Bunce 1815-1900, mar. William David Kelly. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Margaret Bunce 1817-1900, mar-1 Gilman Palmer, mar-2 Josiah Henry. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Madison Bunce 1818-1882, mar-1 Rebecca Culbertson about 1850, mar-2 Catherine _______ after 1874. These two ladies might be the same person. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Ezekiel Bunce 1821-1882. Buried Crawford Co., Pa.
Daniel Bunce - no other info.
Ezra Bunce - no other info.
John Bunce - no other info.
Phebe Bunce - no other info.
Reuben Bunce - have info that a Reuben bought land in Crawford Co., Pa. in 1830s. don’t know if this is the same Reuben.
Does anyone know dates on Jacob and where he is buried? Have had several people tell me he was a Revolutionary soldier but don’t think that’s my Jacob as he would have been too young in 1776 to fight no matter if he was born 1764 or 1774. It has also been said that he was a Methodist preacher. Am wondering if Jacob came from the Rhode Island/Suffolk Co., N.Y. Bunce family.
I did extensive research last summer in Crawford Co., Pa., and along with that and info that other people have been kind enough to share with me, am getting quite a database on this family. Would like to correspond with anyone associated with this family and am more than willing to share what info I have. And one more thing, does anyone have any pictures? Thanks, Anita
From: Anita Bodman
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 1998
To: Bonnie Bunce
Bonnie, Am visiting your web site and I really like it! And thanks for the info on Thomas Bunce. Hopefully, one will day I will be able to link my Bunce line to him. Seems to me sometime in the last year I saw that you were looking for a Jacob Bunce who married a Rachel Satterly. Is this true? Or am I remembering wrong?
I got a copy of a family group sheet for a Jacob and Eunice (Satterlee) Bunce from a family treemaker CD a while back and just kept it in the hopes that one of their children were mine, especially since they had a Betsey mentioned. It now looks like it is the right family for me. I have just corresponded with a lady who has in her notes a Jacob Bunce and Rachel Satterlee who had a child Betsey BUNCE married to Giles (Gilles, Julies) STANFORD—Oneida/Lewis/Jefferson Co., N.Y. Betsey and Giles are my ancestors. She had actually received the information from a gentleman who had seen it in a book called, Satterlee-ley-ly and Allied Families, 1972 by Goldie Satterlee Moffatt.
Problem—I’ve seen a web site for a Rev. Bunce who married Eunice Satterly but dates are about one generation or two too far back for me. But, if I go with information from Crawford Co., Pa. Cemetery Inscription books I find a Rachel Bunce, wife of Jacob, who died 1860 at age 86. They had 17 children!! Poor woman. But have to tell you—no Peter Bunce in the list of kids.
The Jacob Bunce who married Rachel Satterly was born abt 1774, which makes me wonder if he might have been Peter’s brother. Do you by any chance have info on the Bunce/Satterly line? And were there two Bunce men who married Satterly women a generation or two apart?
Sorry, did not mean to blab on and on. Was really wondering if I was correct about your looking for Jacob and Rachel Satterly Bunce. If you can shed any light on this situation I would be most grateful, and of course will be glad to share what little I have on the family right now if you are interested.
Anita Stanford Bodman
To: Anita Stanford Bodman
From: Bonnie Bunce
Date: Sat, Oct 24, 1998
Subject: Re: BUNCE
> I got a copy of a family group sheet for a Jacob and
> Eunice (Satterlee) Bunce from a family treemaker CD a
> while back and just kept it in the hopes that one of their
> children were mine, especially since they had a Betsey
> mentioned. It now looks like it is the right family for me. I
> have just corresponded with a lady who has in her notes a
> Jacob Bunce and Rachel Satterlee who had a child Betsey
> BUNCE married to Giles (Gilles, Julies) STANFORD —
> Oneida/Lewis/Jefferson Co., N.Y. Betsey and Giles are my
> ancestors. She had actually received the information from
> gentleman who had seen it in a book called, Satterlee-ley-ly
> and Allied Families, 1972 by Goldie Satterlee Moffatt.
How neat for you! I was aware of that book, someone else wrote me about it, but I think I may have lost the message when I had to reformat my hard drive due to problems I was having getting Windows to boot properly. I also had sent a message to Joyce Witt about it, but I don't think she ever responded, she seems mostly interested in researching her own line, not helping others.> Problem — I have seen a web site for a Rev. Bunce who
Oh, shucks! Makes me feel my Peter was an orphan, even though there is tantalizing evidence he was a descendant of Thomas Bunce. For one thing, Mrs. Alice K. Howard wrote a manuscript on the line of Thomas Bunce and placed copies in 3-4 libraries or museums in the area where descendants of Thomas Bunce were known to have lived, one place was the Bennington Vermont Museum, and Bennington Vermont is just directly north of Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass. Also other known members of this line were known to have been living in the same areas where my Peter Bunce lived, so I can't help wondering what the connection is.
BTW, were your Bunces from PA? My aunt Dottie found records in Quaker records of two men named Bunce who came to Pennsylvania in the late 1600s. Perhaps one of them is your ancestor.
> The Jacob Bunce who married Rachel Satterly was born
> abt 1774, which makes me wonder if he might have been
> Peter’s brother. Do you by any chance have info on the
> Bunce/Satterly line? And were there two Bunce men who
> married Satterly women a generation or two apart?
It does sound promising that perhaps my Peter had a brother named Jacob, but at this point can’t say for sure, there’s not enough information. Besides my Peter Bunce, Sr. only lived in 3 places that I know of: S. Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass., probably Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY (name is on 1810 census there) and Barrington, Yates Co., NY, not in PA. I’ve only heard about the Bunce-Satterly connection from Joyce and this other man who wrote me about the book on the Satterly line, so I wouldn't be able to help with the second question.> Sorry, did not mean to blab on and on. Was really wondering
Thanks for writing, and I’m not the person seeking information on Jacob and Ruth (Satterley) Bunce. I often wonder how many people see my web site and never send a message. :-) I don't think it would be too useful at this point for you to bother sending me the information on your line of Jacob and Eunice (Satterly) Bunce since it appears your family lived in PA, and mine were in MA and NY, but thanks for offering it. Good luck.
Bonnie, Thanks for replying. So many just can’t be bothered when it’s not their line.
Just so you will know—my Bunce’s did come from New York—Oneida/Lewis/Jefferson Co. Have sneaking suspicion they might have come from the Egremont area of MA. but at this time have no proof and have not had time to research it.
Joyce Witt is the lady who sent me the info on the Satterly book. She finally got in touch with some fellow who had seen it and sent the info to her. It at least links my Bunce/Stanford line for me, which I have been searching for over 30 years.
If I ever come across your Peter will let you know. Could take years though. You know how genealogy is. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for answering and good luck in your search.
Anita Stanford Bodman
Hi again, Carol. Hope you will see this. . . .
I found copies of the pages my aunt Dorothy sent me on Bunces that were Quakers. It’s kind of hard to tell, but I think they were members of a meeting in Farrington, Berkshire Co., England. What my aunt sent me were typewritten records from the monthly meetings, dated April 1680 thru April 1705. It shows a Daniell Bunce was a member of the meeting. He had been committed to the “Reading Goule in ye years 1677 and still remains a prisoner because he conscientiously refused to pay Tythes unto Edward Tennants Impropriator …” In March 1682, several friends who were going into “Pensilvaniah desired certificates from this meeting of their honest conversation while they have been with us, namely … John Bunce & Richard Bunce …” At the 25-Feb-1686 meeting Daniel & John Bunce were both shown as present. Additionally, “John Bunce having an intent to return to Pennsilvania desired a certificate from this meeting which was granted and signed.”
Regarding the John Bunce of Marlborough, County of Wilts, England, who purchased 250 acres of land from William Penn in 1682-83, she looked in Pennsylvania Archives Series 3, and found a book of loose maps which showed the numbered tracts of land along with the name of the owner of each tract, and John Bunce had purchased Lot. No. 174.In an email from Richard Bunce dated 5 May 1997:
“As for the Quakers, a John and Richard arrived in Philadelphia in 1682, see page 5. A book by Albert Cook Myers, Ships Passenger List, Great Britain Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia, 1682 to 1750 Reprint Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969.”
On Tue, 6 Apr 1999 20:36:21 -0500 “nehpscot” writes:
> I am looking for relatives of my ancestors. My Great
> Grandmother, Avis Permila (Mila) Bunce, married James
> Stewart Garvin on June 24, 1875. She was born June 1,
> 1846 in Wisconsin I believe. Her parents were Edwin S.
> Bunce and Emily (Barber). They were married April 18,
> 1845 in Avon, Lorain, Ohio. I don't know who Edwin's
> parents were except that the 1890 census says they were
> born in Pennsylvania.
> Edwin was a Methodist Circuit Rider Preacher. 1846–1870’s
> in Wisconsin and then went to Minnesota and retired and
> was buried in Lakewood Cemetary in Minneapolis.
> Saw your file names in the UsGenWeb Project Archives and
> thought I’d take a long shot. I’m just getting started on the
> net. Love to hear from you.
Many years ago I was a member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists and one of their members sent me information on Bunces who lived in Huron Co., Ohio, which is adjacent to Lorain Co., Ohio. These Bunces were descendants of Isaac Bunce b.ca. 1770, who came with his wife, Anna Sherwood, b.ca. 1772, to Huron Co. in the early 1820s (I think). My correspondent quoted from A History of Wakeman, Huron Co., Ohio by Dr. Frank E. Weeks as her source. She said Isaac also had brothers Jona and Jonas (twins), as well as brothers William and Jacob.
A letter I received from the Conn. Society of Genealogists gave me a birth record that was found in the Canaan, Conn. records of Jacob and Jonas, twin sons of John and Annis Bunce, who were b. 1 Dec 1767 at Woodbury, so they may have also been the parents of this Isaac Bunce.
Isaac and Anna (Sherwood) Bunce had 4 children:
- Dr. Hiram Bunce
- Charles Bunce
- Harriet Bunce and
- Diantha Bunce
Dr. Hiram also came to Wakeman about 1834, two years after his parents came. Dr. Hiram Bunce had been b. in Woodbury, Conn. in 1802, d. 1864 in Toledo, Ohio; was the father of 11 children by two wives; several of his sons also became doctors.
Jonas Bunce (apparently the brother of Isaac) had a son Oliver Bunce, who lived at Wakeman, later moving to Brighton, Lorain Co., Ohio. Oliver was said to have been the father of 21 children, including 10 pairs of twins.
There was also an Isaac Bunce, b.ca. 1790 in Vermont, who lived in Lorain Co., OH, but he had no sons, only 5 daughters. I researched him because he had previously been a resident of Yates Co., NY, and had fought in the War of 1812, and received a bounty land warrant, which he used to obtain land in Brighton, Lorain Co., OH. Yates Co., NY is where my g.g.grandparents are buried.
There is another researcher looking for a Bunce who served as a Methodist minister from Michigan. Below is part of a message she sent to me in July 1997:
[See message quoted above.]
Hope this helps.--------------------------
-=> Quoting James Davis to Gaile Thomas <=-
JD> p. 549-554 FoOF, 1930, by DLJ
JD> Thomas SHERWOOD
JD> Samuel -1724/5
JD> Sarah bp. 1696 m. Theophilus HULL
JD> Samuel 1699/0 m. Jane BURR
JD> Abigail 1702
JD> Ann 1705 perhaps m. 1745/6 Samuel GALPIN
JD> Daniel b. 1708 m. Martha HULL
James, PMFBI, if I understand correctly from your previous posts you have information on the early SHERWOOD family in Conn. Would you happen to have any record of Anna SHERWOOD b.ca. 1772 in Woodbury, Conn. who married Isaac BUNCE, also of Woodbury, b.ca. 1770? According to a letter I got years ago they moved to Wakeman, Huron Co., Ohio. A History of Wakeman, Huron Co., Ohio by Dr. Frank E. Weeks was the source that my correspondent used. She said Isaac also had brothers Jona and Jonas (twins), as well as William and Jacob. A letter I received from the Conn. Society of Genealogists gave me a birth record that was found in the Canaan, Conn. records of Jacob and Jonas, twin sons of John and Annis Bunce, who were b. 1-Dec-1767 at Woodbury. Could this John and Annis Bunce also be the parents of the Isaac who m. Anna SHERWOOD?
Isaac and Anna (SHERWOOD) BUNCE had 4 children: Dr. Hiram Bunce, Charles, Harriet and Diantha. Dr. Hiram also came to Wakeman about 1834, 2 years after his parents came. Dr. Hiram Bunce had been b. in Woodbury, Conn. in 1802, d. 1864 in Toledo, Ohio; was the father of 11 children by two wives; several of his sons also became doctors. Jonas Bunce (apparently the brother of Isaac) had a son Oliver Bunce, who lived at Wakeman, later moving to Brighton, Lorain Co., Ohio. Oliver was said to have been the father of 21 children, including 10 pairs of twins.
I’d like to know who the parents were of Isaac BUNCE and his siblings. Were they John and Annis BUNCE of Woodbury? Who was this John Bunce a son of and would you happen to have any dates regarding him? The History of Wakeman said Isaac’s father’s name was John Bunce. Can you help? I'm trying to track down information on the descendants of Thomas Bunce of Hartford, Conn., but would also like to know more about Anna SHERWOOD. Thanks in advance for checking.
Hello Bonnie Bunce,
My source on SHERWOOD is Families of Old Fairfield, 1930, Donald L. Jacobus. His book rarely gets as late as you are talking about. He’s mainly interested in Fairfield Co. 1630-1775. There was only one BUNCE listed and it didn’t seem to connect to yours.
James R. Davis, Sacramento, CA
-=> Quoting James Davis to Gaile Thomas <=-JD> Thomas SHERWOOD
BB> James, PMFBI, if I understand correctly from your
BB> previous posts you have information on the early
BB> SHERWOOD family in Conn. Would you happen to have
BB> any record of Anna SHERWOOD b.ca. 1772 in Woodbury,
BB> Conn. who married Isaac BUNCE, also of Woodbury, b.ca.
BB> 1770? . . . found in the Canaan, Conn. records of Jacob
BB> and Jonas, twin sons of John and Annis Bunce, who were
BB> b. 1-Dec-1767 at Woodbury. Could this John and Annis
BB> Bunce also be the parents of the Isaac who m. Anna
BB> SHERWOOD? . . . I’d like to know who the parents were of
BB> Isaac BUNCE and his siblings. Were they John and Annis
BB> BUNCE of Woodbury? Who was this John Bunce a son of
BB> and would you happen to have any dates regarding him?
The DAR Patriot Index has 7 BUNCE guys, two of them named John; the one of these from CT was married to Annie BEACH. The other was from NY. One of the others was also from NY, and all the rest were from CT. So I checked the Founders and Patriots index, and found this:
BUNCE, Thomas: Born ca 1612. Was in Hartford (Mass) 1636. d.Hartford 1683. Ensign in Pequot War. Member of committee of safety. Proprietor. Stiles Wethersfield. “Genealogy of the BUNCE Family of Connecticut,” (typescript in Connecticut State Library), 1971.
In the appendix, the reference expands to Stiles, Henry Reed, author of The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1904.
That’s all I have; I hope it helps.
the Jerry Murphy in Lakewood, Ohio, USA
-=> Quoting Jerry Murphy to Bonnie Bunce <=-JM> Just a couple more things, Bonnie:
You’re so right! Knowing the history of an area is important, and thanks for letting me know about the Firelands; it’s another piece of the puzzle. Part of my interest in genealogy is how my ancestors fit into their times and how they participated in the great events of their day, like the Rev.War and Civil War or the westward migration. And thanks too, for telling me about Bunts Ave. The spelling of surnames did change from time to time, although I think I saw in a letter I once got from the New England Historic Genealogical Society that people who bore the “Bunce” surname always seemed to spell it exactly that way, but then you can’t account for other people, like the census takers and other record keepers who, over the years, were not always real literate, or perhaps couldn’t understand someone’s pronunciation of their last name and simply recorded what they thought they heard.
In looking through the booklet “Ohio Land Grants” I came upon the explanation for the term “Firelands” and since that particular part of Ohio has many many folks from the northeast—Connecticut and thereby Vermont, etc. through marriages, thought Rooters might be interested. The Northeast section of Ohio Original lands was the Connecticut Western Reserve—King Charles gave the land to the Connecticut Colony and because of overlapping claims, gave it to the Federal Government, in 1786. The Firelands (or as the book says “Sufferers’ Lands”—never heard that one). They were set aside for the victims of the ravaged coast, esp. New Haven, Greenwich, Fairfield, Norwalk and New London, Ct, presently Erie and Huron Cos. The book says the deed should be recorded in the county where the sufferer lost his property—and they are also in Ohio Land Laws for 1825.
Incidentally, one ancestor was given land in Ohio for 1812 service and I was able to get a very nice copy of the grant signed by Millard Filmore with a seal, from the General Land Office, National Archives, Wash. D.C.
I don't have any relationship to this Bunce family that I know of; I was researching any Bunce family that I could find in Yates Co. NY to learn what relationship they may have had with my own line there. Below are copies of two Bounty Land Warrant Files No. 163903 and No. 62908 from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for Isaac BUNCE, formerly of what was Reading, Steuben Co., New York, now Starkey, Yates Co., New York. The original documents were mostly handwritten; long blank lines indicate words that were illegible. Dashed lines indicate a new page within the copy.
Also, the name of Isaac Bunce can be found on pp. 977 and 1068 of the book, History and Directory of Yates County, New York, edited by Stafford C. Cleveland, where it states he was a soldier in the War of 1812 (p. 1068) and he married Cornelia Vosburgh, dau. of Evert (1765-1832) and Catherine (_____) Vosburgh (1767-1839) of the Town of Starkey, Yates Co., New York. There is also a small biographical sketch on this Isaac Bunce and family on p. 1149 of the book, Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio, 1894, published by J.H. Beers, Chicago, which states he was born in Vermont, died at age 61 before 1850 which is obviously wrong, based on the records below, and that his wife, Cornelia Vosburgh, died at age 45, which may have been the person actually referred to as having died prior to 1850, since she was also probably born before 1800. They were said to be the parents of five daughters: Emily, who m. Joseph Storrow, and lived in Wellington; Christina, who m. ____ Leonard, possibly the Calvin Leonard who was on 1850 census in Huntington Twp., where they were said to be living; Susan, who m. A. Twaddle, who had d. prior to 1894, possibly Abner or Alexander Twaddle; Elizabeth, who m. George Gillet and resided in Brighton Twp.; and Mary, who m. Horatio B. Beardsley.
[Abridged copy of record from county history (not part of original message submitted to
the OH-FOOTSTEPS mailing list:]
Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families,>, published by J. H. Beers, Chicago, 1894.
In the Lorain County section of the book on p. 1149:
Joseph Storrow, a leader in the agricultural interests of Wellington township, is a native of Upper Canada (now Province of Ontario) born August 7, 1828.
Joseph Storrow, his father, born in England in 1780, immigrated to America when 30 years old, and his first vocation in the New World was in the lumber business in Schenectady, N.Y. He made frequent visits to friends and relatives in his native land, having crossed the ocean five times for no other purpose. . . .
On August 30, 1854, he [Jr.] was united in marriage with Miss Emily Bunce, a native of New York State, daughter of Isaac and Cornelia (Vosburgh) Bunce, of Vermont and New York respectively, who in an early day came west to Ohio, settling in Brighton township, Lorain county, where the father died at the age of sixty-one years and the mother when forty-five years old; they were members of the ME [Methodist Episcopal] Church; their children were as follows: Emily, Mrs. Joseph Storrow; Christina, Mrs. Leonard, residing in Huntington [From Lorain County Historical Society: “A Calvin Leonard was there by 1850 census.”]; Susan, widow of A. Twaddle [From historical society: “probably Abner or Alexander Twaddle”]; Elizabeth, Mrs. George Gillett, living in Brighton township and Mary married to Horatio B. Beardsley, of Rochester township.
To our subject and his wife have been born two children: (1) Hubert born Oct. 20, 1855, who married Miss Eva Willard and has five children: Emily E., Cynthiana, Cora Dell, Carrie Bell and Joseph Hubert Storrow, an engineer on the Kansas railroad residing at Kansas city; (2) Bryon A. born Jan. 4, 1860, who was married on Jan. 1, 1891 to Miss Delia Waters, a native of Spencer, Ohio.
Additionally, from the following copied from the referenced website, it appears that Isaac Bunce married a second time:
Copied from BR-1, BRIGHTON CEMETERY, Brighton Twp, Lorain County, OH:
BR-1, BRIGHTON CEMETERY (OLD), Brighton Twp, Lorain County, OH
Copied from Lorain County’s out-of-print publication, Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio, 1980, pp. 95, by Volunteer, Marge Simpson, 1999.
“Located at the southwest corner of Quarry and Jones Roads. On June 3, 1850 the Brighton Township Trustees paid $1.00 to Isaac Bunce and his wife Louisa for 880 square rods of land to be used as a burying ground. The burials here were between 1844 and 1925.” [Emphasis added.]
Among the burials in this cemetery were ones for:GILLET
Elizabeth BURGE, wife Geo. W., 1834-1900
George W., 1835-1909
Calvin, d Aug 18, 1849, 78y
Calvin W., d Jan 18, 1875, 57y
Christina, wife Calvin, d Jan 27, 1903, 81y
Edward, son C&S, d Sept 27, 1865, 19y
Sally, wife Calvin, d May 4, 1850, 71y
Burr, son J&E, Aug 28, 1889 - Aug 6, 1892
Emily, wife Joseph, Jan 21, 1836 - June 1, 1899
Joseph, Aug 7, 1828 - Feb 23, 1895
Joseph, d Feb 5, 1858 , 78y 2m 15d
Sophia, wife T., July 28, 1826 - Mar 2, 1902
Thomas, Nov 27, 1824 - Jan 31, 1904
Trifena F., wife Joseph, d Nov 27, 1844, 56y
Other cemetery records for this family were found on RO-3 Rochester Station Cemetery, Rochester Twp.:
Transcribed from Lorain County's out-of-print publication, Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio, 1980, pps. 419-424, by volunteer, Kathy Groner, July 2000.BEARDSLEY
Julia, wife Philander, d Nov 24, 1873, 55y 2m 14d
Philander, d Sept 8, 1879, 81y 8m 2d
J. H. Nov 12, 1894 - July 28, 1959, PVT HQ CO 16th OI WWI
Myrta J., dau HB & M, d Jan 7, 1875, 6y 6m 10d
|163903 April 11, 1853|
Isaac Bunce, private
Capt. Timothy Hurd
Col. -- Flemmon
Gen. -- McClure
Militia New York
Enl./ 1 Sept 1814 )
Dis/ 1 Dec 1814 ) 1812
May 21, 1853
from 7 Sept )
to 7 Dec ) 1814
[signed] R. Vance (?)
John N. Vincent
To the Commissioner of Pensions --
Com. of Pensions (Elyria Lorain County Ohio
[Note: This was a preprinted form with filled-in blanks.]
State of OHIO }
[one-third folded piece of paper, probably cover of file]
Act of Mch 3, 1855
Received _____________, 18__
War of 1812__________
Warrant No. 34122
The information below this paragraph is derived from letters dated 1973-74 to Mrs. Carol Callahan who was researching her connection to Dr. Henry Paine Bunce. Mrs. Callahan later learned that he was an in-law and lost interest in pursuing this line. Sometime later she kindly sent me her entire file on her Bunce research. I also had had previous contact with several of Mrs. Callahan’s correspondents such as Mrs. Harriet Davis of Smithtown, New York, who had concluded that her Bunces on Long Island, New York appeared to have no connection with the line of Thomas Bunce, an early proprietor of Hartford, Conn., which I (Bonnie Bunce) think is my line. I can not vouch for the accuracy of this information since I did not do the research, and some of the letters had contradictory information, such as I think there may have been two men named Ebenezer Smith Bunce, one perhaps the nephew of the other.
Source cited: The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, compiled by Edmund Janes Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, 3 vol., printed by the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Ct. 1899. This is probably the genealogy of President Cleveland’s family, as there’s another member of that family who married into my Bunce family, who is mentioned in this book, and Mrs. Davis brought this to my attention as well.
From Vol. II, p. 1279
Eunice Parmelia Hovey, b. 20 Apr 1832 at Albany, Vt., m. at Merrimack, 5 Feb 1854, Isaac Emerson, b. Lincolnshire, England, 7 Dec 1827, son of Matthew and Sarah (Willie) Emerson. He was a farmer. They resided at Westside. Children b. Merrick.
From p. 1292, Cleveland and Cleaveland Families:
“John Kean Hovey m. at Brighton, Loraine Co., Ohio, March 23, 1843, Mary Elvira Bunce, b. Hanover, [prob. Chautauqua Co.] N.Y., July 10, 1821, dau. of William and Sarah (Hamilton) Bunce, lived in Townville, Crawford Co., Penn.”** Also from the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, Vol. 2, p. 1274
“Samuel Hovey McCrillis, b. 22 Aug 1827, Dresden, [Yates Co.] N.Y. m. at Steuben, Penn. 3 April 1859, Lovisa Bunce [b. Broome Co., N.Y. 24 Oct 1840], dau. of Jacob and Mary Ann (Fields) Bunce, [living Monroeville, O., a farmer, 9 or 10 McCrillis children.]
[Note: From an email from Rick Lamvermeyer which I received on 3 May 2001: “Lovisa Bunce, b. Broome Co., NY 24 Oct 1840, dau. of Jacob and Mary Ann (Fields) Bunce,” was a granddaughter of Jacob and Rachel (Satterly) Bunce, through her father Jacob”
Mr. Lamvermeyer is most likely a cousin of Ross Curry, whose letters appear above this section, and they are both related to the Bunce family recorded in the book, Satterlee-ley-ly and Allied Families.]
** From Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, Vol. 2, p. 1878:
Daniel Hovey McCrillis m. at Fredonia, [Ozaukee Co.,] Wis., 28 Nov 1847, to Laura Jane Bunce, b. [Town of] Villenova, [Chautauqua Co.] N.Y., 2 Sept. 1831, dau. of William and Sarah (Hamilton) Bunce. [Removed from Wis. 10 Nov 1852 to Tryonville, Pa. [now possibly Tyrone, Blair Co., PA]. Farmer in 1874. Children:
- Adelia Minerva McCrillis, b. 19 Feb ____ Fredonia, [Ozaukee Co., Wis.], d. 26 Jul. 1849.
An Iowa family of Bunces from other letters, but apparently unrelated to Dr. Henry P. Bunce per Mrs. Callahan's handwritten notes in the margins of letters. For those interested in this family. There is more information on the family of William Platt Bunce at the Worldconnect website.William Platt Bunce of New York m. Lydia Rogers, and had:
Rev. Ebenezer Smith Bunce, b. 17 Jul 1818 at Butler, Wayne Co., NY, m. Susan Almira Stage on 3 Sep 1840. One letter stated he was the founder of the town of Bunceton, Missouri. Rev. Bunce m. (2) Salina Ann Bramble, who was b. 3 Sep 1851, d. 15 Jan at Calumet, O’Brien Co., Iowa. [Note: That Rev. Ebenezer Smith Bunce was founder of Bunceton, Missouri seems to be an error per email from Richard Bunce of 5 May 1997: “[I]n Missouri is a town, very small, Bunceton, [Cooper Co..] settled by William Harvey Bunce, son of sea Captain Harvey Bunce 1782-1838 who was lost at sea.”] Children:
Wayland Melancthon Bunce, b. 29 Jan 1847 at Rubicon, Dodge Co., Wis. m. Harriet Eliza Pray of Spring Creek, Tama Co., Iowa on 18 Mar 1871. Harriet Eliza Pray was b. at Scott, Sheboygan Co., Iowa, d. 1891.
Clarence Bunce m. Annie Cartwright who d. at age 95. They had 2 sons, Merle and Leroy.
Wayland Melancthon Bunce married Harriet Pray, and they had 6 children:
Elvin (or Elmer) John Bunce, b. 28 Sept. 1875 at Liberty, Clarke Co., Iowa, became a dentist and lived in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota. His brother Clarence lived with him for awhile after he reached age of 16.
Harry (or Harvey) Sheldon Bunce, b. 6 Nov. 1878 at Pleasant Point, Johnson Co., Texas.
Laura May Bunce, b. 9 Feb. 1886 at Liberty, Clarke Co., Iowa.
Nina Bunce, who m. Mr. Scott, and raised the youngest sibling Clarence after his mother died when he was 3 weeks old until he was age 16. She lived in Prinegar, [probably Primghar, O’Brien Co.,] Iowa.
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Clarence Edward Bunce, b. 30 Oct. 1891 Calumet, O’Brien Co., Iowa, d. 1965.