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  • John Bunch1, b c1630, arrived Lancaster Co., VA c1651
    • John Bunch2, b c1662 prob. New Kent Co., VA m Temperance Bates?
      • John Bunch3, b c1690 New Kent Co., VA, d c1741 Hanover Co., VA m Rebecca (Harrison?)
        • David Bunch4, b 24 Jun 1722 Hanover Co., VA m Mary Jane Hughson - Brent Howard Bunch [brent.howard.bunch AT us.army.mil]
          • Joseph Martin Bunch5, b 15 Jun 1748/49  Louisa Co., VA m Molly Anderson
            • Tarleton Bunch6, b c1783 Louisa Co.,VA d 28 Aug 1852 Perry Co., TN m Mary Beaver - Kelly Stern [kstern AAT dts.edu]
              • William Bunch7, b 14 Nov 1817 Dickson Co., TN d c1892 Saline Co., AR m Lucy Jane Mays
                • ​David H. Bunch8, b 29 May 1856 Logan Co., AR d 11 Mar 1901 Garvin Co., OK m Marenda H. Harris
                  • ​Elihu Bunch9, b 6 Mar 1882 Logan Co., AR d 2 Jan 1962 Garvin Co., OK m Lee Largent  B-61
            • Joseph Anderson Bunch6, b 14 Mar 1788  Louisa Co., VA m Sarah Bunch
              • John M. Bunch7, b 10 May 1827  Grainger Co., TN m Sarah Denton
                • John Howard Bunch8, b 25 Dec 1861, Perry Co., TN m Rachel Elizabeth Horner
                  • ​Thetus Sims Bunch9, b 17 Jun 1899, Perry Co., TN m Willie Larlene Whitwell  B-04 
          • Pouncy Bunch5, b 15 Jan 1750/51 Louisa Co., VA m Elizabeth Bunch (cousin) - Dean Bunch [deanboggsbunch AT gmail.com]
            • ​Suprey Bunch6, b c1774 Louisa Co., VA d 1841 Louisa Co., VA m Clarissa Bunch (cousin)
              • Richard Bunch7, b c 1820 Louisa Co., VA, d c1848 m Sarah McClain​
                • ​Zacharias Americanus Bunch8, b 24 Feb 1848 Fluvanna Co., VA d 14 Feb 1926 Cabell Co., WV m Martha Garland Walker
                  • ​Walker Franklin Bunch9, b 26 May 1875 Louisa Co., VA d 12 Aug 1963 Duval Co., FL m Susan Swope  B-49
        • Samuel Bunch4, b c1726 Hanover Co., VA, d 1783 Louisa Co., VA m Mary (Hudson? Moore?) 
          • James Bunch5, b 1750 Louisa Co., VA, d c1820 Knox Co., KY m Elizabeth Ann Asher - Linda Bunch [lindonos AT aol.com]
            • George Bunch6, b c1794 Clay Co., KY, d c1849 Missouri,  m Nancy Maupin
              • Stokely Dallison Bunch7, b c1834 Missouri, d 1910 Grays Harbor Co., WA m Sarah I. Pickens
                • Howard Stokely Bunch8, b 1868 Oregon, d 1927 Grays Harbor Co., WA m Margaret E. McNally  B-41
          • Charles Bunch5, b 1765 Louisa Co., VA, d c1812 Grainger Co., TN m Mary Bellamy
            • Nathaniel Bunch6, b 1793 Louisa Co., VA, d 1859 Newton Co.,  AR - ResearchingBunch [ResearchingBunch AT aol.com] 
              • Charles Bunch7, b 1815 Overton Co., TN  B-59
              • Nathaniel Bunch7, b 1824 Overton Co., TN
                • Lewis C. Bunch8, b 1846 Newton Co., AR
                  • James Stamps Bunch9, b 1874 AR, d 1941
                    • Charlie (Charley) Lewis Bunch10, b 1913 Muskogee Co., OK ?  B-02
            • Charles A. Bunch6 b 1798 Grainger Co., TN m Catherine Carlock - Mark Bunch [marktherustic AT hotmail.com]
              • James C. Bunch7 b 29 Sep 1827 Overton Co., TN m Mary Ann Saunders
                • William H. Bunch8 b 16 Jan 1856 Polk Co., MO m Elizabeth Louise Roberts  B-23
                • Frank S. Bunch8 b 11 Feb 1865 Lyon Co., KS m Mary Elva Leek
                  • John P. Bunch9 b 14 Jul 1904 Coquille, OR m Velda Marie Schroeder  B-08   B-37   B-65   B-66   B-68
    • Paul Bunch2 b c1670 prob. New Kent Co., VA, d 1726 Chowan Co., NC m Fortune Holdbee - Mike Bunch [sundownersc AT yahoo.com]
      • John B. Bunch3 b 1695 Chowan Co., NC d 1750 SC, m ???
        • Gideon Bunch4 b 1715 Bertie Co., NC, d 1804 SC, m Mary Gilmore?
          • Daniel Bunch5 b 1760 Holly Hill, SC, d 1816 SC, m Amy Joyner
            • Peter Bunch6 b 1794 Holly Hill, SC, d 1861 SC, m Betsy Lewis
              • Middleton Bunch7 b 1825 Holly Hill, SC, d 1907 SC, m Henrietta Evens
                • Emory C. Bunch8 b 1853 Holly Hill, SC, d 1929 SC, m Joanna Laquire
                  • Oswald G. Bunch9 b 1898 Orangeburg Co., SC, d 1978 SC, m Janie Savage  B-28

 


 

  • Henry Bunch1  b c 1695 Virginia?, d c21 April 1775 Bertie Co., NC - Snowden Bunch [Bunchdna AT yahoo.com]
    • Jeremiah Bunch2, d c 8 Mar 1796 Bertie Co., NC
      • Frederick Bunch3,  d c 6 Feb 1810, Bertie Co., NC
        • David Bunch4, b 3 Aug 1787 Bertie NC, d 26 Oct 1853 SC, m Winifred Pierce
          • John Frederick Bunch5, b 11 Sep 1825 SC, m Anne Elizabeth Mealing
            • George Austin Bunch6, b 7 Nov 1853 SC, m Margaret Melona Tillman  B-01
      • Jeremiah Bunch3 m Judith Hill 14  Feb 1765 Chowan Co., NC
        • Solomon Bunch4 b 18 Oct 1775 d 11 Mar 1864 m Ann Brown
          • James Whitfield Bunch5 b 7 Mar 1833 m Mattie Minerva Ledbetter
            • Henry Ross Bunch6 d 1966 m Hilda Meacham
        • Jeremiah Bunch4 b c1778, Bertie Co., NC d 18 Apr 1863 m Judah Hannah - Jeff Bunch [jeff.bunch AT gmail.com]
          • Jeremiah M. Bunch5 b c1823, Bertie Co. NC d c1888 m Narcissa Bunch (daughter of Nehemiah Bunch)
            • Washington Lafayette Bunch6 b 2 May 1848, Bertie Co., NC d 1922 m Katie Nicholson
              • Luther G. Bunch7 b 14 Mar 1882, Bertie Co., NC d 1954 m Mary Elizabeth Hoggard
                • Wayland Mitchell Bunch8 b 5 May 1909, Bertie Co., NC d 1975 m Alice Estelle Weathersbee  B-34

 


 

  • Lovet Bunch1, b c1750 North Carolina?, d c 1805 Barnwell District, SC - George Young [oldhiker50 AT aol.com]
    • ​George W. Bunch2, b c 1773 South Carolina, d after 1850 Wayne Co., MS m Elizabeth Wild 
      • ​Lovick "Love" Bunch3, b 7 Mar 1823 Wayne Co., MS, d 15 Mar 1892 Wayne Co., MS m Elizabeth Ann McRae
        • ​George William Bunch4, b 16 Jun 1848 Wayne Co., MS, d 1 May 1907 Stone Co., MS m G. Prudence Davis
          • ​Robert Perry Bunch5, b c1871 Wayne Co., MS, d 5 Feb 1923 Vernon Parish, LA m Noeli M. Baudry  B-72
          • Andrew "Charles Moore" Bunch5, b 1 Mar 1885 Wayne Co. MS, d 2 Feb 1960 Ventura Co., CA m Hazel Sweezy  B-11

 


 

  • Elijah Bunch1, b c1748 South Carolina?, d c 1815 Mississippi Territory - Melvin Hopkins [melvinhopkins AT hotmail.com]
    • Jacob Bunch2 b c 1780 South Carolina?, d 1824 Wilkinson Co., MS, m Rebecca ???
      • Dennis Bunch3 b d 1815 Wilkinson Co., MS, d c 1875, m (2) Mary Jane Welch c. 1850 Wilkinson Co., MS
        • George Moses Bunch4 b 28 Jan 1859 Wilkinson Co., MS, d 1932, m Josephine Knight 1881 Wilkinson Co. MS   B-35

 


 

  •  Winston Bunch1, b c1759 Virginia, d c 1830 Clark Co., KY m Eliza ??? 
    • David W. Bunch2 b 1786 Louisa Co., VA d 1845 Montgomery Co., MO, m Elizabeth Wright
      • John J. Bunch3 b d 1809 Louisa Co., VA d 1895 Montgomery Co., MO m Francis Lewis
        • William R. Bunch4 b 1832 Montgomery Co., MO d 1903 Montgomery Co., MO m Nancy Hays
          • Frank William Bunch5 b 1861 Montgomery Co., MO d 1910 Montgomery Co., MO m Alice Blackshaw
            • Fred Henry Bunch6 b 1891 Montgomery Co., MO d 1970 Hillsborough Co., FL m Lillie Seale   B-62  B-63
        • James Marion Bunch4 b c1836 Montgomery Co., MO d c1866 Montgomery Co., MO? m Matilda "Tilla" Freeman   B-70

 


 

  • Valentine Collins1 b c1765 Wilkes Co., SC, d KY, m Lucidia "Dicey" Gibson - Don Collins [dacollins7 AT comcast.net]
    • David Collins2 b 1807 Floyd Co., KY, d ca 1875 Johnson Co., KY, m Mary "Polly" Dale
      • Hiram (Herrison) Collins3 b 1835 Floyd Co., KY, d 28 Apr 1863 Lawrence Co, KY, m Mary "Polly" Caudill
        • Andrew B. "Cap" Collins4 b 6 Mar 1862 Johnson Co., KY, d 23 Oct 1937 Lewis Co., KY, m Georgia Ann Collins
          • Tinbrook Collins5 b 19 Dec 1881, Johnson Co., KY, d 18 Aug 1937 Lewis Co., KY, m Vessie Dalbow   B-18

 


  

  • Jesse Grimes/Graham1 b c1768 VA d 1807 m Margaret Ray 30 Jun 1790 Franklin Co., VA - Kay Hoover [kayhoover AT me.com]
    • Thomas Jefferson Graham2 b 5 Oct 1807 Lincoln Co. KY d 4 Dec 1878 Nemaha Co.,NE m Rachel Nokes 16 Dec 1830 Lincoln Co., KY
      • George Washington Graham3 b 18 Sep 1831 Lincoln Co., KY d 26 May 1919 Buffalo Co., NE m Elizabeth Jane Camden 16 Dec 1858 Lincoln Co., KY
        • Marion Jefferson Graham4 b 21 Dec 1861 Lincoln Co., KY d 29 Apr 1943 Buffalo Co., NE m Joanna Hill 15 Sep 1881, Graham Co., KS  B-29

 


 

  • Solomon Bunch1 b c1783, d. c1870 Whitley Co., KY m Nancy ??? - Scott Bunch [bunchyjump AT gmail.com]
    • Burton Bunch2 b c1804 Whitley Co., KY d aft 1880 m. Mary "Polly" Leforce
      • Joel G. (Joseph) Bunch3 b c1830 Whitley Co., KY d 19 Apr 1913 Whitley Co., KY m. Jane Rains
        • William Emby Bunch4 b 30 Jun 1855 Whitley Co., KY d 20 Jul 1937 Whitley Co., KY m Martha E. Fore
          • Dan Elkins Bunch5 b 6 May 1900 Whitley Co., KY d 1969 Blount Co. TN m Hattie Irene Wells   B-53

 


 

  • Laford Bunch1 b c1784 SC d ca Aug 1833 Charleston Co., SC m Mary Parler - Mark Bunch [marktherustic AT hotmail.com]
    • George Bunch2 b ca 1819 Orangeburg Co., SC d ca 1885 GA m Joanna M. Hutto
      • Morgan Asbury Bunch3 b ca 1845 SC d 29 Aug 1929 Dougherty Co., GA m Eliza Gilmore
        • John Luther Bunch4 b Jul 1868 GA d ca 1937 Leon Co., FL m Ada Cornelia Rainey  B-32

 


 

  • Charles Bunch1 b ca 1789 KY d 1849 Washington Co., KY m Frances "Fannie" Lyons - Nicholas Bunch [nickbunch53 AT hotmail.com]
    • Martin Bunch2 b ca 1829 KY d 1872  m Martha Hardin
      • Henry Bunch3 b 4 Jul 1866 Washington Co., KY d 12 Apr 1938 Madison Co., IL m Hettie Holmes
        • Jesse L. Bunch4 b Feb 1899 Christian Co., IL 26 May 1984 Hamilton Co., OH m Marie F. Gimbel  B-48

 


 

  • James Bunch1 c1793 probably SC d c1882 probably Anderson Co., TN m Nancy Phillips
    • Isaac Bunch2 b 1820 TN d 1867 Anderson Co., TN m Mary Dolly McGhee 
      • Isaac Bunch3 b 1846 Anderson Co., TN d 29 Aug 1918 Knox Co., TN m Marth Ann Reynold  B-21 - Teresa Bunch Noe [tbnglobal AT gmail.com]
    • Laford Bunch2 b 1825 TN d 1859 Anderson Co., TN m Elizabeth Patterson
      • Laford Bunch3 b 1845 Anderson Co., TN d 13 Jun 1924 Morgan Co., TN 
        •  Ramsey Bunch4 b 15 Feb 1882 Sullivan Co., TN d 2 Nov 1962 Anderson Co., TN m1 Melvina Patterson m2 Lecty Daugherty  B-14 - Ruby Short Redding [rcredding2242 AT gmail.com]
      • Matthew Bunch3 b May 1848 Anderson Co., TN d 5 Nov 1914 Anderson Co., TN m1 Frances Daugherty, m2 Nancy Ann Phillips
        • George M. Bunch4 b 24 Feb 1888 Anderson Co., TN d 8 Oct 1943 Anderson Co., TN m Annie Patterson  B-60
        • Haskell L. Bunch4 b 24 Apr 1890 Anderson Co., TN d 15 Jan 1969 Anderson Co., TN m Bessie Daugherty  B-05 - Yvonne Edwards [ycedwards AT yahoo.com]

 


 

  • unknown1 (Cherokee Indian?) b ~c1795  m Phoebe Melton  - Russ Klicker [ogemah AT earthlink.net]
    • Lorenzo Dow Bunch2 b c1820 Kentucky, d c1894 Barren Co., KY m Rebecca Lawson
      • Fayette A. Bunch3 b 1852 Clinton Co., KY, d 1929 Barren Co., KY m Sarah Francis Harvey
        • Willis Bat Bunch4 b 1885 Kentucky, d 1962 Barren Co., KY m Virginia Pickett  B-42

 


 

  • James Bunch1 b c1805 Virginia, d c1885 Augusta Co., VA m Sallie ??? - Doug Bunch [sdbunc AT gmail.com]
    • DeWitt C. Bunch2 b 1853 Augusta Co., VA, d c1915 Augusta Co., VA m Mary J. ???
      • Hugh H. Bunch3 b 1887 Augusta Co., VA, d 1961 Augusta Co. VA m Eva ???
        • Hugh H. Bunch4 b 1922 Augusta Co., VA, d 1992 Waynesboro, VA m Edith A. Walter  B-47

 


 

  • Armstead Bunch1 1812  Grainger Co., TN d after 1891 m Louisa Leffew - Donna B. Miller [donna.b.miller AT gmail.com] 
    • John W. Bunch2 b 14 Apr 1843 Grainger Co., TN, d 21 Oct 1929 Fayette Co., KY m Martha Adeline Bunch
      • John Wesley Bunch3 b 4 Jul 1880 Grainger Co., TN, d 1 Oct 1914 Fayette Co., KY m Ellen Brock Smith
        • Clyde Newton Bunch4 b 7 Apr 1908 Fayette Co., KY, d 9 Jan 1942 Fayette Co., KY m Daisy Mae Baker  B-27

 


 

  • George Washington Nelson1 b 1812 Mulberry Gap, Claiborne (later Hancock) Co., TN m Nancy Tussey - Tom Nelson [k495071 AT  yahoo.com]
    • Jacob Nelson2 b 25 Dec 1840 Claiborne (later Hancock) Co., TN d 23 Jan 1916 Greenup Co., KY m Barbara Ellen Wadkins - Minnie Anderson [capricorn2 AT roadrunner.com]
      • Green Nelson3 b 7 Aug 1873 Old Town, Greenup, KY d 5 Nov 1950 Lawrence Co., OH m Maretta Belford
        • Jacob Nelson4 b 19 May 1903 Old Town, Greenup, KY d 7 Aug 1992 Lawrence Co., OH   B-58
    • Thomas Nelson2 b 1862 Floyd Co., KY m Alpha Hubbard
      • Jefferson Nelson3 b Jul 1898 Floyd Co., KY m Belle Smith  B-15
      • Hiland Nelson3 b 22 Apr 1902 Floyd Co., KY m Martha Osborne  B-16   B-19   B-20

 


 

  • Samuel Bunch1 b ca 1814 NC, d 2 Jun 1865 Camp Chase, OH, m Purlaina Trent - Elizabeth Smiddy [ebsmiddy AT hotmail.com]
    • Jesse A. Bunch2 b ca 1837 TN, d ca 1865, prob Camp Chase, OH, m Sarah "Sallie" Trent
      • Jesse Bunch3 b ca 1861 Hancock Co, TN, d before 1900 Hancock Co, TN, m Ellen Williams
        • Henry Bunch4 b 7 Aug 1881 Hancock Co, TN, d 23 May 1964 Dickenson Co, VA, m Maggie Melinda Wilder Harris
          • Robert William Bunch5 b 5 Apr 1902, Hancock Co, TN, d 31 Jul 1987 Norton (IC), VA, m Maxie Stanley  B-51
          • James Carson Bunch5 b 30 Apr 1907, TN, d 1 Feb 1975 Anderson Co, TN, m Erma H. Bolling  B-12

 


 

  • Oo-se-nal-lah Bunch1 b c 1815 Georgia?, m Soch-in-na
    • Rabbit (Che-Shoo) Bunch2 b c 1841 Cherokee Nation West, IT (Oklahoma), d 1925 Adair Co., OK m (2) Jennie Chuculate
      • Richard (Ge-ska-leesky) Bunch3 b 1887 Cherokee Nation West, IT (Oklahoma), d 1939 Adair Co., OK m Jennie Christy   B-64

 


 

  • William Bunch1 b c1823 Colleton Co., SC d c1885 Colleton Co., SC m Margaret Johnston - Jeannie Fullerton [zookpr AT cebridge.net]
    • ​John Wesley Bunch2 b 4 Mar 1867 Colleton Co., SC d 31 Jan 1922  m Mary Irene Amand Ferrell
      • ​Herbert Clifford Bunch3 b 21 Apr 1904 Savannah, GA d 3 Mar 1973 Charleston, SC m Corrine Lane  B-31

 


 

  • Thomas Jefferson Richardson1 b 25 Sep 1833 Ohio d 28 Jul 1908 Sweetwater, Monroe, TN m Louisa Arterburn - James Edward Richardson [jim AT jimr.com]
    • James Madison Richardson2 b 27 Mar 1871 Loudon Co., TN d 12 May 1947 Sweetwater, Monroe, TN m Dora Ida Smith
      • Paul Richardson3 b 19 May 1915 Madisonville, Monroe, TN d 11 Feb 1984 Sweetwater, Monroe, TN  B-17

 


 

  • Isaac Bunch1 b 25 Dec 1837, Indiana, d 6 Apr 1862, Pittsburg Landing, Hardin, TN (Battle of Shiloh), m Arabella Greenleaf - Frank Bunch [fbud462000 AT yahoo.com]
    • Frank Chester Bunch2 b 6 Dec 1860, Clark Co., MO d 7 Aug 1940 Ventura Co., CA m Birdie Davis, 1908 Santa Barbara, Co., CA
      • Vernon Myles Bunch3 b 8 Apr 1920, CA, d 7 Dec 1996 WA, m 7 Nov 1942, WA   B-56

 


 

  •  John Bunch1 b c 1842 Tennessee or Kentucky d c 1883 probably Nashville, TN m 20 May 1864, Nancy Jane McCool, Nashville, TN - John L. Bunch [john47bunch AT gmail.com]
    • Walter Joseph Bunch2 b 26 Sep 1873 Nashville, TN, d 24 Mar 1954 Cleveland, TN m 3 Feb 1893 , Pamly Carney, Davidson Co., TN  B-38

 


 

  • John Bunch1 b ca 1845 Kentucky d 1902 Lawrence Co. IN m Elizabeth Caroline Fisher - Tammy Bunch [tbunch AT tds.net]
    • Charles Elza Bunch2 b 6 Dec 1884 Lawrence Co., IN d 25 Dec 1965 Lawrence Co., IN m Sally Laura Walters
      • Charles David Bunch3 b 18 Sep 1917 Lawrence Co., IN d 30 Jan 2003 Marshall Co., AL m Hattie Ruth Mims  B-07
    • Thomas Riley Bunch2 b 20 Jul 1893 Lawrence Co., IN d 2 Apr 1967 Lawrence Co., IN m Villa Jane Miller
      • ​Harley Wayne Bunch3 b 2 Jul 1932 Lawrence Co., IN d 31 Jul 1995 Lawrence Co., IN m Anna Bernice O'Laughlin  B-67

 


 

  • James B. Bunch1 b 6 Jan 1846 Chowan Co., NC d 4 May 1915 Chowan Co., NC m 25 Jul 1872 Martha Ann Sitterson - Richard Bunch [Richard_Bunch AT hotmail.com]
    • Clarence Bunch2 b 10 Oct 1878 Edenton,Chowan Co., NC d 17 Oct 1954 Suffolk, VA 11 Sep 1904 Ophelia Williams
      • James Vernon Bunch3 b 26 Aug 1908 North Carolina d 25 Feb 1991 Jamul, San Diego Co., CA m Helen Louise Eichorn  B-25

 


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American History: Did Barack Obama's mother have Colonial African-American ancestry?
The Y DNA and documentary evidence
Compiled by Ted Kandell [ted_kandell AT yahoo.com]


"Obama also has roots that run deep in Northwest Arkansas. Obama's great-great-great-great-great grandparents were Nathaniel and Sarah (Ray) Bunch, who came to Madison Co. Arkansas about 1840":
Legal Ruralism: Rural Arkansas claims kinship link to Obama
Obama ancestors found a home in state in 1840s

 

John Bunch, b c1630, d 1700 New Kent, VA
John Bunch, b 1662 VA, d 1704 VA
John Bunch, b 1690 New Kent Co., VA, d c1741 Hanover Co., VA
Samuel Bunch, b 1726 Hanover Co., VA, d 1783 Louisa Co., VA
Charles Bunch, b 1765 Louisa Co., VA
Nathaniel Bunch, b 1793 Louisa Co., VA, d 1859 Newton Co.,  AR

"Madison County (population 14,243; population density 17/square mile; 96% white; .1% African American) is in Northwest Arkansas and sits between Newton County (the least densely populated in the state) and Arkansas's second urban area (after Little Rock)"

Ancestry of Barack Obama (find "John Bunch" from New Kent Co. VA)
Anna Bunch (1814-1892) - Genealogy  

One person who tested was descended from Nathaniel Bunch (1793-1859), who was the founder of the Bunch family in Arkansas and Barack Obama's 5th g-grandfather. He was the husband of his mtDNA ancestor Sara Wade Ray, who herself is of unknown parentage from Tennessee. (As you know I emailed Tammy Bunch who put up the tree on Rootsweb to ask if any descendant tested her mtDNA yet.)

Here are the DNA results:

Kit # 17113 has 67 STRs:

The Bunch DNA Project | WorldFamilies.net  
Melungeon Core DNA Project Y haplotypes  

 

17113

John Bunch, born about 1630, New Kent, VA

E1b1a

13

21

15

10

16

19

11

12

11

13

11

31

17

  9

  9

11

11

26

14

21

28

16

16

19

19  
 

(Y haplogroup E1b1a derives from sub-Saharan Africa and is found in the western hemisphere typically in association with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.)

John Bunch, the probable patriarch of the oldest and most extensive Bunch lineage in America, first appears in records from Lancaster County on the Northern Neck of Virginia, dated to 1654.  These records locate him around the area of present day Kilmarnock, Virginia.  Somewhat later (1662), a John Bunch (probably the same person) acquired 450 acres of land in New Kent County, Virginia, across the Rappahannock River from Lancaster County. This parcel was probably located south of the York River in the general area of West Point, Virginia (perhaps near Barhamsville).

From subsequent records for early Virginia Bunches (and from current DNA evidence), John Bunch was probably an Afro-European mulatto.  His father was likely born in western Africa and would have been one of the earliest Africans in English colonial Virginia.  In the early colonial period, the instituion of racially based slavery had not been fully established and in many cases African "importees" were treated like European indentured servants:  They were released after serving a specified period of bondage.  This would explain how John Bunch came to be a free, land-owning African-American in seventeenth century colonial Virginia.  It even appears from later records that some of John Bunch's descendants came to acquire African slaves of their own.

It remains a mystery how this African paternal line acquired a British surname, but one likely possibility is that John Bunch took his last name from his European mother.  That the origins of the Virginia Bunch family were bound up with early (1662) anti-miscegenation laws in colonial Virginia is clearly shown by the case brought before the Virginia Council in 1705 by a later John Bunch (probably the son or grandson of the patriarch) and his intended spouse, Sarah Slayden:


Virginia Genealogical Society Speech November 2008

Bunch Family

The Bunch family apparently descends from John Bunch who patented 450 acres in New Kent County in 1662.  Another John Bunch, "a Mulatto," and Sarah Slayden, a white woman, petitioned the Council of Virginia in 1705 to allow them to marry because the minister of Blisland Parish (New Kent and James City counties) refused to marry them. The Attorney General was undecided whether the petition "came within the intent of the Law preventing Negros and White Persons intermarrying" because he could not resolve

Whether the issue begotten on a White woman by a Mulatto man can properly be called a Mulatto, that name I conceive being only appropriated to the Child of a Negro man begotten upon a white woman or a white man upon a negro woman, and as I am told the issue of a Mulatto by or upon a white person has another name viz. that of Mustee?

Paul Bunch patented 265 acres in present-day Halifax County, North Carolina, adjoining Gideon Gibson?s land and left a 1726 Chowan County will by which he left a considerable estate to a "Mulatto woman" Keziah Holdebee and her three children. And Samuel Bunch was indicted in the Gibson?s Mill area of Louisa County, Virginia, for failing to list a tithable which was probably his wife, but this branch of the family was considered white by the end of the colonial period as were the other branches of the family that went to South Carolina.

 

There is more on Barack Obama's ancestor Samuel Bunch and his "Mulatto" father John Bunch here:
FreeAfricanAmericans.com:Brooks-Byrd

The interesting thing is that some of the VA Bunch family owned slaves.

There is an African connection here since Nathaniel Bunch of Arkansas's cousin Nathaniel Bunch of Virginia requested that upon his death his slaves be freed with the option of going to Liberia.

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