BUNCH NOTES



Sneedville, Tn. 37869

March 7, 1981

Mrs. Nedlene Renner

Rte. 3, Box 81-A

Noblesville, Indiana 46060

Dear Mrs. Renner:
Thank you for the check. It was appreciated. It helps to pay for genealogical expenses incurred in securing information.
The first census of Hancock Co., Tn. listed: Fam. #77N. LIVELY BUNCH, 50, b. Va., cake baker, dau. of Joseph & Rachel Bunch. Issue: Jane, 19; Jesse, 12; Wm. H., 10; Burwell, 8; Absolum, 6; and Wm. Collins, 18—they were all b. Tn. Lively m. Geo. W. Goins, 8/5/1839 in Hawkins Co.
Family #79: BENJAMIN BUNCH, 80, b. NC, wife, Mary "Polly" (Dotson), 79, b. Va. In 1860, she was in home of Washington Pridemore—her son-in-law.
Benjamin Bunch, b. 1770 in NC, m. to a small woman, Mary Dotson. She is reported to have lived to be 110 yrs. of age when she died in 1881. After Ben died, she lived with her dau., Polly "Bunch" Pridemore, back of Boyd’s Gap on Newman’s Ridge. They moved to Tn. from NC when their dau., Frankie (b. 1805, d. 1885), was a small girl. Their gr. dau., Cynthia Colins, wife of Batey (my late wife’s gr. parents), remembered making shirts for grandfather Ben and taking food to grandmother Mary after his death. Old Rev. Greenbrier Wallen preached Mary’s funeral sitting down to preach, using the text "But Mary hath chosen the better part, which shall not be taken away from her.": (Luke 10:42) Children of Benjamin and Mary: Lambert, b. 1790; Wm., b. 1793; John, b. 1795; George, b. 1797—they stayed in NC; Celia, b. 1812 (m. Henry Fletcher, Fox Branch); Hannah, b. 1801 (m. Jesse Goodman, lived on Blackwater); Rachel, b. 1803 (m. Wm. Goodman, brother to Jesse, lived on Newman’s Ridge); Frankie, b. 1805, d. 1885 (m. Simeon Collins, son of Old Vardy & Peggy—they lived on Blackwater [Vardy]). They were my late wife’s gr. parents. They are both b. in our cemetery. This is taken from our family record.
Other Bunch names in our family record are: Caroline, Charles, Cleo, Edna, Emaline, George, Henry, Hubert, James, Jane, Jerry, John, John J., Matt, Missy, Orpha, Sally, Violet, Went & Lucy, Wm.
Marriage licenses issued: Morgan Collins to Elizabeth Bunch, 9/7/1870, Nicholas Alder, JP; Jesse Bunch to Martha Collins, 9/17/1870 (Jesse m. Martha 10 yrs. later again: Jesse Bunch to Ellen Williams, 10/12/1880); Stephen Collins to Missie Bunch, 6/8/1884—these were all in Hancock Co.; George Goins to Lively Bunch, 8/5/1839; Rebecca Bunch to John Burchett, 12/9/1843; Boyd Stewart to Emaline Bunch, 3/15/1846; Perlainy Trent to Samuel Bunch, 10/3/1835—all in Hawkins Co.; Collen Bunch to Rhoda Hallowell, 1785; Edward Bunch to Sarah Godwin, 1796; Solomon Bunch to Sarah Coffield, 1785; Elijah Bunch to Priscilla Bunch, 1795; Micajah Bunch to Anne Boulton, 1797; Jos. Bunch to Ann Wilkerson, 1800—these were all in Chowan Co., NC; Blaxton Gentry to Mary Bunch, 3/14/1786; Anthony Bunch to Mary Bunch, 6/26/1787; Suprey Bunch to Mary Sims, 4/22/1799—these were in Louisa Co., Va.; Wesley Lawson to Amanda Bunch, 1/29/1850 in Hancock Co.; James Bunch m. Edna Cole in 1871—they moved to Pope Co., Ill.
Hope this helps you. No charge.

Sincerely,
William P. Grohse



Samuel Woodward to Julius Bunch, Assignment of a deed; april 16, 1735 Tes, Joun Jordan Jr. Mary W. Jordan
WILL OF PAUL BUNCH

"In the name of God Amen, I Paul Bunch this 16th Day of November 1726-being of sound mind and perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament revoking all other Wills and Testaments by me dame in Manner and Form following Imprimis I bequeath my sole into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it sprung trusting in the merrits of my only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive a joyfull Resurrection and as to what Estate it hat pleased God to bless me with in this World after my funeral charges and my Debts paid I give and dispose of in this manner following. I give a bequeath unto my son John Bunch that part of this land I now live on which he now lives on unto the line of marked trees right up and down as it is marked to him and his heirs of his Body lawfully begotten and further I give and unto my son John Bunch one Negro fellow named Dick to him and his Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten and I give one Iron Pott unto my son John Bunch and likewise I give and bequeath unto Fortune Holdbee this plantation that I now live on with all the lands that belongeth to the plantation unto John Bunches line to her during her life and then to fall unto Coziah [Kesiah] Holdbee and Jmiah [Jemima] Holdbee to be equally devided between them two sisters and if these two children die without heirs lawfully begotton of them to fall unto John Bunch and likewise I give and bequeath unto Fortune Holdbee two feather beds and half the household good and the other half of the household goods to Joseph Mecham and one half of my stock to Fortune Holdbee and the other half of my stock to Joseph Mecham only two cows and calfs first to be taken out of the stock and given unto Thomas Holder and then the rest of my stock to be equally divided between Fortune Holdbee and Joseph Mecham and likewise I give and bequeath unto Fortune Holdbee one Negro named Frank for her and her heirs as long as she lives
single and likewise my will is the Negro fellow named Daw to be between Fortune Holdbee and Joseph Mecham to help and ----- one as much as the other in all his service and likewise I give and bequeath unto Coziah Holdbee one Mullatto wench named Pegg to her and her heirs of her body lawfully and in the care of her mother until Coziah comes to the age of eighteen years of married and likewise I give and bequeath unto Jmiah Holdbee one Negro girl named Betty to her and her heirs of her body lawfully begotten and in the care of her mother until Jmiah comes of age eighteen years or married and likewise I give and bequeath unto Joseph Mecham one Negro Wench named Moll and her child Fortune and one Negro Wench Roses and all my lands that I have over Roanoke River belonging to that plantation that I bought of Thomas Wilkens and one survey of land only 100 acres to Thomas Holdbee and likewise I give and bequeath unto John Bunch one Buchaneer Gun and lastly my will is that I appoint Joseph Mecham and Fortune Holdbee to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament and my two Executors to receive all my Debts and pay all my Debts and what is coming after Debts paid to be equally devided between Joseph Mecham and Fortune Holdbee only I give Elizabeth Bunch one shilling sterling and my daughter Russell I give one shilling sterling this I appoint my last Will and Testament

As Witness my Hand and Seal this 16th day of November 1726- Paul Bunch
{Seal}~ "

Testes.
Andrew Ireland
John E. Collon [Cotton]
Henry Irby [son]
Letters granted 10th day March 1726~"
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Samuel Woodward to Paul bunch. 640 acres in ye precinct of Bertie on chinkapin Creek; September 6, 1735. Tes Wm Pearsey, John Meadoys, Robert Robinson


Deposition of George Rives - 1719 - Prince George Co. VA
(Deeds,etc.1713-28, page 350, Prince George Co.VA.)
GEORGE RIVES aged fifty nine years or thereabouts Deposeth that some
time in the month of April Last past while he was tradeing in the
Province of South Carolina, he both see and often times conversed with
a runaway Mallatto man Slave named Jack, belonging to Samuel Harwood
the younger of Charles City County, that the said Slave came into that
Province in the company of Mr.Robert Hix and other Traders, as the s'd.
Traders informed this Deponent, that the said Malatto man Slave there
goes by the name of John Bunch and would Love returned home to his said
Master, but was forcibly detained in that Province by one Capt.How and
others traders there. This Deponent further saith that he very well
knows the said runaway Slave to belong to the said Harwood and for some
years past did Live upon his Plantation on the Poplar Swamp under him,
and further saith not, this 6th day of September 1719.
George(X)Rives

At a Court held at Merchants Hope for the County of Prince George on
the Second Tuesday in September, being the Eighth day of the s'd. month
Anno Dom. 1719.
The above written Deposition of George Rives was taken in Court and on
the motion of Samuel Harwood Jun'r. the same was ordered to be recorded,
and accordingly is truly recorded.
Test Wm.Hamlin ClCur.

 
1714-1720
James Thwea, assignee of David Duke, complains that Hubberd Gibson is indebted to him as assignee fr 16 well drest doe skins by bill dated 11 Jul 1711 and unlawfull departed tis county. Hubbars estate is therefore attached for: one iron pott, pr andirons. Gibson did not appear and judgement confirmed. Goods to be appraised by Robet Poythress, William Batte, George Rives, Edward Mitchell



Bertie Co
Ibid A-447 Henry Sims and wife Grace to Henry Irby 10 May 1725 30 pds 200
ac part of 600 ac pat to Wm Boon 11 Nov 1711/12 on north side Moratock
Riv on Beaverdam adj Wm Powell, William Brasswell, John Pace. Wit. Roger
Case, Hubard Gibson, Ann Evens.
From: JGH900@aol.com
Subject: [HOLDER] Thomas Holder #1 in Bertie Co., NC
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2003 21:21:27 EST
Bill,
You may think I am crazy, and maybe I am, but read the following with an open
mind.
WILL OF PAUL BUNCH [posted on web by jennzunker]:
"In the name of God Amen, I Paul Bunch this 16th Day of November 1726-being
of sound mind and perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and
Testament revoking all other Wills and Testaments by me dame in Manner and
Form following Imprimis I bequeath my sole into the hands of God that gave it
and my body to the Earth from whence it sprung trusting in the merrits of my
only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive a joyfull Resurrection and as to
what Estate it hat pleased God to bless me with in this World after my
funeral charges and my Debts paid I give and dispose of in this manner
following. I give a bequeath unto my son John Bunch that part of this land I
now live on which he now lives on unto the line of marked trees right up and
down as it is marked to him and his heirs of his Body lawfully begotten and
further I give and unto my son John Bunch one Negro fellow named Dick to him
and his Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten and I give one Iron Pott unto my
son John Bunch and likewise I give and bequeath unto Fortune Holdbee this
plantation that I now live on with all the lands that belongeth to the
plantation unto John Bunches line to her during her life and then to fall
unto Coziah [Kesiah] Holdbee and Jmiah [Jemima] Holdbee to be equally devided
between them two sisters and if these two children die without heirs lawfully
begotton of them to fall unto John Bunch and likewise I give and bequeath
unto Fortune Holdbee two feather beds and half the household good and the
other half of the household goods to Joseph Mecham and one half of my stock
to Fortune Holdbee and the other half of my stock to Joseph Mecham only two
cows and calfs first to be taken out of the stock and given unto Thomas
Holder and then the rest of my stock to be equally divided between Fortune
Holdbee and Joseph Mecham and likewise I give and bequeath unto Fortune
Holdbee one Negro named Frank for her and her heirs as long as she lives
single and likewise my will is the Negro fellow named Daw to be between
Fortune Holdbee and Joseph Mecham to help and ----- one as much as the other
in all his service and likewise I give and bequeath unto Coziah Holdbee one
Mullatto wench named Pegg to her and her heirs of her body lawfully and in
the care of her mother until Coziah comes to the age of eighteen years of
married and likewise I give and bequeath unto Jmiah Holdbee one Negro girl
named Betty to her and her heirs of her body lawfully begotten and in the
care of her mother until Jmiah comes of age eighteen years or married and
likewise I give and bequeath unto Joseph Mecham one Negro Wench named Moll
and her child Fortune and one Negro Wench Roses and all my lands that I have
over Roanoke River belonging to that plantation that I bought of Thomas
Wilkens and one survey of land only 100 acres to Thomas Holdbee and likewise
I give and bequeath unto John Bunch one Buchaneer Gun and lastly my will is
that I appoint Joseph Mecham and Fortune Holdbee to be my Executors of this
my last Will and Testament and my two Executors to receive all my Debts and
pay all my Debts and what is coming after Debts paid to be equally devided
between Joseph Mecham and Fortune Holdbee only I give Elizabeth Bunch one
shilling sterling and my daughter Russell I give one shilling sterling this I
appoint my last Will and Testament
As Witness my Hand and Seal this 16th day of November 1726- Paul Bunch
{Seal}~ "
Testes.
Andrew Ireland
John E. Collon [Cotton] [Joanne's Note; John Collins?]
Henry Irby [son] ??
Letters granted 10th day March 1726~"

I believe that there is a reasonable chance that Thomas Holder and Fortune
Holderby were brother and sister. This is the earliest document I have seen
that indicates an early, intimate, relationship with the Bunchs. I do not
believe that Paul left Thomas Holder 100 acres etc. just because he was
living with and fathered children of Fortune Holder
by. Just maybe Susanah WAS a Bunch.
My grandfather told me when I was young that our family had Indian and Negro
blood in it. I know the early Holders were closely tied to the Bunchs. I know
these Bunchs were Mulato/Melungeons. I believe that the Bunchs who lived
next to the Holders each other came from King William Co., VA [both on 1704
Quit Rent Roll] and pop up in Bertie about the same time. I am now thinking
that JUST MAYBE my early Holders were Holderbys [also on King WIlliam Co.
1704 Rent Roll] in the beginning and dropped the "by" from the name in order
to be accepted as "white." This was important back then. I have read, in the
last couple of days, that whites sometimes would raid the homes of mulattos
and free blacks at night and carry them off somewhere and sell them. Those
who were "white" enough would not tell anyone they were mixed race if no one
could tell.

After Paul Bunch died, Fortune Holderby hooked up with one Henry Irby in
Bertie County. Henry had just escaped from jail in Virginia and traveled to
Bertie. They then moved to New Hanover County, NC in Cape Fear area. After
Henry died, in 1733, Fortune sold the land Paul left her and obtained a
patent for 400 acres in New Hanover Co. That is about all I know of her and
it was gleaned from 3 or 4 websites visited during the last week. I suspect
that Irby is a Holderby [Hold Irby] whose line dropped the Holder, for same
reasons Thomas Holder may have dropped the "by."
BILL, THIS IS JUST THEORY OR CONJECTURE AS OF THIS POINT IN TIME!!! I was
hoping that maybe you or someone else had run across the Holderby/Holderbee
name and had some info on them, since you have been at this a lot longer than
I have.
Jim Holder
Isle of Wight Co., VA

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George Gibson, born say 1695, sued William Drinkard in Charles City County in January 1737/8 but failed to prosecute Orders 1737-51, 29]. He was granted a patent for 62 acres on Pease Hill Swamp in Charles City County on 25 July 1741 [Patents 19:1085]. In November 1741 the court presented him and George Gibson, Jr., for not going to church. In July 1745 Phillis Goeing (Gowen) petitioned him concerning her children, but he failed to answer the petition so the court ordered the churchwardens to bind them out. In December 1745 he and Captain Samuel Harwood posted 20 pounds security for his good behavior for a year. In February 1745/6 he, William Witherspoon, and John Atkinson provided a total of 80 pounds security for his good behavior, and he and his son Randolph Gibson and his wife Elizabeth posted bond of 20 pounds each for the good behavior of Randolph and Elizabeth. The court fined him 5 shillings for not going to church in 1746, 1748, 1749, 1755 and 1756 [Orders 1737-51, 185, 196, 371, 383, 391, 392, 394, 417, 474, 499; 1751-7, 194, 298, 419].

Fortune Holdebee sold her land, "plantation where I now live ... formerly Paul Bunches," on 5 July 1727 [Bertie DB B:276] and received a patent for 640 acres in New Hanover County in August 1735 [Saunders, Colonial Records of North Carolina, III:52].

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