Lighting Ancestral Lamps

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Early Forbearers in America

At the beginning of this chapter we leave O1d England and eventually bring our family name across the Great Atlantic to America. Christian names for the first time are recognized -- Edward, Matthew. etc. Why did the early Bunn's leave their native land? A search of the early English records, seventeenth century, indicates that they enjoyed a livelihood on a par with the average Englishman of his period. For instance, one Matthew Bunn is listed as a valued and respected member of St. Gregory (by St. Paul) Parish 1640 -- Miscellanea Genealogical Et Heraldica.

Then why did they leave their native land? According to tradition told the writer many times by his father, William Benton Bunn, Sr., 8/1 the Bunn's of the early seventeenth century were English Puritan dissenters with the established Church of England. They moved to Holland and helped establish an English Colony in that country where they could worship as they pleased. This appears logical for according to history. English migrations of considerable size drifted into Holland during the early and perhaps up to near the middle of the seventeenth century. These people attempted to remain English; they established a church near Amsterdam. Many of the sect remained intact for perhaps seventy-five years. But as the writer's father remembered the story of tradition, his people were very proud of their English ancestry, and wanted to remain English. They realized if they continued to live in Holland that future generations would eventually become Dutch. For their loyalty in O1d England, the family chose to leave Holland, (why my father didn't know), and return to England, or perhaps they sailed directly to the New World which afforded them an opportunity to remain an English speaking people. At the same time, they too, could worship as they pleased.

Edward Bunn - a possible first ancestor: At any rate one Edward Bunn (or Bunne) was an early settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony as early as 1642. The first American record of him is found at Nantasket, (now the town of Hu11), in 1642, when his right as a proprietor was acknowledged. In 1662, 30th of October, he gave a deposition stating his age as fifty years, and indicating that he was born in 1612. One Genealogist James Alfred Ellis who edited the History of the Bunn Family of America which was published by Romanzo Norton Bunn of Chicago, states, "No doubt he was a native of England ". This probably is correct, but he might have spent years in Holland. There is no way of proving this point

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