in London for passage to America. There was a Ruben (Reuben)
Miles in a subsequent Miles family which might indicate from
whence the name "Ruben" came into the Bunn family later
on. The name Miles was apparently a revered one among many subsequent
Bunn generations for it occurred frequently for many generations.
In fact, the name has persisted to the 9th and probably 10th
generations, e.g. Hyatt Miles Bunn9. (As well as David Hyatt
P. Bunn12, Jonathan Miles Bunn12, and Joseph Miles Armstrong13).
Records have not been followed as to the place the church had
in the lives of the pioneer Miles; however, early and incomplete
records indicate that this early family held the church in high
esteem. Deacons and ministers were frequently listed among them.
Commenting further on Esther, wife of Matthew, probably a Miles,
this forbearer was recognized as a "herb" doctor by
her neighbors and friends. Very frequently leading mature women
of the colonial and young statehood period were looked to by
the people of a neighborhood as being very helpful toward curing
"ager" (chills), and fevers, thinning the blood as
springtime approached and in divers other ways through various
and sundry concoctions of herbs. Apparently Esther, frequently
recorded as Hester in later years while she lived in New Jersey,
was a woman adept at this sort of thing. George Washington, our
first President, had a wonderful herb garden at Mt. Vernon. Perhaps,
ancestor Hester had one nearly a hundred years before at her
home farm in New Jersey. Some of these early pioneer women, and
those of much later periods for that matter, served as so-called
midwives at childbirth. Doctors were uncommon, poorly equipped,
and births occurred in the simple pioneer cabin homes, for there
were not any hospitals. Thus, the assistance at a birth by an
older and experienced woman of judgment called a "midwife"
was much sought. Esther or Hester, wife of Matthew, served as
midwife on many occasions, as recorded by New York Genealogical
and Biographical Record, from records of Rahway and Plainfield
(N.J.) Monthly Meeting of Friends (formerly held at Amboy and
For example, volume 5, pages 164-155, New York Genealogical
Biographical Record, an account is given follows:
Bunn, Hester, present as midwife when her grandchild, Benjamin
Loofbourrow was born, 1705, 1st month, 21st day, to John Loofbourrow
and Hannah, his wife.
Loofbourrows were recorded as Quakers. Records according
to French indicate that Matthew was not a Quaker. Whether or
not Esther (Hester) was of that faith, is not known.
Matthew2 and Brother and Sisters: (a) Children of Matthew
and Esther (Hester), born in Boston, include:
Matthew2 /5, born June 9, l659; Nathaniel2, born March 23, 1664,
and Esther, born March 2, 1665.
Another of the name appears in Woodbridge, New Jersey,
who was undoubtedly the child of Matthew and Esther. This is
strongly borne out in the record of the birth of a child to Hannah
Loofbourrow, a daughter.