could grow crops. When they arrived in Southern Illinois during the autumn of 1838, they were without shelter. Perhaps they lived in their covered wagons for days, maybe weeks, and possibly months until they preempted their Land for the federal government and had time and opportunity to build their Log cabins. (Later research, however, disclosed that most if not all of the families lived with early settlers established in the area until they could enter the land and build cabins.) But few household articles were necessarily brought from Ohio. However, from these simple beginnings the trail was blazed. If Benjamin6, the minister as well as the patriarch of the Southern Illinois Bunns, could currently return, doubtless he would not recognize his old home territory. Most of those hardships experienced a century and a quarter ago are gone. Travel is no longer by ox or horse team and the covered wagon, but by automobile. The log cabins long ago disappeared. Instead many modern homes dot the area. A furnace in the home has replaced the huge cabin fireplace . Only remnants of the forests remain. Well sweeps are gone; electric pumps are being installed in the shallow wells. well established highways, concrete or gravel, are replacing or have replaced the trails and dirt roads. The daily newspaper, rural free delivery, the radio, and presently television keeps us in touch with news all over the united states, and the world for that matter. In contrast looking backward to the time of Reverend Benjamin6, these pioneers led a very restricted life. They knew little or nothing of daily happenings beyond their neighborhood.
It is greatly regretted that our knowledge of early ancestors is quite meager. They were not well schooled. Writing was a burdensome task for all. Some of them -- for instance Margaret, wife of Benjamin6 made her mark instead of signing her name to deeds and other legal papers- Thus, a relatively few letters- and records have been preserved. After all, that period of Benjamin's6 and Margaret's marriage dates back to the time when Thomas Jefferson, was President of the United States. They were rugged pioneers and very representative of those who possessed the urge to travel along the wilderness Road westward away from settled places. To the pioneer couple of Benjamin and Margaret, ten children were born and reared. To their ten children sixty-five children were born. Eight of the grandsons were soldiers in the Civil War. Further information will be given about these soldier grandsons in the following pages allotted to their parents and family.
However, their names and those of their parents are listed
According to a paper presented by Arley Earl Bunn at the Bunn-Leathers reunion in 1926-1927 , he said, "Six generations have succeeded