About Henry Bunch
Just in case anyone is interested. This is from
Our Bertie Co. Bunchs were connected to the Nansemonds via marriage of John
Bunch to the Chief's daughter. > A family sermon book still in the Chief's
[Chief Barry Bass] possession records the 1638 marriage of John Bass, and a
Nansemond convert to Christianity named Elizabeth. Everyone in the modern
Nansemond tribe is descended from that marriage.
"Henry Bunch, b. ca. 1690, living in Chowan Co., NC, when he acquired land in
Bertie County. Described as a "Free Mulatto" in the 1763 Bertie tax list.
D. 1775 leaving will naming children Jeremiah Sr.; Tamerson m. Thomas Bass;
Susannah m. Lazarus Summerlin; Rachel m. Joseph Collins; Nancy m. Isaac Bass;
Embrey (b. ca. 1730-35, m. Elizabeth, d. Bertie Co. 1789). Jeremiah Bunch
left will in Bertie Co., NC 1797 naming children William (m.Mary Bunch 1785,
d. 1816); Henry (b. ca. 1743, m. Eleanor Baysson 1764) ; Jeremiah Jr. (b. ca.
1745, m. Judah Hill 1765, d. 1809); Nehemiah (d. 1815); Frederick (b. ca.
1745-8, d. 1810); Nancy m. Collins. Embrey Bunch's children were Micajah,
Sr., b. ca. 1760-65, m. Levinia Holder 1791, m (2d) Teletha Smith 1801, moved
to Christian Co., Ky. abt. 1803; Mary m. Williams; Zadock, b. bef. 1775, d.
1801 unmarried; Nanny m. Rigdon Pritchard 1792 Bertie County; Milley,
The Indian connection is Isaac Bass (ca. 1738-1801) who married Nancy Bunch
was a son of John Bass (ca. 1700-1777), son of John Bass (1673-1732) and Love
Harris (m. 1696), son of William Bass (1654-1742) and Catherine Lanier,son of
John Bass (1616-1699) and Keziah Elizabeth Tucker, daughter of "Robin the
Elder of ye Nansimuns [Nansemond]kingdom". Thomas Bass who marriedTamerson
Bunch was Isaac's brother, b. ca. 1723, d. Bertie Co., NC d. 1764.This may
suggest that the Bunch family had Nansemond connections as well.The
information is from Heinegg's Free Arican Americans of North Carolina and
Virginia. Bertie County, NCWill book B page 46 HENRY BUNCH Will dated April
12, 1775 -Proved August Court 1775 SON: JEREMIAH BUNCH DAUGHTERS:TOMERSON
BASS (THOMASINE BASS ) SUSANNAH SUMMERLIN, WIFE OF LAZARUS SUMMERLIN RACHEL
COLLINS, WIFE OF JOSEPH COLLINS NANY? (MARY) BASS WIFE OF ISAAC BASS ANN
COUNCIL ( NOW LIVING WITH ME) SON: EMBREY BUNCH GRANDSON : ZADOC BUNCH --
SON OF EMBREY GRANDSON: CEDAR BASS SON OF ISAAC BASS he goes on to list what
he leaves to each and also says some of his property abuts that of a JOSEPH
COLLINS ..Witnesses are : JOSEPH COLLINS AND DAVID COLLINS "
The Nansemonds are currently working with the City of Suffolk [which merged
with Nansemond Co. years ago] to acquire land on Chuckatuck Creek to
re-establish Mattanock, a Nansemond village appearing on map of John Smith's
in the early 1600's.
Anyone who has Bertie Co. Bunch blood in their veins just may be a Nansemond!