Henry Bunch (1690 - 1775)

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About Henry Bunch

Just in case anyone is interested. This is from

http://www.rootsweb.com/~varussell/families.mcollins.html

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,

unmarried 1801.

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!

Jim Holder

http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/NCBERTIE/2002-11/1037494820

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Age 52
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Age 85