Job Bunting (1660 - 1702)

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Birthplace: Matlack, Derby, England
Death: Died in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
Managed by: Janet Palo-Jackson, (c)
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About Job Bunting

Job came to America in 1682 and selected New Jersey as his home. This was a primitive land where the inhabitants were primarily native Indians. The territory was recently recovered from the Dutch, who claimed and governed it during their war with the English and French. Now, the Crown divided the territory in tow parts, East and West Jersey. East jersey was a melting pot constantly proving itself difficult for English rule. West Jersey, however, seemed to have no government at all. Compared with th other colonies it was democratic, had a humane clemency in its laws and permitted full freedom of religion: owed in no small part to William Penn and the Quakers.

Job followed elder brothers Sameul and John, who came earlier in 1682 with the Thomas Foulk family. The Foulks and teh Buntings were neighbors in England. Samuel came as Thomas Foulk's carpenter, John as his mason. Both married daughters of his. All were Quakers, with brother Sameul being a minister of the Chesterfield Montly Metting. THe purchase of Pennsylvania in1 681 by William Penn changed everything. A 'Train" of ships arrived an settlements were estyablished in this new land across the Delaware River from West Jersey. Job and first wife Sarah joined in 1684, moving from Burlingotn, West Jersey to Middletown Township, bucks COunty, Pennsylvania. He estabilshed himself early, and in 1684 he registered his cattle brand with Phineas Pemberton. In moving to Pennsylvania Job an dSara moved to a land that could not count 500 white settlers three years before when purchased by Penn. Penn himsel fidid not come to America until 1682. The chief town of teh province upon Job and Sarah's arrival was established at the confluence of the Delaward ans Schuill rivers, ahd named Philadelphia. At the opening of 1684 this town had but 150 dwellings.

By 1685 there wer3 7000 settlers in Pennsylvania, 1/2 Englishmen and other 1/2 of various nationalities. Most were Quaker. Setltlers lived, including no doubt Job and his family, initially in cave dwelling, dug out from mounds of earth, until a traditional home could be built. Indians were, unlike in the other provinces, little problem. The Quaker way of life and that of the indigenous Delaware was compatible, and conferences were held to assure the good-will between both. This would later change as the tide of emigration overtook Indian lands in the middle of the next century.

Her first child Lydia was born in December of 1686. She died, however eighh months after her birth. Second child Caroline came in septmber of 1687, but his time it was wife Sarah who ded not survive. Sarah Perkins died 8 days after the birth of her daughter. Job was now alone wiht daughter Caroline in unsettled territory. It would be 1 1/2 years before he would remarry.

In the 2nd mo, 1689, Job announced his intentions to take Rachel Baker as his wife at the Falls MM. He was not a Falls MM member, and the meeting ordered him to bring a certificate of clearnessf from his own meeting in Jersey. Rachel, whose familyw er Falls MM members, however, was not so "clear". The women of the Falls MM reported that a Joseph Clowes "pretneds to claim promises from Rachell. This however, was itself cleard by the following month, and as Job had a certificated of clearness from his own MM, the two were granted leave to complete the marriage. Job and Rachel were married on April 27 1689, at the Middletown Monthly Meeting of the Friends. Both were originally born in England, both were Quakers , and now both found themselfves in the new land of Pennsylvanai.. Job came to the marriage with a daugter from his first marriage: for Rachel this was her first marriagel.

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Job Bunting's Timeline

1660
June 10, 1660
Matlack, Derby, England
1686
December, 1686
Age 26
1687
September, 1687
Age 27
1689
April 27, 1689
Age 28
Middleton MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania
1690
January 22, 1690
Age 29
Middletown Township,Bucks County,Pennsylvania
1692
August 25, 1692
Age 32
1694
March 26, 1694
Age 33
1696
January 22, 1696
Age 35
1698
March 4, 1698
Age 37
1702
1702
Age 41