Thanks for the lineage. Mark Cappello who works on the Barnes family has sent me the material he has collected, so I do have the data on the Dennetts, at least a list of Angus's children and their spouses, so I know how you connect. I have searched and searched for some confirmation that Nathaniel's wife was a Bundren/Bondurant. A few months ago I had contact with some distant relatives who said they had an article which identified her as a Bundren. They were going to send me a copy of it, but then I didn't hear from them again. Do you have any documentation that verifies her maiden name? I have spent a lot of time researching Richard Jr. and Richard Sr. I even visited the area in TN where Richard's supposed brother Francis settled, but the records are extremely scant. Here is the list of children that I have for Richard Sr., but please understand that I have very little to prove that this list is right.
1. Thomas Bondurant m. Sarah Macka/Maxa/Maxey - this information appears in an old letter. I have searched diligently for some evidence of his existence, but I've found nothing. Thomas and Sarah were reported to be the parents of Daniel Maxey Bondurant. He was b. 14 Feb 1779 in Bedford Co., VA d. 20 Mar 1837 Natchez, Adams Co., MS. He m. 1 Feb 1816 in Natchez Elizabeth Peyton Cammack b. 4 Feb 1787 Caroline Co., VA d. 8 May 1857 Adams Co., MS. Did he go to MS with family? Did he travel overland on the Natchez Trace or go via ship to Louisana? Was he there as a result of the War of 1812? He was about 36 when he married. Was this his first marriage? If so, why did he wait so long to marry? The names of his children do not seem to give any clues (Mary Jane, William, Martha Maxe, Albert, John Howard, and Horace). There has been much conjecture about the possibility that the Thomas Bondurant who settled in Boone Co., KY and married Margaret Drury was the son of Richard. That's possible, but I don't think it's right.
2.) Richard Bondurant, Jr. the one who supposedly married Elizabeth Cloud
3.) Francis Bondurant b. abt 1764 Buckingham Co., VA d. 1836 Claiborne Co., TN m. abt 1788 Elizabeth King b. 1763/1772 d. abt 1836 Claiborne Co., TN. I think he had 10 children, but I do not have enough verified data to be confident about them (If you are interested, I will be glad to send what I have). In 1833 Francis applied for a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War. In the application he mentions that proof of his birth is in the family Bible in the hands of his brother in Warren Co., TN (more about that later). Names I have of possible children are Sarah, John, Leander, Susannah, Nancy, Greenzill Jack, Peter, Richard, Phillip, and Hiram.
4.) Drury Bondurant b. 1773 d. 1838 Jackson Co., OH wife is unknown. One descendant has an old letter which verified descendance from Richard. Drury had 8 children (names I have are Lavinia Lucinda, Elizabeth, Nancy, Thomas Benton, Joel, an unidentified male, Joseph, and John)
5.) Claiborn Bondurant b. abt 1774 VA d. aft 1850 DeKalb Co., AL m. Mary ?? b. abt 1778 VA d. ?? m. abt 1803. Names of his children are Elizabeth, Sarah, George C., James, and Richard. I have a copy of a deed record in Warren Co., TN which shows that Claiborn was there in about 1833. Was he the brother who had the family Bible that Francis mentioned? One of his children remained in AL, but most of them moved to southern IL about 1860. One of Claiborn's sons resided in Grainger Co., TN in 1840, which is another tenuous link between Francis and Claiborn. Why did they migrate all the way to AL and then go back north and west to IL?
6.) John Bondurant b. 22 Jun 1782 VA d. 30 Jun 1850 Lawrence Co., TN m.1) Tabitha Bays or Boys d. 22 Apr 1813, probably Henry Co., VA m.2) 21 Apr 1816 Henry Co., VA Lucinda Gilley (9 children - William, Peter, Mary, Sarahann, Elizabeth B., Clabourn D., Hardin Alexander, Nancy P., and Daniel Gilley - most migrated to TX, especially Bell and Coryell Cos.). We know that John was residing in Warren Co., TN in the early 1830s. Was he the brother with the family Bible? He seems to have been born much later than most of the rest of the children. Does this mean that there are several children yet to be identified or was he, for example, the son of Thomas and Sarah who was left an orphan and was basically raised by his uncle Claiborn?
What I have done, at least in part because of the lack of data on Richard Jr., is to try to collect data on other family members in the hope that I would at some point run into information that would help shed light on Richard and Elizabeth. Unfortunately, this strategy has not produced much of anything worthwhile (although I know a lot about the Bondurant family as a whole).
There is a diary that was kept by a female named White. We know that her mother was Louisa Bundren whose mother was Nancy. We also know that Louisa married Isaac White in 1818 in NC. Isaac took the family to Henry Co., IN where he died. The family then moved to Hamilton Co., IN. According to the diary, they were visited one rainy night by cousin Jane Barnes of Fall Creek. As near as I can determine, this was just shortly before the majority of the Barnes family removed to IA. I have found no evidence that the Barneses and Whites were related, so that leaves the Bondurant link. Unfortunately, cousin is not a very precise term. I do know that the mother of the diary writer was related to a William Bundren who resided for a time in Wayne Co., IN and then moved to Hamilton Co., IN, about the same area to which Louisa Bundren/White moved. I believe that Louisa and William were sister and brother. I also believe that Louisa had another brother who was named Thomas. Thomas married Susannah Lockett in Bedford Co., VA and had 14 children. They moved to Fayette Co., IN abt 1832, but Thomas died in the spring of 1835 and Susannah died in the fall of that year, leaving several small children behind. The diary writer comments that the widow of the eldest son and his sister were related to them. This seems to imply that Thomas may also have been Louisa's brother. Then there is also an Abner Bondurant who appears in Henry Co., IN at the same time that Louisa and Isaac White are there. Abner eventually moved on to MO. Also, a Martha Bondurant m. in 1819 in Guilford Co., NC James W. Whicker. They, too, ended up in Hamilton Co., IN. I'm not sure about the Whickers, but all of the rest of the folks in this cluster were Quakers. As far as I have been able to determine, none of those in Richard's line were Quakers. Nevertheless, if the diary entry is to be believed, they were cousins.
I present all of this just to let you know that I really have studied the people and the places. I have clues about relationships, but nothing conclusive. In fact, I have a lot more questions than answers. I also need to make the point that these people were very mobile, which makes them even more difficult to track. Furthermore, although some lived to be elderly, it seems as if many of the males in this line died at middle age. That, too, complicates reconstructing the families. There are reports that 2 of Francis Bondurant's reported children married Clouds. Susannah supposedly married Benjamin Cloud and Nancy supposedly married Jeremiah Cloud. I've scratched around a bit in the Cloud family data to see if those who have researched those lines confirm these marriages. So far, I haven't found much. But I have not attempted to do any research of primary data sources on Clouds, either. The information may be out there, but I just don't have the skills to find it. I assume that you are aware the Francis' daughter Sarah married John Barnes, brother of Nathaniel. Again, that would seem to suggest that Jane was a Bondurant, but it doesn't prove it.
I hope that we can continue this conversation. Most of the people with whom I corresponded about Nathaniel and Jane are now deceased. It is refreshing to have someone who is interested in the same direct line to share ideas and data. If it sounds as if I have any specific records or materials of which you would like copies, I will be happy to share with you. Just let me know what you want. Do you have any more information on Jane Bundren/Barnes, Nathaniel, Elizabeth Cloud, or other relatives?
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