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Re: Jacob Bunce of Rhode Island
Posted by: Bonnie Bunce (ID *****7989) Date: April 14, 2004 at 08:02:25
In Reply to: Jacob Bunce of Rhode Island by William Bunce of 592

Hi William.

I have seen a few cemetery records of people named Bunce living in Rhode Island, but not much else, since then I haven't done much research on the Bunces outside of CT and NY.

Below is a link to the abstract of another man named Jacob Bunce, who d. in 1741 on Long Island, who possibly is the father of the Jacob Bunce in RI.

Also you might be interested to know that there was a man named Bunce who settled in PA in the late 1600s, who was a Quaker. Below is a quotation about him:

"From _Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Penn's Colony_ Vol. I, Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., Reprinted by Heritage Books, p. 203:

From lists apparently compiled from "Minutes of the Board of Property," in The Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series XIX and Third Series, I- "An accompt of the land in Pennsylvania granted by William Penn Esqr Sole Proprietary & Governor of that Province to Several Purchasers with the Kingdom of England, Vizt To:

John REBYE [Retye] of Marlborough in the County of Wilts Maulster. 250 acres

John BUNCE of the same place Maulster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 acres

Edward BROWN of Marleborrough in the County of Wilts Yeoman. . . . 250 acres

John HARDING of the same Place Maulster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 acres

Above signed by Wm Penn this five and twentieth day of October in ye year of Our Lord according to the English Accompt One thousand six hundred Eighty and One."

Cheska Wheatley suggested: "You might check the locality file for Wiltshire and see if there was a meeting called Marlborough although this batch of men don't appear to be 'good' Quakers given their occupations! [maulsters, probably made alcoholic beverage malt liquor] Sounds like they may have set out for PA with the intent of setting up a brewery!"

Also, below is a portion of an email sent to another Bunce researcher, which may refer to the same "John Bunce," mentioned in the above record:

I found copies of the pages my aunt Dorothy sent me on Bunces that were Quakers. It's kind of hard to tell, but I think they were members of a meeting in Farrington, Berkshire Co., England. What my aunt sent me were typewritten records from the monthly meetings, dated April 1680 thru April 1705. It shows a Daniell Bunce was a member of the meeting. He had been committed to the "Reading Goule in ye years 1677 and still remains a prisoner because he conscientiously refused to pay Tythes unto Edward Tennants Impropriator . . ." In March 1682, several friends who were going into "Pensilvaniah desired certificates from this meeting of their honest conversation while they have been with us, namely . . . John Bunce & Richard Bunce . . . " Daniel Bunce was shown as present at a mtg. on 27-Apr-1682,so apparently had been released from prison by that time. At the mtg. of 20-Dec-1682, "Daniell Bunce's sufferings for refusing an Oath in a certificate concerning burying his father in woellen was read at this meeting." At the 25-Feb-1686 mtg. Daniel & John Bunce were both shown as present. Additionally, "John Bunce having an intent to return to Pennsilvania desired a certificate from this meeting which was granted and signed." At the 28-Jul-1687 mtg. the minutes stated "Thomas Ducket of Philips Towne in the County of Carle in Ireland siggnafied his Intentions of marriage taking of Jane Bunce, spinster daughter of Elizabeth Buns of Goosey in ye Countey of Berks to be his wife and Shee the sayd Jane Bunce siggnafied her Intentions of taking the sayd Thomas Ducket to be her husband. . . " At the mtg. of 28-Jan-1692 it says "Whereas difference has fallen out between Elizabeth Bunce widow and Daniell Bunce both of Goosey concerning sum ground that . . ." [can't read rest of it, poor copy]. There was also a mention made of Sarah Bunce, dau of Daniell, making her intentions to marry known at this meeting, but couldn't make out the name of her intended, but the next mtg. record of 25-Feb-1692 shows it was Richard Stampe (husbandman). The 25-Feb-1692 record shows members of the congregation were trying to patch up the differences between Daniel Bunce & Elizabeth Bunce, widow, over the property line between their 2 properties. At the mtg. on 12-Feb-1705 Daniell Bunce, Jr. made known his intentions to marry Mary Tubb spinster, the dau. of John Tubb of Goosey yeoman. The last record of any mtg. was dtd. 26-Apr-1705, showing only that Daniell Bunce, Sr. & Daniell Bunce, Jr. were present. I've misplaced my aunt's cover letter that came with this information, so I'm not sure where the meetings were taking place, but judging from the above it was in England, since John Bunce was going to PA & the man, who married Sarah Bunce, was from Ireland.

Hope this helps.

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