I wish that I had more information for you! I have an old photo of my father (Clifton Bunton) sitting on his mother's lap. She posed for the photo in some sort of Native American costume. My grandfather (Newton Bunton) was Africian-American and grandmother was all Nativer American I believe. Her name was Alena Wilson and from what little I know, she was originally from somewhere in Georgia.
The story goes, the little that I do know is that Newton and Alena married and lived in Georgia until grandmother met an untimely death. Family legend has it that someone in town wanted to marry my grandfather and did away with my grandmother! Back then, it was easy to murder someone, especially someone who was a Native American! I don't know if that is true or not. Grandfather moved to Crossett, AK sometime near the turn of the century. I know that he was a farmer and most of the farm still exsists. Another story is that he was a bootlegger during Prohibition! And I thought that my family was so boring!
I am losing so many of my family members from old age I would like to get more history before it is too late!
I do have one photo of grandfather and daddy. I guessed that it must have been taken around 1924 or 1925. Daddy was born in New Castle, PA! I have no idea how they got up there and why they didn't stay. There were 3 boys in the family. Daddy ended up living in Cherokee, IA, Uncle Willy drifted from St. Louis to Keokuk, IA to be closer to my father and Uncle Fred remained in Crossett to work the farm. Unfortunately, Uncle Willy passed away in October. He was the last of the Bunton boys.
There are so many gaps in the story and half truths, I don't know where to start. I plan to go to the farm in Crossett this summer. There are some old graves on some hidden acres that may give me more dates and names to go by. I wish that I would have asked more questions of my father. But he was pretty tight lipped about his past. Even my mother doesn't know much about it! I guess that growing up in the Great Depression, things were hard and losing his mother at an early age would make one try to forget things!
Daddy was in WWII. I am going to try and get some information from the gov't if they kept things like that back then.
If you have any more info or if this helps you, please let me know.
Thank you very much!
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