Actually I got to this point kind of through the back door based on my family history, previous researchers postings, and the help of some recently found cousins descendants of Mary Ann Bunch (Myers). Most of our information has dovetailed to complete parts of the family.
The following information varies from proven solid, a reasonable conclusion due to multiple circumstantial evidence, to suggested by only one single record - so be warned it is subject to change.
My 3g-grandparents were William A. Roberts-Robbirds and Jane Bunch. Family history says their son (my 2g-grandfather) stayed with his uncle in Grayson COunty, Texas during the Civil War. William's brother Jacob Roberts' 1876 will included the "heirs of Lucy Bunch", Lucy being a known daughter.
The 1840 census for Hamilton County, Tennessee shows my family in the Falling Water/Roberts Mill area. The first Wm. Roberts matches my 3g-grandparents family exactly, Jacob Roberts is listed close by, and next to Jacob is David Bunch with two young girls and a yet unidentified female 15<20.
About 1842, most of my Roberts moved to Taney County, Missouri (now in Christian County), with my 3g-grandparents soon moving to Texas County, Missouri.
David Bunch has not been found in the 1850 census, but his children's birthplaces claim he should be in Texas. The 1850 census for Grayson County does list William Blue, father of Meridith Blue and Erastus Blue. Meridith Blue is the first husband of Elender Kays, and is listed next to his father with their family.
The 1860 Census lists David Bunch and his last wife Elender Kays, the widow of Meredith Blue, in Grayson County. There are no other Bunch's listed, but I do know of one other family from Missouri that was supposed to have been there during the Civil War.
Based on best current information, the following should be the children of David Blue:
Mother: Lucy Roberts, all children born in Tennessee:
1. Elizabeth Jane Bunch
2. Mary Ann Bunch
Listed with David and Elender in 1860, parents and relationship not yet clearly determined:
3. Catherine Bunch born in Tennessee
The following children should be David Bunch's and an undetermined mother, Lucy might have died by the 1840 census, there is a story that these children's mother was "Mary" - all born in Texas:
4. William W. Bunch
5. Archey H. Bunch
6. Isaac Bunch
The following are David's step-children; the children of Meredith Blue and Elender Kays based on the 1850 census:
7. Sarah Blue
8. Mary Ann Blue
9. Ema Blue (missing by 1860 census)
These children are listed as Blue in the 1860 census, but all the sons are later known by Bunch and later census records show their father as born in Tennessee, which suggests David Bunch instead of Meredith Blue who was born in Virginia. More information is needed to confirm their father, their mother is most likely Elender Kays.
10. Lucinda Blue/Bunch
11. Suel Blue/Bunch
12. David Blue/Bunch
The following is a child of David Bunch and Elender Kays born in Arkansas:
13. Asa Bunch
The Bunch/Blue family members can be found scattered around Texas between Grayson, Cooke, Van Zandt and Montague counties (and others?). David and some of the family are in Sevier COunty, Arkansas by 1870. Some of the family later to McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
David and Jane Bunch's parents are yet unknown, they should have married into the Roberts in the early 1830s in either Anderson County, Hamilton County or a county adjoing the north end (all Tennessee). I have yet to find any other Bunch family to directly connect to Jane or David.
David and Lucy's daughter Elizabeth Jane Bunch married Erastus Blue. David Bunch's last wife Elender was the widow of Erastus Blue's brother Meredith. Erastus Blue served in the Confederate Army, and was killed in hostile action in Texas - fighting Indians!
Family stories are that both William Bunch and his (half?) brother Suel left their first families and started another. Suel even had two sons named Suel by different women.
Hope there is something here of use in your research. - Dan
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