Bunyard Family History


QUESTION TO BE SOLVED: Would DNA testing solve the mystery of the origins of James Beal Bunyard?  Visit The Bunyard FTDNA Project hosted on Family Tree DNA. Help solve the question of who are the parents of James Beal Bunyard.

It is not certain the parentage of James Beal Bunyard. It is known there was a James Bunyard family living in East End, London since before  1678. This family baptized their infants, James and Jane, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. There is another Bunyard family who marries at All Saints Church in Maidstone, Kent County, some 22 miles southeast of London. Are these two lines connected? It is not proven that James Beal is a member of either of these Bunyard families.

On the 14th of September, in the year of 1763, I first meet James Beal Bunyard, soon to become one of His Majesty’s Seven-Year Passengers. James Bunyard has been indicted for stealing one man’s hat, a value of 10 s. and 10 s. in money, the property of Edward Jones, on September 1. He is approximately 20 years old and single. John Smith was called up and deposed that he had brought him up from six or seven months old till he was fit to go apprentice; that he was then an apprentice to Francis Stedman, in Clerkenwell; and that he never heard any ill of him in his life. James Beal was found guilty of a felony and on 22 February 1764 received the sentence of transportation.

James Beal Bunyard with other felons-convicts walked from Newgate to Black-fryars, and thence into a close lighter to board the Tryal. Under the command of Capt. W. McGachin, the ship transported 166 passengers in total, including 75 convicts from London, Middlesex and Surrey. The Tryal sailed in March 1764 to the colonies in the west. The trip would take approximately two months and not all convicts would survive the voyage. Because most convicts arrived in Baltimore, Maryland or Hampton Roads on the James River in Virginia, it will be assumed this was the fate for James Beal, also.

James Beal Bunyard resurfaces in July 1774 with a wife and living in Surry County, NC. It is months before the Revolutionary War divides Loyalists and colonists during the years 1775-1783. It is here that I will take up the story of my Bunyard ancestral line in America.











Bunyard family story excerpts taken from Bunyard Family Histories by Patricia Bunyard © 2008.

Bunyard Family Research is compiled by Mary Cole et al. This excellent research on Bunyard and allied families is available for purchase. Contact Mary Cole at marycole@prodigy.net.


The Lauderdale County Department of Archives & History has the complete 1995 edition of Bunyard Family Research online. Follow the link to: kithandkinofthesouth.org.


  • Pat says:

    Hi Pamela, glad to hear from you. First, do I need to correct the spelling of your father’s first name? There is a lot of DNA work being done trying to link the various lines of the James Beal Bunyard sons. Of those I am aware, there are DNA results for Patriarch’s James Beal’s son James 1781 using lines James M 1814 and Isaac Ransom 1822. Are you aware if any of your Bunyard line via Pitman have taken any DNA tests?

  • Pamela Bunyard says:

    My father Murl (Mearl) D. Bunyard, son of Floyd Woodville Bunyard son of Riley Madison Bunyard, son of Larkin f Bunyard, Pittman l Bunyard, son of James Bunyard son of James Beal Bunyard.
    I have living male cousins from Floyd’s brothers Marvin and Bugs (Riley) sons Charles Bunyard, Reggie and Bobby Bunyard.

  • Pat says:

    What a wonderful history you share by remaining on the homestead. I have most of the history to Wiley R. but have no son Marx. Could you fill me in? I will email you

  • Trevor L. Bunyard says:

    I am a descendant of James Beal Bunyard myself. James Beal 1 to James Beal 2 to Isaac Ransom to George G. to Wiley R. to Marx R. Sr. to Marx R. Jr. to Marx R. III to Trevor L. I am Trevor L. Bunyard living on the same piece of property in Lauderdale Co. MS that George first settled.

  • Pat says:

    To clarify, my mother is a Shinabarger descended from John 1764>Jacob>Simon Peter>Ernest>Riley>Vera May Shinabarger Bunyard. Much of the history contained in the Shinabarger pages is the research she and her friends compiled 1960s-1990s. I’ve written and distributed the information as much as possible and further the research into trying to find the parents of John 1764. Pat

  • Yvonne Mccready says:

    Can someone please explain to me how the bunyard and shinabarger lines meet? I can’t seem to figure this out. My great grandmother was Hazel Mae shinabarger

  • Pat says:

    Welcome. Hope you find the information helpful. Please let me know if there is data I can add or correct about your family. It is a big help to others doing research.

  • Russell vincent bunyard says:

    Im russell bunyard from ada ok and my grandfather fred bunyard grew up in roff ok..where he and 13 brothers and sisters were raised so the bunyard name has came a long way…i loved finding the crest.

  • Elizabeth Garner says:

    My 4th great grandmother was supposedly Eveline Bunyard, daughter of James Bunyard and Martha Jonea. She married John Adkins on 14 September 1876 and had 2 children, Millard (3gg) and Robert. Anyone done DNA that I can compare to? My father, John Bower, did DNA through Ancestry but I can find no matches with the surname Bunyard except for a first cousin and that’s because it’s been family history but I do realize that family history can be wrong. Eveline and John Adkins are both mentioned in the kith and kin book. My dad is on Ancestry DNA and gedmatch. Please contact me at bitaelb@gmail.com.

    Thank you


  • Pat says:

    Please send along further information. I am sure there is a connection as research shows Bunyards in Oklahoma.

  • Jennifer Brown says:

    This is a very interesting page. I was born Jennifer Lyn Bunyard. My father and grandfather both named Claud Bunyard. Both were born in Oklahoma. I wonder if there is a connection to any of the eight generations of Bunyards.

  • My grandfather is William Claude Bunyard he came from Great Britton and Scotland. He came to America through New York Harbor with his father Franklin Bunyard and they lived in Mississippi for many years. Then moved to Oklahoma when the oil boom hit and land run. My great grandfather Franklin Bunyard’s wife passed away at an early age and he raised his five children alone, Claude, WC, Mamie, Lucille, and Wiilla-lee. My Grandfather Claude ( William Claude) served in WW1 and married Katharine I Murphy, they had a son named William Claude Bunyard 11 and Edward Bunyard(Murphy). My grandfather was a savvy business man in Oklahoma. Owned The Young Hotels, Banks, Car Dealerships, Oil Land Rights, and many buildings in Enid Ok. My grandmother Katharine Bunyard worked as a state secretary for Oklahoma for 22 years. The Bumyard ‘s are roman. Catholic and very generous people. The men in the family in that era 1900 were tall 6 foot two plus our Great Grandfather Franklin was 6 foot 4 and lived a long happy life and known as a good father, devoted Roman Catholic and most all of his children were born and died at St. Anthony’s Hospital. His grandson my father was tall, 6 foot four? After serving in the Korean War my dad went to OCU and got his bachelors degree in Business. My dad married the love of his life Ellen O’Brien. My dad William Bunyard worked for Farm Bureau Insurance Co. 45 years, was the Vice President of Farm Bureau and Arbitrator.

    (According to my records: Franklin born 1858 was the son of Isaac Ransom and great-grandson of James Beal Bunyard who came to the U.S. on the Tyral in 1764. For further information about the William Claude Bunyard family, contact writer at mariebunyard@yahoo.com)

  • Shawnee bunyard says:

    Hi I am trying to find out more about my family. No one alive knows much. All I know is my grand father is ken bunyard and his moms name was pat bunyard. And we all use to live in Utah where my grandpa and grandmother owened a trucking companie. I was wondering if anyone new anything on here. My grandpa did have a brother who was killed as a teenager on a motercycle
    Thanks for your time
    Shawnee bunyard

  • Jarrod Bunyard says:

    Hi there. I am trying to find out more about my grandfather, Furman Pate Bunyard from Oklahoma. He passed away in 1989 and I am looking to see if there is a connection here. Thanks

  • cathy bush says:

    I have just aquired an old Bunyard family bible and it doesn’t have the daughter Betsy listed, but it does have a daughter Jane listed. I would like to know how I could see a copy of the will of James Beal Bunyard. Thank you.

  • david james bunyard says:

    this site really caught my eye i thought i was the only bunyard ever haha then googled it and now im here time to do more research ahah

  • Nancy Bunyard Fyfe Roberson says:

    You have a great website! My direct line is that of James Bunyard of Kent, England. My grfather came to the USA in 1893 and lived in NYC. In 1960 he died believing he was one of the only Bunyard families in the US. The WEB has changed that…


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