EDWARD DURWOOD BUNYARD

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IOWA ROOTS      1882 – 1952

Edward Durwood Bunyard

DATES: Edward Durwood Bunyard was born in New Sharon Iowa on 2 April 1882. He is the son of William Washington Bunyard and Angeline A. Barnard. His parents were living in the small community of Hepburn in Page Co. at the time. However, he may actually have been born at the home of his Grandmother Emeline, Angeline’s mother. Angeline was 16 years old at the time of his birth. Edward lives in Iowa his entire life. He died 10 Aprikl 1952 in Panora, Guthrie Co. Iowa. Edward is buried in an unmarked grave in West Cemetery in Panora.

Dora Hannah Louise Brockmann

MARRIAGES: Edward Bunyard married Dora Hannah Louise Brockmann on 11 October 1913 in Des Moines IA. Dora Brockmann was born on 24 August 1879 in Celle, Germany. Her home in Celle was about 30 miles north of Hannover in the German state of Lower Saxony. Both her parents were born in Germany. It is known that her father was still living and she also had a brother, Carl. Dora immigrated to the United States as a Third Class passenger on the President Lincoln. She departed on 2 Dec 1911 from Hamburg and traveled with stops in Cuxhaven, Boulogne, Southampton and into New York. She paid her own passage and was in possession of $25 when she departed for the United States. She registered on ship as a 32 year-old single woman and a cook by profession. Her nationality was given as Prussian. She listed her nearest relative as her father, Wilhelm Brockmann in Celle. Dora stated that her final destination was Des Moines IA where she was to be met by her aunt, Dora Heindorf. Dora Heindorf. Dora died 19 November 1968 in Blue Grass, IA and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo IA.

HISTORY: At the time of the Iowa State Census in 1915 Edward and Dora are living in the area of Bondurant in Polk Co. Dora’s census card reflects she is not yet a citizen of the U.S. Edward is a laborer by occupation. His total earnings for 1914 are $400. He also states the extent of his education to be 8 years Common School. He is not in farming and has no church affiliation. The town of Bondurant is just north of Des Moines and 2 miles east of Ankeny where his parents were living in 1905. It is also just a few miles west of Farrar where his mother and younger siblings Chester and Elmer were currently living in 1915. This is the Census that states Angeline as a ‘widow’  while her husband William seems to be living in Des Moines. By 1917 Edward has moved to Des Moines and is residing a few blocks away from his father, William Washington Bunyard.

The Iowa State Census of 1925 finds Edward, Dora and sons William and Russell in Van Meter, Dallas Co. IA, a small community west of Des Moines. Like his father before him, Edward appears to move often, possibly following the work that is available. Edward is renting his home for $8 a month. Dora, who became a naturalized citizen in 1915 and has lived in the U.S. and in Iowa for 15 years, says she has a Grade School education amounting to 8 years and can read and write. Her son William has had 4 years of Grade School and son Russell has had one. One other interesting bit of information that is given is the names of Dora’s parents. She has told the census taker that her father is William Brockmann of Germany and her mother is Johana of Germany and that they were married in that country.

Edward and Dora with grandson Richard 1942

By 1930 Edward and his family has moved to Stuart City, Guthrie Co. Edward is supporting his family as a common laborer working on farms in the community. He moved into Panora city in 1940. William has left the home by early 1937. His brother Russell remained with his parents until at least 1939. Finally, in 1940, at the age of 58, Edward moved into Panora city where he lived until his death in 1952.

CHILDREN of Edward and Dora Brockmann Bunyard:

  1. William Carl Bunyard was born 9 July 1913.
  2. Russell Edward Bunyard was born 18 July 1917.

1 Comment

  • marilyn upchurch rutledge says:

    my grandfather’s name was albert durwood sandidge his mother was Mary Lee Bunyard from around Meridian, Mississippi with the name durwood popping up I know there is a connection… trying to put that side of the family together

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