Bunyard Family History
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Since writing the short biographies below, I have authored in-depth coverage of current findings and speculations concerning both the family of James Beal Bunyard and my of own father’s Bunyard line. These histories can be found on the pages of FAMILY CHRONICLES and the DNA summaries located on the pages of DNA RESEARCH.
Visit The Bunyard DNA Project at Family Tree DNA for a comparison of the Y-DNA results of the descendants of Dora Brockmann Bunyard’s two sons.
James Beal Bunyard’s parentage is unverified. A James Bunyard family lived in East End, London, England 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? The Maidstone Bunyard’s say James Beal is not related. Without verification, I suspect the London Bunyard’s are the ancestors of James Beal and they could be linked in some way to the Maidstones.
On the 14th of September, in the year of 1763, one first meets James Beal Bunyard who is soon to become one of His Majesty’s Seven-Year Passengers. James Bunyard was 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 along with other felons-convicts walked from Newgate to Black-fryars, and thence into a close lighter to board the ship Tryal. Under the command of Capt. W. McGachin, the Tryal 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.
James Beal Bunyard resurfaces in July 1774 with a wife and living in Surry County, North Carolina. It is months before the Revolutionary War divides Loyalists and colonists during the years 1775-1783. The following are brief histories of the James Beal Bunyard ancestral line in America.
FIRST GENERATION – JAMES BEAL BUNYARD
SECOND GENERATION – SAMUEL B. BUNYARD
THIRD GENERATION – LOYD M. BUNYARD
FOURTH GENERATION – WILLIAM WASHINGTON BUNYARD
FIFTH GENERATION – EDWARD DURWOOD BUNYARD
SIXTH GENERATION – RUSSELL EDWARD BUNYARD
SEVENTH GENERATION – BUNYARD
A resource for Bunyard history is the “Bunyard Family Research” compiled by Mary Cole, Sharon Cox and Eileen O’Neil published in 1995. The book follows the history of James Beal Bunyard and allied families (Alley, Fitzwater, Foster, etc.). The pdf file can be found and downloaded from the Lauderdale County Department of Archives & History, Inc. A link is added below.