Over the years, I have organized and written several family histories. I do not wish for them to be lost to others. In this era of Covid-19, I am faced with ample time to revise and summarize my information and post it. These Bunyard and Shinabarger histories are in more detail than those found under My Genealogy.

The Shinabarger Family History book became too large for printing and with the development of excellent computer programs dedicated to genealogy, I find it easier and faster to add and update my files using Reunion. With over 21,000 individuals in my files, I could not maintain the information in the histories. The research information available through Ancestry and other online sources continues to amaze. I often think, if my mother had only had these resources when she was doing family research throughout the 1960/1970/1980s, I am sure there would be far more people accounted for in our family histories.

I have posted the chapters/generations which chronicle the family history. Click on the title to download or read any chapter.


First Generation American “From Convict to Colonist– James Beal Bunyard 1744 – 1817

Second Generation “Pioneer Settler – Samuel B. Bunyard 1793 – 1875

Third Generation “Civil War Soldier – Loyd M. Bunyard 1832 – 1862

Fourth Generation “Migrant Laborer – William Washington Bunyard 1858 – 1920

Fifth Generation “Iowa Roots – Edward Durwood Bunyard  1882 – 1952

Sixth Generation “Full Circle”

William Carl Bunyard        1913 – 1986

Russell Edward Bunyard   1917 – 1996


First Generation – An Elusive Patriarch 1700-1764

Second Generation – John Shinabarger “Ashland John” 1764-1837

Third Generation – Early Hoosier – Jacob Shinabarger 1794-1845

Fourth Generation – Spreading Roots – Simon Peter Shinabarger 1821-1902

Fifth Generation – Moving West – Ernest Franklin Shinabarger 1860-1916

Sixth Generation – Grandpa – Riley Ernest Shinabarger 1886-1966




  • Pat says:

    Hi Carl, Thanks for the update. I have edited for privacy but the info is in the family file. On line, because the status of “living” there my Reunion files should make the info private. Sometimes this fails but most times it works. Love those grandkids’ names.

    If you ever want to test Y-DNA for the family, let me know. I tested Keith ages ago but if does not hurt to have two from our line. Also, I am excited that I finally have a male who is testing from our great-grandfather’s second marriage in Washington.


  • Carl E. Shinabarger says:

    Pat, my son Kenneth, married Suzanne xxxx on 6/17/2000 and daughter KR was born 2018.
    My son Robert has yet to marry, but with Amy xxxx had son LM in 2004 and daughter ZM in 2006.

  • robert shinabargar says:

    I Am Homer Shinabargar’s Son; John Shinabargar Is The Father Of My Dad Homer

  • Deb Burt says:

    Wonderful work I am the granddaughter of Elmer Shinabargar (1074) I do have some information on this line It is not a lot but would be willing to share Thank you so much for your hard work. I Live in Carson City MI

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