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​Our Story


Separating fact from fiction is always a challenge in compiling a family history. Making this a collaborative project will help us do just that, and much research remains to be done on our Bunn family line. The progenitor in the United States is believed to be Owen Bunn, whose surname is spelled in the records of colonial Virginia as Burn, Burns, Burne and Bourne. He arrived in the Jamestown settlement about 1691, presumably from England and of Scots-Irish ancestry.


DNA testing in 2017 finally confirmed our descent from Owen Bunn, and his son and his wife, Etheldred Bunn and Nancy Sykes. Their son William "Blind Henry" Bunn, born about 1793 in North Carolina, first married Elizabeth Smith, and had three sons. After Elizabeth died in 1835, he married Cyntha or Cynthia Stout. They had at least five children: William Henry Bunn Jr., Eliza E. Bunn, Louisa Bunn, James H. Bunn and Susannah, also called Susan Anne, Bunn.

For now, this website will focus on William Henry Bunn Jr.; his wife, Cincinnati Huffman Yant; and their descendants. Anyone who would like more detailed genealogical information about the family can visit the Laub_McClain_McKay_Bunn Tree on, which requires a subscriber membership. But I'll be glad to send a link that should allow free access to our tree to anyone who wants it. Just send me an email.


Our story is an evolving one, and I invite everyone with family information to contribute to please do so. I envision this site as a sort of virtual family reunion, and who knows -- maybe one day we'll hold a live one. Let no Bunns be left behind!


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