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John Feast Bunting

It is sometimes useful being moderately extrovert and thus becoming known to most of the people at a family history conference. The conference in question being held at Loughborough University was called a "Flight of Yesterday" with a theme of "The 70s". We took this to mean 1970 but others chose it to be 1770 and so each wore an appropriate costume for the evening party. On walking past one dining table an attractive, young woman remarked that she had a Bunting enquiry and was I interested. I was intrigued even more when she introduced herself as Rowan Tanner. My elder Grandson also has the name Rowan. Each of the boys was named after a type of tree, Rowan and Aiken (oak like). It seemed strange to me that a girl should be called Rowan. Her parents Steve Tanner and Gill Horlick, as did many couples in the 60s, decided to buy an engagement ring. Their searches for an appropriate one lead them to Portobello Road, London, in the August of 1968. Their choice was one that had a round moss agate stone set on a round gold saucer surmounting the gold ring. Whilst the appearance was the main reason for them to purchase the ring inscribed on the inside surface was the sentence "John Feast Bunting died 18 July 1888 aged 2 years 7 weeks". They thought that originally it had been made to fit a man's little finger. Gill and Steve were so captivated by the inscription that they made the decision there and then that when they bought the ring that they would they would name their first son, John, in memory of John Feast Bunting. Subsequently Rowan's brother John was born in June 1973.

Rowan has posed the following challenges to the Society. Who were John Feast's ancestors? Her Mother would dearly love to know. Also why was the ring sold? Did John Feast have any siblings and have they any descendants alive today?

Quite a challenge. Do you know answers?

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John Feast Bunting
Authored by: Anonymous on 12:17PM BST - Monday, 25 July 2005

Is the inscription quite clear? If not, could it possibly be "John Frost Bunting"? This is a name which runs through my family tree (I have today created a user account in the name "Kathy" and it should be approved perhaps by the time you read this)

John Feast Bunting
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 07:38PM BST - Monday, 01 August 2005

Hello Kathy,
I am discussing your query with Rowan and hope to get a response soon from her.
Does the death date of 18th July 1888 have any significance in terms of people on your family tree? In the mean time I will have a look at our records for a John Frost on that date.

John Feast Bunting
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 12:23AM BST - Tuesday, 02 August 2005

Hello Kathy again
Whilst our Record Keeper, Mary Rix is the one to quizz about the up to date list of names on our database my "back up" copy shows a John Frost, born Oldham in the March quarter of 1877 and died in 1961 thus excluding him. The only other John Frost I have a note of was born in Belper in 1896. Presumably each is in some way related to you but does not seem to fit the John Feist criteria.
Thank you for your thoughts we will find him eventually.
Do however tell us more about your Bunting connections.

John Feast Bunting
Authored by: Mrs Sharon Desaulniers on 06:06PM GMT - Wednesday, 06 March 2013

While searching for my Abel ancestors, I found a marriage between John Feast Bunting and Heneretta Ann Abel July 22 1792 in Saint Clement Danes,Westminster,London.

I have no idea at the moment if this is one of mine, but I will continue researching and see what I can find.

Sharon Desaulniers

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