03:10PM GMT - Friday, 24 February 2006

Contributed by: Mrs Christine L. James

My mother always called her grandmother Granny Bunting but on checking her mother's birth certificate it was actually Bunten. I was pleased to see variants of the name were included on this site. I was hoping that somone could help with my wandering great grandfather William Bunten born about 1862. My mother knew very little about her grandfather because he left home after his son William died aged about 11 in 1910. She knew that he was a painter. I confirmed that he was a house painter not an artist. He seems to have evaded the census never being at home. My grandmother Constance was born in 1896 in Harlow. She had a younger brother Arthur who married Molly and they had a son who the family believe still lives in the Sawbridgeworth district but who no-one is in touch with.

I have searched for a marriage between Charlotte (Bingham) and William and have a certificate for a Lottie and William married in Stepney June 1896. William is a painter and his father Robert is also a painter. Searching on census records I found a Robert in 1881 living and born in Saffron Walden. In 1871 he was staying at the Black Lion Kingston Surrey described as a painter unemployed. There was no William mentioned in the family. If he was the son of this Robert he would probabally have been born in Debden as another of Robert's sons was. He would have been about 48 when he vanished from the family home. I am not sure if it was usual for a painter (described as a journeyman on my grandmother's birth certificate) to have to travel away from home to find work. I do wonder what happened to him. I would like to tie him up with the Buntens of Saffron Walden but don't know where to go next. I was hoping someone had done some research on that family (Robert born about 1827 wife Elizabeth) The only William of about the correct age that I found in 1881 was one living with his grandparents Samuel and Eliza Wright of Saffron Walden. He was born in Debden. It is a shame that marriage certificates don't say where people were born.

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