Contributed by: Neil and Nonie Rooney
We have just discovered, via a birth certificate, that Neil's branch of Buntings came from Co Down in Ireland. The birth of the first New Zealand born child ( John Stewart Wellington Bunting) in February 1880, shows his father to be James Bunting aged 24 born in Ireland and his mother Dorothea Stewart Bunting formerly Murray, also aged 24. and born in Ireland. These two were married in May 1879 at Waringstown, Co. Down.
Strangely the marriage certificate of the son, ie John Stewart Wellington Bunting shows his father's christian names as John Robert Alexander Bunting, but his mother, correctly, as Dorothea nee Murray.
Maybe John Robert Alexander was fed up with his long name so didn't use it himself, prefering to be James, though one would have thought a birth certificate called for father's real name.
Does anyone know of this family? I see that two members are interested in Buntings from Co Down and one is in NZ! We will be contacting them both but as they are not on email, thought this may also make contact.
The Bunting Society