Buntings in Hillsdale County, Michigan
07:28PM UTC - Thursday, 08 May 2008
Contributed by: Jerry Green
This article is from "Portrait and biographical album of Hillsdale county, Mich., containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States." which I found on the "Making of America" website at The University of Michigan DAVID P. BUNTING. While all honor is due to the man who settles in a new country and engages successfully with all the difficulties which beset him, bringing events to a happy issue, we must not forget those who worthily bear the mantles of their honored sires. Man's wants increase as his facilities for supplying them grow greater, and it perhaps requires as much industry and perseverance to maintain social standing in this advanced age as were required half a century ago, when the humble log cabin sheltered its contented inmates, whose clothing was derived from the'wool of the sheep reared on their own land, and woven into garments by the industrious housewife. David P. Bunting, a prosperous farmer located on section 12, Fayette Township, is acting well his part in providing for the wants of his family and for the improvement of the community in which his lot is cast. The father of our subject, John Bunting, was born in England about 1809, and emigrated to America upon reaching his majority. The maiden of his choice was in her girlhood Miss Frances M. Chapman, and they were united in marriage, in Jonesville, on the 25th of March, 1841. Their. household included nine children, who are recorded as follows: William G. resides in Northern Michigan; Sarah A. is deceased; Mary E. is the wife of George Parks, of Hillsdale, and Sarah M., of Samuel Fore, of Ohio; John S. is deceased; David P. is the sixth in order of birth; Jane A. is the wife of Conrad Bone, of Manistee County, Mich.; Rhoda A. is deceased, and John S. (2d) resides in Isabella County, Mich. The parents finally settled in Fayette Township, where they died, the father June 11, 1875, and the mother Aug. 26, 1865. David P. Bunting was born in Fayette Township, Aug. 28, 1855, and has since remained a resident of that township, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He owns the old homestead of 120 acres, which he has brought under a good state of cultivation, supplied with comfortable and convenient buildings, and is prepared to prosecute to advantage the noble calling of an agriculturist. On Christmas Day, 1884, Mr. Bunting was united in marriage, in Scipio Township, with Miss Martha, daughter of Andrew and Matilda (Allen) Kennedy, of the same township. Mrs. Bunting was the eldest of four children, and was born at South Hadley, Mass., Jan. 23, 1856. - One child has come to brighten their household. In politics Mr. Bunting casts his lot with the Democratic party, giving it his cordial support whenever occasion offers.