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The last will of Edward Bunting of Geytonthorpe made on 6th July 1681

Edward Bunting of Geytonthorpe (Gayton Thorpe) Norfolk, who was buried on 9 July 1681 at Gayton Thorpe, Norfolk made a will on 6th July 1681. The will was witnessed by Thomas Tilney and Mary Tilney , the executrix was Anna Bunting and probate was granted on 6th August 1681.

Edward Bunting is currently the head (root) of the Gayton Thorpe tree which has since spread all over England and into Scotland and probably many other places.

The original will can be found in the archive of Norwich Consistory Court Probate Records which is held in the Norfolk Records Office.

The catalogue reference is NCC, original will, 1681, no.32. The title is Bunting, Edward, of Geytonthorpe. Date: 1681, Description: Will, Level: Item, Repository: Norfolk Record Office, Category: probate, Access status: open, finding aids: Norfolk Record Society vol.28, copies: use microfiche MF423, catalogue status: catalogued.

Edward Bunting married Anne who survived him and died in 1710. They lived through interesting times. Being born when the Stuarts were on the throne and having their first child only three years after Charles 1st was executed. Their next two children were also born during the Protectorate while Oliver Cromwell was in charge. There remaining children were born during the Restoration Period after Oliver Cromwelll had died and the monarchy was back in business.  

Edward and Anne's  children were Anne (born 1652), Thomas (born 1655), Mary (born 1658, the year Oliver Cromwell died, and died in1670 aged twelve), William (born 1662), John (born 1664), Charles (born 1671) and Sarah (born 1674 and died 1703).

Edward's son Charles  married Alice Aggs on 12 September 1706. They had several children one of which John Bunting, who married Rose, is my great great great great  great grandfather. Edward Bunting was , of course, my great great great great great great great grandfather. During that time my branch of the family moved from Gayton Thorpe to Sedgeford, to Heacham, to Hunstanton and then to London where we still live although one of my sons has moved to Suffolk and my grandson was born in Suffolk so maybe my grandson will move to nearby Norfolk and we will be back where we started.

But the big questions are where did we come from when was Edward Bunting born and who were his parents? Was he born in the reign of James 1st or that of his son Charles 1st.

Given Edward Bunting's first child was born in 1652 and that Charles 1st came to the throne in 1625 Edward would have been at least 26 years old when his first child was conceived if he himself had been born in the reign of James 1st of England (James 6th of Scotland). So given this it is perfectly feasible Edward Bunting was around at the same time as King James 1st.

When I have more time I will try and find out. But does anyone out there already know the answer?

Best Wishes


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