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William Bunton

I'm hoping someone can point me to some clues as to who my ancestor might have been. 
This is what I know,  my direct ancestor was Elijah Bunton/Bunting, born in Carter County, Tennessee in 1826.  His father was William Bunton/Buntin (Jr.?) who died in 1839 in Johnson County, TN.  At the time of his death he was married to Fanny (Griffin?) No way of knowing if this was his only wife since in his Will he only leaves an inheritance to Fanny and his "two youngest sons, Andrew and Elijah".  He had eight other children all assumed to be Fanny's.  His birth dates are in doubt,  around 1777 or 1757.  There are at least 4 stories about who William Bunton/Buntin (Jr.?) was. 
1. He was born about 1777 in Wilkes County, North Carolina,  the son of William Buntin/Bunton and Eleanor/Nelly.  William Bunton Sr. died in 1782, I have no other documented evidence for him.  Some say he was born in 1709 or 1732 or 1755 in Augusta County, VA. which at the time was a hugh area.  I do have evidence for Eleanor/Nelly/Nell Buntin , born before 1756, and having 3 boys born after 1774 and maybe 2 daughters.   Since William, Jr. had a daughter named Eleanor/Nelly, it is reasonable to think she was named after his mother.)
2. Someone put up a tombstone stating that William (Jr.?) was born in 1757 of Scots-Irish desent, pioneer and Revolutionary soldier, but I have never been able to find documentation for this.  I think this might be confusion between father and son since I did find a William Bunton in the Augusta militia.
3. He deserted from the British army and took the payroll with him.  Supposely he buried it and it was found later by some descendants. No evidence for this that I can find.
4. He was transported to America when he was about 12.  He was taken from the street  and put on a ship to America, he never saw any of his family again and they never knew what happened to him. Since I don't know his birth year or which state he was shipped to, I can't find anything to support this.  But this is a reasonable way for him or his father to arrive in America.
Anyone have information or suggestions?
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William Bunton
Authored by: Frank Bunting on 01:13PM GMT - Friday, 22 January 2016

Hello Kathy,
I have had a look through the records on our website (some data may only be available to members) and offer the following points which may relate to your query:
1. A search for “Carolina” leads to 21 “hits”, including two regarding Benjamin Bunton of SC and others from NC and Kentucky. I can’t present all the content here, but here are some possibly relevant portions…
2. The following comes from a 1823 South Carolina Will of Benjamin Bunting…Bunting, Benjamin. Will of, Edgefield District, SC. Source: Edgefield District, SC Wills 1787-1836, Page 258, 21 Sept 1823 by James E and Vivian Wooley. Transcribed and Submitted by Audrey Pool. I, Benjamin BUNTING, being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding. To my son Isaac BUNTING, my dtr. Eliza SMITH and my dtr. Frances GRIFFIN, I give them the following Negroes to be equally divided between them viz: Solomon, Peter, Dick, Hannah, Dennis, Paul, Rhobe, Sarah & Adam. To my beloved wife Ruth BUNTING I give my present dwelling plantation containing 246 acres to her & her heirs forever, also all the remainder of my estate not already given away of which my said wife to pay all my just debts. What I have given to my dtr. Eliza SMITH shall go to her during her natural life & at her death to her heirs of her body only. I appoint my son, Isaac BUNTING & my son in law James GRIFFIN as executors. Wit: Arney X CRABULE, Jemima GRIFFIN & Thomas ANDERSON. Signed: Benjamin BUNTING. Proved by the oath of Thomas ANDERSON this 3 Dec 1827 & same time qualified James GRIFFIN.
3. From “Bunton - One of The First Names in Kentucky”, an article submitted (8 April 2005) by Robert W Bunton, Keswick, Ontario Canada. It was written in a local Kentucky paper and was researched by the Genealogical Committee of the Harrodsburg Historical Society. “Of particular interest are John Bunton Sr. and his son John Jr. from whom the Mercer (County, Kentucky) Buntons trace their lineage. Bunton and his son are believed to have come to Kentucky from the Irish Settlement of North Carolina. In Harrodsburg on November 4. 1779. John Bunton (probably Jr.) claimed a trace of land between Cane Run and Harrod's Run. Bunton's claim was based on his settling on the land in 1777 and residing here for 12 months. The John Buntons and other members of the family lived on the trace and erected a fortification against the Indians which became known as Bunton Station located within half a mile of McBride's Station. Bunton's Station was also near Bowman's and Corn Stations and about five miles from Harrod's Fort. The present Zackison farm on the Buster Pike, southwest of Burgin, is in the general vicinity of the Bunton's first home in Kentucky. In December of 1778. John Bunion Jr. made a settlement on another tract of land, this one on the Kentucky River. He claimed and obtained these 400 acres for his father, John Bunton Sr.”
4. Also from this 2nd submission, Andrew Bunton (Buntain) was also an early settler of Mercer County. He had resided in Virginia for a while and then in North Carolina where he fought in the battle of King's Mountain, October 1780, In Kentucky. Andrew Bunton lived in Mercer County until 1795 and then in Franklin County until his death in 1823. He also had McGary connections, his daughter Polly having married John Ray in January 1790. Ray was the son of MaD' (Bunton) Ray McGary and the stepson of Hugh McGary. Andrew Buntain's children were. Andrew, John, Elizabeth, Polly, Thomas, Sally, Peggy, James, Tabitha, Lucretia, William, Amy, Henry and Harrison. The descendants of some of these now reside in Anderson County.
5. Your William Bunton Sr. may have been the same named son of Andrew (VA reference, dates permissive, and soldiery).
6. You may have come across people named in Benjamin Bunting’s 1823 Will.
7. I descend from Derbyshire Buntings who, later in Ireland, were commonly and wrongly recorded as Buntons – a common variant spelling then in Ireland and Scotland. The reference to the Irish Settlement of NC may be your clue to the family origins (my guess: Ireland, and either Scotland or perhaps England earlier).

I hope this is of some assistance,
Frank Bunting (Editor)

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