Tuesday, April 7, 2020

My 7th Great Grandfather, John Stone, died 1736 ~ Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Here Lyeth the
Body of Mr. John
Stone Who died
July ye 28 1736 in
(the rest is underground)

John Stone, the son of Nathaniel Stone and Remember Corning, was born 20 April 1661 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was married first to Hester Gaines, second to Sarah Gale, and third to Jane (Stacy) Standley.  John Stone was a weaver.  He died non compos mentis, but left a will and an appointed guardian John Cleaves.  I descend from his marriage with Sarah Gale, through his daughter Susanna Stone (1702 - 1751) who married Randall Preston.  

I also descend from John Stone's brother, Nathaniel Stone (1663 - 1741) who married Mary Balch in 1689 in Beverly. 

John Stone had ten children with his wife Sarah Gale:  Priscilla (b. 1690), Edmond (b. 1691), Edmond (b. 1692), Sarah (b. 1693), Miriam (b. 1695), Eunice (b. 1696), Ambrose (b. 1698), Susanna (b. 1702), Remember (b. 1704), and Charity (b. 1700).   He had three children with his first wife, Hester Gaines:  Esther (b. 1684), John (b. 1686), and Mary (b. 1689).   He had no children with his third wife. 

My lineage from John Stone:

Generation 1:  John Stone (about 1595 - 1677) and Elinor Cooke (immigrant ancestors)
Generation 2: Nathaniel Stone (about 1632 - 1718) and Remember Corning
Generation 3:  John Stone (see above) and Sarah Gale
Generation 4:  Susanna Stone (1702 - 1751) and Randall Preston
Generation 5:  William Presson and Abigail Sargent
Generation 6: Lucy Presson and James Andrews
Generation 7: Orpah Andrews and Joseph Allen
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen and Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen and Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen and Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Alternative Stone lineage:
Generation 3: Nathaniel Stone, Jr. (1663 - 1741) and Mary Balch
Generation 4: Josiah Stone (1691 - after 1757) and Dorothy Fuller
Generation 5: Josiah Stone (1722 - 1807) and Martha Ashby
Generation 6: Captain Josiah Stone (1763 - 1848) and Susanna Hix
Generation 7: Eunice Stone (1807 - 1866) and Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8: Peter Hoogerzeil and Mary Etta Healey
Generation 9: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil and Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings and Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My 7th Great Grandfather, John Stone, died 1736 ~ Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted on April 7, 2020, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/04/my-7th-great-grandfather-john-stone.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mysterious Letters on a Weathervane ~ Weathervane Wednesday

This weathervane was spotted in Lakeville, Laconia, New Hampshire, on the Daniel Webster Highway.

This banner style weathervane is located above the cupola on the Laconia Water Department building.  It is a traditional banner, with some intricate rosettes and iron work.  The initials "W.W." were quite mysterious to me until I read that in 1955 the city of Laconia merged the Laconia Water System and the Winni Water Company to establish the Laconia Water Department.  This building was originally the Winni Water Company.

The municipal water for Laconia is fed from Lake Winnipesaukee in Paugus Bay. The raw water is pumped from the lake at the location at 988 Union Avenue, and treated before moving to a storage tank, and then gravity feeds it to the customers in Laconia.  There are six storage tanks in the system.

The website for the Laconia Water Department:  https://www.laconianh.gov/213/Water 

Would you like to see more weathervanes featuring letters of the alphabet?
 A  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/04/weathervane-wednesday-brought-to-you-by.html
 B  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/04/weathervane-wednesday-brought-to-you-by.html
 F  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/08/weathervane-wednesday-take-two.html 
 G https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/07/weathervane-wednesday-fraternal.html 
 S  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/07/weathervane-wednesday-brought-to-you-by.html 

Click here to see over 400 other weathervanes in this series!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Mysterious Letters on a Weathervane ~ Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 1, 2020, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/04/mysterious-letters-on-weathervane.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Anna Nutt, age 92, died 1773 in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire.

Relict of 
Mr. James Nutt
died Dec. 10, 1773
Etat. 92

I couldn't find any information on this Anna, wife of James Nutt.  She lived a long time for 1773, just before the American Revolutionary War!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Anna Nutt, age 92, died 1773 in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 31, 2020 ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/anna-nutt-age-92-died-1773-in-windham.html: accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Virtual Genealogy and History Events for April 2020

Stay connected and stay at home!   Scheduled events are listed first, and ongoing programs online are listed below (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. 

If you know of an online event or webinar, please contact me at vrojomit@gmail.com or leave a comment at this blog post. Thanks! 

Updated information can be found at the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/   


April 2, Thursday, noon, “Lunch & Learn: A New Look at the Field” by Plimoth Plantation. This online class is free to members, non-members $10.  Presented by Tom Begley, it is a virtual exploration of the works of scholarship and public history that shaped the events in Plymouth 400 years ago.  More information and registration here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-a-new-look-at-the-field-tickets-101378718476?mc_eid=8cf6024ba3&mc_cid=000a9d115d 

April 2, Thursday, 2pm, "All About Quilts! Virtual Program" from the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, Massachusetts.  A program by curator Jane Bowers, with Q&A from the audience, too.  See the page https://www.facebook.com/WenhamMuseum/ for registration information.

April 3, Friday, noon, “Genealogy Resources for the Daughters of the American Revolution” by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, presented by D. Joshua Taylor.  Free to the public. Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2860466766655531533  

April 3, Friday, 2pm, “The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Professor Robert Allison” an online program from the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Bring your questions, or just listen to the conversation.  Free to the public.  For more information and to register, see this page:  https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/event?event=3228  

April 3, Friday, 6:30pm, "Jennie Powers: The Woman Who Dares" hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities and the Historical Society of Cheshire County on Facebook.  Jennie Powers took a stand against social vices in New Hampshire and Vermont in the early 20th century. She was a humane society agent in Keene from 1903 - 1936, and a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire. She used her camera to document animal cruelty, family violence, and wide spread poverty.  http://www.nhhumanities.org/programs/jennie-powers-woman-who-dares?fbclid=IwAR2PWlbi7uUapO2xXZIn9IA_HwHPruthVtDEVersx1dNaf_bXVps1H4-hQY 

April 3, Friday, 7:30pm "Virtual First Friday!" hosted by the Custom House Maritime Museum of Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Alexander Cain will deliver a talk "The April 19 - 21, 1775 Evacuations of Middlesex and Essex Counties" followed by a Q&A session.  Open to members and non-members free!  Check out this Facebook page with instructions on how to log in to the Zoom meeting online:  https://www.facebook.com/events/174475446860497/  

April 4, Saturday, and April 5, Sunday, The Massachusetts Genealogical Council will hold a virtual seminar “Origins and Destinations #Origins2020MGC” Registration is $42.50 for access to all the recorded sessions (more than 25 sessions!) that had been scheduled for the conference in Lowell, Massachusetts.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgc-2020-virtual-seminar-origins-destinations-registration-88242326173  For more information ask here program@massgencouncil.org   

April 4, Saturday, The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Worcester County Chapter, meeting will be available to members and the public via GoToWebinar.  The speaker will be Lori Lynn Price “Was Great-Grandma A Suffragist?” The links for members can be found in member emails.  For non-members, visit the MSOG website and look at the events tab.  www.msoginc.org  or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/  

April 5, Sunday, 2pm, “How to Find New York State Death Certificates” (a rebroadcast), Free to the public from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by Susan R. Millar.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9176041765507472908 

April 7, Wednesday, 3pm, “PERSI Across the Generations” a rebroadcast from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by Jen Baldwin.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8634781877966988812 

April 9, Thursday, 9:30am, “Coffee and Conversation: In Their Own Words” by Plimoth Plantation.  $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.  Join museum staff for a conversation about the arrival of the Mayflower and the earliest encounters between English and indigenous communities guided by Nathaniel Philbrick’s book “The Mayflower”.  For more information and registration see this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-conversation-in-their-own-words-tickets-94179791291?mc_cid=000a9d115d&mc_eid=8cf6024ba3  

April 9, Thursday, 2pm, “Online Family Trees: Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing possibilities” from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by D. Joshua Taylor.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8208057017180638732  

April 11, Wednesday, 2pm, “Building Your Genealogical Skills” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by genealogists Ann Lawthers, Melanie McComb, and Tricia Mitchell, session recordings and materials available online starting April 8, Live Q&A with instructors Saturday, April 11 2pm.  Students will have access to all materials until the end of July 2020.  Cost $115, more information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7080705754944197377  

April 11, Wednesday, The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Merrimack Valley Chapter, meeting will be available to members and the public via GoToWebinar.  The links for members can be found in member emails.  For non-members, visit the MSOG website and look at the events tab.  www.msoginc.org or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/ 

April 15, Wednesday, 2pm, "Virtual Tour:  Veterans' Monument Conservation" hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Free event, register here at Eventbrite to receive an email with details on how to access the event online via Zoom:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-for-country-not-for-glory-veterans-monument-conservation-tickets-101932191930?fbclid=IwAR0seWI-IZojYZNV__wePqeT8vgKs1vgpCrCRlmzgS48He3XCO0OGUTsObo  

April 16, Thursday, 3pm, “Get The Most from American Ancestors… from home!”, a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Jean Maguire, Library Director.  Free and open to the public.  Register here https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5237172200971354123?source=website  

April 16, Thursday, 7pm “Cocktails and Conversations:  Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Plimoth and Patuxet”, by Plimoth Plantation.  Members free, non-members $10.  For more information and registration, see this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-conversations-illuminating-the-archae-tickets-101379613152?mc_eid=8cf6024ba3&mc_cid=000a9d115d  

April 18, Saturday, 2pm, “Applying to Lineage Societies”, an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by Christopher C. Child, Katrina Fahy, Lindsay Fulton, and Don LeClair.  Session recordings and material available starting April 15, live Q&A with instructors April 18 at 2pm. Students will have access to all materials until the end of 2020. Cost $125, more information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4380220534615980801  

April 18, Saturday, The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Bristol County Chapter, meeting will be available to members and the public via GoToWebinar.  The links for members can be found in member emails.  For non-members, visit the MSOG website and look at the events tab  www.msoginc.org or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/   

April 21, Tuesday, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists “The Adopted, Illegitimate and DNA” a presentation by Mike Maglio, free to the public.  Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/BristolApril2020-Facebook
    They are also holding their chapter meetings online via GoToWebinar.   See the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/talkaboutgenealogy/ for more information or https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/   

April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27, all live broadcasts on Wednesdays at 3pm, “18th and 19th Century English Research” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Else Churchill, genealogist with the Society of Genealogists UK.  Access to recordings, handhouts, slides and more until the end of August 2020.  Cost $125. More information and registration here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6212253197387280386  

April 30, Thursday, 3pm, “Treasures of the New England Historic Genealogical Society” a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA.  Free to the public.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4892255403089395211?source=website  

May 9, Saturday, 2pm, “Mayflower Migration: Origins and Diaspora” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by the Director of the Great Migration Study Project Robert Charles Anderson, FASG and Senior Researcher Katrina Fahy.  Students will have access to all materials until the end of August 2020. Cost $85.  More information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8818691689519261953  


Ongoing programs online:

From the Ancestry blog "Free At-Home Education Resources from Ancestry and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records"  https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2020/03/24/free-at-home-education-resources-from-ancestry-and-access-to-nearly-500m-national-archives-records/

Ancestry Academy, from Ancestry.com, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  https://www.ancestry.com/academy/courses/recommended  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:  https://www.apgen.org/event_list?current_page=1&sort_type=upcoming&filter%5Bperiod%5D=all&display_type=default

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  https://is.byu.edu/catalog/free-courses

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link: https://familytreewebinars.com/#   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here:  https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2020/01/top-10-genealogy-webinars-of-all-time.html 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  http://blog.geneawebinars.com/  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here:  https://familytreewebinars.com/pdfs/ftwbrochure-1577464068.pdf

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link:  https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  https://vimeopro.com/mpts16/john-clayton-presents-manchester-moments  

Old Sturbridge Village Museum has “Virtual Village” where the staff will bring the museum into your home with fun facts, activities, recipes, and videos.  You can see it on Facebook, Instagram and at this link:  https://www.osv.org/virtual-village/

Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
                "People of the Dawn" – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-people-of-the-dawn-tickets-100175628000
                "Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving", $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-fact-or-fiction-investigating-the-first-thanksgiving-tickets-100177236812
                "Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives", $10   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-colonial-first-families-new-worlds-and-everyday-lives-tickets-100019129910
                "Dressing History" – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-dressing-history-tickets-101055676248 

Virtual Genealogical Association - https://virtualgenealogy.org/, has a complete list of 2020 live presentations.  Recordings are available to members for six months after the live presentation, dues are only $20 per year. 

And, as always, check Cyndi’s List for a complete list of online classes and webinars:  https://www.cyndislist.com/education/online-courses-and-webinars/

And check Linda Debe's Calendar of virtual genealogy online:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

April 2020 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Due to the coronavirus I will not be publishing an April calendar.  This is not a time for large gatherings and public events. When things change I will resume posting genealogy and local history events for New England.

Stay safe everyone! I hope to resume posting classes, workshops, cultural history events, conferences, re-enactments, and other fun events soon.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Moose on the Loose - Weathervane Wednesday

This moose weathervane was spotted above a strip mall on the Daniel Webster Highway in Belmont, New Hampshire.

We spotted this two dimensional moose weathervane along the Daniel Webster Highway, on our way up to Laconia and Lake Winnipesaukee.  I'm always on the lookout for new weathervanes when I go to visit towns that are new to me.  This one was easy to spot since there were no trees or other buildings in the way!

Since this is a very modern building, with very bland architecture, I was pleasantly surprised to see a weathervane.  It was even more fun to realize that the figure on top of this weathervane was a moose!

Some other moose weathervanes featured here at "Weathervane Wednesday":

 Kennebunk, Maine:

Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire:

North Conway, New Hampshire:

Carson City, Nevada:

Click here to see over 400 weathervane blog posts:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Moose on the Loose - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 25, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-moose-on-loose-weathervane-wednesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two Amos Merrills, buried in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

These tombstones were photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire.

                 AMOS MERRILL                                                MEHITABLE
                         DIED                                                                wife of
                May 22, 1822                                                         AMOS MERRILL
                        AEt. 82                                                                  DIED
                       LYDIA                                                            Oct. 21, 1823
                      his wife                                                                   AEt. 47.
                  May 10, 1820
                        AEt. 78.

Amos Merrill, Sr., son of Peter Merrill and Mehitable Kelly, was born 6 December 1739 in Methuen, Massachusetts, and died 22 May 1822 in Windham, New Hampshire.  His wife was Lydia Giles.  They had four children:  Giles, Ruth, Lydia and Amos Enos Merrill.

Amos Enos Merrill was born 26 Jan 1778 in Windham, and died 3 March 1860 in Windham.  His wife was Mehitable Smith, daughter of Deacon Page Smith and Lydia Marsh Haseltine, married on 25 December in Hudson, New Hampshire.  They had eight children born in Windham:  Giles, Noah, Daniel, Lydia, Hannah, Rufina, Lavinia and Amos (1822).

For more information see the compiled genealogy book: A Merrill Memorial:  An Account of the Descendants of Nathaniel Merrill, An Early Settler of Newbury (page 305).


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Two Amos Merrills, buried in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 24, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/two-amos-merrills-buried-in-windham-new.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, March 20, 2020

Eber Bunker's Hill in Australia, a Mayflower Descendant

The text on this plaque is below

Bunkers Hill

"Bunkers Hill was named after Captain Eber Bunker, father of Australian whaling, who had his house and store not far from here in the early 1800s.  This high ground, as outlined on the map below, was commonly called Bunkers Hill until the 1830s, but only received official recognition, at the request of the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority, in 1977.

Captain Eber Bunker was born to a Puritan whaling family in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 7th March 1761.  He moved to England after the American Revolution where he married Margrett Thompson, second cousin to Admiral Collingwood, in 1786 and took his first command, the whaler “Spencer”, in 1788.  He first arrived in Sydney in 1791 as master of the “William and Ann”, a transport in the Third Fleet, and there upon engaged in the first whaling expedition in Australian waters in the company of the “Britannia”. 

He returned to Australia in 1799 with the new ship “Albion” and spent two winters whaling of the Australian and New Zealand coasts.  At the request of Governor King, he took presents to King Pomere of Tahiti in exchange for hogs, howls and fruits for the colony. On a second voyage from England in 1803 he discovered the Bunker Islands off Queensland.  The “Albion” accompanied the “Lady Nelson” from Sydney with stores and cattle, to found the new settlement of Hobart on the River Derwent, in Tasmania.

He was well rewarded for his services being given several land grants around Liverpool and the Hunter Valley and, after his last whaling voyage in 1824-25, he retired to his properties, dying at Collingwood (now part of Liverpool) on 27th September 1836, aged 74.

You are standing on the high bluff that gave The Rocks its name and which marks the eastern edge of Bunkers Hill.  In front of you are the brickyards of Sgt. Major Row (1881), the stone buildings of the Counting House (1848), and Union Bond (1841) and below are the terraces of Atherton Place (1880 – 81).  Behind you, in Cumberland Street are under approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where Princes Street once lay, was the site of the solid mansions of worthy and well-to-do citizens of the 1850s.  Handsome homes of two or three storeys, with thick walls of squared stone and wide verandahs with graceful iron columns rose in grounds dotted with tall Norfolk Pines and Moreton Bay figs.

The Plague of 1900 led to a massive clean up of The Rocks and many of the old houses were torn down by the government of the day.  Work on the Harbour Bridge swept away much of what remained.

The walkway and lookout on which this plaque stands were put by the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority in 17979 – 80, transforming Gloucester Street to Gloucester Walk.

This Plaque was unveiled by the Minister for Planning & Environment the Hon. Eric Bedford BA MP on Wednesday 22nd October 1980."


These three photos were sent to me by a young genealogist friend in Australia. He is applying for membership to the Mayflower Society under the passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.  The new Australian Mayflower Society just formed a few months ago, and I wish him luck!  He is also a descendant of Eber Bunker.  Here is the lineage from John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley down to Eber Bunker.

Generation 1:  John Howland, Mayflower passenger, son of Henry Howland and Margaret Aires, was born 1592 in Fenstanton, England, died 23 February 1672 at Rocky Nook, Plymouth, Massachusetts; married on 25 March 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Tilley, Mayflower passenger, daughter of John Tilley and Joan Hurst.  She was born 30 August 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England and died 21 December 1687 in Swansea, Massachusetts. They had ten children.

Generation 2:  Desire Howland, born 13 October 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and died 13 October 1683 in Barnstable, Massachusetts; married on 6 November 1644 in Barnstable to John Gorham, son of Ralph Gorham and Margaret Stephenson.  He was born 28 January 1620 in Benefield, Northamptonshire, England and died 5 February 1675 in Swansea. They had eleven children.

Generation 3:  Shubael Gorham, born 21 October 1667 in Barnstable, died 7 August 1750; married on May 1695 on the island of Nantucket to Puella Hussey, daughter of Stephen Hussey (grandson of Rev. Stephen Batchelder) and Martha Bunker (daughter of George Bunker and Elizabeth Godfrey).  She was born 10th 10 mo. 1677 on Nantucket, and died in Barnstable before 23 September 1748. They had ten children.

Generation 4:  Desire Gorham, born 26 September 1710 in Barnstable, died 5 November 1801; married Zachariah Bunker on 2 September 1728 on Nantucket island. He was the son of Jonathan Bunker and Elizabeth Coffin.  Zachariah Bunker died on Nantucket 16 August 1757.  They had nine children all born on Nantucket island.

Generation 5: James Bunker, born 21 August 1733 on Nantucket island, was lost at sea in 1768; married Hannah Shurtleff in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 26 January 1757.  She was the daughter of James Shurtleff and Faith Jackson.  They had five children.

Generation 6: Eber Bunker, son of James Bunker and Hannah Shurtleff, was born on 7 March 1761 in Plymouth, Massachusetts and died on 27 September 1836 at Collingwood, now Liverpool, New South Wales. He married first on 16 November 1786 in England to Margrett Thompson, daughter of Henry Thompson and Isabella Collingwood, who died March 1808. They had children:  Isabella, Mary Ann, Charlotte, Charles Harris, Henry Edmund, Ernest, James Eber, and Henry Thompson.  He married second to Margaret Macfarlane.  He married third to Ann Howey, widow of William Minchin on 28 April 1823.

You might be wondering if Eber Bunker of Bunkers Hill in Australia is related to the same family of Bunker Hill in Boston (Charlestown).  The answer is “Probably!”. 

 The Bunker Hill in Massachusetts was named for George Bunker, who had a farm there in Charlestown.  The Bunker family lived on this land before the battle, and for generations afterwards.  George left the area a few years before the Revolutionary War, which was fortunate since the town of Charlestown was destroyed by the British during the battle.  The famous “Bunker Hill Monument” is on the top of Breed’s Hill in Boston, not Bunker Hill.  

George Bunker was born about 1600 at Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England and died about 1664 in Malden, Massachusetts; married Judith Major on 8 September 1624 at Odell, Bedfordshire, England.  He owned the land known as Bunker Hill in Charlestown and is buried at the Phipps Street Buring Ground in Charlestown.  His five children were baptized in Odell, Bedfordshire which is very close to Tingrith (see below for the lineage of Eber Bunker).  However George Bunker’s parents are unknown, so we cannot prove that these two Bunker branches were kin.  George Bunker’s last two children (he had seven children) were baptized at Charlestown, Massachusetts. 

Eber Bunker (1761 - 1836)

Eber Bunker’s Bunker Genealogy:

Generation 1: Tymothie Bunker and Elizabeth Hawkins, resided in Tingrith, Bedfordshire, England

Generation 2: George Bunker and Elizabeth Godfrey, 5 May 1644 in Maulden, Bedfordshire, England

Generation 3: William Bunker and Mary Macy

Generation 4: Jonathan Bunker and Elizabeth Coffin

Generation 5: Zachariah Bunker and Desire Gorham

Generation 6: James Bunker and Hannah Shurtleff

Generation 7: Eber Bunker of Australia

Isabella, daughter of Eber Bunker

For the truly curious:

Australian Dictionary of Biography website, a sketch about Eber Bunker:  http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bunker-eber-1849

The Bunker Blog – Website of the Bunker Family Association - https://www.bunkerfamilyassn.org/

Bunker Family History by Henry L. Bunker III, 1984.  [Information on Bunker Hill in Massachusetts is on pages 69 – 70, 72, and 99 – 100].

Australian Mayflower Society became official on 26 January 2020:

Australian Society of Mayflower Descendants Facebook group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/736882643392129/


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Eber Bunker's Hill in Australia, a Mayflower Descendant", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 20, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/eber-bunkers-hill-in-australia.html: accessed [access date]).