Having spent a lot of time recently checking my records in order to write about my great great grandmother on my paternal side, it’s time to take a look back at my maternal ancestors.
One line that seems to be well documented back to the 1600s in the Bunce / Bunch family of Hertfordshire, the ancestors of my 3 times great grandmother, Eliza Bunce (1822-1899).
The family lived in the Westmill / Aspenden area of Hertfordshire. The earliest record I’ve found so far is that of Richard Bunce who married Susan Barnes at Westmill Parish Church on 16th October 1681. Their first son, also named Richard, was baptised on July 10th 1682. We know that this Richard was a woolcomber, as he is described thus at the time of marriage to Elizabeth Holbean at Throcking, Hertfordshire in 1709.
Richard and Elizabeth’s son William was baptised at Aspenden in 1714. The surname is given as “Bunch”. It appears that William, a carpenter, married Joanna Lamb at Aspenden church in 1740. My initial research suggested that they had at least 7 children born between 1741 and 1758, but it now appears that the parents of the first two children were William and Joanna, but the rest were the children of William and Hannah. At the moment I can’t find any record which suggested that Joanna died and William married again to Hannah, so perhaps the two names refer to the same woman?
St Mary’s Church, Aspenden
Eliza’s father, William Bunce, was baptised in the church at Aspenden on July 27th 1783. His parents were Henry Bunce and Jane Poulter, who had married at Aspenden on 4th February 1774.
William, a carpenter, married Keziah Clear on June 2nd 1803 in Standon.