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November 22nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm


BFA Genealogist Bette Richards <betterichs@live.com> sent the following comments to the Bunker e-mail group at rootsweb.com [November 21]:

Sometimes running through Bunker names we find some differences between us and other families.

For instance, the Devon Bunkers have a higher than average number of craftsmen amongst them, carpenters, masons, blacksmiths, shoemakers, etc.

The Nantucket Bunkers have a higher than average number of artists, writers, actors, muscians and entertainers.

What I find interesting about this is that both the English branches of the family seem to have a higher than average number of creative people.  Some of this we learn from our parents of course, but not all of it.  Some of it must be in our genes.

Our family has people of nearly all occupations.  I can’t think of one we have missed, but that is normal when you have several hundred years of known history.  All families have members that have been in all occupations, rich, poor, educated, not educated, prominent, famous and infamous.  But not all families have so many creative people as our familes do.  I find that very interesting.

I am from the Devon branch.  I do many creative things.  No one in my family has been famous at anything but we have numerous people in the building trades, nearly every generation we have people that are in crafts or art of some kind and also musicians and dancers.   I would be miserable if I could not create things and when I am sick or depressed I lose this creative ability and it really bothers me.  I find this interesting and thought you might too.

And of course, not many families have the record of military service that ours does.  Considering that many of our ancestors were Quakers for several generations, that is rather amazing.  In some Bunker families there have been several generations of people that served or are serving in the military. The Devon CD has so many Bunker military people listed and for every one of America’s wars.  The Bedfordshire CD will have an updated version because nearly every month we find new veterans amongst the Bunkers.  At some point we have to stop and publish but {BFA President] Gil [Bunker] keeps working on that and it just keeps growing.  We are beginning to get the WW II veterans more now.  There were a lot of them since virtually every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 50 served from America, England, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Our databases grow every day.


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