Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain

    Simeon Bunker was born 21 Mar 1736 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts to Zachariah Bunker and Desire Gorham. He has three older brothers, Jonathan, Shubael, and James, two younger sisters, Elizabeth and Desire, and three younger brothers, Zachariah, Francis, and Andrew. Simeon married first Mary Swain 27 Jan 1766 and second Experience Studley 28 Oct 1783. Mary was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Mary had four sisters, Eunice, Susanna, Phebe, and Christian, and four brothers, Elijah, John, Robert, and Owen. Simeon and his brother, James, for at time, settled at Barrington, Nova Scotia, where they went whaling. Simeon is said to have returned to Nantucket in 1770 after James was lost at sea and is recorded by Eliza Starbuck Barney to have gone “down east” (Maine).

Simeon and Mary's children are:

1. Owen Bunker, born in 1767 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Mary Ann Fenn in London, Middlesex, England, lived in London and Australia, captain of the whaler “Brothers”.
2. Phebe Bunker, born 23rd 10 mo 1768, married 1) William Cash Jr. 25 Oct 1787 and 2) Reuben Cash (brother of William Jr.) 6 Oct 1805, died 18 Sep 1853.
3. Jonathan Bunker, born 14th 5 month 1772, married Mary (Polly) Smith 2 Apr 1795 in Farmington, Kennebec (now Franklin), Maine, also lived in New York and Ohio, a rope-maker, was involved in commerce.
4. Elizabeth (Betsey) Bunker, born in 1772, married John Getchell Jr. in 5 Apr 1795 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
5. Susan Bunker, born in 1774 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Benjamin Meader between 21 Apr 1799 and 25 Apr 1800 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
6. Gorham Bunker, born 17th 5 mo 1780[1] in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Phebe Burdett 10 Apr 1804, died of consumption 28 Jan 1848 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, mariner, lived in Maine and Nantucket.

Sources:
1. Moran, Edward C., Jr., Bunker Genealogy, volume 2, Salem, MA:  Higginson Book Company, 1965.
2. Bunker, Henry L., Bunker Family History, Bunker Family Association, 1984.
3. 1790 Sherburne, Nantucket, Massachusetts Census.
4. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).
5. International Genealogical Index (records extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
6. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925, p. 149.
7. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. III—Marriages (A-G), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
8. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


Nantucket Births
BUNKER,

Page 143
Elizabeth, wife of John Getchell, Jr. of Kennebeck, daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), —, 1772, P. R. 38.[2]

Page 146
Gorham, husband of Phebe (daughter of Edward Burdett), son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), 17th, 5 mo. 1786, P. R. 38.

Page 149
Jonathan, husband of Mary Smith, son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), —, [recorded after child born 17th 5 mo. 1786[3]], P. R. 38.

Page 156
Owen, husband of Mary Fenn, son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), — [recorded before child born 23d, 10 mo. 1768], P. R. 38.

Page 157
Phebe, wife of William Cash Jr., [duplicate record, second] wife of Reuben Cash (son of William), daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), 23d, 10 mo. 1768, P. R. 38.

Page 161
Simeon, child of Zachariah and Desire, March 21, 1736. [husband of Mary (daughter of Elijah Swain) [duplicate entry, husband of Experience Studley, see Jonathan Bunker[4]], son of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] and Desire (Gorham), 21st, 3 mo., P. R. 38.

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925, p. 149.


Nantucket Marriages
BUNKER

Page 140
Elizabeth, daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and John Getchell Jr. of Kennebeck,  —,[5] P. R. 38.

Page 142
Gorham and Phebe Burdett [intention, Burdett], Apr. 10, 1804. [Gorham, son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and Phebe Burdett, daughter of Edward and Parnal (Russell), P. R. 38.]

Page 145
Jonathan, son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and Mary Smith, 2d, 4 mo. 1792[6], P. R. 38.

Page 152
Owen, son of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and Mary Fenn, —, in London[7], P. R. 38.

Page 153
Phebe and Will[ia]m Cash, October 25, 1787. [Phebe, daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and William Cash Jr., son of William and Mary (Johnson), P. R. 38.]

Page 158
Simeon and Mary Swain, January 27, 1766. [Simeon, son of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] and Desire (Gorham), and Mary Swain, daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), P. R. 38.]…
…Simeon and Experience Studley, October 28, 1783.

Page 158
Susanna and Benjamin Meador [intention, Meader], — [between April 21, 1799 and April 25, 1800, intention October 19, 1799]. [Susan, daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and Benjamin Meader, son of Nathaniel, P. R. 38.]

CASH

Page 185
Phebe and Reuben Cash, October 6, 1805. [Phebe, widow of William Jr.,, daughter of Simeon and Mary (Swain), and Reuben Cash, son of William and Mary (Johnson), P. R. 38.]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. III—Marriages (A-G), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927, p. 145.


Nantucket Deaths
BUNKER

Page 85
Gorham, married, mariner, born in Nantucket, consumption, January 28, 1848, age 68, in Nantucket. [husband of Phebe (daughter of Edward Burdett), son of Simeon and (Mary Swain), 29th, 1 mo., P. R. 38.]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


N-38    Simeon 5 (Zachariah 4, Jonathan 3), b 21 Mch 1736; m (1) 27 Jan 1766 Mary Swain; was with brother James (N-37) at Barrington, Nova Scotia, Canada, but sold out his right on Cape Sable island and moved away 1770; m (2) 28 Oct 1783 Experience (Studley) …, b 8th 4 mo 1744, d 30 May 1828. Listed 1790 census Nantucket.
            I OWEN 6, moved to London, England, where he married Mary Ann Fenn; rem to
              Australia.
            II PHEBE 6, b 23rd 10 mo 1768; d 18 Sept 1853; m (1) 25 Oct 1787 William Cash Jr., b
               10th 10 mo 1766, b 8 Nov 1798; m (2) as second wife 6 Oct 1805 Reuben Cash, b
               27th 10 mo 1755 who m (1) int 23 Nov 1799 Deborah Perry.
N-91   III JONATHAN 6, b 14th 5 mo 1772.
            IV ELIZABETH 6, b 1772; m Kennebec, Maine John Getchell Jr. of Kennebec who m (1)
                 Eunice Studley.
            V SUSAN 6, m (int 19 Oct 1799) Benjamin Meader, b 28 Aug 1755, d 1 Aug 1821.
N-92   VI GORHAM 6, b 17th 5 mo 1780 Nantucket.

Source:  Moran, Edward C., Jr., Bunker Genealogy, Volume 2, Salem, MA:  Higginson Book Company, 1965, pgs. 40-41.


Extracted Birth Record

SUSAN BUNKER
Birth:           1774
                   Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Father:        SIMEON BUNKER
Mother:       MARY SWAIN
Source Information:
Batch No.:   C501851
Dates:    1850
Source Call No.:  0823703 IT 1-2
Type:    Film

Extracted Marriage Records

ELIZABETH BUNKER
Spouse:      JOHN GETCHEL
Marriage:   05 APR 1795
                 Civil, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
Source Information:
Batch No.:   M503212
Dates:    1771 - 1892
Source Call No.:  0012273
Type:    Film

Source:  International Genealogical Index (records above extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).


    “James and his brother Simeon (N-38) migrated to Barrington, Nova Scotia in 1763 and went whaling from there. James was lost at sea in 1768 and Simeon left Cape Sable Island in 1770 and returned to Nantucket.”
Source:  Bunker, Henry L., Bunker Family History, Bunker Family Association, 1984, citing information from Bunker, Col. Laurence Eliot, Eber Bunker.


1790 Census
Sherburn, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Free White Others Slaves Page
Males Females
16+ Under 16
Bunker, Simeon
1
1
2
0
0
162


Records from the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record

Simeon Bunker (M)
b. 21 Mar 1736, #8007
Simeon Bunker was born on 21 March 1736. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Simeon Bunker married Mary Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart, in 1766. Simeon Bunker married Experience Studley in 1783; No children. This family went down east.
Children of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain:
Betsey Bunker
Owen Bunker
Susan Bunker
Phebe Bunker   (23 Oct 1768 - 18 Sep 1853)
Jonathan Bunker   (14 May 1772)
Gorham Bunker   (13 May 1780 - 29 Jan 1848)

Mary Swain (F)
#8018
Mary Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Mary Swain married Simeon Bunker, son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1766.
Mary Swain This family went down east. Her married name was Bunker.

Betsey Bunker (F)
#4835
Betsey Bunker was the daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Betsey Bunker married John Getchell.
Betsey Bunker This family went down east. Her married name was Getchell.
Children of Betsey Bunker and John Getchell:
Elisabeth Getchell   ( - 20 Sep 1847)
Sophia Getchell
Mary Getchell
Sally Getchell
Lavinia Getchell
Susanna Getchell
Caroline Getchell
Emmeline Getchell   (07 May 1808 - 05 Jul 1893)
John Getchell (M)
#4798
John Getchell was born; of Kennebec, Maine. He married Betsey Bunker, daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain.

Owen Bunker (M)
#8271
Owen Bunker was the son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Owen Bunker married Mary Fenn at in England. Owen Bunker He went to Australia and was lost. This family went down east.
Mary Fenn (F)
#8281
Mary Fenn was sister of Celia Fenn Bunker (ID 8437). She married Owen Bunker, son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain, at in England. Her married name was Bunker.

Susan Bunker (F)
#8272
Susan Bunker was the daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Susan Bunker married Benjamin Meader, son of Nathaniel Meader and Lucy Ferguson; Lived in Hudson.
Susan Bunker This family lived in Hudson. (Marginal note for Benjamin & Susan Meader family.). She This family went down east. Her married name was Meader.
Children of Susan Bunker and Benjamin Meader:
Ambrose Meader
Mary Meader
Benjamin Meader Jun.
Benjamin Meader (M)
b. 28 Aug 1776, d. 01 Aug 1821, #8278
Benjamin Meader married Susan Bunker, daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain; Lived in Hudson. Benjamin Meader was born on 28 August 1776. He was the son of Nathaniel Meader and Lucy Ferguson. Benjamin Meader died on 1 August 1821 at age 44; He died in Vir.
He This family moved to Ohio in 1814. (Marginal note for Nathaniel & Lucy Meader family.)  in 1814.

Phebe Bunker (F)
b. 23 Oct 1768, d. 18 Sep 1853, #8270
Phebe Bunker was born on 23 October 1768. She was the daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Phebe Bunker married William Cash Jun., son of William Cash and Mary Johnson, in 1787; "Her 1st hus." Phebe Bunker married Reuben Cash, son of William Cash and Mary Johnson, after 1798; "Phebe also m. Reuben Cash br. of William. His 2nd wife." Phebe Bunker died on 18 September 1853 at age 84.
This family went down east.  Her married name was Cash.
Children of Phebe Bunker and William Cash Jun.:
Mary Cash   (23 Oct 1788 - 28 Jan 1856)
Alexander Cash   (21 Jan 1791 - 21 Aug 1838)
Betsey Cash   (21 Aug 1792)
Children of Phebe Bunker and Reuben Cash:
William B. Cash   (12 Apr 1806 - 17 Jun 1880)
Deborah Cash   (16 Dec 1807)
Charles Cash   (24 Dec 1809)
William Cash Jun. (M)
b. 10 Oct 1766, d. 1798, #8275
William Cash Jun. was born on 10 October 1766. He was the son of William Cash and Mary Johnson. William Cash Jun. married Phebe Bunker, daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain, in 1787; "Her 1st hus." William Cash Jun. died in 1798; "He was killed by a whale."
Reuben Cash (M)
b. 27 Oct 1775, d. 25 Jun 1855, #8277
Reuben Cash married Deborah Perry, daughter of James Perry Jun. and Susan Gorham; His 1st wife. Reuben Cash was born on 27 October 1775. He was the son of William Cash and Mary Johnson. Reuben Cash married Phebe Bunker, daughter of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain, after 1798; "Phebe also m. Reuben Cash br. of William. His 2nd wife." Reuben Cash died on 25 June 1855 at age 79.

Jonathan Bunker (M)
b. 14 May 1772, #5294
Jonathan Bunker was born on 14 May 1772. He was the son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Jonathan Bunker married Polly Smith in 1792; (M. in 4-1792).
Jonathan Bunker This family went down east.
Children of Jonathan Bunker and Polly Smith:
William Bunker   (28 Mar 1796 - -11-1848)
Gorham Bunker   (07 May 1797 - 15 Aug 1866)
Smith Bunker   (02 Jan 1799 - 02 Nov 1814)
Polly Bunker   (22 Jan 1801)
Love Bunker   (16 Mar 1802)
James Bunker   (30 Mar 1804)
Lydia Bunker   (28 Dec 1806 - -08-1848)
Freeman Bunker   (19 May 1808)
Elisa Bunker   (19 Feb 1809)
Sally Bunker   (19 Feb 1811 - 1846)
Polly Smith (F)
b. 12 Sep 1767, d. 16 Dec 1834, #5295
Polly Smith was born on 12 September 1767. She married Jonathan Bunker, son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain, in 1792; (M. in 4-1792). Polly Smith died on 16 December 1834 at age 67. Her married name was Bunker.

Gorham Bunker (M)
b. 13 May 1780, d. 29 Jan 1848, #8273
Gorham Bunker married Phebe Burdett, daughter of Edward Burdett and Parnal Russell. Gorham Bunker was born on 13 May 1780. He was the son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Gorham Bunker died on 29 January 1848 at age 67.
Children of Gorham Bunker and Phebe Burdett:
Barzillai Bunker
William B. Bunker   (1809)
James G. Bunker   (14 Jun 1814)
Mary S. Bunker   (22 Jun 1825)
Phebe Burdett (F)
b. 03 Mar 1785, d. 28 Sep 1860, #8274
Phebe Burdett married Gorham Bunker, son of Simeon Bunker and Mary Swain. Phebe Burdett was born on 3 March 1785; Date of "7-3-1785" shown at Vol. I, p. 180. She was the daughter of Edward Burdett and Parnal Russell. Phebe Burdett died on 28 September 1860 at age 75. Her married name was Bunker.

Source:  Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).


More Information About Some of Simeon and Mary Bunker's Children
(For more information on their son, Jonathan, click here.)

Owen Bunker
    “Other Whaler Captains elected to operate out of London, England and avoid the oppressive taxes. These were…Owen Bunker (N-38-I) of the ‘Brothers’.”
Source:  Bunker, Henry L., Bunker Family History, Bunker Family Association, 1984.

Gorham Bunker
N-92    Gorham 6 (See N-38), b 17th 5 mo 1780 Nantucket, d 28 Jan 1848 aet 68 Nantucket; m Phebe Burdett, b 2 Mch 1785 Nantucket, d 28 Sept 1860 aet 75-6-26 Nantucket. Listed census Vassalboro, Maine 1810, and Nantucket 1820 and 1830. Widow listed Nantucket census 1850 and 1860.
N-169      I WILLIAM BURDETT 7, b 1808.
                II BARZILLAI 7, b 1809; lost at sea when young man.
N-170     III JAMES GORHAM 7, b 14 June 1814 in Maine.
                IV MARY SWAIN 8, b 22 June 1825; unm; listed Nantucket census
                     1850-1860-1870-1880.
Source:  Moran, Edward C., Jr., Bunker Genealogy, Volume 2, Salem, MA:  Higginson Book Company, 1965, p. 60.


Footnotes

[1] This is the date according to Moran and the Barney record. Nantucket Vital Records—Births gives the year as 1786. Nantucket Vital Records—Deaths, however, give his death date as 1848 and his age at death as 68.
[2] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 38—private record, from the William C. Folger genealogical records in possession of the Nantucket Historical Association (This compilation has been used because of the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It should also be understood that in many instances the events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a few cases attention has been called to the question of residence.)”
[3] This date would have made him ten at the birth of his first child. An earlier date was recorded by Moran and Barney.
[4] Experience also married Jonathan Bunker, Simeon’s brother, according to this record. MB
[5] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[6] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[7] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”


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