Zachariah Bunker and Desire Gorham

    Zachariah Bunker was born in 1716 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts to Jonathan Bunker and Elizabeth Coffin. He had three older sisters, Lydia, Ruth, and Patience, and one older brother, John. He also had three younger brothers, Simeon, James, and George, and two younger sisters, Abigail and Judith. Zachariah married Desire Gorham 2 September 1728 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Desire was born 26th 9 month 1710[1] to Shubael Gorham and Puella Hussey. Desire had two older brothers, George and Daniel, five older sisters, Abigail, Lydia, Hannah, Theodate, and Deborah, and two younger sisters, Ruth and Sally. Zachariah died 14th 8 month 1757 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Desire was living in Sherburne, Nantucket, Massachusetts when the 1790 census was taken. She died 5th 11 month 1801 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Zachariah and Desire's children are:

1. Jonathan Bunker, born 2 Apr 1729 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Jerusha Pease, their marriage intention was filed 13 Apr 1754 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts,[2] died 1 Jan 1779 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, “moved abroad”.
2. Shubael Bunker, born 9 Aug 1731 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Lydia Paddock 7th 12 mo (Feb) 1750 in Sherborn, Nantucket, Massachusetts, also lived in Hudson, Columbia, New York.
3. Andrew Bunker, born 30 Aug 1752 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts[3], never married, died 14th 1 mo 1779 at sea (coming from the West Indies) from smallpox.
4. James Bunker, born 21 Aug 1733 or 4 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married 1) Mary Shakelford and 2) Hannah Shurtleff 6 Jan 1757 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, moved to Barrington, Nova Scotia in 1763, died in 1768 (lost at sea).
5. Simeon Bunker, born 21 Mar 1736 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married 1) Mary Swain 27 Jan 1766 and 2) Experience Studley 28 Oct 1783, lived for awhile in Barrington, Nova Scotia but later returned to Nantucket, “went down east”.
6. Elizabeth Bunker, born 18 Sep 1738 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married 1) Robert Rider 25 Jul 1756 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2) James Riddell, and 3) Barnabas Briggs 9 Nov 1769 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.[4]
7. Desire Bunker, born 16 Aug 1741 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1) John or Eber Benthall 1 May 1766 and 2) Abner Coffin, Jr. 24 Dec 1775 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, died 11th 9 mo 1801 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
8. Zachariah Bunker, born 11 Mar 1744 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Judith Folger 1st 1 mo (Jan) 1767 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, died by 1806, captain of the whaler “Africa”, moved to Nova Scotia.
9. Francis Bunker, born 29 Aug 1746 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, married — Paddock in 1775 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Sources:
1. Moran, Edward C., Jr., Bunker Genealogy, volume 2, Salem, MA:  Higginson Book Company, 1965.
2. Hussey Millennium Manuscript, courtesy of the Gowen Research Foundation, www.llano.net/gowen/hussey_millenium.htm, 2001.
3. Bunker, Henry L., Bunker Family History, Bunker Family Association, 1984.
4. 1790 Sherburne, Nantucket, Massachusetts Census.
5. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).
6. International Genealogical Index (records extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
7. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925, p. 149.
8. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. II—Births (G-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1926.
9. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. III—Marriages (A-G), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
10. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
11. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


Nantucket Births
BUNKER
Page 137
Andrew, child of Zachariah and Desire [Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), P. R. 38.], Aug. 30, 1752.[5]

Page 141
Desire, child of Zachariah and Desire, August 16, 1741. [wife of Eber Benthall [duplicate entry, Benthal], wife of Abner Coffin Jr., daughter of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] and Desire (Gorham), 16th, 8 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 142
Elizabeth, child of Zachariah and Desire, September 18, 1738. [wife of Robert Rider, wife of — Riddell (brother of Samuel), wife of Barnabas Briggs of Cape Cod, daughter of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), 18th, 9 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 145
Francis, child of Zachariah and Desire, August 29, 1746. [husband of — Paddack, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), 29th, 8 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 148
James, child of Zachariah and Desire, August 21, 1733. [husband of Hannah Shurtleff, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), 21st, 8 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 149
Jonathan, child of Zachariah and Desire, April 2, 1729. [husband of Jerusha Pease, husband of Experience Studley [sic, see Simeon Bunker], son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), 11th, 4 mo., 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], son of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] and Desire (Gorham), 21st, 3 mo., P. R. 38…
…Shubael, child of Zachariah and Desire, August 9, 1731. [husband of Lydia (daughter of Daniel Paddack, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham) 9th, 8 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 165
Zaccheriah [duplicate entry, Zacheriah], husband of Desire (daughter of Shubael Gorham), son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Coffin), —, P. R. 38.
Zachariah, child of Zachariah and Desire, March 11, 1744. [Zacheriah, husband of Judith (daughter of William Folger), son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), 11th 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.


Nantucket Births
GORHAM
Page 99
Desire, wife of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zacchary] Bunker (son of Jonathan and Elizabeth), daughter of Shubael and Puella (Hussey), 26th, 9 mo. 1710, P. R. 38.

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. II—Births (G-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1926.


Nantucket Marriages
BENTHALL

Page 101
Desire and Abner Coffin, December 24, 1775. [[duplicate entry, Benthal] widow  of Eber, daughter of Zacheriah Bunker and Desire (Gorham), and Abner Coffin Jr., son of Abner and Phebe (Butler), P. R. 38. Benthall, P. R. 68.[6]]

BUNKER

Page 138
Desire and John Benthall, May 1, 1766. [Desire, daughter of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), and Eber Benthal, [duplicate entry, Benthall], P. R. 38.]

Page 139
Eliz[abet]h and Robert Rider, July 25, 1756. [Elizabeth, daughter of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), P. R. 38.]

Page 144
James of Sherburn, Nantucket County, and Hannah Shurtleff [intention, Shirtlief] of Plymouth, January 6, 1757, in Plymouth. [James, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), and Hannah Shurtleff, P. R. 38.]

Page 145
Jonathan and Jerusha Pease, intention April 13, 1754. [Jonathan, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), married —, 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 157
Shubael, son of Zechariah and Desire of Sherborn in Nantucket, and Lydia Paddack, daughter of Daniel dec’d and Susanna of Sherborn in Nantucket, 7th, 12 mo., “called February,” 1750, in Sherborn in Nantucket, C. R. 4.[7] [Shubael, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), —, 10 mo., P. R. 38.]

Page 161
Zachariah and Desire Gorham, September 2, 1728.[8] [Zaccheriah, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Coffin), and Desire Gorham, daughter of Shubael (son of Captain John of Barnstable and Desire (Howland)) and Puella Hussey) [duplicate entry, 2d, 9 mo.], P. R. 38.]
Zachariah, son of Zachariah dec’d and Desire of Sherborn on Nantucket, and Judith Folger, daughter of William and Ruth of Sherborn in Nantucket, 1st 1 mo., “called January,” 1767, C. R. 4. [Zacheriah, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), and Judith Folger, daughter of William and Ruth (Coffin) [duplicate entry, —, 11 mo. 1766], 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.


Nantucket Marriages
RIDDELL

Page 327
Elizabeth (Riddle) and Barnabas Briggs, November 9, 1769. [Riddell; widow of — (brother of Samuel), widow of Robert Rider, daughter of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), and Barnabas Briggs of Cape Cod, P. R. 38.]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.


Nantucket Deaths
BUNKER

Page 80
Andrew, son of Zacheriah and Desire (Gorham), —, 12 mo. 1778, at sea, P.R. 38. [son of Zacchary, 14th 1 mo. 1779, P.R. 63.[9]]

Page 83
Desire, wife of Zacheriah (son of Jonathan), daughter of Shubael Gorham and Puella (Hussey), 5th, 11 mo. 1801, P.R. 38. [aged 90 years 4 months, P.R. 63.]

Page 96
Zaccheriah, husband of Desire (daughter of Shubael Gorham), son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Coffin), 16th, 8 mo. 1757, P.R. 38. [Zacchary, 14th, 8 mo., P.R. 63.]

COFFIN

Page 151
Desire, second wife of Abner Jr. (son of Abner and Phebe), widow of Eber Benthall [duplicate entry, Benthal], daughter of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] Bunker and Desire (Gorham), 13th, 9 mo. 1801, P.R. 38. [widow of Abner, 11th, 9 mo., P.R.63.]

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


Extracted Birth Records

ZACCHERIAH BUNKER
Birth:   1716
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Father:  JONATHAN BUNKER  Mother:  ELIZABETH COFFIN

Source:  International Genealogical Index (records above extracted from original source by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Birth record:  (Batch # C501851, Dates: 1850, Source Call #0823703 IT 1-2, Type: Film).


1790 Census
Sherburn, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Free White
Males
16+
under 16
Females
Others Slaves Page
Bunker, Desire 0 1 2 0 0 162


Records from the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record

Zacchary Bunker (M)
d. 14 Aug 1757, #6363
Zacchary Bunker was the son of Jonathan Bunker and Elisabeth Coffin. Zacchary Bunker married Desire Gorham, daughter of Shubael Gorham and Puella Hussey, in 1728. Zacchary Bunker died on 14 August 1757.
Children of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham:
Jonathan Bunker   (12 Apr 1729)
Shubael Bunker   (09 Aug 1731)
Andrew Bunker   (09 Aug 1731 - -12-1778)
James Bunker   (21 Aug 1733)
Simeon Bunker   (21 Mar 1736)
Elisabeth Bunker   (18 Sep 1738)
Desire Bunker   (1741 - 13 Sep 1801)
Zacchary Bunker Jun.   (1744)
Francis Bunker   (25 Aug 1746)

Desire Gorham (F)
b. 26 Sep 1710, d. 05 Nov 1801, #6364
Desire Gorham was born on 26 September 1710; Written as 26 Sep. 1710. She was the daughter of Shubael Gorham and Puella Hussey. Desire Gorham married Zacchary Bunker, son of Jonathan Bunker and Elisabeth Coffin, in 1728. Desire Gorham died on 5 November 1801 at age 91.
Her married name was Bunker.

Jonathan Bunker (M)
b. 12 Apr 1729, #8003
Jonathan Bunker married Jerushai Pease. Jonathan Bunker was born on 12 April 1729. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.
Jonathan Bunker Moved abroad.
Children of Jonathan Bunker and Jerushai Pease:
Richard Bunker   ( - -08-1834)
Hannah Bunker
Robert Bunker
Aaron Bunker
Isaac Bunker
Jerushai Pease (F)
#8010
Jerushai Pease married Jonathan Bunker, son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.
Jerushai Pease Moved abroad. Her married name was Bunker.

Shubael Bunker (M)
b. 09 Aug 1731, #8004
Shubael Bunker was born on 9 August 1731; Twin. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Shubael Bunker married Lydia Paddack, daughter of Daniel Paddack and Susanna Gorham, in 1750; (m. in 10-1750).
Shubael Bunker was ill with This family settled in Hudson.
Children of Shubael Bunker and Lydia Paddack:
Shubael Bunker   (1754)
Puella Bunker   (1756)
Francis Bunker   (31 Jul 1758 - 1814)
Gilbert Bunker   (1762)
Naomi Bunker   (1766)
Nathan Bunker   (1766)
Abel Bunker   (1771 - 1798)
Lydia Paddack (F)
b. 1732, d. 1784, #8011
Lydia Paddack was born in 1732. She was the daughter of Daniel Paddack and Susanna Gorham. Lydia Paddack married Shubael Bunker, son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1750; (m. in 10-1750). Lydia Paddack died in 1784 at Hudson; She died in Hudson of smallpox.
She This family settled in Hudson. She was ill with (an unknown value) at Smallpox. Her married name was Bunker.

Andrew Bunker (M)
b. 09 Aug 1731, d. 12-1778, #8005
Andrew Bunker died -12-1778; Single. He died coming from the West Indies. He was born on 9 August 1731; Twin. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.

James Bunker (M)
b. 21 Aug 1733, #8006
James Bunker married Mary Shackelford. James Bunker was born on 21 August 1733. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.
Children of James Bunker and Mary Shackelford:
Eber. Bunker
Elisa Bunker
James Bunker
Zacchary Bunker
Mary Shackelford (F)
#8014
Mary Shackelford married James Bunker, son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.
Her married name was Bunker.

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.
Simeon Bunker 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.

Elisabeth Bunker (F)
b. 18 Sep 1738, #6362
Elisabeth Bunker was born on 18 September 1738. She was the daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Elisabeth Bunker married Robert Ryder in 1756; Her 1st husband. Elisabeth Bunker married Barnabas Briggs, son of Jedida Briggs, in 1769. Elisabeth Bunker married James Riddell circa 1770.
Her married name was Riddell. Her married name was Ryder. Her married name was Briggs.
Child of Elisabeth Bunker and Barnabas Briggs:
Phebe Briggs   (25 Aug 1769 - 02 Mar 1865)
Child of Elisabeth Bunker and James Riddell:
Elisabeth Riddell   (10 Nov 1771 - 18 May 1834)
Robert Ryder (M)
#8015
Robert Ryder married Elisabeth Bunker, daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1756; Her 1st husband.
Barnabas Briggs (M)
#6361
Barnabas Briggs was the son of Jedida Briggs. Barnabas Briggs married Elisabeth Bunker, daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1769. Barnabas Briggs married Abigail Ryder after 1769.
James Riddell (M)
#8017
James Riddell was born; Brother of Samuel, Sen. (ID 8016). He married Elisabeth Bunker, daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, circa 1770.

Desire Bunker (F)
b. 1741, d. 13 Sep 1801, #7176
Desire Bunker was born in 1741. She was the daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Desire Bunker married John Benthal in 1766; (5-1766). Desire Bunker married Abner Coffin, son of Abner Coffin and Phebe Butler, in 1775. Desire Bunker died on 13 September 1801.
She Desire and John Benthal has a son who died single. Her married name was Coffin. Her married name was Benthal.
Children of Desire Bunker and Abner Coffin:
Peter Coffin   ( - 1772)
Isaac Coffin
Phebe Coffin
Child of Desire Bunker and John Benthal:
Eber Benthal
John Benthal (M)
#7177
John Benthal married Desire Bunker, daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1766; (5-1766).
Abner Coffin (M)
d. 12 Oct 1781, #7182
Abner Coffin was the son of Abner Coffin and Phebe Butler. Abner Coffin married Patience Russell, daughter of Jonathan Russell and Patience Swain. Abner Coffin married Desire Bunker, daughter of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1775. Abner Coffin died on 12 October 1781.

Zacchary Bunker Jun. (M)
b. 1744, #8008
Zacchary Bunker Jun. was born in 1744. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Zacchary Bunker Jun. married Judith Folger, daughter of William Folger and Ruth Coffin, in 1766; (m. in 11-1766).
Children of Zacchary Bunker Jun. and Judith Folger:
Lydia Bunker
Moses Bunker
Robert Bunker
Sally Bunker   (20 Nov 1768 - 1847)
Peter Bunker   (1780)
Ruth Bunker   (1781 - 29 Dec 1860)
Rebecca Bunker   (17 Apr 1788)
William Bunker   (02 Jun 1790)
Judith Folger (F)
b. 20 Sep 1750, d. 29 Jul 1831, #8020
Judith Folger was born on 20 September 1750. She was the daughter of William Folger and Ruth Coffin. Judith Folger married Zacchary Bunker Jun., son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1766; (m. in 11-1766). Judith Folger died on 29 July 1831 at age 80.
Her married name was Bunker.

Francis Bunker (M)
b. 25 Aug 1746, #8009
Francis Bunker was born on 25 August 1746. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham.

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


“Whaler Captains moving to Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia were…Zachary Bunker (N-39)[10] of the ‘Africa’.”
Source:  Bunker, Henry L., Bunker Family History, Bunker Family Association, 1984.


Footnotes

[1] The above date is a Quaker date as given by the Hussey Millennium Manuscript and the Nantucket Vital Records. This date was given as 26 Nov in IGI extraction records and the Barney record. Note prior to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar November would have been the ninth month, not September. Therefore, both dates may be accurate.
[2] Nantucket Vital Records mentions that he also married Experience Studley, his brother Simeon’s second wife but as this is recorded with a “sic” next to it, it is most likely an error.
[3] Moran and the Nantucket Vital Records gave his birth date as 30 Aug 1752. However, the Barney record gives it as 9 Aug 1731 and states that he was Shubael’s twin.
[4] Moran suggests that Elizabeth married a fourth husband, one Capt. Codd. No other records mention this, though the Nantucket Vital Records state that her third husband was of Cape Cod. This makes me wonder if “Capt. Codd” was actually “Cape Cod”, thus a place not a person.
[5] 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.)”
[6] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 68—private record, from a copy of marriages kept by George and Caleb Bunker of Nantucket, justices of the peace, printed in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume 51.”
[7] Note in Vital Records:  “C. R. 4—church record, Society of Friends.”
[8] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[9] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 63—private record, from a copy of a manuscript kept by Hon. Isaac Coffin, Judge of Probate, in the possession of the Nantucket Atheneum.”
[10] This refers to Zachariah, son of Zachariah and husband of Judith Folger.


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