He married twice. He married Bridgett Smith about 1713. Bridgett was born about 1696. Bridgett was the daughter of Thomas Smith. Bridgett died after September, 1742 in Accomack Co., VA. (Ralph Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore, p. 996)
He married Mary "Polly" West before March 14, 1760. Mary was named in her father's will (Scarburgh West, 1760). He named other grandchildren, but did not name any of Mary's children. (Stratton Nottingham, Wills & Administrations of Accomack Co., p. 198) Mary was the daughter of Scarburgh West. See West Project at the Ghote web site.
He made a will in Accomack Co., VA, February 26, 1763. (Stratton Nottingham, Wills & Administrations of Accomack Co., p. 217)
Jonathan's will was probated in Accomack Co., VA, February 29, 1764. Jonathan gave his age as 46 years or thereabouts in July, 1736. (Houston & Mihalyka, Colonial Residents, p. 18) Jonathan's father bought 150A at Mattomkin at a "bridg by a fresh water branch of Mattomkin Creek" in 1686. He mortgaged the land to Charles Scarburgh in 1690, but lost it when Scarburgh died and left it to his daughter, Tabitha. Tabitha's husband, John Bagwell later sold the land back to Jonathan Bunting. (Mary F. Carey; Acc. Wills & Deeds 1676-1690, p. 444; 1682-1697 p. 1934; 1692-1715 p. 292 & Pt. 3, p. 212). He was a blacksmith in Northampton County until 1713, when he paid 1,200 pounds "current money of Virginia" and 2,000 pounds tobacco and cask for the 150 acres at "Mattomkin." Jonathan lived near the Accomack County Courthouse until his mother's death and may have helped her with the ordinary she kept there. He was granted the license for an ordinary in 1728.
On April 4, 1721, it was ordered that Jonathan "be Cryer of ye Court & yt he make fires in he Court houfe in ye winter to be Seaxon and sweep and keep the Courthouse. Records show his making table and benches for the court and making repairs to the courthouse. (Mary F. Carey, Early Buntings of the Eastern Shore of VA, 1988)
Further support of the relationship of Rebecca Bunting as the widow of Tobias Bull includes Jonathan Bunting paying a fine for Richard Bull on June 5, 1716 to the County Church Wardens for Richard's having "sworn six profane oaths." (Mary F. Carey, Acc. Orders 1714-1717, p. 21)
We also know a little more about the Buntings from the Parish records of St. George's Accomack: 28 Nov 1766, 400 pounds of tobacco paid to William Black Buntin for keepin E. Shippard from 1 October to 3 December; 16 Mar 1767, Smith, William Black and Polly Buntin were assigned to pew #37; William Buntin Jr. and Richard Buntin assigned to pew #46; 5 Dec 1767, 600 pounds tobacco to Wm. B. Buntin for keeping Betty Sheppard 2 months. (Gail M. Walczyk, St. George's Parish Accomack County Vestry Book 1763-1787, p. 14)
In Northampton Court, January, 1725-6: The petition of Obedience Johnson and Temperance, his wife, shows that the said Temperance was the daughter of John White deceased. She made a choice of Jonathan Bunting as her guardian, with Thomas Smith as his security. The said Jonathan Bunting has removed the said Temperance's estate out of the county. She has demanded her estate from the security. Thomas Smith refuses to resolve the problem as the law directs. Thomas Smith summoned. (John M. Mihalyka, Loose Papers and Sundry Court Cases, Northampton County, VA, Vol. I, Eastville VA, Hickory House, 1997, p. 122)
In 1740, Jonathan bought 150 acres from William Cole at "Mattompkin called the folly," which was outside and east of present-day Accomack. He built a public grist mill on his new land and sold the land in town to Joshiah Lewis, Inholder, in 1742. (Mary F. Carey, Acc. Deeds 1737-1746, p. 210, p. 278, p. 899; Orders 1737-1746 p. 304, p. 282) When Jonathan gave slaves to two of his older, married, daughters in 1754, he was called "planter." (Mary F. Carey, Acc. Deeds 1746-1757, p. 405)
Witnesses to his will: Thomas Batson, John Bundick, Beershiba Bundick.
Jonathan Bunting and Bridgett Smith had the following children:
+ 5 i. Smith3 Bunting was born about 1715.
+ 6 ii. William Black Bunting was born about 1718.
+ 8 iv. Amey or Naomy Bunting was born about 1724.
9 v. Holloway Bunting was born in Accomack Co., VA about 1727. Holloway died before 1763 in Accomack Co., VA. In 1743, Jonathan Bunting petitioned the Accomack Court on behalf of his son Holloway Bunting "now of the age of Sixteen years being troubled with fitts & a natural fool is not able to work and praying that he may be levy free." (Mary F. Carey, Acc. Orders 1737-1744, p. 499)
Jonathan Bunting and Mary "Polly" West had the following children:
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