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EDWARD BUNN, an extensive stock-dealer of Danvers, and having his residence in the village, has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1852. He has a good knowledge of the business in which he is engaged, and is meeting with fair success.

Our subject was born in Ross County, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1835, being the son of Jefferson and Mary (Madden) Bunn, of Ohio and Virginia respectively. Jefferson Bunn was of German ancestry and parentage, but born in Ohio Sept. 16, 1802.

He was a cabinet-maker by trade, having served his apprenticeship at Chillicothe, in his native county, where he was married. He removed to Illinois in the fall of 1852, and located at Bloomington, whence, after two years' residence he removed to Table Grove, Fulton County. There he followed farming pursuits for five years, and then removed to Macomb, where he was employed in the cabinet-shop of Messrs John and Thomas McElrath for two years. From there he came to Danvers, where he passed the remainder of his days and departed this life Dec. 29, 1885.

Jefferson Bunn was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a period of forty years. The mother of our subject was also connected with the same church. Her birth occurred in 1800, and her death on the 22d of July, 1872. The parental household included six children, three now living. The record is as follows: Lewis died in 1829, and Maria L., Feb. 16, 1830; one died in infancy unnamed; George lives in Bloomington, and married Miss E. Rayburn; Susan resides in Danvers, and Edward is the subject of this sketch.

The marriage of Mr. Bunn occurred Jan. 1, 1857, the lady of his choice being Miss Eliza Wilfong. The wedding took place at Macomb, Ill., John O. C. Wilson, Esq., officiating. Mrs. Bunn was born in North Carolina, May 18, 1833, and is the daughter of William P. and Sarah (Marley) Wilfong. The former was born in Rawleigh, N. C., in September, 1798, where he was reared and married.

He came to Illinois with his family in 1843, and located in Hancock County, where they lived one year, thence removing to Birmingham, Schuyler County, and from there to Macomb, where the death of the father occurred on the 8th of June, 1877. The mother of Mrs., Bunn was born in Randolph County, N. C., in 1809, and was married in 1832. She is still living, and makes her home with her daughter in Danvers. The parental household consisted of ten children, viz., Eliza, Isabel, Ann, Sarah, Emeline, Martha, Rosa, James, John, and one who died in infancy.

Of the marriage of our subject and his wife there have been born six children Ida, Laura, Clarence, Nora, Mattie and Orin. Ida became the wife of John Musselman, a druggist of Danvers; Laura married William Shorthose, a farmer of Danvers; Nora married Harry Swearengin, a railroad man; Clarence married Miss Nettie Montague, and is foreman of a lumber-yard at Bloomington, Ill.

Mr. Bunn came to Illinois with his parents in 1852, and in a period of over thirty years has been an interested witness of the development and progress of the Prairie State. He may not have distinguished himself by any remarkable deeds, but he has been a law-abiding, enterprising and worthy citizen, living at peace with his neighbors, and performing all the obligations of a valued member of the community.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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