Edward Bunton

UK, Tyne and Wear, North Shields, Bell Street
? FatherJohn Bunton (1758-59 ‑ .../08/1821) 
? MotherCatharine Wheatley (1761-62 ‑ 08/10/1812) 
Partner Catherine (1801-06 ‑ 31/10/1857)


Edward Bunton (.../03/1829 ‑ )

John George Bunton (1831 ‑ .../10/1832)

Charlotte Bunton (.../12/1833 ‑ )

John Henry Bunton (1837 ‑ 30/06/1899)

Henry Bunton (02/02/1841 ‑ )

Partner Barbara (1810-11 ‑ )


Edward was baptised in Heworth near Jarrow on 25/03/1798.

Baptismal records from St Dunstan's parish, Stepney, 1826 to 1848, for children of Edward Bunton:
Entry No.Birth dateBaptism dateFirst nameSurnameFatherMotherAddressOccupationSource RefNote
208 15/03/1829EdwardBuntonEdwardCatherineRatcliffMarinerX024/018
253 22/05/1831John GeorgeBuntonEdwardCatherineRatcliffMarinerX024/018
896 29/12/1833CharlotteBuntonEdwardCatherineRatcliffMarinerX024/018
2610 25/06/1837JohnBuntonEdwardCatherineRatcliffMarinerX024/018
91802/02/184120/07/1845HenryBuntonEdwardCatherineNorth Shields NorthumberlandMarinerX024/020

1841 census for Stephenson Street, Tynemouth:
NameAgeOccupationWhether born in the county
Edward Bunton40CarpenterYes
Catherine Bunton30 Yes
Edward Bunton12 Yes
Charlotte Bunton8 Yes
John Bunton5 Yes
Henry Bunton4 months Yes
Edward is described in the 1841 census as a carpenter, but in 1851, 1861 and at his death as a seaman. The Saint Dunstan parish registers describe him as a mariner from 1829 to 1845. He may, of course, have been a ship's carpenter.

John and Henry aged by only 8 years between the 1841 census and the 1851 census. The Henry in the 1841 census may have died in infancy, and the Henry in 1851 may be a sibling; the same cannot be true for John.

1851 census for 126 Bell Street, Tynemouth, North Shields:
NameRelationAgeOccupationWhere born
Catherine BuntonWife45Seaman's wifeNorthumberland North Shields
Charlotte BuntonDaughter17Dress makerMiddlesex London
John BuntonSon13ScholarMiddlesex London
Henry BuntonSon8ScholarNorthumberland North Shields
The two Edwards (father and eldest son) are absent, possibly at sea.

1861 census for Bell Street, North Shields (schedule no. 267; the closest prior identification of Bell Street is at schedule no. 205):
NameRelationAgeOccupationWhere born
Edward BuntonHead63SeamanNorthumberland North Shields
Barabara(?) BuntonWife50 Scotland (unclear)
Edward's first wife, Catherine, died in 1857. The only marriage record I have found for Edward Bunton between 1857 and 1861 is in Q4 1858 at St. George in The East, Stepney, London. Edward clearly had connections with Stepney, as all of his children were christened there. Two brides are recorded for that locality and quarter, one of them Barbara Malcolmson.

An Edward Bunton died at Bell Street in 1868 aged 73y from "Bronchitus / asthma"; it is not certain that this is the same Edward Bunton whose family had lived in Bell Street in 1851. If the age at death is accurate he would have been born in 1794-95, and his age would probably have been recorded as 45, rather than 40, at the 1841 census. His age at the 1861 census suggests he was born 1797-98, and he would have been 43 at the 1841 census, which fits better with the rounded-down age of 40.

An Edward Bunton was born on 08/11/1897 to John Bunton and Catharine Wheatley and christened 25/03/1798 in Heworth near Gateshead. This is south of the Tyne whereas he claims (in the 1861 census) to have been born in North Shields, north of the Tyne, and this is certainly where he first appears in the 1841 census.
Durham Records Online:
Baptisms, South Shields District - Record Number: 683277.0
Location: Jarrow
Church: St. Paul
Denomination: Anglican
25 Mar 1798 Edward Bunton, born 8 Nov 1797, 3rd son of John Bunton (master mariner, native of this Chapelry) by his wife Catharine Wheatley (native of this Chapelry), baptized at Jarrow.


familysearch.org - baptism of Edward, son of John Bunton and Catharine Wheatley.
http://www.parishregister.com/searchpage.asp - baptismal records for Edward's children;
1841 census;
1851 census;
Edward Bunton's death certificate.

This record was last updated on 29/04/2013 at 22:17