Bio: Bunce, William Henry (1813 - 1882)

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Surnames: Bunce, Ostrander, Weaver, Purls, Taylor, Foster, Rogers, Davis, Nicolls, Smith, Bramble, Demmon

----Source: 1881 History of Northern, Wisconsin

William Henry Bunce (2 Oct 1813 - 14 Aug 1882)

WILLIAM H. Bunce, furniture store, Merrillan, Wisconsin was born, Oct. 2, 1813,  in Connecticut. Came to Wisconsin in 1839 and landed at Milwaukee, finally locating at Menomonie Falls. Went to farming and remained there three years; moved to Ozaukee County, where he farmed for twelve years; sold out and moved to Washington County, near West Bend, continuing to live there five years, selling out and moving to Sheboygan County, where he lived for five years, engaged at farming, also connected in a saw mill. He then returned to Menomonie Falls, where he lived awhile; in 1869, moved to Buffalo County, where he farmed for five years. In 1879, he settled in Merrillan, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was married in 1835 to Miss Caroline Ostrander (1821 - 1871, Wis.). She was born in New York.

----Source: Mather's Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut, pg. 539

Lydia Rogers, b. at N. Salem, Mar. 16, 1792; d. Oct. 8, 1868; m. June 9, 1810, William Platt Bunce (son of Thomas Bunce and Elizabeth Platt, b. June 3, 1789, d. Feb. 8, 1862). Their Bunce children were: Julia Etta 8, b. Aug. 26, 1811, d. Oct. 5, 1813; William Henry 8, b. Oct. 2, 1813, d. Aug. 14, 1882, m. Sept. 26, 1836, Caroline Smith Ostrander (b. Aug. n, 1821, d. July 8, 1871) had children, grandchildren, and g. grandchildren; John Augustus 8, b. May 30, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1893, m.  Dec. 24, 1839, Nancy Demmon (b. Jan. 6, 1814, d. ), m. (2) May 4, 1880, Mary Mead (b. June 8, 1824, d. ) had children and grandchildren; Ebenezer Smith 8, b. July 17, 1818, d. Apr. n, 1897, m.  Sept. 3, 1840, Susan Almira Stage (b. Apr. 14, 1821, d. Sept. 3, 1850), m. (2) Mrs. Salina Ann Dibble Bramble (b. Feb. n, 1830, d. Feb. 15, 1891), m. (3) Mar. 12, 1893, Mary Emma Barnes (b. Apr. 15, 1857) had children and grandchildren; Mary Esther 8, b. Sept. 13, 1820, d. May 29, 1825; Eliza Ann 8, b. Aug. 31, 1822, d. May 21, 1882, m. Oliver Carver Davis (b. , 1821, d. Apr. 14, 1876) had children; Julia Etta 8, b. June 22, 1825, d. Jan. 22, 1876, m. June 17, 1857, Mathines Weller (b. Dec. 21, 1826, d. Mar. 17, 1895) had children and grandchildren; Amanda Malvina 8, b. Jan. 13, 1827, d. Mar. n, 1872, m. Jan. 14, 1862, Rev. Hiram Nicolls (b. ?, d. Oct. I, 1890) had a child d. y.; Mary Esther 8, b. Sept. 13, 1830, d. Jan. 8, 1861, m. Oct. 29, 1856, Rev. Hiram Nicolls, above had children and grandchildren.

*William Henry Bunce was the son of William Platt Bunce (3 Jun 1789, Suffolk, NY -  8 Feb 1862, Wayne Co., NY) and Lydia R. Rogers (16 Mar 1792, N. Salem, West Chester, NY - 8 Oct 1868, Butler, Wayne Co., NY).

Children of William Henry Bunce and Caroline Ostrander (m. 1835)
Levi T. Bunce b: ca. 1838 in New York
Ebenezer Smith Bunce b: 14 Nov 1840 in Germantown, Wisconsin
Sarah M Bunce b: 1844 in Wisconsin
Childs Bunce b: ca. 1850 in Wisconsin
Homer Bunce b: ca. 1856 in Wisconsin
William H. Bunce b: ca Feb 1860 in Wisconsin
Carrie Bunce b: ca 1866 in Wisconsin, Wisconsin

----Sources: History of Washington and Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, pg. 539.


The town of Fredonia was set off from Port Washington, and incorporated in the month of April, 1847. It comprises all of Township 12 in Range 21. The first town meeting was held in the spring of 1847, at the house of Hiram King. The officers of election were chosen, Hiram King being made Moderator, and Henry Orentt, Clerk of the Election. The following sums were then voted for the purposes herein mentioned: For incidental expenses, $25; for support of the poor, $80 ; for construction of bridges, $80. It was voted further that the town officers be compensated at the rate of $1 per day. It was also voted that the fences in the town should be five feet high, and that there should be no cracks in the fences within two feet of the ground to exceed four inches in width. The following town officers were then elected: Supervisors, Isaac Carmen, William Kelly and William H. Bunce; Town Clerk, R. H. Manney ; Justices of the Peace, Lemuel Hyde and Edward Bunce ; Collector, Jacob M. Sutton  

School Commissioners, John H. Hovey, J. T. Irwin and Sylvester Whiting ; Assessors, Thomas Irwin, Joseph Mooney and John Wonderly ; Highway Commissioners, Daniel M. Miller, William Bunce and Homer Johnson; Constables, Alanson Arnold and Hugh Kelly; Sealer of Weights and Measures, William Bell ; Fence Viewers, William R. Davis, Lemuel Hyde and Albert Read ; Treasurer, William R. Davis. The following poll-list taken from the first election held in 1847 will show who the early settlers and founders of Fredonia were W. Miller, Albert Read, Samuel Shaff, Joseph Shaff and B. S. Cassell. Total, sixty-one.


William Bunce, Edward Shubert, George Kollor, Joseph Lichart, Joseph Rix, Frantz Bear, Thomas Ruland, Julius Schubert, George Briedgert, Peter Nerberst, Adam Wachter, John Kollor, Martin Kollor, George Feirreisew, William Beger, Charles Beger, Christ. Beger, Charles Rudolph, Andrew Liebel, George Beck, August Ohrling, Charles Miller, William Kelly, Jacob M. Sutton, William Heinberg, Edward S. Bunce, Thomas McCowen, Joseph McCowen, George W. Virgil, Jeremiah Lott, Isaac Carmen, Clark Boughton. Hamilton Bunce, William Hudson, C. S. Griffin, Hiram King, E. Tollett, Henry Orcutt, John Wonderly. Michael Bratt, Thomas Kelly, Joseph Smith, King Case, Oren Case, Michael Casler, Joseph Mooney, B. Patch. Hiram Hills, Lemuel Hyde, Hugh Kelly, Arlanson Arnold, R. H. Mannty, W. R. Davis, Thomas Johnson, I. L. Irwin, J. K. Hovey, Daniel.

Family Notes

William H. Bunce was elected Supervisor of Fredonia, Wisconsin and Edward Bunce was elected Justice of the Peace. 

Wisconsin Marriage Records

Wm. Henry Bunce
groom's birthplace: West Bend, Wis.
bride's name: Laura V. Taylor
marriage date: 24 Dec 1886
marriage place: Salem, Pierce, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Wm. Henry Bunce
groom's mother's name: Caroline Oastrander
bride's father's name: Philip Caspar Taylor
bride's mother's name: Nancy Foster
groom's race: White
bride's race: White

Bert Weaver
groom's birthplace: Ontario, Vernon, Wisconsin
bride's name: Carrie Bunce
bride's birthplace: Menominee Falls, Wisconsin
marriage date: 09 Apr 1897
marriage place: Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Alfred Weaver
groom's mother's name: Charity Purls
bride's father's name: Wm. Bunce
bride's mother's name: Caroline Ostrander
groom's race: White
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's race: White

1850 Census, Mequon, Washington County, Wisconsin

William H. Bunce, farmer and value of real estate is $1000.

four children, 3 boys, 1 girl. One of the boys is listed as "E. S."


1865 New York State Census, Butler, Wayne County, New York


Lydia Bunce (Widow) is shown as age 73, residng in the home of Oliver C. Davis and Wife Eliz. A.




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