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The BUNT family of Polperro

The Bunt family in Polperro originated with the arrival of William Bunt (1739-1804) of Warleggon in Cornwall who married Christian Taparel at Talland on New Year's Day, 1769. Of their four children, William (1771-1846) married Jane Mitchell in 1804 and the couple had nine children of their own and over 30 grandchildren, among them two named William who both became shoemakers in Polperro.

During the 19th century, several Bunts were involved in the fishing trade while others joined the Royal Navy.

More recent members of the Polperro Bunts were mostly descended from Thomas Bunt who married Eliza Ann Bartlett in 1851. Two of their sons became seamen, including Richard (1851-1925), while another son, Thomas (1859-1919) emigrated to Australia where many of his descendants live today.

Samuel Bunt (1819-1901) photographed in the 1860s

Two members of the Bunt family were among those fishermen photographed by Lewis Harding, a local Polperro photographer who pioneered the art of collodion wet plate photography in Cornwall in the 19th century. His surviving photographs include the portrait of Samuel Bunt (left). Their portraits can be seen today in the Polperro Heritage Museum.

See also Lewis Harding - Cornwall's Pioneer Photographer - click here.

Further details of the Bunt family of Polperro can be obtained from Jeremy Rowett Johns:

E-mail: jeremy.johns@polperro.org

Further information on the family would also be welcomed.

Jeremy Rowett Johns, Polperro Heritage Museum © 2008

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