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Toted crown molding plane found in PA

Photos and Chester County Furniture information provided by Dan Linski, Rhykenology group on Facebook.

B Bunn

B Bunn

1st tier candidate; Benjamin Bunn born 4-7-1763 Pottstown, Montgomery Co., PA to Johannes and Euphronica (Conrad) and died 8-1-1835 Honey Brook, Chester, PA

married Anna Maria Beerbower ca 1784 with 11 children born between 1785 and 1805.

The book "Furniture and it's Makers of Chester Co., PA", 1978, has Benjamin listed as a joiner in Honey Brook, PA in 1797 and 1801. It also cites Benjamin's building a coffin ca 1798 and a chest and carpenter tools in his inventory from 1835. Excerpt below.

An 1804 tallcase clock was offered at auction by Gary Sullivan Antiques which attributed the casework to Benjamin Bunn. The website cited "This handsome tall case clock has impressive scale and is constructed of vibrant tiger maple. The clock is a superb example of the Chester county form and is accompanied with a single family provenance and attribution to both cabinetmaker and clockmaker. The clock descends in the prominent Ralston family who were present in the region at the beginning of the 18th Century. The clock movement is attributed a maker Henry Baldwin who was working in Pikeland Township during this period. The case is attributed to Benjamin Bunn [1760-1835] of Rockville and Honey Brook Township. Photo courtesy the auction house. (The auction reference was found on as shared by P.S. Busceni.)

Benjamin Bunn, joiner. 1796 Tax entry Honey Brook, Chester Co.

A search of Chester Co. records located three deeds for Benjamin Bunn dating to 1793, 1804 and 1824. The 1804 deed gave his trade as a carpenter and the 1824 deed gave his trade as a house carpenter.

1804 deed

1824 deed

Additional B Bunn individuals.

US census records were searched for PA and adjoining states for the years 1800-1840. Aside from Benjamin above, only two other B Bunn's were found., The first, was a Benjamin from Mohiccan, OH. found in 1820 and 1830. This Benjamin was found in period deeds, but no trade was recorded.  (The Bunn Family history seems to have this OH Benjamin as a blacksmith). The second, was a Benjamin from Brandywine, PA (b 1790 to 1781), found in the 1840 records. This Benjamin was found in period deeds, but no trade was recorded.


A search of the book "History of the Bunn Family of America" by J.A. Ellis, 1928, provided genealogical information on Benjamin's from 1740s Poughkepsee (a blacksmith), from 1790s MD (no trade), from early 1700 VA (on a plantation) and two from NC ca 1760 and ca 1785 (no trades). The other B Bunn's were listed for NC; Burwell ca 1790, Budd ca 1790 and Bennett ca1820. No trades were given for Burwell or Budd while Bennett was a planter.

These "no trade" B Bunn's remain an open question at this point.

The plane.

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