Bundicks of Louisiana and Texas

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For general notes see William Bundick, Sr. born abt. 1743. No guarantees are made regarding the accuracy of the information presented. Corrections or additions are welcomed.

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  • ID: I1
  • Name: William Sr. Bundick
  • Surname: Bundick
  • Given Name: William Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1743 in Cape Charles, Accomack County, Virginia
  • Death: 1809
  • _UID: 7E045EA37340A041A4287C883B3588BC9B53
  • Note:
    Of particular historical interest are notes and narratives regarding family members Peter B. Bundick, Marcellus Bundick, Samuel C. Bundick, Thomas W. Bundick, Jackson E. Bundick, Richard M. Glover and Thomas Miriam Bundick. Also, accounts of the family of Eliza Ham, wife of Charles H. Bundick are of historical interest. These narratives are included in the notes attached to those members of this tree. MWL

    The information included in this tree has been gathered from many quarters over many years. Thanks are due to all who have labored in documenting the history of the Bundicks of Louisiana and Texas. Genevieve E. Litton did much of the original research on the Bundicks and Singletons of Louisiana. Judge Albert Tate of Louisiana followed up by prodigiously sifting through historical documents of the period relating to William Bundick, Sr. and his offspring.

    Dallas Morning News, 3-28-1986
    Albert Tate, U.S. Judge from Louisiana, dies
    NEW ORLEANS --- Albert Tate, Jr., a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who was known for his Cajun good humor and clear thinking, died Thursday of cancer. He was 65. "Judge Tate was a brilliant, compassionate, diligent judge," said Chief Judge Charles Clark. "His colleagues mourn his loss. Justice weeps." Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte, followed by burial in Evangeline Memorial Park. Tate was appointed to the appeals court in 1979 after serving on the state Supreme Court for nine years.

    From the research of Judge Albert Tate:

    William Bundick, a native of the Cape Charles area of Virginia (Northhampton and Accomack Counties) arrived with his first known wife Mary Hay, in the Spanish Opelousas District in 1780. This couple had seven surviving children with many descendants in Southwest Louisiana and various counties of Texas. In about 1797, he entered into his second union with Hessina "Hessy" Barker. Most of their six children migrated to Texas where their decendants now live. His children by both wives are the ancestors of all the Bundicks so far found in Louisiana and Texas through the late 1800s. Prior to his death in 1810, Bundick had acquired several large tracts of land in the Spanish Opelousas and Attakapas districts where he principally engaged in rather extensive cattle operations. Although for a period, he raised tobacco on the Red River in the Spanish Rapides district, and he may also have run a ferry across Atchafalaya Bay to Terrebonne from his holdings on the Bayou Sale in the Attakapas district. William Bundick had arrived in the Spanish Opelousas post area by April 11, 1780 when his first known child was baptized at the St. Landry Catholic Church at Opelousas, Louisiana These church records reflect the birth of 8 children to him and Mary Hay between 1782 and 1796, seven of whom survived until adulthood. Five children of his second marriage to Hessina Barker baptized in the St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville were born between 1799 and 1810 after Bundick had moved from his land in Bayou Chicot in the Opelousas District, present day Evangeline Parish, to his holdings on the Bayou Teche in the Attakapas District. He appears on the 1785 Opelousas post militia list in the Opel.census of 1788 and 1796 showing him to own land and slaves in the Bayou Chicot area and in the Rapides post census of 1792 to which he had apparently gone in 1790 or so to raise tobacco on Red River grants. William Bundick was apparently an educated and literate man.The inventory of his Attakapas property taken shortly after his death in1810 shows 8 books in his library. As bracketted by his age grouping in the Spanish census and militia records, William Bundick was born between 1740 and 1745 probably ca 1743. The baptismal records of the children of both marriages consistently reflect that he was a native of Virginia. Moreover in three of the baptisms of the children of the second marriage, one of them signed by him personally, he is shown to be a native of Cape Charles, Virginia. William Bundick's parentage is likewise clarifed by the baptismal certificates of the five children of his second marriage. There his parents are consistently shown as Abbott Bundick or Sara James in one instance. Abbott is shown as of Scottish origin. We must however note a discrepancy as to William Bundick's parentage as reflected by the baptismal records of his last five children of the first marriage, all baptisms on the same day Oct 16, 1797, where his parents are shown as William Bundick and Elizabeth Matthews. Because of this discrepancy until recently it has been assumed that William-Mary Hay and William-Hester Barker were two different men. However, the baptisms of the five children of the second marriage , showing a father son relationship between William, Sr. and William, Jr. of the first Hay marriage, unmistakably show that the William Bundick, Sr. married to Hessina Barker was the same man as the William Bundick Sr. earlier married to Mary Hay. The mistaken attribution of William, Sr. parentage in the Oct 16, 1797 baptisms of some of the children of his first marriage can most probably be explained as misinformation due to William Sr.'s absence from the ceremonial occasion quite probably because he and Mary Hay had become separated by that time. A deposition in an 1809 lawsuit places William Bundick in British Mobile in 1778 and in Spanish New Orleans in 1779-1780. According to a deposition in an 1809 law suit, William was married to Mary Hay in British Mobile around 1778 by a British army chaplain. His subsequent marrage ca. 1797 to Hessina Barker was probably of an informal nature as divorce wasn't recognized by Spanish Law...

    from another Tate document:
    ...According to a deposition in an 1809 lawsuit between William and Mary Bundick, they had been married in Mobile by a protestant minister attached to the British Army about two years before Mobile was captured by the Spanish (which was March 14, 1780), from which place they had first moved to Spanish New Orleans. The lawsuit was by Mary Hay Bundick against William Bundick on the ground of his abandonment, in which she prayed for the provisions of his support; as a result of the lawsuit, he was required to convey to her in 1809 a 400 arpent tract on Bayou Chicot, and other property, in return for which she relinquished any future claim against his estate.

    National Genealogical Society quarterly, Volume 77 has info on Bundick family.
  • Change Date: 20 Oct 2012 at 09:24:53

    Father: Abbott Bundick
    Mother: Sara James

    Marriage 1 Mary Hay b: BEF 1765 in South Carolina
    • Divorced: Y
    • Married: ABT 1778 in Mobile, British West Florida
    1. Has No Children Angelique Bundick b: Sep 1779 in Louisiana
    2. Has Children William Jr. Bundick b: 1781/1782 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    3. Has Children Philip Bundick b: Aug 1783 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    4. Has No Children Infant Bundick b: 1785 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    5. Has Children Mary Elizabeth Bundick b: 10 Oct 1786 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    6. Has No Children George Bundick b: 1788 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    7. Has Children Robert Bundick b: 1792/1794 in Louisiana
    8. Has Children Charles H. Bundick b: 1792/1793 in Louisiana
    9. Has Children Matilda Bundick b: ABT 1794

    Marriage 2 Hessina Barker b: in North Carolina
    • Married: ABT 1797
    1. Has Children Emily Bundick b: 1 Jan 1799 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    2. Has No Children Marcellus H. Bundick b: 16 Jun 1800 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
    3. Has Children Jackson E. Bundick b: 1801 in Louisiana
    4. Has Children Louisa Marie Bundick b: 28 Aug 1802 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
    5. Has Children Samuel C. Bundick b: 19 May 1808 in Louisiana
    6. Has Children Thomas W. Bundick b: 5 Feb 1810 in Louisiana

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