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NATHANIEL BUNNELL, Jr., was born in Ross County, Ohio, December 27, 1805, and is the fourth of the twelve children born to Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Donaven) Bunnell, natives respectively of New Jersey and Kentucky. Nathaniel, Sr., was born in June, 1778, went to Kentucky at the age of ten, and was there reared and there married. When a young man, be and others navigated a pirogue of goods from Marysville to Chillicothe, which was the first boat load of merchandise ever landed at that point. About 1800, he moved from Kentucky to Highland County, Ohio, then to Ross County, then to Warren County, then to Clark County, Ohio, and next, in the fall of 1833, to Big Creek Township, this county, and here he died in 1850. He bad been a soldier in the war of 1812 ; was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for many years an exhorter. Nathaniel Bunnell, Jr., received only a frontier education, and was employed on the home farm until his majority ; he then worked out for about five years, then farmed his father's place on shares several years, and in 1833 came to Big Creek Township, and entered 160 acres, which he increased to 600, a part of which he subsequently deeded to his children, retaining 360 acres. In 1867, he relinquished work. and came to Reynolds, where he resides in retirement. December 29, 1831, he married Susanna Runnyon, a native of Clark County, Ohio, who bore him ten children, all of whom are living, excepting Nathaniel W., who fell at Gettysburg, leaving a widow and three children. Mrs. Susanna Bunnell died in June, 1873, an active member, from girlhood, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. August 25, 1875, Mr. Bunnell married Mrs. Mary A. (Bartlett- Buchanan) McNealey, a native of Kentucky. Mr. B. was once Trustee of Big Creek Township; he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church over fifty-one years, had four sons in the late war, is a Republican and a zealous temperance man.

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