Henry County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
George W. Bunch, New Castle, Ind., is a native of Wayne County, Ind., born Aug. 24, 1844, a son of Calvin and Eliza A. (Williams) Bunch, the father a native of North Carolina, and the mother of Wayne County, Ind. The latter died in 1863; the former is still living. There was a family of three children, one son and two daughters, our subject being the only one living. He was reared in Whitewater, Ind., attending the school of that town. When seventeen years of age he enlisted in Company B, Nineteenth Indiana Infantry, and was appointed Sergeant; was afterward promoted to First Lieutenant, and served in that position three years, when he was promoted to Captain of his company, serving till the close of the war. He was in the Army of the Potomac, and participated in all the important engagements of that division, among them Antietam, Gettysburg, Bull Run, and Fredericksburg. He was mustered out in July, 1865. After his return home he took a course in Hadley’s Normal School, Richmond. He then opened a store in Whitewater, carrying a complete stock of dry-goods, groceries, etc. He continued in the mercantile business three and a half years, and then engaged in the sale of sewing machines and organs in Connersville and Hagerstown. In 1878 he came to New Castle, and opened an office, still continuing the business. In 1881 he with his wife established a millinery store on Broadway, where they carry a full stock of goods in their line. Mrs. Bunch is a practical milliner, and has the leading store of the kind in New Castle. Mr. Bunch was married in 1868 to Jennie L., daughter of Rev. W.C. Bowen, of the Methodist Episcopal church. They have had three children; but two are living – William M. and Byrham C.; Harry Lee died October, 1880, aged four years. Mr. Bunch is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and active workers of the church and Sunday-school, and Mr. Bunch is Class-leader.