Alvah Alonzo Bunnell

Alvah Alonzo Bunnell, son of Eli Bunnell and Mary Ann Phebe Caulder, was born on 08 Aug 1854 in Columbia County, Florida, and died on 21 Mar 1944 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was married on 14 Oct 1877 in Putnam CO, FL to Susan Cynthia Godwin, daughter of Messer Marion Godwin and Jemima A. McDonald. Susan was born on 24 Feb 1857 in Florida or Georgia, died 10 Sep 1931, Miami, Dade County, Florida. Both are buried at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery (Section B, Eastside), Miami, Dade County, Florida.

Sometime before 18 Jun 1880, when the 1880 US Census was taken, and in which his occupation was listed as farmer, he moved his family from Columbia County, Florida to Espanola in present-day Flagler County to homestead and he proved up on his claim on 24 Sep 1890. He moved to Bunnell sometime after 07 Apr 1890, between the time his son Gus was born in Espanola and 05 Jul 1895 when his son Emmet Peas Bunnell was born in Bunnell.

Official records of the U. S. Postal Service show that Alvah A. Bunnell was appointed as postmaster for Bunnell on 05 Oct 1892.

In the US Federal census taken for Bunnell, Precinct 7, St. Johns County, Florida on 16 Jan 1900, his occupation is listed as Mfr, lumber and singles.

In the minutes of the Board of Public Instruction of St. Johns County of 27 June 1894 was found, "Petition from Bunnell asking the establishing of a school." Then in Sept 1894 was found, "Miss Mary Lund was assigned to Bunnell."

Again on 26 Jan 1897 and on 24 Feb 1897 requests from Mrs. Bunnell for a school were reported in the Board Minutes. In a letter of Oct 1897, Mrs. Bunnell stated there were fourteen children of school age. A school at Bunnell Stop was mentioned in the minutes of June, Aug and Oct of 1898. Rural schools would often only operate for a few months, some as little as three months and would close if the enrollment fell.

In November 1901, according to a story in The Daytona Gazette-News, he completed construction of a saw mill about a mile north of the Daytona city limits (present-day Holly Hill) and on 09 Nov 1901 he set the machinery in motion. The building was 25 by 110 feet and had a capacity of 8,000 feet of lumber per day. Following construction of his saw mill, Alvah built a 50 by 75 foot planning mill next to same which opened in Apr 1902.

The mill had a dock for his steam tug Leo which he used to haul timber from the Tomoka River to his saw mill.

Alvah his wife, eight sons and two daughters moved to Miami in May 1905 into a home he had purchased on the Curry place.

In the summer of 1906, Alvah purchased the interest of a Mr. Amason in the Miami Real Estate firm of Carroll & Amason. In November 1906 he went into the machine shop business with a Mr. W. A. Lofton where, in addition to running the shop, they were agents for Reo Automobiles and Auto Supplies. He bought out Mr. Lofton’s interest in the business the following month.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census of North Miami, Dade County, Florida his occupation is given as manager, cigar factory; sons Gilbert and Gus were mechanics in a garage and son Emmett was a salesman in an auto store. The Bunnell Brothers Cigar Factory and Store was located on 509 Cordova Street and in Nov 1909, they were manufacturing 5,000 cigars a week.

Alva also served as a policeman and sanitary engineer for the city of Miami. Issue;

1. Messer Alonzo Bunnell was born on 08 Feb 1879 in St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died on 17 Apr 1963 in the Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital, Fletcher, Henderson County, North Carolina. He was buried in the Old Johnsonville Cemetery, Florence County, South Carolina. Alonzo married Winifred E. (Winnie) Hunter, daughter of James Auldridge Hunter and Ruth Raulerson who was born on 02 Mar 1883 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died on 12 Feb 1958 in the Flagler Clinic and Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler County, Florida (Divorced).

On his World War I Draft Registration Card dated 12 Sep 1918, he is shown living in Okeechobee County, Florida with his occupation listed as "operator, steam boat." He listed his next of kin as Edith Janie Bunnell, also of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the 1920 Census, he is still in Okeechobee County, Florida with his occupation listed as "engineer, steam boat."

Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 2nd  Edith Jane Prosser, daughter of William Prosser and Ellen (LNU), who was born about 1878 in England and who died in 1938 in Dade County, Florida. She is buried in Lake Helen Cemetery, Cassadaga, Volusia County, Florida.

Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 3rd on 08 Sep 1940 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Thelma L. Perry, who was born on 16 Jul 1892 in South Carolina and who died on 05 Oct 1995 in DeKalb County, Georgia (Divorced)

Messer Alonzo Bunnell married 4th Elma Poston as his obituary says that he was survived by his widow Elma Poston Bunnell, one daughter, one grandson, two brothers, two sisters and one step-daughter.

His first wife, Winnie Hunter Bunnell married 2nd Harry F. Conley. She is buried in Espanola Cemetery, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL. See sketch on James Auldridge Hunter for additional information on this family.

2. Mary Augusta Bunnell was born on 04 Feb 1881 in southern St Johns County, Florida near the Matanzas River and died on 19 Apr 1979 in DeKalb County, Georgia. She married Jesse Franklin Vann, son of William Henry Vann and Mary Martha Frink who was born on 03 Nov 1880 in Columbus County, North Carolina and who died in May 1959 in Dade County, Florida. Jesse was a salesman. In 1910 the family was in Tampa, FL, in 1920, they were in Kenmore, NY and in 1930, they were in Miami, FL, afterwards moving to Tucker, GA. Both are buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade CO, FL. Issue:

(1) Mary Cynthia Vann was born on 13 Sep 1909 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, and died on 23 Oct 1953 in Tucker, DeKalb County, Georgia and is buried in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Miami, Dade County, Florida. She was an attorney and married Ralph Ernest Racey, son of Charles Henry and Mary L. Racey, on 28 Jul 1939 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Ralph was born on 18 Aug 1890 in New York and was previously married to Nellie Fargason.

(2) Lloyd Frank Vann was born on 26 Jun 1911, in Florida and died on 02 Jul 1988 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and was buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida. On 22 May 1934 in Dade County, Florida he married Carolyn Sue Dorothy, daughter of Charles L. Dorothy and Caroline Matilda Dykes. Carolyn was born on 05 Nov 1908 in Florida and died in May 1981 in Seneca, Oconee County South Carolina. They were divorced in Miami, Dade County, Florida on 5 Oct 1976.

(3) Alvah Edison Vann was born on 11 Jul 1914 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida and died on 04 Apr 1997, Fulton County, Georgia.  He married on 13 Aug 1939 in Pasco County, Florida, Horacetine Simms, daughter of Horace Allen Simms and Sarah Lucretia Taylor who was born on 11 Aug 1920 in Books County, Georgia near Quitman and who died on 24 Jan 2012 in Georgia. Both are buried in Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia. Issue: They had four children, all born in Florida

3. Luther Elethere (Eliphs) Bunnell was born on 29 Oct 1882 in southern St Johns County, Florida near the Matanzas River and died on 04 Aug 1952 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married Ada Mae Lee, daughter of William Washington Lee and Darmer Elizabeth Mitchell who was born on 06 Oct 1887 in New Smyrna, Volusia County, Florida and who died on 20 Apr 1974 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Both are buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida.

Luther moved to Miami from Bunnell after the turn of the century. He owned the dredge that dug the first canal in Miami Beach. Later he was supervisor of the Miami Police Department garage for 17 years. Upon retirement, he took a job with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission which he left in 1949. Issue:

(1) Luther Gifford Bunnell was born on 08 Mar 1909 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 01 Jun 1993 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married on 18 Jan 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Gladys Wynne Corbett, daughter of Amos Wooten Corbett and Susie Adele Middleton. She was born in Florida on 09 Jun 1909 and died on 17 Mar 1988 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Issue;

A. Martha Lynn Bunnell was born on 17 Jan 1935 in Florida and married David Dennis Parker, son of Lynwood T Parker and Elizabeth Carmolite Dunn. He was born on 20 Jun 1934 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and died on 10 Oct 2007 in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Issue:

a. Lesley Lynn Parker, born 09 Nov 1958

b. Melissa Ann Parker, born 03 Nov 1960

c. John David Parker, born 11 Mar 1965

(2) Mary Elizabeth Bunnell was born about 1912 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married on 20 Jul 1931 in Dade County, Florida, Cecil Alton Peacock, son of Tavanier W. Peacock and Cora E. Fisher who was born on 29 Aug 1909 in Florida and who died on 10 May 1983 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was a real estate salesman. Issue;

A. Cecil Alton Peacock, Jr., was born on 07 Nov 1936 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 24 Oct 1986 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was buried in Miami Memorial Park, Miami, Dade County, Florida. Cecil married Llwana Jean Flora, in Jan 1960, Hillsborough CO, FL. They were divorced in Dade County, Florida on 08 Jan 1982.

Cecil Alton Peacock, Jr. married 2nd on 23 Nov 1983 in Miami, Dade CO, FL, Eileen Ann Shirley (Divorced)

B. Gary Allan Peacock was born on 13 Feb 1944 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married in July 1964 in Dade County Florida Linda Karoly Tower who was born on 12 Jun 1945 (Divorced).

(3) Virginia Lee Bunnell was born on 20 Sep 191 in, Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 07 Mar 2000 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married on19 Sep 1942 in Dade County, Florida Ingle Herbert Schwartz who was born on 25 Dec 1909 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland and who died on 17 Oct 1997 in Dade County, Florida.

4. George Eli Bunnell was born on 17 Aug 1884 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek and died on 16 Sep 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. George married on 17 Aug 1912 in New York, Una Lillian Parce, daughter of Fred Eugene Parce and Lola Etta Crocker who was born on 21 Feb 1890 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York and who died in Jan 1957 in Miami, Dade County, Florida He was a concrete and general contractor in the Dade CO, FL area. Issue:

(1) Freda H. Bunnell was born on 10 Jul 1913 in Florida and died on 14 Jan 2004 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married Wesley S. Price on 15 Jan 1931 in Dade County, Florida. They were divorced in 1934 in Dade County, Florida

Freda H. Bunnell married on 06 Jan 1934 in Fernandina, Nassau County, Florida, Leon Eldred Leroy, son of Edward Francis Leroy and Elizabeth Fultz. Leon was born on 28 Nov 1898 in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Issue;

A. Una Elizabeth Leroy was born on 31 Jan 1935 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 11 May 2005 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She married in 1954 in Dade County, Florida, John R. Wood who was born about 1933 in Miami and was the son of William E. and Ruth C. Wood.

B. Leon Eldred Leroy, Jr. was born on 29 Mar 1936 in Miami, Dade County, Florida

C. Freda Henrietta Leroy was born on 24 Oct 1937 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died in Jan 1978. She married David T. Fox in Jun 1959 in Dade County, Florida

(2) George Alva Bunnell was born on 02 Aug 1914 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York and died on 07 Nov 1997 in Miami Dade County, Florida. He was married to Lillian Elizabeth Hurley, daughter of George S. Hurley and Leona Caldwell, who was born in Georgia on 02 Mary 1907 and who died on 17 Aug 1955 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He was a contractor in marine construction. Issue;

A. George Bunnell who was born around 1938 in Miami, Dade County, Florida.

5. Theodore Curry Bunnell was born on 25 May 1886 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek and died on 06 Apr 1942 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married on 29 Jun 1921 in Broward County, Florida, Anna C. Lundbloom who was born about 1894 in New York. He was a boat engineer in Miami, Dade County, Florida.

6. Gilbert Alvah Bunnell was born 04 Mar 1888 in southern St. Johns County, Florida near Pellicer Creek, St Johns County, Florida and died on 13 Dec 1934 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married around 1919 Ethel M. (LNU) who was born about 1902 in Florida.

Gilbert married 2nd  on 12 Oct 1926 in Broward County, Florida, Annie R. Richards, daughter of George M. and Minnie L. Richards who was born in May 1896 in Georgia and who died in Nov 1966 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Issue;

(1) Gilberta Cynthia Bunnell was born on 19 Apr 1925 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 28 Mar 2008 in Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia. She married on 29 Mar 1947 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Henry E. Brown, Jr., who was born on 16 Nov 1922 and who died on 31 Aug 2003 in Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia.

Annie Richard’s first marriage was to Edward M. Jones. They had two children, Thomas Edward Jones and Elizabeth Jones.

7. Gus McDonald (Gussie) Bunnell was born on 07 Apr 1890 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died on 22 Apr 1938 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and was buried in Miami Memorial Park. He married Emma Ragan, daughter of Wesley Jackson Ragan and Rachel Winifred Harper who was born on 24 Nov 1898 in Brantley, Brevard County, Florida and who died on 15 Oct 1987 in Brevard County, Florida (divorced). Gus was a steam engineer. Issue;

(1) Donald Ragan Bunnell was born on 25 Oct 1916 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 06 May 1979 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Donald served in the U S Army in WW II,

8. Susie Angeline Bunnell was born on 23 Dec 1892 in Espanola, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died on 18 Mar 1977 in New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida and was buried Miami Memorial Cemetery, Miami, Dade CO, Florida. She married about 1920, Elmer Herbert Hall who was born on 27 Jul 1898 in Florida and who died on 29 Nov 1993 in Volusia County, Florida. Elmer was a dispatcher for the railroad. Issue;

(1) Thelma Angeline Hall was born on 24 Dec 1921 in Miami, Dade County, Florida, died on 23 Aug 2014 in Big Rock, Kane County, Illinois and was buried in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens, New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. She moved with her family to New Smyrna in 1922 and resided Dallas before moving to Illinois.

(2) Elmer Herbert Hall, Jr. was born on 19 Feb 1925 in Florida and died on 14 Jul 2008 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army artillery in World War II and then after receiving a degree in journalism from the University of Miami, worked for newspapers in Texas and Florida before going to work for the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1954.

9. Emmet Peas Bunnell, born 05 Jul 1895, Bunnell Stop, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida, died 14 Oct 1971, Miami, Dade CO, FL, married Thelma A. (LNU) who was born about 1896 in Alabama. He was a mechanic and a veteran of WW I.

10. Otis Way Bunnell was born 05 Apr 1898 at Bunnell Stop, St Johns now Flagler County, Florida and died 27 Apr 1962 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married around 1922, Gertrude Johnson, daughter of Joseph and Susie Johnson who was born on 23 Jun 1900 in Ohio and who died on 01 August 1985 (Divorced 1947). He was a commercial fisherman. Issue;

(1) Frances Lorraine Bunnell was born 24 Mar 1922 in Miami, Dade County, Florida and died on 28 Jan 1966 in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Source: The First Families of Flagler by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who cited as her sources, Census, Public Records and Published Articles.

Other sources used by the compiler were:

1860 United States Federal Census, Lake City, Columbia CO, FL; 1880 United States Federal Census, Precinct 8, St. Johns CO, FL; 1900 United States Federal Census, Bunnell, St Johns CO, FL; 1910 United States Federal Census, North Miami, Dade CO, FL, Tampa, Hillsborough CO, FL; 1920 United States Federal Census; Kenmore, Dist. 334, Erie CO, NY; Miami, Dist. 22, Dade CO, FL, Okeechobee, Okeechobee CO, FL; 1930 United States Federal Census, Lake Helen, Volusia CO, FL, Miami, Dist. 17, Dade CO, FL, Miami, Dist. 59 Dade CO, FL; 1940 United States Census, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami Springs, Dade CO, FL, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami, Dade CO, FL, Miami Springs, Dade CO, FL

US Appointments of US Postmasters, 1832-1971; US Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010; US General Land Office Records, 1796-1907; US Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; US Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014; US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; US WW II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

Florida Death Index, 1877-1998; Florida Divorce Indexes, 1927-2001, Florida Divorce Records, 1823-1982; Florida Land Records 1890; 1935 Florida State Census, Precinct 54, Miami, Dade CO, FL; 1945 Florida State Census, Precinct 35, Dade CO, FL

Georgia Deaths, 1919-98; New York County Marriage Records, 1907-1936; North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1976;

St. Johns CO Board of Education Minutes: Jun 1894, Sep 1894, Jan 1897, Feb 1897

Miami City Directories, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1931, 1942

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, 25 Jan 2012; THE COURIER-JOURNAL, Louisville, KY, 17 Jul 2008; THE DAYTONA BEACH MORNING JOURNAL, 20 Mar 1977; THE FLAGLER TRIBUNE, Bunnell, FL, 13 Feb 1958, 24 Mar 1977; THE FLORENCE MORNING NEWS, 18 Apr 1963; THE MIAMI HERALD, 16 Jan 2004, 14 May 2005

Tom Duncan’s BUNNELL FAMILY NEWS CLIPPING COLLECTION: THE DAYTONA GAZETTE NEWS: 09 Nov 1901, 25 Jan 1902, 22 Feb 1902, 08 Mar 1902, 05 Apr 1902, 11 Oct 1902, 25 Oct 1902, 03 Dec 1903, 13 May 1905, 06 Oct 1906, 29 Dec 1906; THE DAYTONA DAILY NEWS: 22 Jul 1907; THE MIAMI NEWS: 26 Jul 1905, 19 Jan 1906, 03 Nov 1906, 29 Mar 1907, 13 Apr 1909, 05 Jun 1909, 11 Nov 1909, 01 Aug 1910, 31 Jul 1912, 18 Jun 1913, 21 Jul 1913, 28 Jul 1913, 27 Apr 1914, 17 Feb 1915, 08 Nov 1915, 09 Jan 1917, 11 Feb 1919, 21 May 1919, 15 Jul 1920, 01 Jul 1922, 17 Nov 1929, 11 Sep 1931, 14 Sep 1931, 03 Jan 1936, 20 Apr 1938, 22 Apr 1938, 22 Mar 1944

Please send questions, corrections or additions to Sisco Deen, P.O. Box 637, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 or email him at Sisco_Deen@hotmail.com

Updated: 01 April 2018