Wrong. Quite quite wrong. Nothing like a bit of research to clarify the facts, and also to understand how such a misunderstanding happened.
George was the only child born to William BUNN and widow Sarah (née SMITH) France. Ah, see the name of her first husband? First clue to the Franz family myth.
Sarah was significantly older than William - 11 years. When her first husband, Thomas France, died in a coal mining accident in 1851, along with her father, Thomas SMITH, she had 7 children at home. Their ages ranged from Elizabeth (15) to Esther (less than 1 year). William was also a coal miner, and likely knew Thomas from work, as well as close residence.
William BUNN lived nearby the family, in Darby Hand [Darby End], Parish Dudley, near Netherton. Their church was St Thomas in Dudley, Worcestershire. Below is a copy of their Marriage Register of St Thomas, Dudley/Netherton, with marriage date after Banns, of November 25, 1854:
You can see ages, occupation, residence, and father's names & occupations, as well as the information that Sarah's father is "dead". Neither William nor Sarah wrote their signatures, but made their mark in front of the 'Incumbent' [vicar].
George BUNN, their only living child, was born April 26, 1857, in Windmill End (also in same area in Dudley); this was just over 2 years from marriage. At that time, Sarah would have been 37 years of age, and George made her 8th living child; William, 26 years old. An interesting situation to my mind. They usually fudged her age on Censuses after they married or switched ages.
From the time of his birth, George would have been raised with the FRANCE children, including an illegitimate nephew only 2 years younger than himself:
1. Elizabeth, b. 1839 - had illegitimate son, Thomas France (3rd), in 1859
2. Emma, b. Oct 1840
3. Thomas, b. 1842 - Thomas (2nd)
4. Jeremiah, b. Aug 1844; m. Hannah Sherwin, 8 children [similar names]
5. Martha, b. 1847
6. Amelia "Emily", b. 1848
7. Esther, b. 1851
Sarah's second daughter, Emma, about 21, is likely working or married, and out of the home. Esther, youngest child, would be 10 - either she is visiting outside the home, or has died. I have not searched details of all the siblings. Yet.
GILLESPIE, 6 ch.
marr, no ch
Jones; 6 ch
Caulfield, 2 ch
Bradshaw, no ch.
I have no photographs of George BUNN, but perhaps a cousin somewhere has one to share-? And I also don't know what his hobbies were, whether he like to read, sketch, play cribbage, fish, go for long walks, did he like dogs, telling stories-? Some details do not come down to us, after several generations.
The direct line of George BUNN has these first generation surnames:
BUNN, BELL, OLIVER, OSBORNE, PLUMRIDGE (((waving to all my cousins)))
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