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The Hunters of our family line have been traced back to Allen Hunter (1786 - 1869) in Marion District (now Florence County), SC.   Allenís parents and birthplace are unknown, and have been the subjects of a great deal of research and speculation.   Some speculate that his father was William Thomas Hunter, from the names of two of Allenís sons.   My own speculation is that his father was James, based on the naming pattern of J.M. Hunterís children and the existence of a James Hunter who lived in the Peedee region of South Carolina with a child the right age for Allen, according to the 1790 census.

† If you are related to or have any information about this family, please contact me.

Allen Hunter's son Joseph Morris Hunter
Killed in action May 30, 1864 during the Civil War

   
     

 

 

Contents

PHOTO ALBUM - Hunter Family - NEW!

Hunters of Marion Page & Generation No. 1(this page)

PHOTO ALBUM - The Early Hunters

Allen and Rebecca Hunterís Tombstones

Generation No. 2

Joseph Morris Hunter - Civil War Soldier

Angeline White Hunter - Civil War Widow

Generation No. 3

PHOTO ALBUM - S. A. Hunter, Sr. and Sarah Frances Blake

Generation No. 4

PHOTO ALBUM - Lourina and Olive Hunter

PHOTO ALBUM - S. Allen Hunter, Jr. and Sadie Graham Turner

PHOTO ALBUM - Blake Hunter and Family

 


 

 

Descendants of Allen Hunter

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1.ALLEN2 HUNTER(JAMES(?)1) was born May 18, 1786 in SC ? / Near NC/VA border ?, and died March 05, 1869 in , Marion, SC.He married REBECCA MORRIS Abt. 1820 in , Marion, SC, daughter of JOSEPH MORRIS.She was born October 03, 1800 in , Horry, SC ?, and died May 11, 1871 in , Marion, SC.Both Allen and Rebecca are buried in the cemetery at Tabernacle Methodist Church, which they helped found in the early 1800s, in present-day Florence County, SC.

 

Notes for ALLEN HUNTER:

 

In the 1820 census, Allen Hunter is listed as "Allin Hunter" , 000010-01000, residing in Marion District, SC.These numbers suggest that Allen and Rebecca were married and living in the same household by that time, with no children. (U.S. Census - Marion District, SC, 1820, p. 59).

 

In 1830, Allen Hunter was living in Marion District, SC.(U.S. Census - Marion District, SC, 1830, p. 23).

 

Allen purchased 282 acres of land Feb. 3, 1837 from James Crosby for $500.The land was located "on the Southwest side of Great Peedee River in the Waters of Wilson Mill Branch" and was "part of a tract of land granted unto John Cooper the first day of August 1796 for 491 acres." (S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, S.C., Marion Deeds Vol. Q, pp. 392-393).

 

In 1840, Allen Hunter was living in Marion District, SC.(U.S. Census - Marion District, SC, 1840, p. 168).

 

In 1843, Allen Hunter was living in Marion District, SC.(S.C. Census - Marion District, SC, 1843).

 

In 1850, Allen Hunter was living in Marion District, SC.(U.S. Census - Marion District, SC, 1850, p. 32).

 

In 1860, Allen Hunter was living in Marion District, SC.(U.S. Census - Marion District, SC, 1860, p. 55).

 


 

Allen and Rebecca were apparently instrumental in founding Tabernacle Methodist Church near their home in Pamplico, Marion District, SC (now Florence County).

 

From Methodist Church Minutes # 022749†† [MICROFICH] [WPA PROJECT],

Minutes Quarterly Conference Darlington Circuit 1841-1867 and Register, Darlington Circuit 1831-1878,

1) p. 130 item 13:

 

Tabernacle [church]

Item B: Allen Hunter C.L.††† [Church Leader?]

†††††††††††† Benjamin White

†††††††††††† Joseph Hunter†††††††† excluded 1840†† [Allen and Rebeccaís son , age 17]

†††††††††††† Rebecca Hunter

†††††††††††† Hannah White

†††††††††††† Betsey Dewit

†††††††††††† Kitty Kerton

†††††††††††† Ann Cusach

†††††††††††† Ann Cox

†††††††††††† Mary Brow

 

2) p. 148 item 72:

 

Excommunications A.D. 1840

 

Joseph Hunter††††††††††††††††Tabernacle††††††††† Neglect of Duty†††

 

3) p. 149 item 73:

 

Returns for A.D. 1840

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Whites††† colored†††† preacher††† ttl

Tabernacle†††††††††††††††† 9†††††††††† 2†††††††††††† 0†††††††††††††† 11

 

(Contributed by Wayne Hunter)

 


 

Allen is buried in Tabernacle Methodist Church Cemetery, present-day Florence Co., SC.

Location of the cemetery from Florence:Route 51 SE for 11 miles - Turn left at cross road and proceed 1.5 miles.Church is on right hand side.

Graves are near the road - stones are broken and laying flat.(See tombstone photos).

 

The tombstone inscription says:

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† Sacred

††††††††††† To the Memory of

†††††††††††††††† Allen Hunter

††††††† Who departed this life

†††††††††††††† March 5, 1869

†††††† Aged 83 years, 9 months

††††††††††††††† and 15 days

†††† The body to the grave has fled,

††††††††††† Thy spirit to the skies;

Thou art now numberíd with the dead,

†††††† But with the saints shall rise.

 

(Contributed by G. Hunter)


 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marion Co. S.C. Wills

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Volume 4 1860 - 1880 p. 151

ALLEN HUNTER'S WILL

 

State of South Carolina

Marion DistrictI Allen Hunter of the district and State aforesaid, of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and ordain the following as my last will and testament revoking all others heretofore made.

Item 1I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife one hundred and thirty five (135) acres of land including the dwelling house and out buildings on T. E. Hunter's line then west to S. A. Campbell's line running same line south fair enough then aways to Mill Branch, then up said Branch T. E. Hunter's line again.It is my will and desire at my death for my beloved wife to have the growing crip of corn fodder cotton peas plantation tools household and kitchen furniture the mare and mule and two cows and calves and three head of dry cattle.

Item 2I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Elizabeth Sweet at the death of my beloved wife the one hundred and thirty five acres of land I give her in item first of this my last will and testament also the mare and mule and one half of all property left in the plantation at the death of my wife.I also give her at my death one cow and calf two heiffers and the increase also one sow and nine pigs and the increase and also one bed and furniture.

Item 3I give and bequeath unto my beloved granddaughter Elizabeth R. Sweet one bed and furniture two cows and calves and their increase and at the death of my daughter Elizabeth Sweet it is my will and desire that the said Elizabeth R. Sweet my granddaughter have the one hundred and thirty five acres of land I bequeath to her mother in item 2 of this my last will and testament and also all species of property left on the place at the death of her mother.

Item 4I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Thomas E. Hunter at the death of my wife one bed and furniture two cows and calves and three head dry cattle and one half of all the property on the plantation (horse carts excepted) the other half horse carts to my daughter Elizabeth Sweet share and share alike.

Item 5I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Hunter one dollar which I consider with what I have given him makes his full share.

Item 6I give and bequeath unto my beloved grandchildren namely Mary Rebecca, Stephen Allen, James and William Hunter all the balance of my lands suposed (sic) to be two hundred acres to be sold by my executor when ever he thinks propper (sic) either privately or at public outcry and the amount it brings to be applied by my Executor to the education of the above grand children.

Item 7I hereby nominate constitut (sic) and appoint my son Thomas E. Hunter my executor to this my last will and testament.In witness whereof I have at or near the top of the fourth page of this my last will and testament the hole (sic) whereof is contained herein have set my hand and seal this eight (sic) day of January in the ------ of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine and in the ninety third year of independence of the United States of America.

Signed sealed delivered and published by Allen Hunter as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witness there to.

 

††††††††††††††† S.A. Campbell†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Allen Hunter(his seal)

 

††††††††††††††† G.W. Campbell

 

††††††††††††††† Andrew V. Hyman

 

 

The State of South Carolina

Marion County

 

By John WilcoxJudge of Probate

 

Personally appeared before J.W. Campbell one of the subscribing witness (sic) to the foregoing instrument of writing who made oath on the Holy Evangilists (sic) of Almighty God that he saw Allen Hunter sign seal publish pronounce and disclose the same to be his last will and testament: that he was then of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of deponent's knowledge and believe (sic) and deponent together with S.A Campbell Amanda V. Hyman signed their names hereto as witness at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other; at the same time qualified Thomas E. Hunter Executor therein named.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J. W. Campbell

††††††† †††

Given under my hand the eight (sic) day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy

and in the ninety fifth year of American Independence.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Wilcox(his seal)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Judge of Probate M.C.

 

South Carolina

Marion County†††† I do solmly (sic) swear that this writing contains the last true will of the within named Allen Hunter so far as I know or believe and that I well and truely administer the same by paying first the debts and then the legacees (sic) contained in said will as far as his goods and chattels will there extend and the law charge me and that I will make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and chattels so help me God.

Sworn to before me this eighth day of December A.D. 1870

†††† T.E. Hunter

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 


 

 

Notes for REBECCA MORRIS:

 

In 1840, Rebecca is listed as a member of Tabernacle Methodist Church.

 

Rebecca is buried in Tabernacle Methodist Church Cemetery, present-day Florence Co., SC.

Location of the cemetery from Florence:Route 51 SE for 11 miles - Turn left at cross road and proceed 1.5 miles.

Church is on right hand side.Graves are near the road - stones are broken and laying flat.(See tombstone photos).

 

Tombstone inscription says:

 

†††††††††††††† Sacred to the memory of

†††††††††††††††††††† Rebecca Hunter

†††††††††††††† who departed this life

††††††††††††††††††††† May 11th, 1871

†††††††††††† Aged 70 years, 7 months

†††††††††††††††††††††††† and 8 days

†††††† This lovely one, so good, so true,

†††††††††††† Now fled this mortal shore

In that blessed world with brighter hues

††††††††††† Shall bloom to fade no more.

 

(Contributed by G. Hunter)

 

 


†††††††

Children of ALLEN HUNTER and REBECCA MORRIS are:

2.††††††††††††††† i.††† ELIZABETH REBECCA3 HUNTER, b. October 27, 1820, Pamplico ?, Florence, SC; d. January 27, 1895.

3.†††††††††††††† ii.††† JOSEPH MORRIS HUNTER, b. January 01, 1823, Pamplico ?, Florence, SC; d. May 30, 1864, Gaines Mill, VA.

†††††††††††††††† iii.††† WILLIAM NELSON HUNTER, b. January 07, 1825, Pamplico ?, Florence, SC; d. September 20, 1904.

 

Notes for WILLIAM NELSON HUNTER:

 

Buried at Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery, Claussen, SC.

 

SERMONS IN STONES, Volume Three:Thirty-Six Cemeteries Between the Lynches and

Great Pee Dee Rivers in Eastern Florence County, South Carolina.Jason Roy Cockfield, 2001.

Book includes Hopewell Presbyterian (@ Claussen).

 

 

†††††††††††††††† iv.††† THOMAS EDGAR HUNTER, b. October 07, 1830, Pamplico ?, Florence, SC; d. October 14, 1894; m. MARTHA ARMFIELD WOODBERRY.

 

Notes for THOMAS EDGAR HUNTER:

 

Buried at Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery, Claussen, SC.

 

 

SERMONS IN STONES, Volume Three:Thirty-Six Cemeteries Between the Lynches and

Great Pee Dee Rivers in Eastern Florence County, South Carolina.Jason Roy Cockfield, 2001.

Book includes Hopewell Presbyterian (@ Claussen).

 

 

v.††† MARTHA HUNTER, b. 1842.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††† Notes for MARTHA HUNTER: Not mentioned in her father Allenís will.

 

 


 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Many thanks to my father, cousin Hunter Demos, uncle G. Hunter, and cousin Wayne Hunter, who contributed family photographs, genealogical information, and family memories used on these pages.

 

Copyright ©2002 by Allen Hunter

 

 

Last revised: August 17, 2002