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Born November 1, 1825, Being the Oldest
Living Decenoent of Nathaniel Hunter.

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Half Tone . . N. C. Hunter

age 3 , , Nathaniel C. Hunter, Sr

14 , . . John Hunter

15 . , Nathaniel C. Hunter
21 . . Mary Ann Casebolt
21 . . Alexander St. Clair Hunter
28 . . Thomas Hunter

32 . . . Nancy Hunter

33 . , Samuel Hunter
39 . . . Sarah Whited
42 . . Elizabeth McFerrin
44 . , . Maria Funk
46 . . Hester Ann Hunter

The descendants of Nathaniel Hunter met at the
residence of N. C. Hunter, Urbana, Ohio, July 7th ^
1905, for the purpose of effecting an organization.
The following officers were elected to serve one 3'^ear,
or until their successors are elected:

President . . N. C. Hunter

Urbana, Ohio

Vice President . T. E. Hunter

Mingo, Ohio

Secretary . . S. M. Hunter

Saint Paris, Ohio

Treasurer . Mrs. Anna Russele
North lycwusburg, Ohio


The officers were instructed to have a short genealog-
ical history of the family published. We the present
decendants dedicate to future decendants the following


He was born in the Kingdom of Ireland, County
of Down, and Parish of Saintfield, about twelve miles
vSouth of Belfast, Ireland, December, 14th, 1768.

Ann Porter was born in the same county and Par-
ish May 15th, 1772, and married Nathaniel Hunter
February 2nd, 1790. They were both of Scotch de-
cent, their ancestors emigrating from Scotland to Ire-
land in 1607, at the time King James 1st, after sub-
duing Ireland, confiscated the lands of the chiefs of
O'Niel and O'Donnell of the Ulster tribes, (they hav-
ing fled to Spain,) consisting of eight hundred thous-
and acres of land.

This land was divided out to Scotch Colonists
who settled it, and this was the beginning of the Scotch
Irish race, whose descendants have emigrated to, and
become the best citizens of most of the states of the
United States.

Their history in Ireland has been one of religious
warfare from their settlement until the present.

These settlers being of the Protestant religion and
(the native Irish Roman Catholic^ so a continual strife
was kept up between the factions.

In 1641 the English Parliment advocated repress-


ive measures against the Catholics with threats to oust
more of the Irish and introduce English settlers in
their stead, when the native Irish turned savagely on
the Protestant Colonies of Ulster and murder and
atrocities of all kinds were committed in North Ireland
at Portadown about twenty miles west of Saintfield
Parish, hundreds of the victims were driven into the
river and drowned. We have it handed down from
Alexander Sinclair Hunter, that many of the relatives
of our ancestors were victims at this place.

The total victims of this insurrection was estima-
ted at thirty thousand.

Another family of this Scotch Irish colony were
the Sinclairs who became related to the Hunters. We
find they were an old and highly honored family of
Scotland and at one time held the Earldom of Rosslyn
and Janet Sinclair had the training of Maryr Queen of
Scots in her youth.

Nathaniel Hunter in the year of 1808 while in
Virginia inherited property from the estate of John
Sinclair of Saintfield Parish, Ireland. S. M. Hunter
has a copy of the power of Attorney, sent by Nathan-
iel Hunter to Francis Breeze, Attorney in County
Down, authorizing said Attorney to receipt for Nath-


aniel Hunter for his part of said estate. Nathaniel

Hunter also named his oldest son after Alexander Sin-

This Scotch Irish colon}^ continues to live and

thrive in the north of Ireland until this day; sending

out energetic men and women.

After the American Revolution was over and the
United States had thrown off the yoke of English op-
pression; emigration from Ireland to America set in
with renewed interest..

In the year of 1 793 while the Irish rebellion was
brewing (which broke out in full force in 1798) the
prospects for peaceful and successful life growing dim-
mer in Ireland, and America holding out bright pros-
pects, not only for success in worldly affairs, but in
the Liberty of conscience of freedom of manhood and
speech; Nathaniel Hunter with his young wife, he be-
ing twenty-five and she twenty-one, with one daugh-
ter, Mary Ann, two year old, set sail for America.

We have no record of this voyage but find them
in Greenbriar County, Virginia, in 1794. -— —

That they had many friends and relatives that
came with them to this country we have evidence. We
have records that show business relations between



Alexander Sinclair and Nathaniel Hunter in Virginia
on June 22nd, 1794, also many Scotch names of part-
ies transacting business with him the same year in Vir-
ginia, among them Robt. McCullough and Alexander

In reference to the Scotch Irish Theodore Roose-
velt in his "Winning of the West" has this to say of
them: "Among those who thus went vSouth west were
the Scotch Irish, a people to whom historians are now
beginning to render justice.

In great numbers these people, English in speech,
Scotch in blood, Irish by adoption, Presbyterian and
Methodist in faith, came to America. Philadelphia
and the Pennsylvania low lands were full of them.
Princeton University is their memorial in New Jersery .

They entered the Appalachian Valley, largely
populated West Virginia, and were the backbone of
the young commonwealth that sprong up on the Ten-
nessee and Cumberland.

They formed the kernel of the distinctively and
intensely American stock, who were the pioneers of
our people in their March Westward, the Vanguard of
the army of fighting settlers who with ax and riflle


won their way from the Alleghanies to the Rio Grand
and Pacific Coast.

In 1810 emigration from the Central Atlantic
States set in to the North West territory with such
magnitude that the historian McMasters says: "A
Pennsylvania village witnessed the passage in one
month, of 1811, of two hundred and thirty six wagons
with two thousand people all bound for Ohio."

That Point Pleasant at the crossing on the West
Virginia side grew from a few huts in 1810 to five hun-
dred inhabitants in a short space of time.

Our ancestors lived in Virginia fifteen years, and

in 1809 they became enthused with the idea of moving

west. This enthusiam prevaded the whole family, so

much so that they went to work to prepare for their


They built two large wagons, which would in

these days look more like small steamboats, they did

the most of the work within themselves.

They procured ten large horses for that day, they
also had one for mother to ride.

Thus in the year of 1810 we were about ready to
start on our journey west. When the time came the
horses, with their new harness were hitched, five to


each wagon, and everything was ready. Mother
mounted her pony, boys and girls ready to drive the
six cows. The entire neighborhood were there to see
us off. With many sad partings, we pulled stakes and
moved out, a very memorable time to us and many of
our good neighbors, we started for Ohio, what seemed
then to be the far west.

I remember of an incident when we came to the
mountain to go down to New River; the single tract
down the mountain to the river was so narrow that
wagons could not pass, so a messenger was dispatched
to see that the way was clear, and we got down with-
out any mishap.

Here we had to ferry across the river, all went
well until our cows became frightened and jumped
overboard, which caused us considerable trouble.

But now came the tug, climbing the mountain on

the opposite side, here we had to double teams, and

all the way up stones and fire flew, got up without any

serious trouble.

The next large river that we had to cross was the

Kanawha, here we swam our cows over. We had the

pleasure of seeing the large salt works here.

This brought us into Ohio at Point Pleasant; we


made our way as best we could to Chillicothe, which
was then a town of considerable size.

We finally stopped near what was then called Pos-
sum Run in Madison county, eight miles south of


Here father bought a three years' lease of a man

of a large tract of land, got several hundred bushels of

corn and a lot «©«i./^/'-^v

It was now about twenty-two days since we left
our old home in Virginia, and we were all about worn
out. We unloaded and went into winter quarters.

The next spring we put out a large crop of corn,
we boys and girls raised the crop, and father went on
to select for us our future home. It was some time
before he found anything that suited him, but finally
bought quite a large tract of land, about (950) nine
hundred and fifty acres, nearly three miles south-east
of West Liberty and two miles west of what is now
Mt. Tabor.

During our stay in Madison county sister Eliza-
beth was born. While the family remained on the
lease, father took one or two of the boys with him and
went to the land and built a log house and made some
improvements; and in the spring of 1814 they moved


to their new home in the wilderness. Now the whole

family are here alive and well and happy.

The Indians lived in a village on Mac-a-cheek

nearby. We always kept our guns loaded and ready

for an emergency, but were never disturbed by the

Indians. We built the stone house in 1820 that now

stands on the farm near where the first log house was


This is as John Hunter, son of Nathaniel Hunter,

Sr., related it to his son, N. C. Hunter, a short time
before his death. I, N. C. Hunter, still own the farm
at this time, 1905, ninety-one years after our family
settled there.

They naturally began to look around to see about
fchool houses and churches. They found none. Be-
ing religiously inclined they hunted up their neigh-
bors which were few and far between. But they
found some six or eight families within a radius of
from six to ten miles, who seemed to readily enter in-
to arrangements to meet together for worship. Found
a family who was there a little before them; by the
name of Grifieth Evans, who offered his log cabin with
its earthen floor; they made seats out of puncheon, as
there were no saw mills. Here they worshiped for


three or four years. At this time they purchased, at
a nominal price, one acre of ground, upon which they
built their church edifice, it being a log structure,
(using it for a school house also, )

This site being on quite an elevation and one of
nature's lovely spots, this place they named Mt, Ta-
bor. Their first preacher was Saul Hinkle.

As above stated their house was built of logs,
with five corners, in the fifth corner they raised the
earth and built a fire thereon (to heat their house)
with charcoal, but greatly to the annoyance of the
preacher, and mortification of the people, the smoke
and gas could not be endured, so ended their first ef-
forts at heating their little church in the wilderness;

this being in 1817.

In the year 1818 they held their first campmeet-

ing west of the church. This was followed by anoth-
er meeting in 1819. Among those attending the lat-
ter, were about three hundred Indians, mingling and
worshiping with their white brethren and neighbors.
The then noted Lorenzo Dow met with them.

Among the families comprising the first society at
Mt. Tabor were the Evans, Hunters, Scotts, Latties,
Thompsons, Casebolts, Burgess, May ses and Humph-


reys. The first church edifice was destroyed by fire
in 1824. The society and friends ot Methodism again
rallied and this time built a brick church, size thirty
by forty feet. The society had sent to them from
time to time such men of God as J. Strange, Biglow,
Wm. Raper, Finley, George Walker and others.

Through the labors of these men of God, and lo-
cal preachers and laymen the "Wilderness has truly
bloomed and blossomed as the rose."

I have about thirty-five pages more of the history
of Mt. Tabor written, it is not expedient to insert it in
this family history.

Next I will give you as best I can, a copy of
Grandfather Hunter's family record of births and
deaths. Nathaniel Hunter, Sr., and all his family
are dead. I, N. C. Hunter, am the eldest one living
of his decendents.

Nathaniel Hunter, Sr., was born December 14,
1768. Married Ann Porter February 2, 1790, and
died July 5, 1841.

Ann Porter was born May 15, 1772, and died
August 15, 1819.

Born to them five daughters and four sons.


Mary Ann was born October 9, 1791. Married
Mr. Casebolt. Died July 14, 1817.

Alexander was born February 11, 1795. Married.
Died April 28, 1856.

Jane was born November 11, 1796. Married Mr.
Miller. Died February 28, 1879.

Thomas was born January 22, 1799. Married

twice. Died February 19, 1879.

John was born March 20, 1801. Married. Died
February 28, 1878.

Nancy was born April 30, 1803, Single. Died
July 30, 1815.

Samuel was born March 27, 1805. Married.
Died October 1, 1869.

Sallie J. was born October 13, 1806. Married
Mr. Whited. Died March 18, 1876.

Elizabeth was born March 18, 1813. Married
Mr. McFerrin. Died March 30, 1897.

Maria was born September 22, 1821. Married
Mr. Funk. Died March 13, 1874.

Hester Ann was born March 2, 1825. Single.
Died February 20, 1843.

Mary, second wife of Nathaniel Hunter, Sr., and
mother of Maria and Hester Ann, died 1849.



John Hunter, the fifth child of Nathaniel and Ann
Hunter, Sr., was born March 20, 1801, in Greenbriar
county, Virginia, came to Ohio with his parents and
settled near the old home farm, he died in 1878 being
seventy-seven years of age. He was one of the found-
ers of Mt. Tabor church and cemetery, made himself
useful in his day and generation. Died at Forrest
Home near Mt. Tabor, a christian in deed and truth

known of all men.

Jane Humphreys Hunter, his wife, was the daugh-
ter of Thomas Humphreys. He was born in Belfast,
Ireland, County of Dennegal. Her mother was Lady
Patterson, a lady of high English rank.

The family emigrated to America in the year 1790
and settled in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in the town
of Waterford where Jane Humphreys Hunter was
born in the year 1800. Her father was in the mili-
tary service during the great naval battle on Lake
Erie (near Put-in-Bay) known as Perry's Great Vic-
tory over the English.

Before they left Ireland he joined the Methodist
church under John Wesley's preaching and early la-
bors in Methodism. Thomas Humphreys died in 1848


being 110 years old. His daughter, Jane Humphreys
Hunter, was a true christian, she swept through the
gates into the city July 15, 1877.

John Hunter and Jane Humphreys were niarried
December 26, 1822. To them were born six sons and
one daughter, four dying in childhood.

Alexander St. Clair Hunter was born December
16, 1823. Died September 11, 1824.

Nathaniel C. born November 1, 1825.

Washingten C. born September 15, 1827.

Susan was born November 14, 1829. Died Sep-
tember 25, 1831.

Thomas was born October 8, 1833. Died March
5, 1846.

John was born December 27, 1838. Died August
13, 1839.

William H. was born September 29, 1840. Died
July 31, 1904.


Nathaniel C. Hunter, second son of John and
Jane Hunter, was born in Champaign county, Ohio,
November 1, 1825. Married Helen M. Purdy, of Erie
City. Pennsylvania, May 17, 1849. She was born


May 23, 1829, and died April 20, 1880. Nathaniel
C. Hunter, now in his 80th year, has lived long and
had a very busy life being useful in his day and gen-
eration, being loyal to his country and the church.
Has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church
for sixty-five years. He has always strove in his place,
doing his duty without fear, favor or affection. Has
served for fifty years as Sunday School Superintend-
ent, and has filled almost all the offices in the church.
Born to them three sons.

John G. was born June 17, 1850.
Albert L. was born August 4, 1852.

William P. was born March 12, 1855, died iuSan
Antonia, Texas, January 5, 1882, his mother preceed-
ing him two 3^ears. *

Here I copy a short memorial written by his pas-
tor, Henry Miller, pastor at Mt. Tabor at that time.

In the year 1870, under the labors of David Whit-
more, he was converted and joined the church at Mt.
Tabor. In the rich soil of a pure heart bloomed and
blossomed the graces of a christian life, shedding its
fragrance on all around. Conscious to the last he
stepped out boldly into the merky current, saying
"Come lyord Jesus, take me. Oh! take me quickly."


Then he was not; for God had taken him. Though
young he had the welfare of the church at heart.
Over one year before his death while confined to his
bed he sent for me. He told me that as he was no
longer able, to attend the services of the church and
Sabbath School of which he was a member, and ren-
der himself useful in that way, he greatly desired to
give some expression of Love for the cause and society
with which he was connected. Being a great lover of
music and a fine musician himself, he wished to pre-
sent to the Mt. Tabor society and Sabbath School, an
organ for the use of the congregation and Sabbath
School hoping thereby to stimulate and encourage his
young friends and the congregation to rebuild and keep
up this old time honored place. He then gave me a
letter to read to the membership of the church asking
for the privilege of so doing. The letter was filled
with love and devotion was read to the whole congre-
gation. They arose and with tears and visible emo-
tion gratefully accepted the gift of the young Christ-
ian. From this came the inspiration to build the new
and beautiful house of worship at Mt. Tabor. What
a beautiful illustration of the scriptures: * 'Their works
do follow them." His remains were brought home


from San Antonia, Texas, attended by his ever faith-
ful father, and on the 12th of January, 1882, in the
presence of a large congregation of sympathising
friends and relatives, at his old Forest Home, the sol-
emn funeral services were held, the church being un-
finished. The remains of this brilliant life were laid
to rest by the side of his sainted mother, who had pre-
ceeded him two years, under the shadow of the new


John G. Hunter, eldest son of Nathaniel C. and

Helen M. Hunter, was born in Champaign county,
Ohio, June 17, 1850. Married Mary K. Cookston on
May 24, 1871. She was born August 29, 1850. Born
to them four children, two dying in infancy. Fredie
born April 8, 1873, and died January 5, 1875. Maude
was born September 9, 1876. Mable was born Sep-
tember 20, 1879, and died July 15, 1880. Charley
W. was born August 12, 1883.

Maude P. Hunter, eldest daughter of John G. and
Mary K. Hunter, was born in Champaign county,
Ohio, September 9, 1876. She was married to John
Clapper August 7, 1901. He was born September 11,
1876. Born to them two children. Harry Donald,
born May 23, 1902. Kvalyn, born May 13, 1904.


C. W. Hunter, youngest child of John G. and
Mary E. Hunter, was born August 12, 1883, Mar-
ried Maribel Wilcox. May 30, 1905. She was born on
October 20, 1886.

Albert h. Hunter, second son of Nathaniel C. and
Helen M. Hunter, was born in Champaign county,
Ohio, August 4, 1852. Married Mary Frances North
November 2, 1876. She was born September 2, 1855,
Born to them four daughter, Grace E, born July 11,
1877; married. Edna, born August 3, 1878; single.
Fern-e P«, born November 22, 1881; married. Elsie
E., born April 13, 1885: single,

Grace E. Hunter, eldest daughter of Albert L,
and M. Frances Hunter, was born in Champaign
county, Ohio, July 11, 1877. Married Quinn Xpcum
November 5, 1903. He was born '^'^{y. Borii to
them one daughter, Helen Feme, December 24, 1904.

Feme P. Hunter, third daughter of Albert L. and
M. Frances Hunter, was born November 22, 1881.
Married Rev. Milton Swisher October 27, 1904, and
moved immediately to a charge in Melbourne, Iowa,
and is having grand success so far in winning many
souls to God.

N. C. Hunter married Eliza Seaman Enoch June


20, 1883. She and her husband are counted araongr
the pioneer members of Mt, Tabor, a membership of
over fifty years. She was born September 2, 1832.

Washington C. Hsnter,. third son of John and
Jane Hunter, was born in Champaign county, Ohio^
September 15^ 1827. Married Agnes A. Deuel, of
New York^ May 15, 1851, She was bom October 17,,
1832. Washington C. Hunter is now in his seventy-
eighth year. They moved west several years ago, and
now lives in Denver^ Colorado, He and his good wife
are Christians above reproach. Born to them two
sons. Conklin Deuel, born March 28, 1853, Mar-
ried Mrs. Beatrice Bay hain. Arthur C, born May 18,

1857; single.

William H. Hunter, seventh child of John and

Jane Hunter, was born September 29, 1840; married

Effie A. McDonald October 8, 1863. Born to them

one son, James McDonald, February 3, 1867. W. H,

Hunter had an honorable service in the U. S. Army.

He was commissioned during the great rebellion to

raise 100 men for the cavalry service. Was severely

wounded July 9, 1864. Promoted to Major July 5,

1865. After the war he moved South. He served the

people of Alabama one term in the Legislature; two


terms as Sheriff of Lounds county, one term as Clerk
of same county, was Judge of the U. S. A. Commis-
sioners Court a number of years, and was a member
of the State Constitutional Convontion of Alabama.
Died July 31, 1904.

Fannie Hunter, second wife of William Hunter,
still lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

J. Mc. Hunter, only son of William H. and Kffie
A. Hunter, was born February 3, 1867. He married
Katherine Hoge Green, August 16, 1898. She was
born August 7, 1877. Born to them one daughter,
Mary Gwendolyne, August 16, 1900.


Mary Ann Hunter, eldest child of Nathaniel and
Ann Porter Hunter, was born in County Down, Ire-
land, October 9, 1791. Came to America with her pa-
rents at the age of two years and settled in Greenbriar
county, Virginia. Married Robert Casebolt. Came
to Ohio in 1810. Died July 14th, 1817, without heirs
and is buried in Mt. Tabor cemetery.

Alexander St. Clair Hunter, oldest son of Nath-
aniel Hunter, was born in Greenbriar county, Virgin-


ia, February 11, 1795. Came to Ohio at the age of
seventeen and enlisted at the age of eighteen in the
War of 1812 and served in the north-western army.
He married Sarah Hunter October 21, 1819. They
settled on a farm near where the village of Mingo now
stands, where he died April 28, 1856, and is buried at
Mt. Tabor, They had four children: Mary Ann, John
Sale, Sarah Jane, and James W. Hunter.

Sarah Jane Hunter married Wm. Johnson Decem-
ber 4, 1844. To this union were born nine children,
viz: William, Isaac, Sarah, Emma, James and Mag-
gie, living; GUvStavus, Alexander and Nancy, dead.

John Sale Hunter was married to Charlotte Moots
November 17, 1868. He is now dead. No children.

James W. Hunter married Sarah L. Price Sep-
tember 23, 1858. They settled near Cable, O. Mov-
ing to Illinois, they settled in Champaign county in
that state, he is now dead. They had seven children,
viz: Fannie, Lyda, Hattie and Jessie, living; Benja-
min, Belle, and Pearl, dead, making in all seventeen
grand children and eleven great grand children.

Mary Ann Hunter died without heirs.


Jane Miller, third child of Nathaniel and Anna
Porter Hunter, was born in Greenbriar county, Vir-
ginia, November 11, 1796, and came to Ohio in the
year of 1810, Married December 21, 1820, Thomas
Miller (son of Rev. Robert Miller, of Clark county, O.)
He was born July 2, 1795. They settled after marri-
age on a farm near New Moorefield where all the child-
ren were born in the same house. In the year of 1842

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