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Elizabeth Hunter-John Bell Family

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Elizabeth Hunter-John Bell Family

Posted: 17 Feb 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Mar 2003 4:29PM GMT
Surnames: Hunter, Bell
Searching for info on ELIZABETH HUNTER, believed to be related to HUNTER's of HUNTERTON, West Kilbride, County Ayr, Scotland. In the early 1760's, Elizabeth reportedly ran away from home or left without family's permission and accompanied a family bound for either the West Indies or South America as either a nursemaid or ladies' maid. When the family Elizabeth was travelling with arrived in Nova Scotia, they either left her behind or could not/refused to pay for her passage. Elizabeth was sold by the ship's captain to pay for her passage to "a kindly old gentleman," whom she served by "singing Scottish ballads and songs and darning his silk stockings." Somewhere between 1766-1768 Elizabeth Hunter met and married JOHN BELL, an English sailor, who had either enlisted or been impressed into the English navy and had previously jumped ship in Virginia USA and from there made his way to Nova Scotia. Elizabeth and her husband John Bell then emigrated to Pennsylvania by 1770 and settled in Canoe Valley. It is said Elizabeth saw only her three nephews after she arrived in the US: JAMES HUNTER, DAVID GILMORE HUNTER, and SAMUEL HUNTER, who had settled in Huntingdon Co. PA some years earlier. Who were Elizabeth Hunter's parents? Who was the father of her nephews? Was her brother named Edward Hunter (b. 1724-d. 1801)? Any concrete information greatly appreciated. Will gladly exchange other Hunter family info.
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Madehlinne 17 Feb 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Blackroberte1 22 Feb 2013 4:25PM GMT 
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