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Senator John Hunter

Margaret Marquis (View posts)
Posted: 30 Aug 2000 9:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jul 2009 1:18PM GMT
Surnames: Hunter, Smith
I am seeking information on Senator John Hunter of SC. He served in the Senate in the late 1700's, was a SC judge, and served as a Presidential elector in 1792 (second federal election). He was married to Sarah Smith. Their daughter, Rachael (b. 26 Nov 2798, d. 1822), was my ancestor.


Senator John Hunter

Posted: 3 Sep 2000 10:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jul 2009 1:18PM GMT
I am a relative of a Miriam J. Hunter, who was born in SC and
later moved to FL. She married a James Woodle. Miriam was also
supposed to be a relative of the Senator. Have you come up with
her name in your research?

Senator John Hunter

Margaret Marquis (View posts)
Posted: 5 Sep 2000 3:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jul 2009 1:19PM GMT
Sorry, the only reference I have to the Hunter family is that his daughter married a Garlington and that they were my 4 or 5 or 6 times great-grandparents. Good luck in your search.

Re: Senator John Hunter

Posted: 26 Apr 2005 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jul 2009 1:19PM GMT
Surnames: Hunter, Garlington
my g-g grandmother was a hunter, I didn't know her but she did marry a Wesley Garlington, in Laurens, S.C., Anyone who may be a descendent please reply to ancestors.com, message board.

Re: Senator John Hunter

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 1:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hunter, Wallace, Dunlap
I'm sure you've found this info by now.
I descend from Sen Hunter through this his g-g-granddaughter Sarah Dunlap and Gen Wallace (bio below).


http://www.researchonline.net/sccw/bios/w420.htm#whw

Wallace, Brig. Gen. William Henry (24 MAR 1827 -)

Brigadier-General William Henry Wallace was born in Laurens county, March 24, 1827, son of Daniel Wallace, for several terms a member of the legislature, a major-general of militia, and from 1849 to 1853 representative in Congress. His grandfather was Jonathan Wallace, a native of Virginia who removed to South Carolina before the war of the revolution, in which he was a patriot soldier. General Wallace was graduated at the South Carolina college in December, 1849, and in the following spring was married to Sarah, daughter of Robert Dunlap, of Newberry. She was the niece of James Dunlap, appointed governor of Florida by Andrew Jackson, and granddaughter of William Dunlap, a revolutionary soldier who was the grandson of John Hunter, a native of Ireland who was United States senator from South Carolina in 1801. General Wallace was occupied as planter in Union county until 1857, when he became the proprietor of the Union Times newspaper, and in 1859 began the practice of law at Union. In 1860 as a member of the legislature he supported the call for a convention, and at the expiration of his term he enlisted as a private in Company A, Eighteenth South Carolina volunteers. A few days later he was appointed adjutant of the regiment by Col. James M. Gadberry, who was killed at Second Manassas. Before going into the field the regiment was reorganized, and Wallace was elected lieutenant-colonel in May, 1861. The regiment was ordered into Virginia in time to engage the enemy near Malvern Hill in August, after which it fought at the battle of Second Manassas, losing about half its number in battle, including the gallant Colonel Gadberry. Wallace was at once promoted colonel, and he led his regiment, in the brigade of Gen. N. G. Evans, through the battles of South Mountain and Sharpsburg with the army of Northern Virginia. Subsequently he was on duty in defense of Charleston. In the spring of 1864 the brigade under Gen. Stephen Elliott was ordered to Petersburg, where Colonel Wallace participated in the defense of the lines and all the operations of Bushrod Johnson's division. His brigade suffered most heavily at the battle of the Crater, four companies of his regiment being blown up or destroyed by falling earth at the explosion of the mine, July 30, 1864. In September he was promoted brigadier-general, and up to the eve of the surrender he commanded the brigade, fighting gallantly at Gravelly run and Namozine church on the retreat. At Appomattox Court House, on the night of April 8th, he was assigned by General Gordon to the command of Johnson's division, in which capacity he reported to Gen. Clement A. Evans and participated in the last action of the army on the morning of April 9th. After his parole he devoted himself to the practice of the law, the care of his plantation and the restoration of good government in the State. He was one of the few Democrats elected to the legislature in 1872, and was re-elected in 1874 and 1876. In 1877 he was chosen judge of the Seventh circuit, a position in which he continued to serve with honor and ability until 1893, when he retired from public life.
Mr's William Wallace, wife of Col. Wm Wallace, died in Col'a October 11th 1873. The writer knew them both, and appends a notice from the Columbia Phoenix of the 12th ins't. [clipping] "... leaves a husband, children, brothers and others relatives... Her remains will be interred, this afternoon, in the Episcopal Church burying ground."

Re: Senator John Hunter

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 6:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
I also am trying to find information on John Hunter in order to learn more about his parents. The information I have is Senator John Hunter had the following siblings: Agnes, Henry, Elizabeth, Jane (Jeane)-my ancestor, and Mathew. I have one unconfirmed source that says that Senator John Hunter's father was named John as well and that he had the above children from wife (name unknown) number one. He subsequently married again.

Have you learned any more information since your posting in 2002?

Re: Senator John Hunter

Posted: 4 Oct 2011 4:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Was Senator John Hunter, related to the Hunter family in Goshen Hill. SC and Union and was he a republican like my Hunter family in SC during the same time. If so, contact me valeria marcus, blue.rain81@yahoo.com

Re: Senator John Hunter

Posted: 2 Aug 2013 2:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
In 1940, at age 77, Mary Elizabeth (Hunter) Copeland (born 1863) wrote a 28-page hand-written account of the Hunter history which started with the first Hunters to arrive in America.

-Mr. Mathew Hunter (born 1744) was from Ireland, but was Scotch-Irish; had Scottish ancestors, but lived in Northern Ireland and was Presbyterian. He had two sets of children.

Mathew Hunter and his first wife had 3 children:
1. Agnes (Hunter) Kennedy of Ireland. She did not come to America with the rest of her family, for her brother Henry (see below) in his Will, spoke of her in Ireland if living, and if dead, he left some inheritance to her heirs.
2. Henry Hunter never married and became a rich merchant of Boston, Massachusetts. He lived in Boston but bought much land in South Carolina. In his Will he left his land to his brother John Hunter's heirs 6,000 and more acres of 6 miles square on 18-Mile and 23-Mile creeks-Anderson County, South Carolina, near the town of Pendleton. Henry Hunter also owned merchant ships that were destroyed by the French, during the French Revolution. He did not name the ships in his will. It is supposed he thought they were a total loss, and they were as far as the family was concerned. The French government paid for them many years later, but the money was received by the U.S. Government.
3. John Hunter came over from Ireland with his 10-year-old half-brother, Mathew Hunter (see below) in 1773. John and his wife Sarah Smith raised his younger half-brother, Mathew, in the Clinton, South Carolina area along with their twelve children. He completed preparatory studies and became a South Carolina Judge. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits near Newberry, South Carolina. John Hunter was a member of the United States Congress (State House of Representatives) from 1786-1792, Federalist presidential elector in 1792, elected to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795), elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Pierce Butler and served from December 8, 1796, to November 26, 1798, when he resigned, due to ill health. Senator John Hunter resumed agricultural pursuits on his plantation and died in 1802. John Hunter was a member of and was buried at Little River Presbyterian Church in Belfast, South Carolina. After the death of her husband, Sarah married Colonel John Simpson in 1813. The marriage was short, for when she went to his Belfast, Laurens County, South Carolina home, and asked for the keys, his three grown daughters, who had been keeping house, refused to give them to her. Sarah left and went back to her own home, and ended the marriage. Sarah lived until 1837. John Hunter's house, when he died, was the plantation known as The Phinny Place, four miles south of Clinton, South Carolina on Bush River. The house was finally moved to Clinton during the Civil War and was rebuilt on the railroad on main street. It is the oldest house in Clinton, though not the first one built there.

Mathew and his second wife, Jane from Ireland (born 1745), had 4 children:
4. William Hunter married Mary Neal and had eight children. He was always called William Hunter, esq. in deed and documents. He was Sheriff of Laurens County, South Carolina and a representative of his county when he died in 1803.
5. Jean Hunter married William Bryson from Cross Hill, South Carolina and had ten children.
6. Elizabeth Hunter married William Young. They are buried at Little River Presbyterian Church in Belfast, South Carolina along with their seven children.
7. Mathew Hunter (from whom we are descended) was the first Hunter on our side of the family in America. It is estimated that he was born in Ireland in 1763. It is unknown why he left his parents behind, but he came over from Ireland in 1773 at age 10 with his adult half-brother Judge John Hunter (see above) who was a father figure and with whom he lived and was raised by. Mathew grew up in the Belfast section of the Clinton, South Carolina area. Relatives said he told them "how afraid he was" on the boat coming across the ocean as a small boy. He married Margaret Middleton (1763-1834) on September 30, 1784. She was the eldest daughter of Ainsworth and Jean Middleton. Ainsworth Middleton (1735-1796) was the son of John Middleton (1713-1766) and Margaret (Ainsworth) Middleton (died 1751). Mathew and Margaret (Middleton) Hunter settled at The Old Hunter place on Highway S.C. 56 between Clinton and Goldville (now Joanna), South Carolina. Mathew Hunter died in December of 1822 and Margaret (Middleton) Hunter died November 7, 1834. They had nine children, the oldest was Nancy, born August 2, 1785. Their fourth child was John Middleton Hunter, who lived 1791-1873. He was the only son to live to maturity. Their eighth child Sarah (born 1799) married her first cousin Andrew Middleton. They also had a daughter named Jenny.
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