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Carolyn and Doug Hunt’s Wedding


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2012 Carroll Reunion

2012 Carroll Family Reunion, July 3-8, Duck Creek, Utah

It’s reunion time! We voted to have this year’s family reunion at DUCK CREEK. We have reserved the “WAGON TRAIN” group area at the Duck Creek Campground for our dinner, raffle and fun!
This year we have various lodging options and many different attractions to participate in! You can visit http://www.duckcreekvillage.com/ . You will see on the left hand side tabs for “campgrounds” and “lodging”. For information on reserving campsites or other lodging options. Please keep in mind that they all have different requirements on reservations. I have attached some information for the Duck Creek Campground and some activities that might interest you! Also, you can visit http://www.cedarcity.org/ to check out the dates and prices for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
There will be more information coming as far as the date for the dinner, raffle, and any family dues. If you have any questions please contact either Tess McCormick, tessr5871@yahoo.com /801-766-9876 or Terri Perkins, perkins.terri@hotmail.com. Please forward this on to anyone you might think we have missed, or you can email me the contact information. If you are on FaceBook look for the “Carroll Family Reunion” event. We would really like to have an estimate on how many people are planing on coming!
Thanks to everyone! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Source: biography by Cora McDonald Wathen

Apparently William was born out of wedlock to Ann GILES and kept her surname.

Note: There was no marriage of John Paling (William’s biological father) and Ann Giles. Ann worked for the noble John Paling. Ann gave son William her maiden name of Giles as she was not married. Elizabeth Giles, Ann Giles’ sister, also had a son, Thomas Giles, while working for Paling. Not being married to Paling, Elizabeth gave Thomas her maiden name of Giles.

Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, volume 2

Name: William Giles
Birth Date: 01 Jan 1797
Birth Place: (Great) Gonerby , near Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK
Death Date: 07 Dec 1874
Death Place: Heber, Utah
Arrival: 15 Aug 1856
Spouse: Sarah Huskinson
Marriage Date: 1820
Marriage Place: of Bridgeford, England
Spouse’s Death Date: 05 Sep 1867
Spouse’s Death Place: Provo, Utah
Married 2nd: Mary Ann Day . Died: 5 Dec 1874 , Heber, Utah

William and his family were baptized in 1840 . He and his sons were brick masons by trade. As they were preparing to leave for America in 1854 , a message came to William saying they had to be in Liverpool in 24 hours as the ship would sail. They sent the children on ahead saying they would quickly follow. The ship sailed without them and some others, but a smaller ship soon followed and brought the rest of the saints to the ship. There were some problems upon their arrival but soon they were able to leave for the Valley and arrived in 1856 . Some of their family remained in Quincy, Illinois, to find employment while the others went on to Burlington, Iowa . In two years they all came together and started west. Upon their arrival in the Valley, they moved on to Provo . By 1874, he had moved to Heber City, where he died. Children of 1st wife:Thomas , b. 6 Aug 1821 . Md. 1st, Susanna Moore . Md. 2nd, Jane Taylor .George , b. 19 May 1823 , Md. Mary Greenwood . Elizabeth , b. 11 Apr 1826. Md. Thomas Rasband . Ann , b. 28 Sep 1828 . D. 24 Sep 1835 . John , b.26 Jun 1831 . Md. Elizabeth Giles . Mary , b. 13 Apr 1833 . Md. John Crook . Fredrick , b. 3 Mar 1835 . Md. 1st, Mary Ann Moulton . Md. 2nd,Maria Sharp . Md. 3rd, Hannah Roberts . Emily Ann , b. 6 Jan 1837 . Md.James Carlile . Keziah , b. 20 May 1840 . Md. Charles Negus Carroll .William , b. 26 Mar 1843 . Md. Christiana Carlile . Ralph Carlile

William married Sarah Huskinson, daughter of Thomas Huskinson and Elizabeth Peck, in 1820 in Nottingham, England. (Sarah Huskinson was born on 13 Apr 1800 in East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire, England, christened on 20 Apr 1800 in East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire, England, died on 5 Sep 1857 in Provo, Utah, UT and was buried on 7 Sep 1857 in Provo, Utah, UT.)

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Incidents in the Life of Chastie Ellen Covington Chamberlain
By Reta E. Chamberlain Carroll

Mother was born in Washington, Washington County, Utah March 5, 1867. She was the second child of John Thomas Covington and Johannah Lundblad Covington. Before she as two years old the family moved to Beaver, Utah. Another daughter, Mary Emily was born there. Within the next two years they moved to Adamsville, Beaver County, Utah, where they made their home. When Chastie was twelve years of age she went to live with her Grandmother Lundblad at Beaver, Utah. Chastie was hoarse most of the time during the cold winter months and therefore could not attend school regularly. She spent many pleasant hours watching her grandmother weave carpet. She was swinging on the gate when the soldiers passed with John D. Lee, taking him to Mountain Meadows for execution.

Sometime during the winter of 1879 the family moved to Orderville, Utah and joined the United Order. Each family had a home or rooms of their own but the community ate together in one large room. Chastie was chosen to help, with a number of other girls, to wait on the tables. In early spring she and her friends would often arise at dawn and gather wild flowers from the hillsides to decorate the breakfast tables. Usually the prettiest buds were kept to deck the hair of the lovely little waitresses. Among names mentioned as her best friends at that time were Lovina Carroll and Ellen Meeks. She helped care for the family because her mother was crippled with rheumatism. She enjoyed listening to her father play the violin. He played for most of the dances then.

Chastie’s father’s work in the Order was usually with the sheep. He herded on the Kiabab Mountains and several times was called to settle disputes with the Indians.

It was the custom then for girls to be married young. It was also an honor to be chosen by a polygamist because most of them were the best managers and the most respected men of the town. They were also living their religion as they had been commanded.

One young unmarried man asked Chastie to marry him but she did not care for him and wouldn’t promise. He went away to work and before he returned she was married. She became the fifth wife of Thomas Chamberlain, October 26, 1883 in the St. George Temple, St. George, Utah. The wedding trip was made with team and wagon. On their return, Thomas took her to live with his mother, a sweet little lady who lived at the Factory Farm six miles up the canyon above Orderville, where several of the other families lived. Soon after, she went to share the home of Ella, Thomas’ first wife. Ella and Chastie agreed very well. They never had a cross word between them. Chastie and Ella’s oldest child, Elsie, who was then just a little girl, spent many happy hours together. Chastie was only sixteen years older and they were very companionable. Elsie wanted so much to learn to sing and Mother had a good voice. During their long walks together she taught Elsie to sing.
Life was not all fun though. The United Order woolen factory was situated on the Factory farm and the people living there worked in it. There they made yarn and cloth with which to clothe the people belonging to the Order. Chastie did her share and learned to spin the wool and to weave the cloth.

Her first baby, a boy, was born September 2, 1886, at the Factory Farm. A mid-wife, Harriet Bowers came from Orderville to take care of her. The joy she had with her new son would have been quite complete had it not been for the ‘Deps’. That was the nickname given the U.S. Marshalls who were sent out by the government to ‘get’ the men who were living in polygamy. Many incidents have been told of how the men kept away from the Deps. One day Chastie was ironing when the signal was given to hide. She started out the back door to go and hide in the nearby hills when she saw the Deps climb out of their black topped buggy at the front of the house. Fearing she could not make it without attracting their attention and implicating the others she returned to her ironing. She had barely tossed her sun bonnet in the corner and picked up the iron when the Deps came to the back door. They asked several questions. Her answers were very short. One of them finally said, “Are you Thomas Chamberlain’s daughter”? She answered with plenty of spirit, “No Sir, I’m not.” The Deps left, never even noticing the sleeping baby in the one corner of the room. These persecutions kept up for a number of years. When her second boy, Hans (named for his grandfather Lundblad), was six months old her husband had to serve a six months term in the penitentiary for practicing polygamy. Her father was in the same jail at the same time for the same reason. It was the only time in the life of either man that he had to serve time for any reason.

Sometime during the early years of Chastie’s married life the United Order at Orderville was discontinued on the advice of the Church Presidency. Before that time Thomas had been holding important church offices. He continued to do so throughout the rest of his life, both in church and civic affairs. Chastie and the other wives acted as hostesses on many occasions to high Church officials during that time.
In addition to the regular work of caring for a home and babies, Chastie found time to work in the Factory, make soap, braid straw and fashion the children’s hats. She also knitted the stockings for the family, made all of their other clothing except shoes, which were made at the Tannery of the United Order. The women of those days even made the lye they used by burning the roots of the yucca plant, putting the ashes in a barrel and covering them with water. The lye would soon settle to the bottom and could be drained out through a hole in the bottom of the barrel. The water used at the homes of the Factory Farm had to be carried from the lake ditch or the spring.

Chastie’ third baby, a boy, named Arthur was born at Lake Farm of Factory Farm. The seam in the roof of his mouth hadn’t grown together. This made it impossible for him to nurse and almost impossible to take any nourishment at all. The parents took him to Salt Lake City for an operation when he was eight and one half months old. The trip had to be made with a team and buggy. It required two weeks. The baby died before they reached Circleville on the return trip.

Chastie then moved to Orderville. The last seven of her children were born there. Not in one house, however. It seemed to her lot to move a great deal. Four different houses in Orderville were the birthplaces of those seven children. When, Hugh, the fourth child was eight years old they learned definitely that there was a very grave cause for his apparent languidness. He had a leakage of the heart. During the next eight years of his life he was a constant care and worry, though he tried not to add to the many tasks mother had to do.

Mark, the fifth child was born on Christmas night. That was without doubt the most precious Christmas gift this mother ever received. The boys were rather pleased when the next baby came because this time it was a girl. They gave her the name of Reta Ellen. The seventh child was also a girl, Chastie Vilate. She died when she was eight and one half years old. Heber Lamar then Leola came next; he in 1904 and she in 1907. In the meantime Chastie’s mother had passed away and after her sisters all married the youngest brother Heber came to make his home with her.

Conference time in those days was one never to be forgotten. Some weeks before the time appointed, the house cleaning would begin. Every room must be scoured from one corner to the others. The rag carpets had to be taken up, new straw put under them and then the awful stretching began. The last few days were spent in doing extra cooking for the company coming. Conference lasted two days. People from all the surrounding towns came Friday and stayed until Monday because the trip had to be made with teams and wagons or buggies. Mother’s house was always filled to the bursting point and then extra guests came for dinners. She always mad 12 pies Friday morning and usually had to make more before the week end was over. She could always find room for one more person and everyone was welcome.

Harvest time was always such a busy time at our house. Mother canned fruit for use at the sheep and cow camps as well as for the use of her family. One year she filled one forty gallon barrel with peach preserves and one with pear. It was mad with molasses instead of sugar. There was the corn husking to be seen to, also the bed ticks to be filled with fresh new corn husks, ready for winter. New wool socks to be knitted. There was not time for a mother to loaf. The children were always kept busy too, made to feel that they all must help. Often one or more children from other branches of the family stayed at Chastie’s home to help with the farm work or just for a visit. Once when Elsie was staying for a while Gypsies came to the home. John and Elsie decided to have their fortunes told. Elsie was told that she would have a large family and John was to have but two children, and die young and rich. That fortune teller must have missed her calling for Elsie has but two children and John has a large family, is still living and is past sixty.

Thomas bought the Carey fruit farm at Provo Bench, now Orem. Ella and Laura, his two first wives went to the farm to cook and care for the children from all branches of the family who went to work on the farm or attend the Brigham Young University in the winters. Mark went the first year from Chastie’s family.

For several years Chastie lived at Factory Farm most of the time, returning to her home in Orderville for a month or two of the most severe winter weather. One year the threshing was not completed until Christmas. Another time snow fell before the large crop of apples were gathered. Most of the apples were saved, but oh how cold the hands and feet of the pickers became and how weary the mother was. She had to superintend the work as well as cooking and caring for the babies.
Another time when the older boys were in their early teens a heavy snow storm caught the family unprepared. Father was away and the wood was very low. The snow kept piling up until it covered the fences and reached the eves of the slopping roof at the back of the house. The boys with the help of their mother dug trails to the barn to tend the stock and gather up what they could find for fuel. Several days passed and no help could get to them. When the wood was almost gone the two older boys decided they would have to get to the hills nearby and somehow get a tree to burn. They took a horse to help break trail and drag the wood back. It was a long, hard task and they finally came back with a good-sized limb from a green tree. Mother decided some piece of furniture would have to be burned to keep the green wood burning. Furniture was not easy to get in those days, but her precious children must be warmed at any cost. The fire was kindled and the fuel supply was almost exhausted when help arrived. Father knew how low his wood supply was and how badly he was needed. He had been fighting the storm for days to get back to his wife and children. Chastie’s father was with him and they had a few large pieces of precious wood with them.
Thomas hired Mr. & Mrs. Lane Hodges, Mormon converts from the Southern States to stay at the Factory Farm to take care of things. Chastie then spent her summers at Current Canyon Dairy Ranch. She made butter and cheese to sell and supply the large family. Butter sold for ten cents per pound and cheese for twelve and one half cents per pound. The boys in their early teens did the milking with help from Chastie. Very often one boy from another branch of the family came to help during summer. It was usually Lloyd or Leo. They and Mark did most of the milking. Hans was the cowboy and spent most of the summer on the range looking after the dry stock. John had married Amelia Heaton of Orderville on May 30, 1906. They spent most of the first year at Factory Farm.
Thomas let Howard, one of the oldest sons, have Chastie’s home in Orderville and she lived in the old Order Seed House while her new home was being built. The best carpenters in the country were hired to build the new house. Thomas and the boys did all they could to help. Chastie was so pleased with her new home. It was a large bungalow type, made of native lumber. It contained a large living room (parlor then), large dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, a pantry, bath and two porches. Ours was the first bathroom in town.

During this time Hugh’s health was growing steadily worse. Many nights were sleepless for both he and his mother. In June 1906 Leola took pneumonia and for two weeks she hovered between life and death. Hugh was very ill at the time also and no one could please him but his mother. Kind neighbors and friends came to help with the work and help care for the sick. At last the baby, Leola, was better but Hugh didn’t improve. After another winter of intense suffering he died March 15, 1909.
Ours was always a deeply religious family. The parents were glad to send Hans to the Murdock Academy at Beaver Utah to take a missionary course. The winter he was there he tried to break himself of the candy eating habit. When he’d feel that he had to have candy he would put away a dime or quarter. When he returned home in the spring he bought mother a dinner set with the candy money he had saved. He was always thoughtful of mother in those days, trying to fix up the house and make things easier for her. Once he persuaded her to go out of town for a few days visit. While she was gone he had gas lights installed in her house. On another of those rare occasions when Mother was away Hans bought a set of new dining chairs for her. The others have helped in many ways too to make life more pleasant.

One incident that occurred while we were living at Current Canyon I shall never forget. Hans and a friend of his, Howard Spencer were planning a deer hunt. That was before the government and state laws prohibited deer hunting except at given times. We’d eaten supper and were sitting around the table. Appreciating the fact that we had a visitor Hans excused himself and went outside to clean his teeth. Our talk was interrupted by his request to “listen”! We could hear a baby calf bawling as if it were in terrible pain, the sounds kept growing fainter and fainter. Howdy said, “I’ll bet it’s a bear”! The two boys grabbed their guns and ran, scarcely hearing Mother’s plea to be careful. We could hear the cattle running down from the canyon pasture to the corral. Mother went to open the gate. You can bet we children were right behind her. It was a clear moonlit night, the trees and shrubbery grew thick making large shadows. We waited, hardly daring to breathe, until a shot rang out on the clear night air. We children fully expected the boys to come back dragging some huge animal, and were rather disappointed when they returned without it. The shadows were so thick and dark they had wisely decided not to venture past the pasture gate until morning. They had shot to frighten the animal away. All thoughts of the deer hunt were forgotten. At day break next morning the boys began the bear hunt, for it proved to be a large grisly that had attacked and killed one calf and slapped another one taking the flesh and skin from its side. Men from town came and hunted but “Mr. Grisly” was too smart for them. He met his Waterloo some time later at a ranch about fifty miles from ours. We were all rather nervous for a while after that.

One day Father came up to the ranch. He looked at Mother and said, “What makes you look so different today; you look older or something?” Mother began to wonder what was wrong with her, then he told her she was a grandmother. John and wife had a baby girl.

The last summer spent at Current Canyon was hard on Mother. She was expecting a baby in October. Pregnancy had never made much difference in her work, but this time she over did. During the latter part of the summer she became suddenly very ill in the night. Mark, who was then about fifteen was the oldest member of the family home. There was no phone, no car, and the horses were somewhere loose in the pasture. Mark was plenty frightened. He climbed the mountain west of the house and aroused Israel and Lloyd, brothers, who were at the sheep camp. Israel stayed with Mother because he was older and could be more help there. Lloyd and Mark ran three miles to the Factory Farm for help. Someone went from there to Glendale and brought back a mid-wife, Mrs. Rachel Jolly. Mother got some better, but it was thought best for her to move to town. She had to spend the remaining months in bed. It was harvest time, but Hans came from the round-up and helped with the work both in the house and the fields.

With so large a family, there were plenty to catch contagious diseases. That fall Lamar had scarlet fever quite badly. He had recovered, the house had been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the flag taken down just one week when Leola came down with the same disease. She was very ill. Ella, the first wife of Thomas Chamberlain came to help and it was during this troublesome time that Robert, the fifty-fifth and last child of the Thomas Chamberlain family was born.

It was no surprise to the family when Hans was called to fill a two year mission in the Central States Mission. They were proud to have him go to represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Thomas enjoyed his family so much he decided to have reunions to bring them all together. At first they were held on his birthday at the old home, Factory Farm, for one day. Once we held a three day celebration. Eighty-five members were present. We had contests in racing, swimming, jumping, horse show pitching, basketball, singing, reciting, and storytelling. The third day of our reunion we all went to Orderville and challenged the town. The day was spent in sports of all kinds and at night a free dance was given to everyone, during which a “Grand March” was given, led by our Father and his wives with only members of the family participating. At intermission the Chamberlains gave a program, the most interesting numbers being several songs by Father of our large and happy family. His favorite song, “Shun the Broad Road”, was one of the songs he sang.

Mother always had cake, pie, or something in the pantry, especially on dance nights. We young folks always visited the pantry before going to bed. It was expected. Mother loved to give big dinners. One Christmas we served the Covington Family Christmas day and the Chamberlain Family Christmas night. She and I loved it.

Mark was married Sept. 16, 1915 in the St. George Temple, to Sally Heaton, a sister of John’s wife.

On June 28, 1917 Hans was married to Mercy Blackburn of Orderville, a very talented pianist and seamstress.

When the United States entered the World War No. 1; ten sons of Thomas Chamberlain were of draft age. Three of them were called and another volunteered. Hans’ first son was born a very short time before he sailed to France.

Three months before her son was sent into active service, Chastie and the four other wives of Thomas Chamberlain who were then living, had to say good bye to their husband. He died March 17, 1918 at Kanab, Utah, after an illness of several years having suffered from diabetes.
Now added to the worry of having a son in the armed forces, Chastie was left with the entire responsibility of raising four small children.
I, Reta, was married September 26, 1918 to Edward Giles Carroll of Orderville, in the St. George Temple, at St. George, Utah.

The winter of 1919 and 1920 the dread disease the “Flu” swept our part of the country. As soon as Chastie’s three small children were well enough to go to their married brothers and sisters, she went to car for her brother John Covington and his family. They were all very ill. They lost three grown children in two weeks. A short time after, a baby boy was born to them.

Leola married Delbert Brinkerhoff of Glendale, Utah August 25, 1923 at Kanab, Utah.

Chastie homesteaded land at Mineral, next to some her son, Mark, was proving up on. It was hard for her to stay on the homestead and leave her two boys in town to work. Only the thought of having more property to help them out kept her there nine months of each year for three years.

On October 14, 1925, John’s wife Amelia died of pneumonia. She left seven children, the youngest just one year old. When their home burned down three years later it was to Mother’s home they were taken and made welcome, until they could build again. Those motherless children have been just as dear to her as any of her own.

On his nineteenth birthday, October 24, 1929, her youngest son, Robert was married to Lasca Hamblin of Kanab, Utah. The next spring he was working as an oiler on a rock crusher for the state road construction company, when his hand was crushed so badly it had to be taken off. How her heart ached for him as she tried to help him through the suffering, both mental and physical, for he was very sensitive.

Lamar married January 24, 1931, a girl who was teaching school in Orderville. She was Margie Talbot of Oak City, Millard County, Utah.
Mother has always longed to travel but limited means and so many responsibilities had prevented her from taking many trips. Occasionally she went to Salt Lake or St. George with one of the boys or to visit her married daughters who had moved away from the home town. During the summer of 1939 she accompanied her niece Chastie Esplin on a trip to Kirtland, New Mexico to visit relatives. They went by bus. It was the first real pleasure trip of any distance. She and Chastie had been next door neighbors for several years and gained so much enjoyment from each other’s company.

Mother felt it her duty as well as her pleasure to help whenever there was sickness among her family or folks. She was present at the birth, or shortly after, of every grandchild, helping with the work and the nursing. Whenever there were broken bones or contagious diseases or epidemics, Grandma was on hand to help. She worked as hard as any of her children until she was passed seventy, then her health began to fail her fast. She had probably not been very well for some time but she was never one to complain or think of herself. She had gone to Beaver to attend the funeral services of her half-sister, Lydia, home and to Junction to see her youngest daughter Leola. She didn’t stop to rest. It seemed she didn’t have time to do all of the things she felt she must. She returned from Leola’s only to come to Fillmore to help me, Reta. She had been there about three weeks, mending, helping make quilts and rugs and she had insisted that the pig be butchered so that she could help care for the meat and grease while there. If I suggested that she and I do some visiting, she always answered that she’d rather stay and help get things done up. She must have known it would be her last chance to help.

On the morning of December 9th she suffered a slight stroke on her left side. The doctor said it was caused from her age and the hard work she had done in the last forty years. I wondered if the war which had just broken out had something to do with it. It was just two days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Perhaps the thoughts of the last war, the worry and suffering it had caused, and the knowledge that now she would have several grandsons as well as sons who might have to go, was too much for her. She wanted to go home so the children came for her. She regained the use of her arm and leg but her nervous system would not relax. She could think of nothing but herself and her afflictions. She was entirely different than she had ever been before. She had always been easy to please but now nothing suited her. She seemed in constant dread of another stroke. Her health grew worse. Thinking a change might do her good, she was taken to the home of her brother, John. She became weaker and would rather remain in bed. She would stay there of her own choice until two days before she died when she requested to be taken home. There she died on June 17, 1942. She was one of the best mothers God ever made.

At her death, Mother was survived by seven children and forty-two grandchildren. She had always taught her children to live clean, decent and useful lives. Hers was not a life of public service, although she did work in the Primary Association for some time and a Relief Society Visiting Teacher for years. She was also Captain of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for a while. She was happiest when helping her family and many friends. She was Aunt Chastie to most of those who knew her.

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An Investigation of the Descendants of Dr. Daniel Hunt of the Ralph Hunt of Long Island Lineage by Kenneth Shelton (Including Noah, Saline Co., IL and Daniel Durham, SLC, UT sons of Abel I)


Son of Dr. Daniel Hunt

1752/1756, Rowan Co, NC or Hunterdon Co, NJ – after April 1828, Tennessee??

From the 1772 Rowan Co, NC Tax List, the area around Jersey Church (Jersey Settlement?- settlers from Hopewell that were cheated of their property) that is now Davidson County, entry “Daniel Hunt and sons John and Gershom 3 (polls)”. (Rowan Co, NC Tax Lists 1757-1800, Jo White Linn)

This establishes Gersham, son of Dr. Daniel Hunt, as born before 1756 (16+), and since his son John was born in 1750, he is born 1751-1756.

On the 1783 Rowan Co, NC Tax List, as Garsom Hunt and being the entry prior to his father Dr. Daniel Hunt, Gersham has 3 horses / mares & 5 cattle.  Scattered tax lists survive for 1772-1783, so little can be said for sure about those years.  He is on the 1778 list as a single poll.

The 1790 census is difficult to distinguish which is “old” Gersham vs “JR” Gersham.  Physical location tends to separate the 3rd of-age Gersham, Col. Jonathan’s son Gersham (who later goes to Tennessee).  He is either:

            Gersham Hunt 2 males 16+, 2 males 16- and 4 females

      or   Gersham Hunt 1 male  16+, 4 males 16- and 3 females

It is thought that he is most likely the 2nd based on the 1800 census.

On the 1800 census, Gersham has 2 1 2 1 0 / 1 1 1 1 0 and is listed as Gersham Hunt.  There could obviously be children who have left the household by 1800.

Of relevance is a deed, dated 1800 (Rowan Co NC Bk 18, p.583), John Green to Gersham Hunt, 100 acres on Swearing Creek adjacent to Daniel Hunt and Adam Helmstatler, being Green’s state grant of 10 Oct 1783.  This appears to be the Gersham, son of Gersham SR, as we will see later.

Now, from the 1802 Rowan Co, NC Tax List (taken from the microfilm rolls as these are not yet transcribed), Gersham is listed as “Gersham Hunt JR”, listed with 1 poll, Daniel (Dr.) with 224 acres & 1 poll.

 In 1803, Gersham JR is listed with 60 acres, 1 poll, and Daniel with 164 acres & 1 poll, indicating he had given his son 60 acres.

On the 1804 list, the entry is Daniel “the Doctor’s son”, 160 acres and 1 poll.  Dr. Daniel has obviously died in the 1803-1804 timeframe, and his land has devolved to son Daniel.  Gersham, as will be shown shortly, has moved to Smith County, TN.

It is worth noting at this time the naming convention of the three Gershams.  The old Gersham, brother of Dr. Daniel, is listed as either Gersham SR or simply Gersham.  He is distinctive in the tax lists by his ownership of 359 acres, which he had for many years.  The middle Gersham, son of Dr. Daniel, was called “Gersham JR” until Gersham SR’s son Gersham came of age.  The 3rd Gersham, son of Gersham SR, was called “Gersham JR” when he came of age, since he was now of majority and son of a Gersham.  He is distinctive through his 100 acres and 1 slave, which he owned for several years (see the 1800 deed above).  At the point he came of age, Gersham “JR” reverted to simply Gersham, and Gersham’s son Gersham became Gersham “JR”, and the old Gesham was Gersham “SR”.  In a few cases prior to the third Gersham coming of age (like the 1790 census), both were called simply Gersham.  To throw in some more confusion, Col. Jonathan’s son Gersham was typically called just Gersham also – and he is separable based on geography being on Potts Creek in the Yadkin area.

The tax lists after 1800 are spotty, just as those before 1800 are.  The usage of “JR” for the youngest Gersham on the 1804 list tends to suggest Gersham had moved on by then.  At any rate, on 28 Sept 1805, from the records of the Jersey Baptist Church, then Rowan Co, NC, Sister Hannah (a slave), Jessy Davis, Robert Cunningham, William Baird, John Wiseman, John Dedman and Gersham Hunt and his wife requested letters of dismissal.  It is not a given that the letters were given upon departure, as they were also done when the person reached the destination and registered with a church there – and the letter being sent, not to the person, but directly to the church.  It’s not clear which was the case, but certainly the Sept 1805 date is a no-later-than point.   Additionally, from bible records, John Dedman (married to Susanna Hunt) and John Wiseman (married to Annie Hunt) are the only two children established in the past for Gersham, and both men went to Smith County – obviously with Gersham based on this church record.

It appears that it is the youngest Gersham, son of Gersham SR, who sold land on 4 Oct 1805(?), (Bk 22, p.854), Gersham Hunt to Nancy Durham, 100 acres on Swearing Creek adjacent to Daniel Hunt and Adam Helmstetler.  The size of the tract indicates this to be the younger Gersham who had 100 acres by the tax lists.  He has therefore disposed of his land in the area, and Gersham, son of Dr. Daniel, retains his as demonstrated in 1809.

 It has been established that Gersham was living next to his father Dr. Daniel.  This is further demonstrated by a deed of 18 Sept 1807 (Bk 21, p.726), Arthur Hunt and Daniel Hunt to William Ledford, land on Swearing Creek adjacent to Gersham Hunt, Cunningham and Hedrick.  Contained in the deed is the statement that it was part of the homestead of Dr. Daniel Hunt (who is dead by this time).  Later, on 29 Apr 1816 (Bk 23, 836), Ledford sold this tract of land to Henry Tarr, and at that time, Gersham still owned land adjacent. 

Gersham’s residency in Smith County TN is established by a deed of 12 Oct 1809 (Bk 21, p.622), Gersham Hunt of Smith Co, TN to Hugh Cunningham, 60 acres on Swearing Creek at Lanning Springs Branch adjacent to his own land, Joseph Lanning and Daniel Hunt deceased.  Deed states it was land devised to Gersham by Daniel Hunt.  This would be the 60 acres given to him by Dr. Daniel, as noted by the tax lists, and also proves that the other tract later referred to as “Gersham Hunt” in deeds related to the Dr. Daniel Hunt estate is owned by this Gersham and not one of the other two Gershams.

His residency in Smith County TN is further documented through several records.  He executed a power of attorney in Barren Co, KY, dated 14 Mar 1815, to Robert Hawthorne of Barren to sell 56 acres of land to James Kelsey.  Additionally, an announcement in the Carthage Gazette in 1816 listed him as a delinquent land tax.  He was a witness to a deed of 10 Feb 1817 in Smith County for Daniel Agee to Elias Gwaltney, witnessed by James Thomas, Absalom Cox and Gersham Hunt.  The Agee, Gwaltney and Thomas men here named all tied in with the Abel C. Hunt and Paris families in Smith County.

On 26 Feb 1825, the estate of Yancy Hallman showed that notes were held from 1819 on G(ersham) Hunt among others such as James Elgin, J. Baird, J. Ellison, Mrs. E. Martin, and William B. Elgin.  The commissioners for the estate were Little Berry Hughes, Leander Hughes and Josiah Baird.  If Gersham was dead, it would have been standard practice to indicate the debt as insolvent / uncollectable.  Alternatively, the executors would have brought suit against Gersham’s estate for payment.

Gersham’s death date is unknown, however, two deeds from Davidson Co, NC (formed from Rowan & containing the area of Jersey Church), dated 3 Sept 1827 (Bk 3, p.292) David Darr to Henry Shoaf, land on Swearing Creek, being part of a tract that includes the homestead plantation of Dr. Daniel Hunt, deceased, adjacent to Gersham Hunt, Lanning & Headrick.  2nd, dated 1 Apr 1828 (Bk 3, p.464), Hugh Cunningham (JR) to Robert Wilson, land on Swearing Creek, adjacent Gersham Hunt, Henry Shoaf, Robert Wilson and Lanning, being part of the estate of Hugh Cunningham, deceased.

 These two deeds establish Gersham as still alive in 1828.  This information establishes Gersham as a resident of Smith County.

So, having established the facts of Gersham, we now turn to his younger brother Abel Hunt, another son of Dr. Daniel Hunt.


Son of Dr. Daniel Hunt

ca1764, Rowan Co, NC – 1842, Barren Co, KY

First we dispense with his age.  From the Revolutionary War pension file of his older brother Jonathan Hunt, filed on 18 Nov 1833 from Barren Co, KY, in it he states he was 16 when Jonathan entered the service and was 69 in 1833.  This makes him born in ca1764.

As for his first wife, the marriage bond says Joannah Baird.  A purported bible record of Andrew and Hannah Greene Baird from Nora Alice Enyert of Woodville, MO.  This was written in 1888 to James Robert Cox, grandson of Moses Cox of Gibson Co, TN (this is relevant later), and Moses being a grandson of Andrew Baird.  It states that the children are, among others, Joannah Green(e), born 29 Jan 1771.  This would be from Hannah’s first marriage to (Oliver?) Greene.  Hannah Baird married Moses Cox, however, their bond states Hannah Greene.  At any rate, the will of Hannah Tompkins explicitely states her daughter as Joannah and her son-in-law as Abel Hunt.  Joannah’s name is lined out and overwritten to Abel, which implies she had died.  Like Gersham, Andrew & Hannah’s sons Josiah and Jeremiah Baird SR also went to Smith Co, TN.

As for Abel Hunt, he is first listed on the 1789 tax list on the entry after his uncle Gersham Hunt SR. 

On the 1790 census, he has 1 male 16+, 2 males 16- and 1 female

By 1796, he has 150 acres and one poll.

A deed of 7 June 1799 (Rowan Co, NC Bk 18, p.462), a state grant to John Sloan on Muddy Creek, land adjacent to James Blair, Abel Hunt, Samuel Barclay and Thomas Durham.

On the 1800 census, he had 1 2 0 1 0 / 1 0 0 0 0

As can be seen, Abel’s first wife Joanna Baird (Green?) Hunt is dead by the census.

On the 1802 tax list, Abel is listed for 150 acres and 1 poll.  On the 1803, he is listed but with no land or poll, but the 1804 list has him with 150 acres and 1 poll again.  He most likely retained everything and the 1803 list was perhaps an indication that he didn’t report into the tax assessor for the year.

The next list is 1809, and on this one, Abel and his son Oliver are listed.  Abel has 156 acres and 1 poll, son Oliver 1 poll.  This is the same for the 1810 tax list.

For the 1810 census, he’s   1 1 1 0 1 / 3 1 0 1 0

Son Oliver Hunt is listed,   0 0 1 0 0 / 1 1 1 0 0

On the 1811 list, there is again Abel and Oliver.  The 1814 list seems to only have Abel, no son Oliver.

Abel Hunt sold out on 2 Sept 1815 (Bk 24, p.634), his 156 acres to Matthias Long, witnessed by Jeremy (Jeremiah) Baird and his son Alexander Hunt.  This deed proves Alexander Hunt was born before 1800, and most likely before 1794 because of legal problems that can arise by having legal transactions that involve a minor (then established as 21).

On the 1820 Barren Co KY census, he’s  2 1 0 1 0 1 / 1 3 0 1 0

The will of Abel Hunt was dated 12 Aug 1822, but not probated until the October 1842 term of the Barren County Court.  He names the following heirs: wife Elizabeth, sons Alexander, Oliver, Noah, Daniel, grandsons Alfred & Alexander Patterson, children of his daughter Hanah Hunt, daughters Joannah Hunt, Sarah Hunt, son Alemath Hunt, daughter Azubeth Hunt, son Jeremiah Hunt, son Wilson Hunt, daughter Elizabeth Hunt, son Francis Marion Hunt.  It was witnessed by Andrew Baird, William E. Thompson and William Baird.  In the intervening time between the will and probate, Abel and Elizabeth Hunt executed a deed on 5 Jan 1838 to Joannah Hunt, Sarah Hunt, Alemath Hunt, Azubeth Shirley widow of Moses Shirley deceased, Jeremiah B. Hunt, Wilson M. Hunt, Elizabeth Hunt, and Francis M. Hunt, being the children of said Abel and Elizabeth Hunt who now reside with them, deeding them the lands in exchange for a commitment to care for Abel and Elizabeth in their old age.

When Abel left Rowan Co, NC, he moved to Barren Co, KY where his brother Jonathan was already at.  From the 1817 tax list of Barren, Abel and his son Oliver were there and Abel had 2 polls, Oliver had 1.  In 1819, Oliver was gone and did not return.  Abel had 2 polls and did so in 1820 also.  On the 1822 list, he only has 1 poll.  Then, in 1823 he had two polls.  As we will show later, this is probably the case that Abel’s son Alexander left between 1820 and 1822, and in 1823 his son Daniel has joined him.  The 1824 list has Abel with 2 polls, but in 1825, he has 3 polls (Abel, Daniel and Alexander returns).  On the 1826 list, Abel, Alexander and Daniel are listed separately each in a group, each with 1 poll each.  In 1827, Alexander has left again and only Abel and Daniel remain.  In 1828 and 1829, Abel only remains (with his underage children). 

On the 1830 Barren Co KY census, 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 / 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1

Alexander is also listed as  0 0 0 0 1 1 / 2 0 0 0 1

The other older son Noah Hunt appears to have left Rowan Co NC on his own and is believed to have gone to Illinois.  (This is believed to be the father of Abel, born 1812 and settled in Raliegh Township, Saline Co., IL in 1833—he is buried with Abel in the Bethel Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery) Son Alexander is probably moving between Illinois and Kentucky also, and on 1 May 1846, he executed a deed from Barren County naming himself as a resident of Illinois.  This was to sell his interest in his father Abel’s estate.  Alexander had married based on a deed of 1 Sept 1835, Alexander and Mary Hunt to Bennett W. Terry for land in Barren County.  Where Oliver went to after the move to Barren Co, where he is present on the 1817 tax list, is unknown at this time.

After Abel’s death, the family moved on to Calloway Co, Kentucky.  On 8 Nov 1859, Elizabeth Hunt widow of Abel Hunt deceased, Jeremiah B. Hunt, Azubeth Shirley, F.M. Hunt, Sarah Hunt, and Elizabeth Hunt children and devisees of Abel Hunt deceased, all of Calloway County, KY to John L. Halton, the estate property.

At this point, we now turn to the first of the two interests of this assessment:


Son of Abel Hunt and Joannah Baird

1 Feb 1797 / 1800, Rowan Co, NC – 7 Oct 1866, St. Charles, Bear Lake Co, ID

As discussed under his father Abel Hunt’s section, we have established that Abel did have a son named Daniel Hunt.  So it remains to establish that Abel’s son Daniel Hunt is, in fact, Daniel Durham Hunt.  We are very fortunate that Daniel Durham Hunt was an early member of the Mormon Church, which has from the beginning been very interested in maintaining information of their family history and personal data.  This is a result of their religious beliefs – that descendents, through knowledge of their ancestors, can retroactively “seal” their ancestors to the church although the ancestors themselves are long since dead.  The need, though, is to know who they were – hence the extreme interest in family history.

Establishing his membership in the church is very easy.  On 28 Nov 1843, from Nauvoo Illinois (the homeplace of the church after their expulsion from Missouri, which was constitutionally illegal), the members sent a petition to the sitting U.S. Congressional House and Senate, asking for redress for the actions of the Governor of Missouri.  Signatories of this petition, among many others, were Daniel D. Hunt, Susan Hunt and their children Susan P., John A., James W. and Levi B.  Additionally, Daniel D. Hunt was part of the migration to Utah (Deseret) in the 1840’s, and is present on the 1850 Utah Census.

And so, at this point, we have established that Daniel Durham Hunt did exist, and that he was an early member of the Mormon Church.  Now, to establish his identity as the son of Abel Hunt.

From a manuscript written by Mr. Loyn Blacker in 1984 and submitted for microfilming to the Mormon Church Archives (LDS Records microfilm #1035709), two documents of extreme importance are provided.  First, what is presented as an autobiography of Daniel Durham Hunt, which will be dealt with later.  Secondly, he presents a photocopy of the Patriarchal Blessing of Daniel Durham Hunt administered by John Smith (uncle of Joseph Smith the Prophet, founder of the church) at Nauvoo, IL on 18 Jan 1845.  Realize that this is a **contemporary** document executed by the testimony of Daniel Durham Hunt himself, and is a copy of the **original** document which still existed in 1984.  This document and a transcription is presented on the page as a linked reference.  The first section reads “Nauvoo, Jany 18th 1845”, “A blessing by John Smith, Patriarch, upon the head of Daniel D., son of Abel & Joanna Hunt, born Febry 1st 1797, Roan (sic) Co., North Carolina”.

This document is as good as a baptismal or christening record, as it is a contemporary document that records a birth and parents.  It conclusively proves that Daniel Durham Hunt, early Mormon Church member, was the identical Daniel Hunt, proven son of Abel Hunt through Abel’s own will.

Now we turn to Daniel Durham Hunt’s autobiography.  Unfortunately, the original does not survive – only a transcription thereof which also seems to be missing the last pages as it abruptly terminates with his move to Gibson Co, TN after his marriage to Nancy Davis.  While this autobiography is highly interesting and would certainly be wonderful to be available in original form and completeness, it is not a critical problem that it is not.  Having said that, though, it is very interesting to note that he names Abel C. Hunt of Smith County as his cousin, and Gersham Hunt as his uncle, and it is implied that the relationship of Gersham to Abel C. is father-to-son.  It is also said that Daniel Durham Hunt lived with Gersham in Smith County, TN.  While I have no reason to doubt the veracity of this document, and in fact can prove the majority of the statements within it to be correct based on contemporary documents from courthouse sources, it is true the original doesn’t exist.  This autobiography transcription is also provided as a linked file.

Not a problem though, because:


Now proven son of Gersham Hunt, grandson of Dr. Daniel Hunt

1784, Rowan Co, NC – 15 June 1864, Smith County, TN

The proof for Abel C. Hunt is contained in an unlikely place.  To get to this, we must first explain how things came to be at that point.  As we established before, Daniel Durham Hunt was an early member of the Mormon Church.  At this time (the early 1840’), Joseph Smith was still alive and the church was in the very early stages of development, so there wasn’t a widespread number of them outside the immediate environs of Joseph Smith’s various places of residence.

It is another fortunate situation that Abel C. Hunt was also a member of the early Mormon Church.  From the Brush Creek Baptist Church records of Smith County, TN (these are available on the Smith County TN Website), it is shown that Abel and Elizabeth Hunt were members of the church through the 1830’s and into the early 1840’s.  At the April 1842 meeting, “Sister Hunt” was questioned whether she had joined the “Mormonites” or not.  At the May 1842 term, it was reported back that she admitted to joining and “would not think it hard if we Excluded her”.

Now it is a fact that early Baptists did not suffer other sects well.  In fact, they tended to have a displeasure for them – as evidenced by the Brush Creek references to expelling “Campbellites” as well.  As such, they didn’t go out of the way to familiarize themselves with the practices and customs of these other sects.  Thus, the practices of Mormons would be unfamiliar to them.

Thus we find, after Abel C. Hunt had died, that his son Daniel H. Hunt brought a suit on behalf of the heirs against Jacob N. Fisher, who had purchased Abel’s farm prior to his death at a depressed value due to the Civil War being in progress.  Daniel’s central claim was that Abel was unfit of mind and could not have executed a legal deed of sale.  This claim is vital because, when called to provide testimony on 16 Feb 1864, Edwin Atwood stated the following (Smith Co TN Loose Chancery Court Records, file #2805):

1)     That he was well acquainted with Abel Hunt during his lifetime

2)     That between 1839 and 1842, “about the time the Mormons introduced themselves into that part of the country, they had frequent meetings at his (Abel’s) house”.

3)     He detailed some of the church services

4)     “I was present at a meeting when a Mormon preached at his house”

5)     “There was several about the time the Mormons were preaching there, that joined them, that never were accused of lunacy – a portion of three families is all I recollect of – my brother’s wife, a daughter of the old man Hunt was one of them, and one of the old man Hunt’s daughters in law was another” [this would be Hannah Hunt, m. to Isaac Newton Atwood.  The daughter-in-law is not certain at this time.].

 Almost as important, the next witness was William Turner, who was instructed to answer the same questions just put to Edwin Atwood (they were deposed at the same time).  He, like Atwood, talked about Abel’s problems with Brush Creek Church and the Mormon practices, and says he was at Brush Creek when Abel was excluded.  He then states:

            “The preacher Daniel Hunt a cousin of old Abel & old Abel & a man by the name of Cooper & Mrs. Cooper joined in the blowing (this refers to a practice of the church talked about earlier) – they went around blowing about the house & said the spirit was vexed.  I don’t know whether that is the habit among the Mormons or not – I have some acquaintance with Cooper & Daniel Hunt – I don’t know anything to the contrary of their being men of sound minds.”

This document proves Abel C. Hunt as a cousin of Daniel Durham Hunt, who is proven as the early member – the only early member – of the Mormon Church.  It is proven here that Abel C. Hunt was converted to Mormonism by Daniel Durham Hunt, who by the way, has a diary that survives of one of his missionary works in the 1840’s.  The reference to “the Mormon preacher” is an indication of misunderstanding – the practice of the Mormon Church is to send its members as missionaries to the populous in pairs.  To traditional Baptists, who were very particular about who could “preach” and required such persons to be voted upon by the congregation, formally appointed to the capacity, and oftentimes licensed by the county government, it would seem to such a Baptist observer that a Mormon who is “witnessing” (as it is termed) or on a formal missionary assignment (which is also a standard practice) would be the equivalent of a certified minister in the Baptist Church.  The use of pairs is also a standard practice – one must “witness” the events of conversion and the missionary works of the other, thus one person going solo does not meet the spirit or requirements of the faith.  Hence, in the suit, there is an unusual concern – posted to every witness – about Abel’s behavior of being a preacher, or thinking he is a preacher.  It can be seen in hindsight that they simply didn’t understand some of the practices and structures of the Mormon Church.

So, we have:

 1)     Gersham’s records which demonstrate he had a son of the age of Abel C.

2)     The old Abel’s records which demonstrate he had a son Daniel

3)     Daniel’s self-testimony to the Mormon Church in Nauvoo in 1845 that he is the son of Abel and Joanna Hunt

4)     Abel’s estate suit that proves he is Daniel’s cousin

5)     The records showing that Gersham and Abel C. are in Smith County TN at the same time, both on Brush Creek

6)     The autobiography that further solidifies these findings

The things missing are the place of death and estate papers for Gersham Hunt.  Because of this, the other children of Gersham & Elizabeth Hunt cannot be established with certainty beyond the two daughters whose family records survived.  This is a task the author is working on.

Source:  http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/h/e/Kenneth-Shelton-VA/FILE/0020page.html

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