Henry Hunter DAR memorial dedication by Jill Hunter
Lucy J Hunter-Weston
A few years ago Darlene Varney sent me a piece about becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Not an easy process but Darlene was successful in her quest. Darlene’s ancestor Titus Hunter was one of many Americans who fought bravely in the American Revolution (1775 – 1783).
Now Jill Hunter, who is a member of Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter, NSDAR in Charleston, South Carolina has sent me a post which fits in well with Darlene’s story. Jill was honoured with the task of putting together a group of Hunters to attend the Patriot Marker dedication for the descendants of Henry Hunter which took place on October 20, 2023. It is a pleasure to have her guest blog my post here.
Below the commentary in Jill’s own words
Jill Hunter Powell was honored to initiate a gathering of the descendants of Revolutionary War soldier, Henry Hunter. The group was invited to attend a patriot grave marker dedication ceremony on October 20, 2023 at Prosperity Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC performed by the Mecklenburg Chapter NSDAR. This memorial is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution America 250 project in honor of America’s 250th birthday. A lovely dinner followed the ceremony at Hunter House.
Henry Hunter was born in Co. Derry, Ireland on August 11,1751. He arrived in Charleston in 1773 after a long and boisterous voyage of thirteen weeks with his wife, Martha Sloan. He immediately departed to Huntersville, NC where his mother and brothers had settled. Henry’s grandfather, first name unknown, was from Lanark, Scotland.
Henry Hunter first entered the service of the United States as a volunteer in Captain William Alexander’s company, Colonel George Alexander’s regiment, and marched to suppress a large body of Tories assembled under Colonel John Moore at Ramsour’s Mill, near the present town of Lincolnton, but failed to reach that place before the battle had been fought and the Tories signally routed by Colonel Locke and his brave associates.
He next entered the service under Captain Thomas Alexander, and was ordered to Charlotte for the purpose of guarding the public magazine in that place. Captain Alexander succeeded in having it removed to a place of safety on the evening before the entrance of the British army into Charlotte on the 26th of September, 1780.
Henry Hunter again entered the service a short time afterward, in Captain William Alexander’s company, and Colonel George Alexander’s regiment. The rendezvous of the regiment was about four miles south of Charlotte. After this service, on account of severe local injury, he was honorably discharged by Colonel Alexander.
His tombstone reads:
“In Memory of HENRY HUNTER,
Who departed this life on the 18th of May, 1836, in the
eighty-sixth year of his age, leaving a posterity of eleven children, and one hundred grand children, with thirty great-grand children to mourn his loss”.
Thank you Jill for your contribution!
For more information please go to:
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) https://www.dar.org/
Eliza Lucas Pinckney chapter https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu/7.1/martin.html