Love Hunter was born on 20 Jan 1842 in
White's Creek, Davidson County, Tennessee.
(405) He appeared on the census on 14 Jun 1860 in Wheelock, JP No.
2, Robertson County, Texas.(406) He
Enlisted in Robertson's 5-Shooters (TX) on 3 Mar 1861 in Owenville, Robertson
County, Texas.(407) He was
transferred to Company C, 12th Texas Infantry (CSA) on 17 Dec 1861 in Camp
Hebert, Robertson County, Texas.(408)
He surrendered in Apr 1865 in Hempstead, Texas.(409)
He appeared on the census on 5 Nov 1870 in P. O. Owensville, JP No. 4,
Robertson County, Texas.(410) He sold
interest in the estate of Gilbert and Naomo Hunter for $300 on 10 Nov 1875 in
Robertson County, Texas.(411) He was
appointed guardian of the estate of his son, W. R. Hunter on 4 Dec 1876 in
Robertson County, Texas.(412) He
bought 180 acres, Isaac Bear Tract, for $600 on 9 Dec 1878 in Big Creek,
Limestone County, Texas. (413) He
bought 50 acres, A. Manchaca Tract, 16 miles east of Waco on 24 May 1879 in
McLennan County, Texas. (414) He sold
50 acres, A. Manchaca Tract, 16 miles east of Waco on 17 Sep 1879 in McLennan
County, Texas.(415) He appeared on
the census on 20 Jun 1880 in Limestone County, Texas. (416) He sold 40 acres, Isaac Bear Tract, for
$80 cash, $160 note on 27 Jun 1885 in Big Creek, Limestone County, Texas.
(417) He bought 50 acres, I. Gohida Tract,
E. of Brazos River, for $1,250 on 20 Aug 1887 in McLennan County, Texas.
(418) He sold 140 Acres, Isaac Bear Tract,
for $1,250 cash, $2,250 note on 20 Aug 1887 in Big Creek, Limestone County,
He bought 385.5 acres in 6 tracts, A. Manshaca Tract, 16 miles east of
Waco, for $1,000 cash plus $1,855 note on 21 Sep 1887 in McLennan County,
Texas. (421) He sold 50 acres, I.
Gohida Tract, E. of Brazos River, for $500 cash plus $500 note on 8 Nov 1889
in McLennan County, Texas.(422) He
appeared on the census on 7 Jun 1900 in Battle, J. P. No. 2, McLennan County,
Texas. (423) He bought land in
College Addition, for $305 on 15 Feb 1904 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas.(424) He appeared on the census on 24 Apr
1910 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas. (425)
He appeared on the census on 19 Jan 1920 in 3306 Avenue D, Polytechnic,
Tarrant County, Texas. (426) He died
on 1 Apr 1926 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas. (427)
He was buried on 2 Apr 1926 in Rose Hill Cemetery, Merkel, Taylor County,
J. L. Hunter was raised near White's Creek, Davidson County, Tennessee. About
1858, Joseph and his older brother William Robert "Will" Hunter, b.
1840, moved to Texas, joining their older half-brother, Gilbert Marshall
"Gib" Hunter, b. 1825, in Robertson County, Texas. Gib had migrated
south to Texas before 1847, sometime after his mother died in 1839. Like Gib,
Will and Joe's mother died in 1846, and their father married Mrs. Ellen
Davenport in 1849. Their mother dead, and the stories of Texas from their
older brother, must have lured Will and Joe south. They were listed on the
1860 census of Robertson County, Texas, near their brother, Gib. Joe's older
brother James Marshall Hunter, b. 1826, stayed in Tennessee as well as his
younger brother Isaac Christopher "Sip" Hunter, b. 1844.
In 1861 the Civil War came, and Joe enlisted March 3, 1961, at Owenville,
Robertson County, Texas, in Robertson's Five Shooters Infantry under Captain
William P. Townsend. He was later transferred to Company C, 12 Texas Infantry
(Young's' Regiment, 8 Reg't Texas Inf.) where he was served on detached duty
as a saddle and harness maker. This regiment fought in Arkansas and Louisiana,
and participated in the following engagements: Young's Point, June 7, 1863,
Red River campaign, March 10-May 22, 1864, Camden Expedition, March 23-May 3,
1864, Mansfield, Louisiana, April 8, 1864, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 9,
1864, and Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas, April 30, 1864. J.L. surrendered at
Hempstead, Texas, in April, 1865.
Joe's other brothers were not so lucky. Will died June 27, 1862, at Cold
Harbor, Virginia, while enlisted in the 4th Texas Regiment, Company C. James
Marshall Hunter was killed at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on February 3, 1863.
Gib died on April 16, 1863, at Robertson County, Tennessee, while on sick
leave from Elmore's regiment, CSA. Sip also died, after serving in Captain
William E. Yeatman's 2nd Regiment Tennessee Volunteers. He is last shown as
deserting near Nashville on July 25, 1863. He is listed on his tombstone as
dying on April 8, 1865, and is buried in Green Cemetery, White's Creek,
Tennessee. This was after the Federals had occupied Davidson County.
Thus, Joe was the only brother of five left after the war. He married his
half-brother Gilbert's widow, Naomi, about 1867, perhaps to help her keep the
3,000 acres of encumbered and poorly titled land she inherited from her
father, and her husband. In 1867, J. L. signed a Voter list for Robertson
County (p. 215), saying he was in the County and State 9 years. He is listed
on the 1868 assessment of Robertson County, Texas, as owning the following
parcels, all of which had belonged to his brother Gib: 1) 1,033 acres of the
Mariana Grandes 77 L tract on Camp Creek, 2) 113 acres of the Alfred R. Guild
tract on the Navisota, and 1000 acres of the E. Robertson tract on the
Duck/Navasota. He had 4 horses and 21 cows on the latter tract.
Joe had a boy William Robert Hunter born on September 28, 1868 in Robertson
County. His wife Naomi, 16 years his senior, died on September 16, 1869. She
is presumably buried at Camp Creek Cemetery, Robertson County.
On November 5, 1870, Hunter was listed by the US Census as being 28 years
old, with $500 of real estate and $500 of property, at Precinct #4,
Owensville. On November 27th he married Sarah Matilda Dupuy, in Robertson
County. On October 17, 1871, his next child, Edward, was born.
Hunter's land holdings were reduced to 208 acres of the Grande tract in 1874,
with 2 horses and 15 cows (1874 roll). This was primarily because of the
division of Gilbert and Naomi Hunter's estate and the settlement of
outstanding claims on it, leaving Hunter with a $300 interest in the old
homestead, which he sold to James H. Goodman, his nephew, on November 10,
1875. On December 3, 1876, he was appointed guardian of his son William R.
Hunter, in Robertson County, Texas, presumably in the estate settlement of
On December 9, 1878, Hunter bought 180 acres of land in Limestone County,
Texas for $600 (Isaac Bear Tract, on the waters of Big Creek), from his
former Brother-in-Law, Noah McCuistion. He resided on this land at the time
of the 1880 Census, and sold 40 acres of it for $320 on June 27, 1885, $80
cash and $160 note, which was paid off by December 27, 1897. The remaining
140 acres were sold for $3,750 on August 20, 1887, $1250 cash (actually a
land trade) and $2,250 note, of which $500 was paid November 1, 1888, and the
balance by December 23, 1889.
The $1,250 recieved on August 20, 1887, was used to purchase 50 acres of Land
from J. W. Molloy in McLennan County (he was the buyer of the Limestone
County Land) on the east side of the Brazos River, about 16 miles east of
Waco, near Riesel. However, this land was sold for $1000 on November 8, 1889,
for a loss of $250.
Hunter used this money to purchase 6 tracts of land totalling 385.5 acres on
September 21, 1887, for $1,000 cash plus three notes of $618.33. Lots from
this land were sold to A. L. Scott on January 13, 1892 for $275 and W. S.
Starkey on March 1, 1892 for $55. He sold another 30 acres on July 31, 1895
to his son, J. M. Hunter, for $600. Hunter also purchased some lots in the
town of Reisel on October 10, 1893.
In 1898, J. M. Hunter moved to Taylor County, Texas, and in 1904 J. L. Hunter
purchased land with his son J. M. Hunter in the town of Merkel. He resided
there until his wife, Mattie, died there in 1911.
J. L. received a confederate pension on September 1, 1914 (#28840).
Afterwards J. L. lived with various children, lastly with Bishop in Merkel.
He was injured by an automobile which backed up on to him on January 20,
1926, and double fractured his pelvis bone, and he died from this on April 1,
1926. He and Mattie are buried in the Rose Hill Cemetry in Merkel. His obituary was posted in the Merkel
Mail, Taylor County, Texas, on April 2, 1926.
He was married to Naomi McCuistion (daughter of Robert
Newton McCuistion and Elizabeth McQuerter) in 1867 in
Robertson County, Texas. Naomi McCuistion was born in
1826 in Bedford County, Tennessee. She died on 16 Sep 1869 in Wheelock,
Robertson County, Texas. Joseph Love Hunter and Naomi McCuistion had the
+475 i. William
He was married to Sarah Matilda "Mattie" Dupuy (daughter of Dr. Jonathan Ethelbert Dupuy and Louisa Jane
Jenkins) on 27 Nov 1870 in Robertson County, Texas.(430) Sarah Matilda
"Mattie" Dupuy was
born on 30 Apr 1849 in Sulphur Springs, Montgomery County, Arkansas. (431)(432) She
died on 1 Apr 1911 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas.(433) She was buried on 2 Apr 1911 in Rose
Hill Cemetery, Merkel, Taylor County, Texas. Joseph Love Hunter and Sarah
Matilda "Mattie" Dupuy had the following children:
+476 i. Edward
+477 ii. Joseph
+478 iii. James
+479 iv. Laura
+480 v. Harvey Lee
+481 vi. Robert
+482 vii. Sue Ollie
+483 viii. Samuel
Marvin "Bishop" Hunter.
+484 ix. Frank