William Henry Harrison Hunter


William Henry Harrison Hunter

Newberry County, South Carolina, USA
Death 30 Dec 1903 (aged 84)
Buffalo, Chambers County, Alabama, USA
Burial Chambers County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 33309002 View Source

The following is a newspaper clipping that appeared in "The LaFayette Sun", date unknown:

Short Sketch of the Life of W.H.H. Hunter.

I was born on the 23rd day of September 1819 and the son of George Hunter of County Antrim, Ireland. My mother was Mary Worthington, daughter of John Worthington of Newberry, South Carolina.

In January, 1836, I came to LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama. I worked three years in a blacksmith shop in that place. In 1839, I went to school in LaFayette. I went in the grocery business in 1840 and did business in LaFayette for 13 years. In 1853, I was one of three who formed a partnership and built a steam grist mill near the town and worked at that mill two years.

In 1855 was elected Tax Assessor of this county and re-elected in 1856. In 1857 was elected sheriff of the county and served three years. In 1859, I settled at Buffalo where I now reside. In 1861, I was appointed by Abraham Mustin, State Collector, Tax Assessor for the Confederate government for this county and served in that office during the entire war.

From 1876 until November 1898, when I was disabled from a hurt received in the employ of the Central Railroad, I was Railroad Agent at this place, with exception of 13 months during that time, and was also postmaster from 1872 until 1901.

I was named for General William Henry Harrison and he was the first president that I voted for, after becoming of age. Ever since I settled at my present home in 1859, I have farmed some and continued to labor on the farm until prevented by old age.

On the 13th day of July, 1856, I married to Margaret Isabell Abernathy. We had born nine children, five sons and four daughters. With the exception of one son, all my children and my wife are living. I am now in my eighty third year and have experienced the bright and gloomy side of life, and have found that all that glitters is not gold.

William H. H. Hunter
Buffalo, Alabama
"The LaFayette Sun" - November 11, 1903:

There is nothing that affects us more pleasure than to announce that our old-time friend, Uncle William Hunter, of Buffalo, is still holding his own in a physical way.


November 18, 1903:

We are glad to hear that Mr. W. H. H. Hunter, of Buffalo, is better this (Monday) morning.
"The LaFayette Sun" - January 6, 1904:

The death of Mr. Wm. Hunter, of Buffalo, which occurred last Thursday gave cause for much grief, as his friends were numerous in every beat of Chambers County. At the time of his death, he was about 84 years of age, and the older he became the more highly was he held in the esteem of his fellowman. He had never been connected with any church, but his honorable and upright walk in life, together with his honest, truthful and noble scruples were sufficient evidence that he is now at rest, unmolested by the tempter’s snare. To his excellent and bereaved family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.


In Memoriam.

On Wednesday night, December 30th, the spirit of “Uncle William Hunter” passed into eternity. He had been a sufferer for many months but bore it all with patience. His devoted family nursed him day and night and were untiring in dispensing every duty. Uncle William was 84 years of age and well-known all over Chambers and other counties, being a public man a great portion of his life. He was honest and upright in all his dealings. He raised a large family of children, to whom he was always a kind and loving father. We feel assured that this good man has found rest in that better world. He leaves a devoted companion, 8 children and a host of grandchildren to mourn his departure.
The funeral services were conducted at his home at Buffalo by Elder J. T. Satterwhite and Rev. W. T. Hollingsworth.
The remains were followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends and were carried to Macedonia cemetery and laid to rest to await the Resurrection.
1850 Chambers County, (Dist. 19) AL Census:


Goodrich Driver 61M Tavern Keeper R$4,750 (21-Slaves, 4-runaways) Born NC
Elizabeth Driver 60F Born VA
Betty A. Driver 19F Born GA
Jane Driver 17F Born GA
Sophronia Driver 12F Born AL
Milton Andrews 28M Attorney at Law Born CT
Elizabeth Andrews 28F Born GA
James J. James 25M Bar Keeper Born GA
WILLIAM H. HUNTER 30M Postmaster Born SC
Wesley Allen 25M Clerk Born GA
Alpheus Bull 20M Clerk Born GA
Frederick Dickerson 25M Clerk Born GA
William Richer 32M Tailor born England
1860 Chambers County, (Northern Div.) AL Census:


Wm. H. H. Hunter 40M Sheriff R$300 P$300 Born SC
Margaret I. Hunter 25F Born GA
Mary A. J. Hunter 1F Born AL
N. Y. Hunter 49M Deputy Sheriff Born SC
Martha J. Abernathy 19F P$100 Born GA
1870 Chambers County, (Beat No. 5) AL Census:


W. H. Hunter 50M Farmer R$500 P$500 Born SC
Margarett Hunter 35F Keeping House Born GA
Mary A. Hunter 11F Born AL
J. W. A. Hunter 9M Born AL
Martha A. Hunter 7F Born AL
Charles Lee Hunter 5M Born AL
Sarah F. Hunter 2F Born AL
W. C. Hunter Hunter 2/12M Born AL
1880 Chambers County, (Chappell Hill) AL Census:


W. H. H. Hunter 60M Farmer Born SC
Margaret I. Hunter 44F Wife Keeping House Born GA
Mary A. E. Hunter 21F Daughter At Home Born AL
John W. A. Hunter 19M Son Farm Laborer Born AL
Nancy A. N. E. Hunter 17F Daughter At Home Born AL
Charles N. L. Hunter 15M Son Farm Laborer Born AL
Sarah K. F. L. Hunter 12F Daughter At Home Born AL
William W. C. Hunter 10M Son Born AL
Martha I. A. Hunter 7F Daughter Born AL
Webster D. A. Hunter 4M Son Born AL
1900 Chambers County, (Hamburg) AL Census:


W. H. H. Hunter 80M Farmer Born Sept. 1819 in SC
Margret I. Hunter 65F Wife Born Feb. 1835 in GA (Married 44 years. Mother of 9 children; 8 children living)
Nathan Lee Hunter 35M Son Cotton Weigher Born Feb. 1865 in AL
Sarah F. Hunter 32F Daughter Born Feb. 1868 in AL
Addie Bell Hunter 27F Daughter Born Nov. 1872 in AL
Webster D. Hunter 24M Son Born Sept. 1875 in AL


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