Monday, April 13, 2015

MYSTERY MONDAY - Who's Your Daddy? Brick Walls Post #3–Rev. Isaac C. Hunter 1798-1842

Green tree with Isaac C Hunter
This is the third post in my series about brick walls in our family. You can find the other posts here:

Mystery Monday-Who's Your Daddy-Post #1 - John C. Gould
Mystery Monday-Who's Your Daddy-Post #2-Robert Lee Bowden

Bio for Isaac C. Hunter
Rev. Isaac C. Hunter is my 3rd great grandfather on my mother’s side.  From all accounts he was born 30 Aug 1798 in Bellefonte, Mifflin, Pennsylvania.  By 1828 he had moved to Lawrence County, Ohio where he married Emily GILLEN on 11 Sept 1828.  They had 5 children: Susan, James, Martha, Isaac C. Jr. and John E.  Isaac was an itinerant preacher in the Ohio and Michigan territories.  He died 27 Jun 1842 in Gallipolis, Gallia, Ohio at age 43.

Finding any records in Pennsylvania in those early years is not easy.  I’ve not yet made a trip to Mifflin County.  However, I have been in contact with their historical society volunteers and they were not able to find anything about Isaac C. Hunter’s birth.
 
By the 1830 census we find Isaac C. Hunter living in Burlington, Lawrence, Ohio with his family.  In the 1840 census he and his family are in Perry, Pickaway, Ohio.
Here are those census records:

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1830_HUNTER_Isaac C._Fayette-LawrenceOH 1840_HUNTER_Isaac C & family_Perry_Pickaway_Ohio
Rev. Isaac C. Hunter was a Methodist Episcopal Preacher.
Quite a lot has been written about the Rev. Isaac C. Hunter and his ministry.  He seems to have been quite well respected.

A history of his ministry:
·        Age 20 -  7 Aug 1819 – Admitted to trial to Methodist Episcopal ministry at the annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Appointed to the Beaver circuit.
·        Age 22-23 – about 1921 – Became a Deacon in the church
·        Age 23-24 – about 1823 – Became an Elder in the church
·        Age 24-43 – Was an itinerant preacher throughout the Ohio & Michigan territory
Here are some of the many documents I have regarding Rev. Isaac C. Hunter and his ministry. 
HUNTER_Article from Ironton Register Pg 1_1895-old time preachers
THESE FOUR PAGES ARE ARTICLES FROM THE IRONTON REGISTER IN OHIO
HUNTER_Article from Ironton Register Pg 2_1895-old time preachers HUNTER_Article from Ironton Register Pg 3_1895-old time preachers HUNTER_Article from Ironton Register Pg 4_1895-old time preachers

Hunter_Isaac C_Methodism In Gallipolis_Vol. 3, pg 210, Ohio History_Page_1
Methodism in Gallipolis
HUNTER_Isaac C_obiturary from Minutes of MethEpis Conf 1843
Obituary from Methodist Episcopal Conference 1843
HUNTER_Isaac C_record of death by M_Page_1
THESE NEXT FIVE PAGES ARE THE OBITUARY WRITTEN BY A FELLOW PREACHER
HUNTER_Isaac C_record of death by M_Page_2
HUNTER_Isaac C_record of death by M_Page_3
HUNTER_Isaac C_record of death by M_Page_4
HUNTER_Isaac C_record of death by M_Page_5
HUNTER_Isaac_article about his death from Western Christian Advocate_15 Jul 1842
ARTICLE ABOUT REV. ISAAC C. HUNTER IN THE WESTERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE - 1843

As you can see, I have quite a few publications and articles about my 3rd great grandfather, his ministry and his death.
Sadly, none of them mention his parents.
Here is the family group record in my Legacy database.

Legacy screeshot for Isaac C Hunter

 Some SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH Rev. Isaac C. Hunter
Boggs, Bridwell, Frampton, Gillen, Lunsford, Pope, Stover, Trail
 


It is difficult to locate records from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s in Pennsylvania.  Actually, it’s difficult in most states during that time period.  Church records can be a great help.  In this case, you'd think there would be a church record.  I have not exhausted all sources at this time and hope to continue this search at the FHL in June.

I have tried the following research methods to locate any possible records:

  • Searched land records and located one at the BLM land site for Isaac Connely Hunter in Ohio.  Certainly could be our Isaac C. Hunter, but I cannot prove it.
  • Searched the 1790 & 1800 census records for any Hunters in Mifflin or surrounding counties.  Located a couple of “possibles” but, again, have yet to find proof.
  • Googled “Isaac C. Hunter” and found several book references, but none mention his parents.
  • Posted message to online forums in Pennsylvania and Ohio on Genealogy.com
  • Searched the Mifflin County Historical Society webpage and located a few Hunter men, but have not connected them.
  • Looked through images of Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996 for Gallia, Journals & Wills 1831-1844 and 1841-1849 and found no Hunters.
What would you do next?
What have I missed, short of traveling to Mifflin County?
I welcome any and all suggestions from my very knowledgeable readers.

If you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog, please contact me!

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DEATH CERTIFICATE OF Joseph Jackson Hunter - age 25

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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5 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,

    I’ve researched Pennsylvania genealogy for almost 20 years. Where has the time gone  My family is from Huntingdon County, PA, for the most part, but I've also found records in the counties erected to/from Huntingdon.

    On 19 Sept 1789, Mifflin County was erected from both Cumberland and Northumberland. Centre County was erected from Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland and Huntingdon counties on 13 February 1840. You possibly could find records in any of these other counties, especially land patents and warrants for Rev. Isaac’s family. Bellefonte is now the county seat of Centre County, you could find records at the Court House there for the time period you are searching.

    Here are some PA sources I use:

    • http://www.pa-roots.org/data/index.php?99 record transcriptions for all counties
    • http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/ some of the maps are too contemporary for your timeframe but could give you perspective for locations
    • http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Pennsylvania/viewer.htm insert date to see counties that existed at that point in time
    • http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-534WhitesideMaps/r017-534WhitesideMapInterface.htm Melish-Whiteside maps from 1816-1921, increase file size to see surnames of residents
    • http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/land_records/3184 Pa land patents and warrants
    • http://www.krishocker.com/how-to-use-the-online-land-records-at-the-pa-state-archives/ how to use the PA archives land patent/warrant site

    Good luck with your search!

    Sue Palmer

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    1. Thanks so much for your input Sue. I recognize some of those sites, but not all of them. Pennsylvania is a tough state to research in. Kinda like New York. At least the later PA death certs have been released. That solved one of my problems on another ancestor. This one has been ongoing for over 10 years. I have to think that if I could get to a courthouse in Mifflin or one of the surrounding counties, I could find what I need. I'll never give up though :)
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  2. You could try the Centre County Library Pennsylvania. It is the first link on the list.

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pacentre/cadd01.htm

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  3. Another resource is the Lycoming College in Williamsport PA. It is a Methodist College and the Library Archivist has a collection on churches and ministers of the area. I was searching for circuit rider records, they do not exist but some of the records of an established church may.

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    1. Claudia - thank you for both of your suggestions. I will give them a try. Collaboration is one of the only ways I know of to get more eyes on a particular subject. We all have different levels of experience an knowledge. Sharing that with one another is truly helpful.
      I appreciate your input.

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