Welcome to JacobHunterTrust.Org

Emanuel Hunter's Log home built in 1818

Emanuel Hunter's Log home built in 1818

We, as children of these great mothers and fathers upon whose shoulders we stand, wish to celebrate their lives and sacrifices by unfolding their legacies and honoring the grounds where they forever lie.

The Jacob Hunter Trust was formed October 2, 1991 with the purpose to restore and maintain our family cemeteries and to preserve and distribute information about those related to, and descendants of, Jacob Hunter, the Revolutionary War soldier and his wife Mary “Polly” Dancer Hunter Lee. Since our early founding, research and involvement from family have expanded knowledge of our Hunter line to include all descendants of William Hunter, our immigrant, who settled in Nansemond County, Virginia about 1685. With the state boundary line change in 1728, William’s land is now located in Gates County, North Carolina. Read more…

Our Cemeteries

William Hunter Cemetery

William Hunter Family Cemetery,
Est. 1695

Sunbury, NC

William Hunter Cemetery
Braxton Lee Cemetery

Braxton Lee Cemetery,
Est. 1796

Ashland City, TN

Braxton Lee Cemetery
Theophilus Hunter Cemetery

Theophilus Hunter Cemetery,
Est. 1798

Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina

Theophilus Hunter Cemetery
Jacob Hunter Cemetery

Jacob Hunter Cemetery,
Est. 1838

White Ash, IL

Jacob Hunter Cemetery
Allen Hunter Cemetery

Allen Hunter Cemetery,
Est. 1849

Williamson County, IL

Allen Hunter Cemetery
Dr. Henry Holmes Hunter Cemetery

Dr. Henry Holmes Hunter Cemetery,
Est. 1855

Corapeake (Gates County), NC

Dr. Henry Holmes Hunter Cemetery
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News & Projects

William Hunter of Nansemond Co. And His Early Descendants - Book

Limited copies of the book William Hunter of Nansemond Co. And His Early Descendants (2013) are still available. This historic book covers the first three generations of our immigrant, William Hunter, who came to America around 1685 from England and settled in what was then Virginia.  Contact Lynn Hunter Palmer at [email protected]. The price of the book is $34.00 that includes shipping.

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The Jacob Hunter Trust depends on individual financial contributions to support our research and the ongoing repair and maintenance of our family cemeteries. We are a Tax-Exempt, 501 (c) 13 Charitable Organization.




We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.
Poem - Dear Ancestor - by Walter Butler Palmer (1906)