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 in 1685. With the state boundary line change in 1728, William’s land is now located in Gates County, North Carolina.
Cemeteries we currently oversee or maintain:
William Hunter Family Cemetery, Established in 1695, Gates County, North Carolina
Theophilus Hunter Cemetery, Established in 1798, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
The Braxton Lee Cemetery, Established 1796 in Ashland City, Cheatham County, Tennessee. This is where Jacob Hunter, Revolutionary War soldier and namesake for this trust, is buried. Many in our line also descend from Charles Braxton Lee for whom this cemetery is named.
The Jacob Hunter Cemetery, Established in 1838 near White Ash, Williamson County, Illinois. This cemetery was named for the grandson of Jacob Hunter, the Revolutionary War soldier
The Allen Hunter Cemetery, Established in 1849 near Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois
In our first year, 16 people donated money to assist the Trust with our first project, to restore the Jacob Hunter Cemetery, repair grave markers, and install a fence and a sign. In 1993 the Trust was asked to care for the Allen Hunter Cemetery southeast of Herrin, IL. This cemetery was named for the Reverend Allen Hunter, a brother to Jacob Hunter and grandson of Jacob Hunter, the Revolutionary War soldier for whom this Trust is named. In 2018 we began working to save the Theophilus Hunter Cemetery from being moved from the campus on North Carolina State University, and in 2019 we discovered the original Hunter family cemetery in America, the William Hunter Cemetery, located on William Hunter’s original land patent near Sunbury, North Carolina.
In addition to restoring and maintaining family burial grounds, the Trust began publishing the Jacob Hunter Trust Newsletter. This served as a vehicle for distributing information about family history, providing revenue and expense detail, and recruiting support for the work of the Trust.
In 1999 we began work to locate and record the location of the Braxton Lee Cemetery in Ashland City, TN. This is the location where our great grandfathers Braxton Lee and Jacob Hunter, for whom this Trust is named, were buried. In 2009 we surveyed and recorded the location of this historic cemetery.
With the sacrifice and support of many, the Jacob Hunter Trust achieved multiple accomplishments:
The work of the Jacob Hunter Trust and the articles we develop for the Newsletter carry forward the dedicated work of many who have contributed thousands of hours and dollars to uncover and preserve our rich family heritage. Our research and publications share and honor the contributions of people such as Clyde H. Hunter, Belva Hunter Hall, Pauline Mason, Lawrence and Lettie Hunter, Ernest E. Hunt IV, R. David Lee, Thomas E. Hunter, Raymond Hunter, William T. Cross, Still Hunter Jr., Surry P. Roberts, MD, and others.
We look forward to recruiting a new generation of people interested in advancing the work of the Trust through historical research, volunteering for various projects, assisting in the maintenance of our family cemeteries, and providing financial support.
Richard H. Hunter, Trustee
Please join us!