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David Clark HUNTER
Maria STEPHENSON
Achsah McCRAY
Husband:  David Clark HUNTER
Birth:  17 Nov 1794, South Carolina
Death:  1 Sep 1876, Anderson Co., TX
Disposition:  buried Old Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX
Military:  War of 1812
Father:  Jacob HUNTER
Mother:  Ann CLARK
Marriage-1:  5 Oct 1824, Washington Co., TN
Wife:  Maria STEPHENSON
Marriage-2:  23 Mar 1830, Washington Co., TN
Wife-2:  Achsah McCRAY
Birth:  14 Sep 1805, TN, probably Washington Co., but possibly Davidson [now Williamson] Co.
Death:  15 Feb 1882, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX 
Disposition:  buried Old Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX
Father:  Capt. Henry McCRAY
Mother:  Mary MOORE
Children with Maria STEPHENSON:
?
Children with Achsah McCRAY:
1.  Marie HUNTER, b. 1831/2, TN, presumably Washington Co.
2.  Julia Ann HUNTER [twin], b. 1832/3, TN, presumably Washington Co.
3.  Edgar HUNTER [twin], b. 1832/3, TN, presumably Washington Co.
4.  Henry Jacob HUNTER, b. 11 Mar 1838, GA (said to be Summerville, Chattooga Co.)
5.  John David Clark HUNTER, b. 1842/3, GA (said to be Summerville, Chattooga Co.)


Timeline
Year Location Event
1794 SC birth of David Clark HUNTER
    birth of Maria STEPHENSON
1805 TN birth of Achsah McCRAY
1805 GA: beginning of the Land Lotteries, which dispensed Creek and Cherokee lands to Europeans
1824 TN: Washington Co. marriage of David Clark HUNTER to Maria STEPHENSON
1828 GA: gold "discovered" in northern Georgia, begins the nation's first "gold rush"
1830 Census TN: Washington Co. David C. HUNTER, head-of-household
1830 TN: Washington Co. marriage of David Clark HUNTER to Achsah McCRAY
1831 GA: Cherokee Co. formed from Cherokee lands in northwest Georgia
1831/2 TN birth of daughter, Marie
1832 GA: Floyd and Murray Cos. are formed from Cherokee Co.;
Gold Lotteries and Land Lotteries dispense the last of the Cherokee lands to whites,
bringing an end to the Cherokee Nation and culminating in the infamous "Trail of Tears"
1832/3 TN birth of twins, Julia Ann and Edgar
1833 GA: Walker Co. formed from Murray Co.
1832-38 Tennessee to Georgia family moves
1838 GA birth of son, Henry
1838 GA: Chattooga Co. formed from Floyd and Walker Cos.
1840 Census    
1842/3 GA birth of son, John
1842-50 Georgia to Texas family moves
1846 TX: Anderson Co. formed from Houston Co.
1850 Census TX: Anderson Co.: Palestine David C. HUNTER, head-of-household
1860 Census TX: Anderson Co.: Palestine D.C. HUNTER, head-of-household
1870 Census TX: Anderson Co.: Palestine D.C. HUNTER, head-of-household
1876 TX: Anderson Co. death of David Clark HUNTER
1880 Census TX: Anderson Co.: Palestine Achsah HUNTER, head-of-household
1882 TX: Anderson Co. death of Achsah (McCRAY) HUNTER

Sources:

1.  Family Group Sheet prepared by Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati and her grandmother, Maude Irene (Thompson) Rose.

2.  Byron Sistler & Barbara Sistler.  1987.  Early East Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1, Grooms.  Byron Sistler & Assoc., Inc., Nashville, TN.  On p. 182:
Hunter, David C. to Maria Stephenson 10-5-1824 [Wa]
Hunter, David C. to Achsah McCray 3-23-1830 [Wa]

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):
1830 Census Hunter, David C. TN Washington Co. p. 10
1832 Hunter, David C. TN Washington Co.  

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  Chattooga Co., GA, records not on CD.

5.  1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com mis-indexed as David C. "Hunts"):  Hotel, Town of Palestine, Anderson Co., TX, p. 1, 1/1, enumerated 17 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
David C. Hunter 55 M Hotel Keeper 1500 S Carolina
Achsah     " 45 F     Tenn
Julia A    " 17 F      "
Henry J    " 13 M     Georgia
John D     "  7 M        "
[12 guests]          

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1860 (Broderbund CD-318):
1860 Hunter, D.C. TX Anderson Co. Town of Palestine p. 7

7.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1870 (Broderbund CD-319):
1870 Hunter, D.C. TX Anderson Co. Palestine P.O. p. 55

8.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1880 (Broderbund CD-320):
1880 Hunter, Achshah TX Anderson Co. Palestine p. 35

9.  Philip Roger McCray.  1993.  McCrays of America.  2nd ed.  Heritage Books, Bowie, MD.  On p. 142:
The children of Henry and Mary Moore McCray... (6) Achsah, born 1805, married D.C. Hunter 23 March 1830, to Chattooga County, Georgia, and Anderson County, Palestine, Texas...

10.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.

11.  WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).

12.   AniMap Plus: County Boundary Historical Atlas. (On CD.) Gold Bug Software, Alamo, CA.

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