Friday, March 11, 2011

Who Do I Think I am? Wow! part 2



Jason Henderson Hunter’s father was John Hunter. John died about 1848 in Union County, Georgia just south of Blairsville. John and his family were early settlers of Union County. He was a famer and professional whiskey distiller. He had a distilling business in Buncombe County, North Carolina, but moved to Georgia to avoid paying state taxes.

John Hunter's Cabin

Most of John Hunter’s descendents were hard working farmers and other types of workers. Here are some that stood out.

Rebecca Hunter, one of John Hunter’s daughters, married Samuel Riley Lance. This is what I read about Samuel Riley Lance:

A friend of his (Samuel Riley Lance), whose name has long since been forgotten, was to have a duel with a fellow from Union County, and as fate would have it he became sick, not being able to fill the appointed date. Dueling custom has it that if you are sick you have the right to name a replacement, so Samuel Lance, being noted as a fighting man, was chosen to fight in his stead. He came to Union County by request, to uphold the honor of a friend, fought the duel and won, leaving his adversary, against whom he had no malice, lying motionless up the ground.

Samuel Riley Lance came to Union County in the Spring of 1839. He returned to Buncombe County and told his brothers and moved his family one year later.
- From BLOOD MOUNTAIN COVENANT, A SON'S REVENGE pp7-8, by Charles E. Hill

Who did he stand in for? It might have been his father-in-law, my ancestor, John Hunter, who was already living in Union County at the time.

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