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The above picture is of the caregiver of Dora Hunter
Spiva, Franklin Hunter, Dora Hunter Spiva, and
me. In that picture Dora was 102 years
old. She didn't look it did she? She died the following year. Notice in the picture it looks like Franklin Hunter is trying to figure me out.
These pictures were taken on the first Sunday of June
2008. That was the last time I attended
the Reunion of the Descendants of John Hunter near Blairsville, Georgia, at
Track Rock Campgrounds.
I always said I think it is small world. No matter where you go, you will run into someone closer to your than you might
never even be aware of. You just have
to say the right things to get the ball
rolling. Take the above man for
instance. I forgot his name, but he is a
distant relative, we are both descended
from John Hunter, or we wouldn't have been there. He had a Marine hat on which prompted me to
ask was he in the Marines. He said he
was, and I said I was in the Navy. He
asked when and I told him. He asked what
ship I served on and I told him the funny little story where my first
assignment the Navy sent me to a Naval Air Base, about fifteen miles inland to
board the ship the USS J.K. TAUSSIG, and the personnel at the NAS Lakehurst , N.J. didn't know what to do with me. He just
looked at me, he didn't see the humor in it.
I told him then eventually I was assigned to a helicopter squadron at
NAS Lakehurst. Then I said, "But to
answer your question I spent two weeks aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS - we went
down the coast , then across the Gulf, up the Mississippi and in New Orleans,
met a British ship and reenacted The Battle of New Orleans."
He then told me he was also on the USS NEWPORT NEWS that
same time. He remembered our New Years
Eve partying in Jacksonville, Florida, going up the Mississippi River and the
reenactment. Small world, I had a
relative on the ship I didn't know about and
that day in 2008 I had a ex-shipmate looking a t me blankly that I
didn't know existed.
This coming Sunday is again the Reunion.
If you are a Descendant of John Hunter that died in Union County,
Choestoe District, about 1848, they would love to see you.