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GUNTER Family
Submitted by P. Beaurega

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Uncle of JOT Gunter  Sr. born in Grayson County, TX 1871 ; Lived in Paul's Valley, OK.
 
In Oklahoma City at Fairlawn Cemetery is the wife of the great. uncle of Jot GUNTER Sr. born in Grayson County, TX in 1871.  Jot was the son of
Jesse Lemuel Gunter b. 1843 NC and Rachel Garrett b. 1848 GA.  Jot 1871 moved to Paul's Valley, OK after living in Cooke County, TX.  This
gt.uncle of Jot's was Doctor William J. GUNTER born ca 1810 in NC.  He moved to Wood County Texas at the same time as Lemuel GUNTER 1802 and Rebecca WILLIAMS all from NC.  Lemuel Gunter went first to Heard County, GA by 1850 and moved to Wood County in 1855 to join their son Abner Gunter who was already living there since 1852.  After W. J Gunter died, his wife and a few of the kids moved to Oklahoma City by 1900. 
Here's who I think were the distant ancestors of these Gunters in OKC
and Paul's Valley, OK.
 
Eleanor Shuford was the wife of Doctor William J. Gunter, born ca 1810, NC.  He died in Ellis County, TX in about 1874-1875.  He was the brother
of Lemuel Gunter born ca 1802, NC that married Rebecca Williams in Guilford County, NC on July 3, 1824.  This is proven by examining the
census in Wood County, TX in 1860, the records in NC on W. J. Gunter, NC marriage records in the IGI and on WC, and tracing him through the tax
records in Wood and Ellis Counties.  He never went to Cooke County, Texas with Wm, Addison, Jesse Lemuel, Ike J., or Joseph Hamilton
"Harper" Gunter.  He went to Ellis County instead. 
This means Dr. Gunter was also the son of militia Captain William Gunter born ca 1780 and Margaret Jones.  The Captain was proven, research, and published by Kay Gunn.  Margaret JONES was the daughter of Javis/Jarvie Jones.  Ditto Kay's work. 
I have traced all the family and in-laws of Lemuel and Rebecca after Heard Co., GA, 1850.  I traced this Dr. Gunter's landholdings/tax
listings and found he overlapped with my research line of Jesse Lemuel Gunter born 1843, NC too much.  It was clear that he was either the
brother of Lemuel Gunter and a son of Captain Gunter, or he was a cousin of a brother of Captain William GUNTER.  It appears the former is the
case; born 1802 versus 1810 and not born in 1774 to 1784. 
Lemuel Gunter born in ca 1802, NC died most likely in Wood County, TX; after 1873; and probably lived near some place called forks Sabine
(sic). There is no way he and his father, Lemuel 1802, are both buried in Alice, TX, as some claim on ancestry.  Only Jesse Lemuel Gunter,
C.S.A. and Indian War ranger under Captain John Hobbs, is proven to be buried at Alice, TX with his daughter Rosa Gunter and grand.daughter Jettie. 
Unlike some others claim, it was proven that Rebecca Williams lived with her only biological daughter Martha ANN Gunter and Martha's husband,
John W. Childers in Cooke, TX in 1880.  So Rebecca did not die before 1880 like Lemuel did.
 
The first Gunter to live in Wood County, TX was the son-in-law of the first settler of Wood County.  That settler was Martin Varner.  Abner Y.
Gunter lived in Wood County in 1852 and maybe as early as 1851.  That's how he met the Varner's daughter that he first married. That's how
Lemuel Gunter of Heard County and Dr. William J Gunter of NC knew about Wood County.  They were related to each other and to Abner Gunter.
 
Who was the part owner in the Gunter merchant business in Quitman, TX? Pioneering brother Abner GUNTER.  When did the Gunter brothers, Wm, Jesse Lemuel, and Harper first own land in Cooke County?  Tax records show a surprising 1867.  Also in Cooke County at that time was future
father-in-law Dr. Samuel Seth Ligon who is listed in 1862.
 
Who were the forgotten and "poor" Gunter land owners?  Jesse Lemuel Gunter, Joseph 'Harper' Hamilton Gunter, and Isaac J. Gunter.  For
example, in 1867 in Cooke County, Jesse Lemuel Gunter owned 855 acres, had 50 horses, and has a net value of $3000.  Also listed were Harper
Gunter, 0? acres, 10 horses, $550 and W. W. Gunter with 0? acres, 2 horses, and $335.  So the Gunters were looking at Cooke County much
earlier than 1869.  Wm. W., Addison Y., and Jot (born GA) were not the only ones with large land holdings.  Ike owned 272 acres in Cooke in
1873.  Harper owned 1360 acres in Cooke Co. in 1873.  In 1879, W. W. owned 3618 acres, Harper had 1414 acres, and John W. Childers had 419.5
acres.  Jesse Lemuel owned 174 acres in 1892 in Ellis Co.  By 1893 Jesse had 227 acres in Ellis County.
 
In 1856, Dr. W. J. Gunter owned 320 acres in Wood County and later owned 32 acres in Ellis County just before he died.  In 1856, Lemuel Gunter
1802 NC owned 320 acres and J. H. Gunter owned 519.8 acres.  In 1855, Abner Gunter owned 320 acres from Jane Beem and these same acres are
owned by Lemuel Gunter in 1856.  In 1855,  W. J., A. Y., and W. W. Gunter are listed.  So these families were in Wood County in 1855.
 
In 1867, S. S. Ligon/Lygon owned 1236 acres apparently next to the Gunter brothers in Cooke County.
 
Why did Jot Gunter 1871, the son of Jesse Lemuel Gunter, go to Paul's Valley?  Why did Eleanor Shuford Gunter and her kids go to OKC?  In
1867-1868 Jot Senior's father Jesse Lemuel Gunter was a Ranger for Texas.  William, Addison, Jules, Jesse, Harper Gunter and Mr. Midkiff
chased Indians into Indian Territory (OK) because some 100 horses were stolen.  It appears that this chase or another one was how these two
Gunter families knew about the land in OK above Cooke County by 1900. William Henry Childers does not say when his Uncle Harper's Indian chase took place but they got all the horses back.  The ca 1868 "depredation"case and first claim for damages was settled about 1888 because the
Midkiff horses were apparently all lost.  Gunter papers page 621.
 

P. Beauregard

Greensburg, PA

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