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Jot Gunter of Paul's Valley
and his forgotten Grandmother Rachel

Story by Paul Beauregard
 
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Recently Jot Gunter of Paul's Valley passed away. Jot and his wife Lajuana helped me early on to determine his line and that of Jesse Lemuel Gunter born in NC as best they could.
 
Jot did not know his grandmother's given name or surname. His grandfather, Jesse Lemuel Gunter, was married first to Rachel Garrett, then to Emma Carter, and finally to Adell Lena Bass.

Jot only knew the given names of Emma and Adell. Emma Carter was a problem but Rachel was the one that I was after. Her records were burned up at the Wood County Court House and that made finding out who
she was very difficult. Rachel's name was forgotten by all her descendants. Her daughter Anna is lost. Her son Henry never married and he was a forgotten 'trail dusty cowboy'. Her daughter Rosa is my research line. Rachel's son Jot was Jot of Paul's Valley's father.
 
It turns out that forgotten cowboy Henry L. Gunter died in Shreveport and on his death certificate was his mother's name. Rachel Garrett. I searched for ten years for her and did a lot of postings to see what I could catch. Then Henry of Houston told me about the Henry Gunter death certificate he had from LA and sent me a copy. Henry of Houston lived near Katy, TX like my son at the time, and Henry was descended from Jesse Lemuel Gunter's brother Isaac 'IKE' Gunter born in the Carolinas. Ike died in Wood County, TX when he was thrown from his buckboard.
 
Nothing about Rachel was easy. However, I traced her to Mary Pyle and then onto Sir Edmond Harwell born about 1567 in Worcester, England. He died about 1620 in Campbell County, Virginia. So he was Rachel's immigrant ancestor from England named Harwell.
 
One of Edmond's ancestors was John Harwell, researched by Thomas Harwell originally, that was born in 1295 and died in 1301 in England. His ancestor was Thomas attle Halle born about 1235 and that died in England
in 1275. This line goes back to 1182 A.D as attle.

Not bad for a forgotten cowboy with no kids and his mother, Rachel Garrett, that was married for only a few years to Jesse Lemuel Gunter. There are only two known lines from Rachel. One is Ben Phelps, grandson of Rachel and Jesse Lemuel Gunter through their daughter Rosa, and the other line is through Jot Gunter of Paul's Valley's line through his father Jot Gunter Sr., born to Rachel. Daughter Anna Gunter was "married to a 'Mann' with a son named Jack Mann'" but I never found may record of her or Jack anywhere in any documents in Texas. Mann was all the Gunter descendants like Winnie Gunter Guthrie and Lajuana Hatman Gunter knew. Rosa's other surviving children had no kids of their own. Otto Phelps lived in New Orleans and had an adopted son. Ward Phelps died in Stockton, CA with no issue.
 

As you can see, it pays to look at everyone in a family and not to give up. Someone out there has one little piece you need to break the log jam. Unlike the Jot, Wm, and Addison Gunter researchers, I researched every single brother of Jesse Lemuel Gunter born in 1843 in NC. Joseph Harper Hamilton Gunter's two wives and kids have also been researched back to GA. Researching every year of the Wood and Cooke County tax records shows that Jesse and Harper also had large land holdings, not just the famous Jot, William, and Addison Gunters. Based on the approximate death date for Rachel and the location of Jesse Lemuel Gunter at tax time, I believe now that Rachel was not buried in McComb or Gunter, TX, in Grayson County but at the Captain William Washington and Lt. Addison Yancy Gunter ranch in Cooke County in an unmarked grave in the Gunter Cemetery.
 
Jesse's wife, Adell Lena Bass, died in Austin at the Woman's Confederate Home after a three year stay and then was buried in Waxahachie, TX. She married Jesse on December 21st, 1886 in Ellis County. Emma Carter
married Jesse Lemuel Gunter in Fannin County, TX on Jan 10, 1875. Emma Carter was not traceable. Rachel E. Garrett married Jesse about 1864 and Anna was born in 1865.
 
So who was the first Gunter son of Lemuel Gunter and Rebecca Williams to explore moving to Texas? If was Abner Gunter in 1850, not Johnathan 'Jot' Gunter born in GA. Abner was a pioneer of Wood County and of
Cooke County. Abner was a clerk and co-merchant in the Gunter merchantile business in TX. Abner married TERESSA JANE VARNER in 1855 and she died May 19, 1856. Next Abner married PHOEBE G. MABRY.
Phoebe's mother in the 1860 census was LYNNEA LINEA STALLINGS. Abner died before 1860 but Phoebe died after 1860.
 
The only proven children of Lemuel Gunter and Rebecca (Williams) Gunter and the CSA sons were: Captain William Washington Gunter 1825, Abner Y. Gunter 1829, Joseph 'Harper' Hamilton Gunter 1831, Lt. Addison Yancey Gunter 1833, Pvt. Isaac J. Gunter 1835, Lestus Gunter 1838 (lost), Suble/Suble/Schbert 1840--aka S.C., Pvt. Jesse Lemuel Gunter 1843, Pvt. Johnathan 'Jot' Gunter 1845, and Martha Ann Gunter (Mrs John Childers) 1848.
 
Daughters-in-law and sons-in-law were: Roasmond F. Geer, Rosa Ligon, Teressa Jane Varner, Phoebe G. Mabry, Elizabeth Mosely, Mary E. [McCraw] Cole, Elizabeth 'Bettie' Ligon, Sarah R. Lakey, Sarah Frances 'Frank' Cobb (impossible to trace), Rachel E. Garrett, Emma Carter, Adell Lena Bass, Roxanna L. Ford, and John Wesley Childers. All these ladies and their families have been researched by Paul Beauregard in depth. These detailed records have been shared with extensive Gunter line researchers in TX and their Gunter database.
 
R.I.P. all and dedicated to Jot Gunter Jr., his wife Lajuana Hatman, and
his cousin Ben Phelps that Jot helped raise after Ben's mother Rosa
Gunter died.
HTH,
Paul Beauregard
Greensburg, PA

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