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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James T. Hunter, furniture dealer, undertaker and general repairer, is the third in a family of ten children born to William R. and George Ane Hunter. The father was a native Kentuckian, and learned the carpenter trade in Lexington, which occupation he followed, in connection with the management of a farm near the above mentioned place, until 1866. He then sold out, and moved to Owen County, where he died about January, 1887. The mother was also a native of Kentucky, and her ancestors came from that State to Virginia at an early day. Mrs. Hunter is still living at the old home place in Owen County. They were both active and hard-working people. James T. Hunter was reared to farm life, attended the common schools, and worked at the carpenter trade with his father. At the beginning of the late war he enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was with Gen. Morgan in his raid through Ohio. They crossed the Ohio River July 7, 1863, 3,000 strong, and, after many narrow escapes, he was captured near Salineville, Ohio, and on the 26th was sent to Camp Chase, where he was kept a prisoner until October 1, when he was transferred for exchange to Camp Douglas, Ill. He was discharged February 14, 1865, reached Richmond, Va., March 2, and returned to his old home July 7, 1865. He was in a number of severe battles, but was never wounded. After the war he began working at the carpenter trade, which he continued in Kentucky until in 1871, and then came to Missouri. He settled in Fulton, Callaway County, and was there married to Miss Ida Ford, February 1, 1872. Her parents were natives of Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were born two children, one of whom died prior to the latter’s death, which occurred eight years after her marriage, and the other shortly after her death. January 3, 1882, Mr. Hunter married Miss Mildred Hughes, a native of Kentucky, and in May of the same year they moved to Aurora Springs, where Mr. Hunter opened a furniture store in partnership with J. W. Swatwood. At the end of eighteen months Mr. Hunter bought out his partner, and has since conducted the business alone. As a builder, he erected the public school building of Aurora, and finished the tower of the Presbyterian Church. He takes an active part in politics, and is at present justice of the peace and mayor of the city, and is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. To his last union were born two children—Nola and Luther C. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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