Children of Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks: Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey Hunter (1834-1921)

Tombstone of Margaret Lindsey Hunter, Liberty Baptist cemetery, Martin, Red River Parish, Louisiana; photo uploaded to her Find a Grave memorial page by Kelly Browne

I do not have information about who erected Margaret’s tombstone or when it was erected. Because Margaret was living with son Marshall and his family when the 1920 federal census was taken, a year prior to her death, I think it’s likely that her son Marshall, who is buried in the Liberty cemetery along with wife Laura Jane, commissioned the tombstone and provided the information for it.[2] All federal censuses from 1850 to 1920 show Margaret born in Alabama in 1834 or 1835. 

Alabama Years and Marriage to William T. Hunter

The estate documents of her father Dennis Lindsey in Lawrence County, Alabama, show Margaret as a minor heir of the estate who was still under guardianship of her uncle James B. Speake when the estate was settled in May 1846. The 1850 federal census shows Margaret (aged 16) living at home in Oakville with her mother Jane Brooks Lindsey and younger brother Dennis James Lindsey.[3]

Confederate widows’ pension application of Margaret Lindsey Hunter; Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications, “Huey, James G.-Illsley, Adele (Widow) Charles H., 1898-1950,” online at Family Search

According to a pension claim Margaret made for her husband’s Confederate service on 31 May 1916 in Coushatta, Louisiana, she married William Hunter on 12 November 1851 in “Lion” County, Alabama, with Rev. Dancy officiating.[4] William was the son of John T. Hunter and Louvisa Bentley, and was born 11 December 1828 at Oakville.[5] The 1850 federal census shows William living with Margaret’s brother Samuel Asbury Lindsey, who had married William’s sister Mary Jane Hunter on 12 October 1848 in Lawrence County.[6]

As with Margaret’s sister Frances and her marriage to Samuel Hiram Kellogg, I have not been able to find this marriage record in Lawrence County, Alabama, marriage books or loose-papers marriage files. In the case of Frances, who married 8 November 1848, her family bible gives the date of marriage and states that she and Samuel H. Kellogg were married in Alabama, and her pension application for her husband’s Confederate service states that the couple were married on 8 November 1848 at Oakville, Alabama, by Rev. David Dancy. As I noted in discussing Frances’s marriage, this is David Mason Dancy, a Methodist minister of Lawrence County who wrote an obituary of Frances and Margaret’s sister Mary Jane for the Nashville Christian Advocate when Mary Jane died on 31 January 1850. 

Move to Louisiana, 1859-1860

Between 20 February 1859, when their son William Marshall Hunter was born in Lawrence County, and 7 July 1860, when they are enumerated on the federal census in Homer, Louisiana,[7] the Hunters left Alabama and went to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, where Margaret’s siblings Mark Jefferson, Frances Rebecca, and Samuel Asbury Lindsey had settled. The census lists William as 31, a farmer with $500 personal worth, born in Alabama. Wife Margaret T. is 25 and also born in Alabama. In the household are children James W. (James Walter), 6, M.J. (Mary Jane), 3, and W.M. (William Marshall), all born in Alabama. 

William Hunter’s Confederate service file; NARA, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana, M320, RG 109; online at Fold3.

On 20 August 1862, William Hunter was conscripted into Company E of Louisiana’s 1st Heavy Artillery (Confederate) unit at Natchitoches. His service papers state that he was captured when Vicksburg fell on 4 July 1863. The service papers contain the oath of loyalty to the federal government he signed on 8 July, and state that after the fall of Vicksburg, he had been absent without leave and had returned to Louisiana.[8] Note that Margaret’s pension application correctly states that her husband served in the Heavy Artillery Battalion, but incorrectly states that this was the Consolidated Crescent Regiment (in which her nephews Michael Dorsey and Thomas L. Lindsey served) — and this is why her claim was denied.

In my file of notes for William Hunter, I have a note stating that in 1865, he appears on the tax rolls in Natchitoches Parish with 246 acres of land, of which 230 acres were under cultivation. I have to tell readers that, unfortunately, I cannot find my source for that information and cannot offer a citation to substantiate this note. It’s possible that I went through tax lists in Natchitoches and Red River Parishes at some point in the past — perhaps in published form? — and recorded this note at that point, since I also have a note (see below) about his being on the Red River Parish tax list in 1871. Please take this information about the 1865 tax list with a grain of salt until I can find its source.

The Move to Natchitoches (Later Red River) Parish by 1865

If the 1865 tax list note is correct, it appears the Hunter family had moved after 1860 down from Homer to Coushatta Chute in Natchitoches Parish, a part of that parish that would become Red River Parish in 1870, with Coushatta as the parish seat. Margaret’s siblings Frances Kellogg and Mark J. Lindsey would join the Hunters there prior to 1870. The fact that William Hunter enlisted in the CSA in August 1862 at Natchitoches may indicate that the Hunters had settled in Natchitoches Parish already by August 1862. According to Clothilde W. Atkins, Liberty Baptist church at Martin in Red River Parish (previously Natchitoches), in which William and Margaret Hunter’s family played a leading role, was organized 9 August 1862.[9]

If William and Margaret Hunter were among the founding members of that church, they would have been in Natchitoches Parish by August 1862 date. Liberty church minutes for the period 1862-1882 appear to be lost, unfortunately, so it’s impossible to use them to document when the Hunter family first appeared in the records of that church (see infra, n. 9, for information about this). 

Barney Hunter states,[10]

William, Margaret and several of their children were devout and highly respected members of the Liberty Baptist Church. This church was organized on Aug. 9, 1862, by Rev. John Dupree and Several others. …

William Marshall [Hunter] and Laura Jane were [also] very devout and respected members of the Liberty Baptist Church. He and his father, William, are shown as moderators and church clerks between Oct. 1883 and Jan. 1900.

Legal notice regarding estate of John T. Hunter, Moulton Advertiser (10 August 1867), p. 3, col. 3. 

On 10 August 1867, the Moulton Advertiser newspaper (Lawrence County, Alabama) printed a legal notice issued on 8 August stating that Lavisa Hunter and D. (Darius) Lynch, administrators of the estate of John T. Hunter, deceased, had filed a petition for Lavisa to be allocated her dower share of the estate.[11] Notice was being given to the heirs of John T. Hunter of the upcoming hearing to allocate Lavisa’s dower share. The notice states that the heirs included William T. Hunter, who resided in the state of Louisiana. This notice was reprinted in several subsequent issues of the same paper. This is the only document I have found showing William Hunter with a middle initial T. Like his father John T. Hunter, it’s possible he retained the “Tod” tag from the family’s original name, Todhunter. On the Todhunter background of the Lawrence County, Alabama, Hunter family, see this previous posting.

John and his wife Louvisa Bentley Hunter are buried in Friendship Baptist cemetery at Danville in Morgan County, Alabama, with his tombstone stating that he died 12 November 1868. That date of death cannot be correct, however, given the legal notice issued on 8 August 1867 in Lawrence County that John was deceased and his estate was being administered. According to Barney K. Hunter, who cites the tombstone date of death, John lost four children within a short period of time, became severely depressed, and took his own life, tying a gun to a gate and shooting himself.[12]

“To Brother Barbee,” Moulton Advertiser (2 March 1909), p. 2, col. 2

John’s suicide is mentioned in a letter Sarah E. Kitchens West sent to the Moulton Advertiser on 21 February 1909 from Danville. Sarah noted that in an article in the same paper published a few weeks earlier (9 February), S.W. Barbee had spoken of the suicide of Rollin Hampton.[13] But it was John Hunter, father of Dick Hunter, who had gone to school to Professor Cooper at Oakville, who killed himself, she states. Dick Hunter was John and Louvisa Hunter’s youngest son George Richard Hunter (born in 1853). It’s worth noting that Sarah’s sisters Martha W. and Frances Tranquilla Kitchens married Lindsey cousins: Martha married John Dennis Lindsey, son of Fielding Wesley Lindsey and Clarissa E. Brooks, and Frances married William Burke Lindsey, son of David Dinsmore Lindsey and Sarah Brooks. These two Lindsey men were first cousins of Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey Hunter.

In 1870, the family of William and Margaret Lindsey Hunter appears at Coushatta Chute in Natchitoches Parish not long before this part of the parish would become Red River Parish.[14] The census shows William Hunter as 40, a farmer with $300 real property and $200 personal, born in Mississippi. William is listed as illiterate. His place of birth is incorrect. As I have noted previously, for reasons I cannot explain, many citizens of Natchitoches Parish for whom there is solid proof of literacy were designated as illiterate on the 1870 federal census — though it’s possible William actually was illiterate, given that the 1880 federal census again lists him as unable to read and write. Wife Margaret is 35, also erroneously given a Mississippi birthplace. In the household are children Mary Anne, 15, Marshall, 12, Vitha, 8; Charles, 5; Mitchell, 3, and John, 1. The census (again erroneously) has the first two children born in Mississippi, and the others in Louisiana. 

Regarding the illiteracy listing for William Hunter in 1870 and 1880: note that both the 1900 and 1910 census list him as able to read and write. On those documents, see infra, n. 2.

Mary Anne is listed as a cook and Marshall as a farm laborer. Mary Anne is William and Margaret’s oldest daughter Mary Jane, who was evidently assisting her mother in cooking for the family. Vitha is Louvisa Frances, discussed in this previous posting about the Kellogg family. In 1881 she would marry her first cousin Samuel Hiram Kellogg.

As I noted previously, my notes for William Hunter state, source not identified, that he appears on the tax list in Red River Parish in 1871 taxed for 326 acres of land in that parish. I encourage readers to take this information with a grain of salt until it has been verified and documented.

As has been previously noted, two letters that Margaret Lindsey Hunter’s older sister Sarah Lindsey Speake wrote to Margaret in Coushatta from Oakville, Alabama, have been preserved by Margaret’s descendants. Sarah wrote Margaret on 1 May 1877 and 31 May 1880, stating in the first letter that her practice was to send a letter to all of her siblings at the start of each year, and if they wrote back, she continued corresponding with them. Since I discussed the two letters in the posting I have just linked, I won’t repeat what I said about them previously, except to note that the May 1877 letter mentions that Sarah was responding to a letter from Margaret in which her sister told her that the Hunter family had had “a heap of sickness.” Sarah advised her sister and husband to “pull up and move to a healthier place.” Margaret had also told Sarah that her son Marshall (William Marshall) Hunter (1859-1935) was leaving home, which was a worry to Margaret and his aunt Sarah since “he is just right to be ruined by bad associations” — but Sarah reckoned he would be glad to be back in a year.

Benjamin Dennis Lindsey, a son of Margaret and Sarah’s brother Mark Jefferson Lindsey, had gone to Texas in 1873, spending a year working on the farm of his uncle Thomas Madison Lindsey in McLennan County, then going “up the trail” on a cattle drive before joining the Texas Rangers. Marshall and other younger Lindsey cousins had itchy feet in these years to join their cousin B.D. in his life of adventure in Texas. If Marshall did join his cousin in Texas in 1877, his stay there was brief, since he married Laura Jane Dupree on 8 January 1879 in Red River Parish and settled down after that to a life as a merchant first at Martin and then in Coushatta, and as a Baptist preacher.

Sarah’s letter also indicates that she feared she would never see her sister Margaret again, since Sarah was too feeble to travel to Louisiana to see her, and Margaret couldn’t travel with her small children.  Sarah suggests that Margaret’s husband William Hunter bring their older daughters to Alabama to spend time with their relatives, where they would see and learn much. 

When Sarah wrote this letter, Margaret had a son Thomas Jefferson, three years old, who would die in July 1877. His brother George Washington, two years older, had died in 1874. Another son, John Dennis, was eight years old in 1877. The sister immediately older than him, Ida Tranquilla, had died aged five in 1871.

Sarah’s second letter to Margaret in May 1880 ends with a request that Margaret give her love to husband William and all, and with a wish to see her sister Margaret, though she didn’t expect to see her anymore in this world, and therefore expected to see her in heaven. Sarah died in January 1889.

The Hunter family appears on the 1880 federal census in Red River Parish, with the census stating that William was 51 years old, a farmer born in Alabama.[15] He is once again listed as unable to read and write. Wife M.T. is 46, also born in Alabama. In the household are children L.F. (Louvisa Frances), 18, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 15, John D. (John Dennis), 11, Willie R.S. (William Sockwell Ross), 4, and S. Kellogg, 21. Charles, John, and Samuel Kellogg, who is William and Margaret’s nephew, are all listed as farm laborers. All are born in Louisiana. In the following year, Samuel H. Kellogg would marry William and Margaret’s daughter Louvisa Frances. 

Living next door to his parents in 1880 is the oldest surviving son of William and Margaret, William Marshall Hunter, with his wife Laura Jane Dupree and their oldest daughter Ida Mae. In 1880, these families were living in the community of Liberty in Red River Parish about 10 miles northeast of Coushatta. Liberty began to be settled in the 1850s and at this point had a post office and a store owned by Marshall Hunter.[16]

Legal notice regarding estate of Louvisa//Lavisa Bentley Hunter, Moulton Advertiser, 9 Nov 1882, p. 3, col. 3

On 9 November 1882, William Hunter again appears in a legal notice in the newspaper Moulton Advertiser. This time, the notice concerned the estate of his mother Louvisa Bentley Hunter, who had died on 21 January 1880 in Lawrence County, Alabama, and whose property was being sold by her administrator, son John W. Hunter. The notice calls on William Hunter, who resides in Red River Parish, Louisiana, to respond to the petition for the sale of property.

Margaret and William’s Final Years

I suspect I have not done a thorough search of land records in Claiborne, Natchitoches, and Red River Parish for information about William Hunter. I find in my files only one note about land transactions involving him: on 22 August 1902, William Hunter bought land in Red River Parish from Henry Clay Snead. The tract was the northwest ¼ of the northwest ¼ of section 38, township 13, range 8 east.[17] Two of Marshall Hunter’s daughters married sons of Henry Clay Snead.

William and Margaret Lindsey Hunter about 1890-1900; from Barney Hunter, “William (Billy) Hunter and Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, ed. Red River Parish Heritage Society (Bossier City: Everett, 1989), p. 263

In July 2010, Yvonne Coffey of Shreveport, a descendant of the Dupree family, sent me information about the Hunter family. Her notes indicate that William and Margaret Hunter lived in the direction of Black Lake in extreme northeast Red River Parish. This is generally the location of the Liberty community (now defunct) and is a little ways east of present-day Martin, Louisiana.

Yvonne Coffey states that, in addition to farming, William Hunter was a booking agent, justice of the peace, merchant, ginner, and teacher, who also sold books.[18] Note that if he was illiterate, as the 1870 and 1880 census both indicate, he could not have performed several of those jobs. Yvonne Coffey also states that William Hunter was a devout member of Liberty Baptist church who rode the same white or gray mare to church on Sunday and always tied it to the same limb. Leola H. Loftin also notes in her history of Liberty church in Red River Parish: Our Heritage that Uncle Billy Hunter rode a white mare to church each Sunday, always tying it to the same hickory limb (see infra, n. 9).

For William and Margaret’s listing on the 1900 and 1910 federal censuses, see infra, n. 2.

Tombstone of William Hunter, Liberty cemetery, Martin, Red River Parish, Louisiana; photos uploaded to  his Find a Grave memorial page by Kelly Browne

William Hunter died 19 January 1912 at Coushatta, Louisiana. The date and place of death are stated in his widow Margaret’s previously cited application for a pension for his CSA service.[19] Margaret also states that her husband William died of cancer of the face. The same date of death is given on William Hunter’s tombstone in Liberty Baptist cemetery at Martin.[20]

A biography of William and Margaret’s grandson Dr. Walter Benjamin Hunter, son of William Marshall Hunter and Laura Jane Dupree, in Henry E. Chambers’s History of Louisiana mentions William Hunter, noting that he was a farmer who died at age eighty-three.[21] Noting that Walter Benjamin Hunter was “a gifted physician and surgeon at Coushatta,” the biography states that “his people have long been prominent as planters, merchants, ministers of the Gospel” in that area, and were, on the Hunter line, of English and Scottish ancestry.

Photo of Margaret Lindsey Hunter with son John Dennis Hunter and his children, about 1910-1911; from Wanda Hunter Castello, “Hunter and Rawls Family,” Red River Parish: Our Heritage, ed. Red River Parish Heritage Society (Bossier City: Everett, 1989), p. 254. Children are (l-r) Hazel, Clovis, Clarence, Wiley, Willie, and baby John Kermit in father’s lap.

Margaret survived William by a number of years, spending her final years (as noted previously) with the family of son Marshall, and dying at Coushatta on 26 August 1921. She is buried beside her husband at Liberty cemetery. 

Letter of William Marshall Hunter, 14 June 1920, to his mother Margaret; from Henry C. Lindsey, The Mark Lindsey Heritage, 1740-1983 (Brownwood, Texas, 1983), p. 109

Henry C. Lindsey’s Mark Lindsey Heritage reproduces a 14 June 1920 letter from Marshall Hunter to his mother Margaret.[22] The letter is on the letterhead of Marshall’s son U.H. (Uriah Hogan) Hunter, who had taken over the operation of a store founded by his father in Coushatta. The store was co-owned in 1920 by U.H. Hunter’s father Marshall and U.H. Hunter’s brother Ivy Tilden Hunter, both of whose initials are also on the letterhead. Marshall’s letter to his mother Margaret notes that he had taken dinner the day before at Liberty with his son-in-law Elbert Snead and wife Ida Mae, who was Marshall’s daughter. 

The letter also indicates that Marshall had gone to Alabama — no doubt to visit relatives in Lawrence County — but had not heard from anyone there since his return. It also states that Mrs. Hattie Cotton had taken dinner with his family the evening before. This was Harriet Frances Snead Cotton, a widowed sister of Elbert Luther Snead, husband of Marshall’s daughter Ida Mae; a brother of Hattie and Elbert, Buren Simeon Snead, married Marshall’s daughter QRetta Hunter. Vallie Snead, a sister of Elbert, Hattie, and Buren, married Benjamin Dennis Lindsey, a son of Alexander Cobb Lindsey and Mary Ann Green. Alec Lindsey was a son of Marshall Hunter’s uncle Mark J. Lindsey. 

Mark Lindsey Heritage also reproduces a column by Hershel Culpepper in the Coushatta Citizen newspaper from September 1982.[23] The column notes that it’s transcribing a taped interview with John W. Cannon, who remembered William and Margaret’s son Marshall Hunter. It speaks of Marshall’s father “Uncle Billy Hunter” and of Marshall himself, and appears to be conflating the two, since much that it says about “Uncle Billy” cites facts that clearly apply to his son Marshall. John Cannon states, for instance, that “Uncle Billy” ran for office on the Populist ticket in the 1890s and was thought to have won the election, but was robbed of his seat by vote manipulation. It’s fairly easy to document that this account applies to William Marshall Hunter and not his father William Hunter. 

In an article about the John T. Hunter family in The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama, Estelle Smith states that Margaret’s Lindsey family never accepted her marriage to William Hunter, and disowned her after the marriage.[24] I have to admit finding this report somewhat dubious. The letters Margaret’s sister Sarah sent her in 1877 and 1880 suggest nothing but affection between Margaret and her oldest sister, who invites Margaret to send her husband and older daughters to Alabama to spend time with her family members there. And Margaret’s brother Samuel Asbury Lindsey married as his first wife William Hunter’s sister Mary Jane. I have never heard of any disapproval of this marriage among Lindsey family members. In fact, as Henry C. Lindsey states in his Mark Lindsey Heritage, the Hunter family was “very prominent and highly respected in Red River Parish,” and that’s how I often heard the Hunters spoken about at reunions of my Red River Parish Lindsey family when I was growing up.[25]

Margaret Lindsey Hunter with granddaughter Laura Jane Hunter, about 1920; photo shared by her descendants with Henry C. Lindsey, 1980s

Yvonne Coffey’s notes about William and Margaret Hunter say that Margaret was tall and thin, as were her father Dennis and grandfather Mark Lindsey. A photo of Margaret taken late in her life, posed beside her granddaughter Laura Jane, youngest child of Marshall Hunter and Laura Jane Dupree, shows Laura Jane, a grown woman at the time, standing on a box so that she reaches her grandmother’s height. 

On my last visit to Coushatta, I stopped at the library to see if any new genealogical resources were available there. When I spoke to the librarian about my research interests, she asked if I happened to be from the family of Dennis Lindsey. I told her that was my grandfather’s name, and that he had grown up in Red River Parish, as my father had. She then told me that she was a granddaughter of Marshall Hunter and Laura Jane Dupree, and we quickly established that we were both Lindsey and Snead cousins.

I mentioned to her that Margaret Lindsey Hunter had been tall and thin, and that this is a trait that ran through earlier generations of the Lindsey family, and she replied, “Oh, no, darling. Grandma Hunter was a little bitty thing.” Only later did it occur to me that she had misunderstood who I was talking about. Her grandmother Laura Jane Dupree Hunter was, indeed, a small woman, and that’s who this cousin had assumed I meant.

According to Yvonne Coffey, Margaret’s granddaughter Clovis Hunter (a daughter of John Dennis Hunter) reported to her thats he and her cousin Mattie Greer had understood that Margaret was something of a “tartar” who was not easily loved by family members. But Mattie (who was too young to have known her grandmother) indicated that her mother Osie Lee Hunter Greer, a daughter of Marshall and Laura Jane Hunter, had a close bond with her grandmother Margaret.

The name Margaret is one that runs through many branches of the Brooks family, the family of Margaret’s mother Jane Lindsey Brooks, which descends from Thomas and Margaret Brooks of Frederick and Wythe Counties, Virginia. As I indicated in a previous posting, Thomas’s wife Margaret may have been the Margaret Beaumont/Beamon/Beaman who married Thomas Brooks in Christ Church parish, Middlesex County, Virginia, on 29 January 1771, though I do not have absolute proof of this fact. We do know that the Thomas Brooks who died in Wythe County, Virginia, early in 1805, who whose son Thomas Madison Brooks was Jane Brooks Lindsey’s father, had a wife Margaret, who is named in his will. And we can also show by the dates of birth of their first children that Thomas and Margaret probably married around 1771.

Thomas and Margaret Brooks named a daughter Margaret. Virtually all of Thomas and Margaret’s children also named a daughter Margaret. These included Thomas Madison Brooks and wife Sarah Whitlock, whose daughter Margaret married Ransom Van Winkle. That Margaret was a sister of Jane Brooks Lindsey. 

Another of Jane’s sisters, Hannah Brooks, married Wesley Huffaker, and that couple named their oldest daughter Tranquilla J. Huffaker. Tranquilla Huffaker was four years older than her first cousin Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey. It seems likely to me that Dennis Lindsey and Jane Brooks chose the name Tranquilla for their daughter Margaret because it was in use in Jane’s Brooks family in Wayne County, Kentucky — and from there, it arrived in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama, where it was widely used for several generations among families in the kinship network of the Lindsey and Brooks families.

Tranquilla was in use as a female name — at least in literary works — by the middle of the 18th century. For example, on 7 May 1751, Samuel Johnson published in his Rambler periodical a story entitled “Tranquilla’s account of her lovers, opposed to Hymenaeus.”[26] And on 10 March 1766,  The Scots Magazine ran a story featuring a woman named Tranquilla, entitled “Tranquilla, a moral tale.”[27]

In my next posting, I will provide information about the children of William T. Hunter and Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey.

[1] See Margaret’s Find a Grave memorial page, created by Kelly Browne, which has a photo of the tombstone uploaded by Kelly Browne. See also Gwen Bradford Sealy, Lest We Forget: A Record of Tombstone Inscriptions, Red River Parish, Louisiana, and Vicinity (priv. publ., Shreveport, Louisiana, 1983), p. 46.

[2] 1920 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 1, p. 19A (ED 119; dwelling 78, family 90; 7 January). In 1900 and 1910, the federal census shows William and Margaret with their children gone from the household. They’re living in ward 2 of Red River Parish in ward 2 with the 1900 census stating that William was born in December 1828 and Margaret in January 1834, both in Alabama and that the couple have been married 48 years with 5 children living and 5 deceased. William is a farmer and is listed as literate, and he owns his farm free: 1900 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 2, p. 10 (ED 33; dwelling 148, family 150; June [no day given]). In 1910, William and Margaret are again in ward 2 of Red River Parish, with the census noting they’re on the Coushatta-Lake Village Road. He’s 84 and she 76, both born in Alabama, owning their home, married 57 years with 10 children of whom 3 are living: 1910 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 2, p. 2B (ED 96; dwelling and family 20; 18 April). Once again, this census lists William as literate.

[3] 1850 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, district 8, p. 383 (dwelling and family 265, 6 November).

[4] Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications, “Huey, James G.-Illsley, Adele (Widow) Charles H., 1898-1950,” online at Family Search. This date of marriage is also given by Barney Hunter, “William (Billy) Hunter and Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, ed. Red River Parish Heritage Society (Bossier City: Everett, 1989), pp. 263-4; and Henry C. Lindsey, The Mark Lindsey Heritage, 1740-1983 (Brownwood, Texas, 1983), p. 105.

[5] The date of birth is on William Hunter’s tombstone in Liberty cemetery, Martin, Red River Parish, Louisiana. See his Find a Grave memorial page maintained by Kelly Browne, who has uploaded a photo of the tombstone to the page. The 1830 federal census for Lawrence County, Alabama, p. 273, shows the family of John Hunter living next door to the family of Mark Lindsey.

[6] 1850 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, district 8, p. 367 (dwelling and fam. 33; 23 October).

[7] 1860 federal census, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, 7th ward of Homer (p. 577; dwelling 77, family 79; 7 July). 

[8] NARA, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana, M320, RG 109; online at Fold3.

[9] Clothilde W. Atkins, “Clear Springs Southern Baptist Church,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 600. Tommy Adkins gives the same date for the formation of Liberty church: “What’s Your Line?” Natchitoches Times (9-10 May 2015), section B, p. 1. He says that the church was organized in a schoolhouse near the home of Hosea Pickett, with Rev. John Dupree donating 10 acres for the building that was then built in 1868. But see conflicting reports stating that the church was founded in 1851 or the 1850s: see the biography of Rev. John Teer, who is buried at Liberty, at his Find a Grave memorial page, which says John Teer started the church in 1851 with the assistance of John Dupree; and the obituary of Tressie Loftin Thomas, Shreveport Times (12 November 2002), p. 10, col. 1, stating that Rev. John Dupree established Liberty in the 1850s. John Dupree’s biography in Biographical Compendium and Portrait Gallery of Baptist Ministers and other Georgia Ministers and BaptistsCompiled for the Christian Index (Atlanta: James P. Harrison, 1881), p. 609, says that he moved to northwest Louisiana from Georgia in the latter part of 1860, and finding no Baptist churches in a space of 100 miles east of the Red River, he founded 16 churches across northwest Louisiana. According to Daniel E. Dupree, “The Duprees of Red River Parish,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, John Dupree came to northwest Louisiana in the latter part of the 1860s and founded Liberty Baptist soon after his arrival, pastoring the church for some years (p. 162). John’s wife Mary Ann Taylor Dupree died in 1881 and is buried in Liberty cemetery. Following her death, he returned to Georgia, dying there in Wilkinson County in 1898. Thomas J. Cox, “Hosea Pickett,” also gives the 9 August 1862 date for Liberty’s formation, noting that Pickett had donated land for a school at Liberty in 1860, and the August 1862 meeting to form the church was held in Liberty schoolhouse, with Rev. E.N. Kirtley preaching a sermon encouraging the formation of the church and the Duprees as founding members: Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 418. According to Leola H. Loftin, “Liberty Baptist Church, in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 615, Liberty’s church minutes from 1862-1882 are lost.

[10] Barney K. Hunter, “Hunter Family,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 253.

[11] Moulton Advertiser (10 August 1867), p. 3, col. 3. 

[12] Barney K. Hunter, “Hunter Family,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 253. The same story of John’s suicide is told by Estelle Smith, “John T. Hunter Family,” in The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama (Clanton, AL: Heritage Publ. Co., 1998), pp. 401-2.

[13] “To Brother Barbee,” Moulton Advertiser (2 March 1909), p. 2, col. 2.

[14] 1870 federal census, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, ward 13, Coushatta Chute, p. 534 (dwelling 67, family 59; 28-9 June). 

[15] 1880 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 2, p. 66B (ED 44; dwelling 86, family 89; 9 June).

[16] Mrs. Ezra Thomas, “Liberty-Harvey Community,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, pp. 585-6.

[17] Red River Parish Conveyance Bk. E, p. 145.

[18] This information also appears in Barney K. Hunter, “The Hunter Family,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, p. 253. T.J. Cox, “William Hunter,” also in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, also indicates that William Hunter lived near Black Lake east of Martin, and that he was a teacher, farmer, and “strict worker in the Church” who was considered a jack of all trades in his community (p. 263). 

[19] See supra, n. 4. 

[20] See supra, n. 5.

[21] Henry E. Chambers, History of Louisiana, vol. 2 (Chicago and New York: American Hist. Soc., 1925), p. 339.

[22] Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 109.

[23] Ibid., p. 107B; Hershel Culpepper, “Your Family Tree,” Coushatta Citizen (September 1982).

[24] See supra, n. 12. 

[25] Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 106.

[26] Samuel Johnson, “Tranquilla’s account of her lovers, opposed to Hymenaeus,” Rambler 119 (7 May 1751), online at the website Samuel Johnson’s Essays ~ republished 260 years later.

[27] “Tranquilla, a moral tale,” The Scots Magazine 10 (March 1766), pp. 113-6.

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