Capt. Moses Hunter

Capt. Moses Hunter was an officer of the Colonial Militia. “Moses Hunter produced a commission under the hand and seal of the Rt. Hon. Earl of Dunsmore appointing him a captain in the militia of this county, who took the usual oaths to his Majesty’s person and Government, repeated and subscripbed the test and took the oath of a captain of militia.” He was clerk of Berkeley County from 1785 to 1795. He was an officer in the Revolution and was commended by Washington at the Battle of Monmouth. He married Ann, daughter of General Adam Stephen, and widow of Captain Alexander Spottswood Dandridge. The following notice of their marriage appeared in the Baltimore Journal of May 1, 1787:

“On Thursday last, April 26, married in Berkely County, Virginia, Col. Moses Hunter to Mrs. Dandridge, daughter of Major General Stephen, a lady of Great Merit With a handsome fortune.”
This notice of the death of Mrs. Ann (Stephen) Hunter is from the National Intelligencer, of September 29, 1834.
“Monday at Hazlefield, in Jefferson County, Virginia on Thursday last in the 73rd year of her age, Mrs. Anne Hunter, consort of the late Moses Hunter and daughter of Gen. Adam Stephen, a distinguished officer in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Hunter was with her father during that period in the War of Independence when the Americans occupied the vicinity of Philadelphia and could relate, with singular accuracy, many incidents of great interest connected with that memorable era in the history of these American States. From these early associations she imbibed an ardent love for her country and never failed, on all appropriate occasions, to furnish the most conclusive evidence of distinguished patriotism. In the last conflict between United States and Great Britain, she exhibited the liveliest interest, and cheerfully girded about her own sons the armor of War and sent them forth in the defense of Liberty and the rights of man. It is well known that one of those thus consecrated to the service of freedom (Lieut. David Hunter), fell whilst valiantly defending his insulted honor. The sword that glittered in his hand in that eventful moment is still preserved as a sad but sacred memorial of his courage and devotion. Mrs. Hunter died on the spot, where, with her first husband, Alexander Spotswood Dandridge, brother to the late wife of the celebrated Patrick Henry, she had fixed a local habitation fifty-four years ago.”

Children:

i. Ann Evelina Hunter, married Judge Henry St. George Tucker

ii: Moses T. Hunter, married Mary Snickers.

iii. David Hunter, a volunteer soldier in the U.S. Army; killed at Crystler’s Field [ie. Battle of Crysler’s Farm], Nov. 11, aged eighteen.

iv. Joseph Hunter, Lieut. In the War of 1812.

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