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Descendants of James Hunter (1818-1886)

James Hunter was born February 22, 1818 to John and Jean Finlayson Hunter who married on June 3, 1817 at Muirkirk.

James married Mary Holdsworth on August 21, 1851. Mary died November 21, 1867, and he married his second wife, November 1, 1870 to Gertrude Leslie Craufurd, daughter of James Craufurd, Lord Ardmillan. He and Mary had no children, but in 1872 he and Gertrude had daughter Gertrude Theodosia Jane Hunter and six other children followed: John Leslie born January 10, 1873, James Craufurd born October 1, 1874, Henry born November 7, 1876, died 1876, Mary born 1877, Norman McDonald Lockhart born January 20, 1880,(twin) died 1888, and Charles Finlayson born January 20, 1880.(twin)

James had retired from management at Coltness Iron Works in 1885, but died October 5, 1886 at his winter residence in Edinburgh.

At Muirkirk New Cemetery there is a large monument to the Hunter family: with James Hunter of Glenapp, together with his two wives, Mary Holdsworth and Gertrude L. Crawford, his son Henry Hunter who died an infant of 19 weeks, Norman McDonald Lockhart Hunter, one of the twins who died at the age of 8, and also his father John Hunter and mother Jean Finlayson.




Writing about my Ancestral Grandmothers

I have been researching my family history since the late 1980s and have to this day many journals and notebooks on my research and today I found those very helpful in writing about my ancestral grandmothers.

I started a journal listing every grandmother I have all the way back to the Lairds of Hunterston and the wives of those lairds. One of my favorite families is that of John Huntar, 14th Laird of Hunterston and his wife Margaret Cathcart.
The Cathcart lineage is very easy to find because she was the youngest daughter of the 2nd Laird of Cathcart and the data is very well documented.

My notebooks are many. You should see the one I have on my research from! My notebook is completely full of surnames, maps, and wonderful documentation. I just love it when I confirm the marriage dates. It sure makes the research very easy when you have the exact dates.

Anna Clapp(Clap, Klop), Carol’s German Grandmother


Schloss Klop

Anna Clapp (1757-1854) is another favorite ancestral grandmother I like to write about.  She married my DAR patriot, Adam Lugar.

Her family roots are Germany.  Their story is very well documented on their journey to America.  These place studies are as follows: Germany, Pennsylvania & North Carolina.

My ancestors from this lineage founded the Brick Church in Guilford County, North Carolina which is a historical church.  This family genealogy was my first family research and there were so many others already researching this family I had no problem finding primary documents, books, etc.

Elizabeth Cuningham, Carol’s Scottish Grandmother

As many of you know I am very into researching my Scottish ancestors.  This particular grandmother is no exception.  She married William Hunter c1710.  She was the daughter of Alexander and Mary Cuningham.  There were four children born to this couple and John their third son was my lineage.

William and Elizabeth emigrated from Scotland to Northern Ireland, but eventually came to America and resided in Augusta County, Virginia.

William’s parents were Dr. Hugh Hunter and Isabella Elizabeth Semple.EMMIGRANT SHIP

Frances Mortimer, Carol’s Ancestral English Grandmother

Mortimer COA

Frances Mortimer was born 1725 in Devon, England .  She married my Scottish ancestral grandfather, John Hunter in c1750. They had six children: Frances, Thomas, Martha, Henry, Robert (my 5xggf) and John Jr.

This particular study I have found many, many documents thanks to belonging to the Augusta County Genealogy Society.  His will is a challenge for me to read, but as a cousin of mine, William Hunter,  says take your time and it will come to you.  He is actually instructing me with learning the language for that time period.

I write often about one of his daughter’s Frances who married Captain Matthew Arbuckle.  The Arbuckle lineage is a very interesting military research.

These are my immigrant ancestors.

Mildred Lewis, Carol’s Ancestral Grandmother’s link to Meriwether Lewis


Being a travel agent since 1991 I plan a lot of our travels around our family history.  Ralph & I enjoy visiting museums, national parks, cemeteries and such, but especially when our ancestors are a big part of that history.  My lineage through my ancestral grandparents from Augusta and Giles counties in Virginia are a fine example.  Mildred Lewis married Robert Hunter and they had nine children.

This particular 5xggm leads my study to the surname LEWIS, WARNER, WASHINGTON and I feel this is why my DNA is 93% English roots more so than Scotland.

Following in the footsteps of one of my favorite grandmother studied is Mildred Lewis Hunter.  In 2012 Ralph & I started an adventure to see my brother and sister-in-law in Delaware and decided to stop by Warner Hall.  Augustine Warner (my ancestral grandfather built the plantation and nowadays instead of Warner Hall Plantation it is now called Warner Hall Inn).  I had permission granted to visit the historical graveyard of Warner Hall and treasure my photos to this day.

A story I love of my cousin, President George Washington, waltzing at Warner Hall.

When you start your genealogy path and become addicted, now you see why I have also done that!




Barbara Lugar, Carol’s Ancestral Grandmother’s link to DAR

Revolutionary War Soldier

Barbara Lugar (1796-1862) was the daughter of my DAR Ancestor Adam Lugar.  This family research has been very easy for me because there is so much data already done on the life of Adam Lugar.  The story goes he deserted his Germany regiment and followed George Washington.  I love the story I read that he had so much land on Turkey Hill in Virginia that he traded his land for a fiddle.  I know a lot of us just love the stories. I just wonder where the fiddle ended up.

Barbara married William Hunter (my ancestral grandfather who moved from Giles County, Virginia to the county and state where I was born – Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia.




Mary Louise Abbott, Carol’s Great Great Grandmother

Mary Louise Abbott Hunter

Mary Louise Abbott (1840-1914) (Parents John Allen Abbott & Elizabeth Scott)

Mary Louise ‘Polly” Abbott married  Samuel Elijah Hunter May 3, 1855 and they had twelve children.  One of their sons founded the Hunter Cemetery in Charleston, West Virginia where there is an old and new part.  My paternal grandparents William & Barbara, Samuel & Mary, and James & Mary Jane are all buried in the old section.  My grandparents John Wesley and Honor are in the new section.  My great grandfather’s brother James Garfield Hunter is one of my favorite books about his life I have found.

As far as Mary Louise Abbott’s family genealogy research brings another famous person  to my lineage.  Sir Walter Scott is one of my favorite ancestral grandfather’s to write about.  In my library I have a favorite book written by a cousin, Rev. Daniel Scott who has proven our DNA to  this famous lineage.

Mary Louise Abbott’s family genealogy is a study of the Abbots of Virginia.

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