Pages 510-511, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ORLANDO HUNTER—The Hunters are among the familiar faces on the streets of Iola. The brothers, Orlando and Joseph, have been in Allen county a great many years, the former having arrived here


December 24, 1869. He was directly from Centralia, Illinois, to Iola but was born at Marietta, Ohio, October 31, 1845. Joseph Hunter, our subjects father, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1815. He was reared on a farm and was a son of William Hunter who died in the Keystone State about 1839. It is thought the family ancestors were Irish people who went into the Atlantic coast states at a very early date. Joseph Hunter, the second, settled at Marietta, Ohio, and was one of the finest cabinet makers of his day. A work-box which he presented to his affianced wife, and which is yet in her possession, inlaid with different woods and studded with pearls, surpasses anything coming from the workshops of our later day mechanics. On the 28th of May, 1850, he was drowned in the Muskingum river, a few months prior to the birth of his younger son. He married Harriet Alcock, a daughter of William Alcock, a worthy representative of one of the esteemed families of Marietta. William Alcock was born in Cheshire, England, January 31, 1786. He married Sallie Posey, who was born March 3, 1788. Their children were: W. B., who died at Chanute, Kansas, the father of Mrs. A. L. Taylor, of Iola; Nelson S., who died at Geneva, Kansas in 1892; Drusy, who married Ed S. Davis, and died in Iola; Aurilla, who became the wife of Thomas Sinnamon and died in DesMoines, Iowa, Harriet, mother of our subject, born November 20, 1824; Mary, wife of B. W. Jeffries, who died at Ottumwa, Iowa; George W., who died in Brooklyn, New York, and Charles T. Alcock, of Marietta, Ohio.

Harriet (Alcock) Hunter married Hugh Means February 28, 1864. The latter was born in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and spent four years in the 100th Pennsylvania infantry, Ninth army corps. He was Brigade Post Master in Rosecrans Corps and was born in 1820 and died in February, 1894.

Orlando and Joseph Hunter grew up in Ohio and in Illinois. The latter was born November 9, 1850, and both attended only the district schools in their boyhood. In February, 1864, Orlando Hunter enlisted in Company D, 77th Ohio infantry, Captain Sim McNaughton, Colonel William B. Mason. He joined his regiment at Marietta and proceeded to Little Rock, Arkansas. The regiment joined Steele's command which was ordered to reinforce General Banks. It went out to Camden and met the enemy in such force that it was forced back to Little Rock. The battles of Okalona, Jenkins Ferry and the capture of Camden were the chief engagements in which our subject participated and he was discharged at Little Rock, October 10, 1864, the same year of his enlistment.

Mr. Hunter spent the first few years after the war roaming over the west, through Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, reaching his final stopping place just before the close of the year 1869. December 1, 1871, he was married in Chautauqua county, Kansas, to Fannie E. Beaver, whose parents were from Gold Hill, North Carolina. Mrs. Hunter died in 1883. Her children were: Nettie, wife of Wm. O. Lees, of Iola; Mrs. Lees was born December 1, 1874; Dan Hunter, of Iola, born December 18, 1876, and Bertha May Hunter, born May 9, 1883. Mrs. Hunter was born July 16, 1852, and died in Chautauqua county, Kansas.

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