Original painting owned by Mrs.Jessie Moore
and shared with us, my sister Betty and me, in the 1990's
Jane Catherine Hunter Eubank
1838 - 1884
Alabama -Virginia - Tennessee
by Iris Teta Eubank Wagner
I was introduced to Jane in 1950 on a summer visit to the home of my father's Aunt Jessie Eubank Moore in Jackson, Mississippi. I was eleven years old, and Jane was a painting inside a beautiful frame on the wall.
I asked Aunt Jessie for some paper and a pencil, that I wanted to draw a picture of my great-grandmother. I sat cross-legged on the floor, with pencil and paper resting on a book. My eyes kept moving, darting from pencil, and back up to the face, and the dark eyes, and black, neatly coiffed hair. Crouched there on the floor, and my focus intent on Jane Catherine in the frame, felt to me like a special kind of conversation with her, there on the floor while I moved the pencil and drew the words.
We were visiting Aunt Jessie for only a few days, and I wanted to take the image of Jane Catherine with me. I kept the drawing for a long time in a frame hanging on the wall of my bedroom. I took it with me when I left for New York in 1956, but misplaced my precious drawing in a move to somewhere some time later.
Aunt Jessie remembered her mother Jane as being very pretty, with black hair, dark hazel eyes, fair skin, and rosie cheeks. She was full of life and lots of fun.
The year was 1950 and
this was Aunt Jessie's
home in Jackson, &
our family "journey car,"
a maroon 1947
I have come to know my
great-grandmother Jane Catherine by the work of family genealogy researcher, great aunt Jessie's daughter
Margaret Jacqueline Moore, and by mine and my sister Betty's further research in
extending our knowledge of the family's ancestral lineages.
Late 19th century map of north Alabama - Lawrence County and Moulton, the county seat, and the Tennessee River.
was born in 1838 in Moulton, the seat of Lawrence County, Alabama.
Her father David McCord Hunter and his fraternal twin Ambrose Richey Hunter were young businessmen in Moulton, who had immigrated in 1818 from Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee.
The brothers were born in Washington County, Tennessee, in the years between 1796 and 1799. By 1801 the brothers' parents James Hunter and wife Jane McCord Hunter had moved to Blount County, Tennessee.
By 1803, James Hunter and wife Jane were deceased. They were schooled in a business and a proprietary family environment with members of the McGhee family, who were prominent business people in the community.
Jane Catherine was named for her paternal grandmother Jane McCord, and it is likely for her paternal great-grandmother Catherine Hunter, who lived in Virginia, but her genealogy is incomplete at this time.
After the deaths of their parents by 1803, the twin brothers grew up in the care of the Alexander McGhee family in Blount County.
Margaret Allen & Hannah
King Allen, mother and grandmother
David Hunter married Jane Catherine's mother, Margaret Allen, on February 3, 1835, in Moulton. Margaret's mother
was Hannah King Allen, sister of William King, of Abingdon, Virginia, wealthy businessman of the old Southwest territory, who left a legacy to the town of Abingdon which developed through the years into today's William King Museum of Art in Abingdon. Hannah married businessman John Allen at the home of her father Thomas King in Fincastle, Virginia.
Born in 1805, Margaret spent the first few years of childhood in the protective prosperity of her parents' families in Abingdon. They were prosperous merchants and business people. William King died suddenly in 1808 and left a will that would be contested for years in the courts.
By 1813 Margaret's father John Allen had died. Hannah moved her children to middle-Tennessee, in the old Southwest Territory in Sumner County, where she and John had social and business connections. Hannah died in 1822. Margaret was age seventeen at the time of her mother's death.
President James Knox
Before his marriage to Jane Catherine's mother, David Hunter was married first to Maria Leetch on December 10, 1822, in Moulton.
Maria was the daughter of Capt. William Leetch and his wife Naomi Knox, of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. William and Naomi were married in 1795 in Mecklenburg. They moved to Moulton about 1820. Maria Leetch was a first cousin to President James Knox Polk.
Naomi Knox and her only sister Jane Knox were daughters of James Knox of Mecklenburg County. Jane Knox married Samuel Polk in Mecklenburg, and after the birth of their son James Knox Polk, moved to Maury County, Tennessee.
David and Maria's son William L. Hunter was born in the later months of 1826 in Moulton. An obituary notice in the Nashville Banner & Whig announced the death of Maria Hunter, wife of David M. Hunter, on January 20, 1827. David raised his young son alone until marriage to his second wife Margaret Allen Smith, Jane Catherine's mother.
Col. James Edmund Saunders (left) was a lawyer who lived in Moulton. In the 1820's and 1830's he knew David and Ambrose Hunter well, and included memories of them in a posthumously published memoir in 1899. Saunders' memoir, Early Settlers of Alabama, includes memories of the people he knew throughout his life in Moulton. He was born in 1806 and served as a Confederate officer during the Civil War.
Jane Catherine was named for her paternal grandmother Jane McCord, and it is likely for her paternal great-grandmother Catherine Hunter.
Hunter & Jane G. Allen
Jane Catherine's Uncle Ambrose married her mother Margaret's youngest sister Jane G. Allen on November 4, 1834, in Moulton. Margaret and David Hunter were married three months later on February 3, 1835, in Moulton. Jane was a double-first-cousin to the children of Jane G. and Ambrose.
David and Ambrose moved their families and businesses to Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi. Ambrose and Jane, along with ten others, signed documents founding the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen on February 22, 1840.
From the extant records of the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, Mississippi : On October 5, 1844, a session meeting was called and David M. Hunter and Margaret his wife, former members of the Presbyterian Church at Moulton, Alabama, asked for admittance into this Church, along with their baptised children: William L. Hunter, Sarah Bullis Smith, and Martha Ann Smith and David M. Hunter.
Abingdon,Virginia - Knoxville, Tenn.
When the Washington County, Virginia, Courts decided a case in favor of the King heirs collectively in 1849, David and Margaret moved their family to Abingdon to be a part of the management of the King Salt Works.
1850 U. S. Fed. Census, Washington County, Virginia,
Town of Abingdon
The Hunter family was also enumerated on the 1850 Census of Knox County, Tennessee, at Knoxville.
Jane's Extended Family
Sallie Bullis Smith
Sallie was Jane's older sister by mother Margaret's previous marriage in 1830 to Gallatin businessman Joseph M. Smith. Jane and Sallie grew up together. They were close all their lives. Sallie's husband Thompson Parrish Ware was an attorney in Brandon, Rankin County, Mississippi. Jane named one of her twin boys for Thompson - the other twin for Judge James T. Rucks of Jackson, the husband of her double first cousin Sally B. Hunter Rucks. Thompson Ware died in 1865 at the time the Civil War was ending.
Sallie B. Ware's Boarding School
After the war Sallie established a boarding school for young ladies in Jackson, Mississippi. Two of Jane's daughters, Margaret and Sally, attended the school.
David M. Hunter,Jr.
There is little information about David M. Hunter, Jr., except that he was born in 1840 and lived with the family in Abingdon, Virginia, and Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He died during the Civil War.
Alice Scott Hunter
Alice was born in 1842 and on May 5, 1864 married Byron Torian, a planter of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky. Byron's parents were Thomas and Ann E. Torian. Byron and Alice's children were Mamie, Thomas, Jessie, and Frank L. Alice and Byron lived in Christian County until some time between 1900 and 1910. They're enumerated on the 1910 Census in Guthrie City, Todd County, Kentucky, living with Tom, their son, age 31.
Jessie was born in 1846 and married William F. Cox of Christian County, Kentucky, on October 4, 1877. A short biographical sketch of William F. Cox is included in Perrin's History of Christian County, Kentucky. His farm of 200 acres was in the Bainbridge Precinct. He was a prominent tobacco farmer.
1880 U.S. Census, William F. Cox
Christian County, Kentucky, Bainbridge Precinct
Daughter Ora was William's daughter from a previous marriage to Susan Alexander, daughter of Thomas Alexander. A servant family of William Kollewell lives with them, and another servant Julia Buckner. William and Jessie had at least one child, Walter, who is with them on the 1900 census on which William is entered as Frank W. Cox. William died on July 17, 1917. Jessie died on October 22, 1925, both in Christian County. Their son Walter died on January 9, 1927, in Christian County.
Daniel Trigg Hunter
Trigg was Jane's youngest brother. He was born 1853 in Abingdon. After the death of Margaret's husband, architect James Ware, Trigg stayed with his mother in Hopkinsville until her death in 1884. After her death, he lived for a time in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He died in Christian County, Kentucky, on May 15, 1919, aged 66.
Jane's Double First
Cousins, Ambrose and Jane G's Children
Sally B. Hunter was Ambrose and Jane G.'s eldest child. She married James T. Rucks, who served as a Representative from Hinds County in the Mississippi State Legislature during the Civil War Years. The Rucks family were prominent attorneys in Nashville. James T. Rucks later served as attorney and Judge of Greenville, Mississippi.
Ann Elizabeth Hunter was their second child, lived in Greenville, and did not marry. She lived with sister Jennie and Col. William Gwin Yerger's family.
William Hopkins Hunter was their third child born August 1, 1840, Aberdeen, Mississippi. He lived in Greenville and married Arabella Bott. He died in 1871 in Greenville. After her husband's death, Arabella married the Rev. Duncan Green, son of the first Episcopal Bishop of Mississippi, William Mercer Green.
Jennie G. Hunter married William Gwin Yerger, an attorney in Greenville, senior member of the law firm Yerger and Percy, and State Senator from Hinds County, Mississippi, during 1863/64. He was the son of Judge Jacob Shall Yerger and Mary H. Bowen Yerger. The Rucks, Yerger and Shall families of Greenville were prominent jurists in Mississippi.
Twins who died: Ambrose Allen Hunter was born 1846, and died during the Civil War. Kate Allen Hunter died in infancy.
Ambrose was married first to
daughter of Maj. John Grugett
, who built many early buildings in Moulton. Ambrose had two children by Margaret -
Margaret Ann Hunter
and David Hunter.
David and Margaret Allen Hunter, Guardians to Nieces and Nephews Ambrose and Jane Allen Hunter were deceased by 1852. David and Margaret became guardians to the children of Ambrose and Jane and the extended family lived together until David Hunter's death in 1856.
David moved his family from Abingdon to Goodlettsville, Tennessee, near Nashville, during 1853. Margaret was due to give birth to their youngest child Trigg Hunter, who was born in Abingdon in 1853. After Trigg's birth she and Trigg joined David and their younger children in Goodlettsville.
Death of Jane's father
David McCord Hunter died in 1856 in Goodlettsville. After his death, the children of Ambrose and Jane G. lived with their older sister Sally, who had married Judge James T. Rucks who served as a Representative from Hinds County in the State Legislature during the Civil War Years 1863-64.
Extended Visit to Brandon
After her father's death in Goodlettsville, Jane Catherine and her mother visited Margaret's eldest daughter, Sallie B. Ware, who lived in Brandon, Mississippi, with her husband, attorney Thompson Parrish Ware.
During this long visit, Jane Catherine met Richard Newman Eubank II; they married on August 13, 1857. Before the Civil War they lived at Mall Bank, the Eubank family plantation three miles north of Jackson.
James Ware, Architect
Before Jane's mother returned to Goodlettsville, Thompson P. Ware's father, architect and builder James Ware of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, paid a visit to his son and daughter-in-law in Brandon.
In 1858 Margaret and James married. Margaret and her younger children, David, Alice, Jessie, and Trigg, returned with Mr. Ware and moved north to Hopkinsville.
Narrative and Website © Iris Teta Eubank
Margaret Jacqueline Moore:
The Eubank/Ware/Hunter/Allen/King Family, privately published, 1970. Family History Collection of Hinds County, Mississippi, Genealogical Society, Jackson, Mississippi.
Blount County, Tennessee, Courthouse, probate and genealogical records - James Hunter and James McCord, 1803. Maryville, Tennessee.
Col. James Edmund Saunders, Early Settlers of Alabama, Graham & Son, 1899, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Records, online and
Dorothy Gentry, Life and Legend of Lawrence County, Alabama.
Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Federal Census,
Mississippi, Rankin County, Fannin Post Office,
Township #6, p131a,b (orig. page 61 & 62, Richard
Eubank, Sr. res.400, Henry Eubanks 402, Jordan
Eubanks 405, Primus Eubanks 406. Database online
- Provo, Utah, MyFamily. com, Inc. 2003. Original
data: Data imaged from National Archives and
Records Administration M593, ,761 rolls.
Margaret B. Scoggins, Abstracts of Marriage, Death, and Other Notices from the Cumberland Presbyterian Advocate and Banner of Peace 1843-1853, Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Published by the Sumner County Public Library Board, Gallatin, TennesseeAnnouncement of the death on January 20, 1827