An American Family History

Samuel Hunt

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Samuel H. Hunt was born about 1773.

He married Sarah (Sary) Crouch on December 26, 1797 in Washington County, Tennessee.

Their children included:

Mary Hunt (1798, married Peter Miller, Jr. son of Peter Miller),
Nancy Hunt (1800, married Michael Clem),
Thomas W. Hunt (1803),
Joseph Hunt (1806, married Mary (Polly) McAfee),
William Hunt (1810),
Samuel M. Hunt (1811),
Margaret Hunt (1813, married George Vincent),
John Bell Hunt (1815, married Rachel Vincent),
Franklin Hunt (1818, married Evalina Vincent),
James Sevier Hunt (1820), and
Sarah Jane Hunt Smith (1822, married King Henry Smith).

Samuel bought land in Washington County in 1809.

Samuel served in the War of 1812.

Samuel died on July 21, 1852 in Washington County, Tennessee. Sarah died on August 29, 1852 in Washington County, Tennessee. They are buried together in the Hunt family cemetery about one mile south of Johnson City.

Johnson City, Tennessee is in Washington, Carter and Sullivan Counties. It was known as Brush Creek for the Creek than runs through it.




from Washington County, VA Survey Records Abstracts 1781-1797
submitted to the USGenWeb archives by Rhonda Robertson

Samuel Hunt (Hurst)
3000 ac
on the head of the Laurel fork of Holston River and known by the name of the Big Spring Valley treasury warrant dated August 14, 1783 and
#18721 and dated April 11,1783 and
#15439 and #18736 dated August 14, 1783
corner to Agur T. Furmans - August 23, 1786

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1988 by Watauga Association of Genealogists, p. 377

Samuel Hunt (1773-1853 purchased land in Washington County, Tennessee in 1809. Samuel served in the War of 1812 as a Major in the Washington County Milita and was Sheriff of Washington County (1814-1827).

In 1797, Samuel married Sarah Crouch (1778-1852), daughter of Joseph (1749-1830) and Margaret (Sanford) (1762-1844) Crouch. Samuel and Sarah Hunt were buried in the Hunt Family Cemetery near Johnson City, Tennessee.

Their son, John Bell Hunt (1815-1895), who was one of eleven children, married Rachel Vincent (1819-1899) in 1844.


Washington County, Tennessee Wills 1777-1872 by Goldene F. Burgner

Samuel Hunt   June 21, 1848
Wife Sarah.
Sons:  Franklin, James, William, John B. Hunt.
Grandsons:  Samuel son of William, John son of Joseph decd.
Executrix:  Wife Sarah.
Wit.:  Peter M. Reeves, James W. Deaderick.
Signed:  Samuel Hunt



Sarah Hunt   August 3, 1852
Sons:  Samuel - $400, James S. &endash; note given me by my husband Samuel Hunt decd. On William H. Crouch.
To sons:  Franklin, James S. & Samuel Hunt. 
Exectur:  son Samuel Hunt.
Wit.:  W. H. Smith, Peter Miller.
Signed:  Sarah (X) Hunt

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