Source Information

  • Author Mary Selden Kennedy 
    Publisher Frank Allaben genealogical company, 1911 
    Page 133 
    Periodical Seldens of Virginia and allied families, by Mary Selden Kennedy, Volume 2 
    Source Type Book 
    Source ID S404 
    Text “Captain David Hunter was Captain of one of the two York Co Penn companies of the French & Indian Wars. During summer of 1776, while living at “Red House Farm” about 2 miles from Martinsburg, VA, Capt Hunter mysteriously disappeared. He was at home in June of that year, as an old Journal of a Presbyterian minister speaks of riding from Martinsburg to Winchester with Capt. Hunter + Capt Joseph Holmes, his son in-law on June 6 1776.

    During the Civil War an old house in the Valley of VA was ransacked by Unionists and a paper found there sent to Capt Hunter’s great-grandson, David Hunter Strothes. It was a writ of habeas corpus directing Sheriff of Berkeley Co. to bring Capt. Hunter to the Capitol at Williamsburg. The writ was issued in the name of Geo III & by authority of Lord Dunmore, governor of VA. the 14th of May, the 14 “Year of the Reign of Geo III”. Thus nearly 100 years later, the disappearance of Captain Hunter, who was a patriot, was explained, for Lord Dunmore, the last of the English governors of Virginia, was noted for his unjust cruelty & has left behind an infamous memory.” 

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