Friday, January 10, 2014

George Washington Hunter


There is a lot I don't know but here is what I know about my 2nd great-grandfather.

George Washington Hunter is the son of William Wallace and Priscilla Cragle Hunter.

George was born in 1854 and died in 1927

George married Mary McMelon abt 1880 and they had Jonah, Sarah, Iva Pearl, and Theron. Mary died in 1903 and in Jan 1904 he married my 2nd great-grandmother Florence M. Lewis Myers.  Together, George and Florence had my great-grandfather Willard Milton Hunter.

In 1870 George was 16 years old and he was a farm laborer according to the 1870 census; he was living in Union, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with his parents.

In 1880 George was 26 years old and he was married to Mary (she was only 17 years old).  George's occupation is a teamster and they are living in Hunlock Township. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In 1900 George was 46 years old and he was married to Mary who is 36 years old.  George is listed as a farmer owning his own farm. George and Mary have 4 children living with them and one daughter in law in Lehman Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In 1910 George has married Florence Hunter (they have been married for 6 years).  Living with George and Florence are Theron Hunter, Harvey Myers, Raymond Myers, Grace Myers, Nellie Myers, and Willard Hunter.  George is now a laborer in the industry of Car Worker, they rent their house and they live at 306 Arch St, West Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.



In 1920 I cannot find George on the census.  His wife Florence is living with her daughter Grace and her husband Stephen Kacyon and their daughter Ruby and Willard at 130 South Warren St., Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylvania.  Florence is listed as widowed.

My initial thought was that George died.  I could not find anything for George for quite some time regarding his death or burial.  I did find that Florence died 23 Nov 1931 at the Berwick Hospital Emergency Room in Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania and that she was buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  She is buried with her first husband Oreal Myers.  What? Why?  I looked for George but I didn't find him in the same cemetery.  Next, I looked for his first wife Mary.  I found Mary on findagrave.com buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweet Valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Guess who was buried with her?!  George...I found George!  According to the headstone and findagrave.com information George did not die until 1927 but on the 1920 census Florence is widowed!  I'm still working on that one!

So I need to know if the headstones death date is a mistake, or if he was really alive and they were not together for one reason or another.  Hopefully some day I will find out what happened to George.

If anyone out there has pictures of my ancestors and wants to share please contact me...thanks!
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