Franklin Hunter (1912 - 1938) Spouse is mother?

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Hi wikitree family

We need help on the “Hunter” genealogy. The wife connected to Franklin Hunter seems incorrect based on dates of birth. I believe Ida is Franklins mother (not wife). It appears the son Richards mother (per Find A Grave and death record) is a Lillie Belle Hill Stetson. Possibly Lillie was married to Franklin Hunter and divorced or somehow remarried Arthur Stetson?

Any collaborative help is appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Frank Hunter
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
57 is a little old to be having a child in 1936.

Ida Hunter Ethridge I believe is here on FindAGrave; however the last name also associated with her is “Pierce/Pearce” 

Ida’s middle initial is “W” and on the birth record for Franklin it’s difficult to read exactly but appears to be “Weller” or Wellie”?

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Ida is the mother of Franklin.  Reposting the following from last fall: Richard was born in Virginia.  HIs father Franklin was born in Virginia.  According to the 1910 census Franklin's father Joseph Cephas Hunter was born in Virginia in 1869, and both of his parents were also born in Virginia, a place the Cherokee never lived.  "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 October 2020), Joseph C Hunter, Western Branch, Norfolk, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 82, sheet 10B, family 207, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1638; FHL microfilm 1,375,651. 

 Franklin's mother Ida Pierce/Pearce was born in North Carolina in 1880 and her parents were also born there.   Ida and her family were from Gates County, North Carolina, which is hundreds of miles from the Great Smoky Mountains where  the Cherokee lived.  "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 August 2017), Ida W Pearce in household of John Pearce, Hunters Mill, Gates, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district ED 59, sheet 213D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,964.

I have added some sources in the profile comments for Richard and Franklin.

by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (380k points)
edited by Kathie Forbes
I agree Ida is Franklin’s mother and needs to be connected to Joseph. I’m curious about Ida middle name is a “W” her surname or LNAB appears to be “Pierce” however the name “Etheridge” is engraved on Ida’s stone
I'm not sure the letter on the census record is actually a "W."  It doesn't look quite like any other letter on the page.
I fixed the relationships for Ida
I noticed birth record shows Franklin was a twin?

I believe his Find A Grave

Read the death cert more closely, says stillborn.
Yup good source I’ve added the twin if you like can add the ancestry source. It’s his Find A Grave. Very sad

It’s hard to read but “P” Point, Norfolk, Virginia as place of birth/death the residence of his parents

Father Joseph was a railroad car repairman

I’m curious if Joseph C. Hunter’s father Edward Hunter husband of Amanda was a civil war veteran. The time period would suggest at his age the possibility?

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