Esli Hunt Sr.

Esli Hunt Sr. (1759 - 1837)

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Esli Hunt Sr.
Born in Bedford, Bedford County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Chester District SCmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Greenville County, South Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 27 May 2011 | Last significant change: 22 Aug 2018
13:49: Mags Gaulden edited the Biography for Esli Hunt Sr.. (removed Horizontal line) [Thank Mags for this]
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Categories: Virginia Colony | American Revolution | Hunt, Esli Family Cemetery, Greenville County, South Carolina | Greenville County, South Carolina | Bedford County, Virginia | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors | US Southern Colonist.

Esli Hunt Sr. is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-188147
Rank: Private
Esli Hunt Sr. participated in the American Revolution
US Southern Colonies.
Esli Hunt Sr. settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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Elsi Hunt was born in Bedford County Virginia to Thomas Hunt and, most probably, Anne Hensen. He was born January 10, 1759.

He lived in Bedford County, Virginia, Washington County, North Carolina (now Tennessee) and finally settled in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Military Service

1776, #S-7054 Private VA and NC Militia served 15 months total from 1776 to 1782. Fought at the Battle of Kings Mt. NC, during the Revolutionary War[1] Link to hisDAR page. Elsi is also listed in John Sevier’s Tennessee Volunteers on Battle of Kings Mtn, 07 Oct., 1780 Who Where Why How the Patriots won, Watauga Sharpshooters.

Served under:

Capt. Letheridge
Capt. George Russell
Capt. Samuel Williams
Col. Charles Robinson
Capt. Pleasant Anderson
Capt. Bradley
Col. Williams
Col. Sevier

He is listed as a Revolutionary Soldier who lived in Washington County, North Carolina . 1781, Living in Washington Co. NC (now TN).

In 1832, Applied for Rev. Pension in Greenville Co., SC:

"South Carolina Greenville District: Personally came Esli Hunt and being duly sworn makes oath in due form of law - That the first tour mentioned in his application for a Pension was for eight weeks in the year 1776 at Chissell's Lead mines in Virginia under Captain Lethridge – The second Tour he volunteered himself again under Captain Lethridge in 1777 and served three months and guarding Chissels Lead mines again. The third tour he served three months under Captain Pleasant Henderson & Colonel Williams in the year 1779 in guarding the commissioners who were running the line between North Carolina & Virginia. The fourth tour he volunteered under Captain George Russell and served eight weeks in marching over to Kings Mountain and was in that battle under Colonel Sevier and in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Campbell. When he volunteered this time he lived in Washington [County] North Carolina (now Tennessee) in the year 1781. The fifth tour he volunteered and served eight weeks under Captain Bradney [?] and Colonel Sevier against the Cherokee Indians in the year 1781 the sixth tour he served three months as a volunteer under Captain Samuel Williams and under Major Walton & Colonel Sevier, in the year 1782 & marched to the High Hills of Santee and joined General Marion..."Revolutionary War Pension Application Transcription, Elsi Hunt s-7054[2]

Greenville County, South Carolina

Land Grant

April 04, 1785, Book "A" page 96, 96 Dist of SC Land Grant from Wm Moultrie, 250 AC for 5 Shilling: "Wm Moultrie, Esquire, his excellency granted land to Esli Hunt, 4 April, 1785. 250 A. above the boundry line on Mush Creek. 5 shillings of sterling money.

Signed: Esli Hunt, Nancy Hunt
Wit.: G. Solman, W. H. Lacey"[3]

1790 Listed in the US Census for Greenville County, South Carolina.[4]

Esli Hunt, 1790 Census, click for larger image.

Between 1793 - 1794 Elsi appears in the ledger ledger of McBeths Store in Greenville County. This store was located on US highway 25, White Horse Road, near the intersection with SC Highway 253. A historical Marker marks the spot.

1800 Census of Greenville County, South Carolina.[5]

Esli Hunt 1800 Census, click for larger image.

1820 Census of Greenville county, South Carolina.[6]

Esli in 1820 Census, click for larger image.

Esli Hunt Family Cemetery

Esli Hunt Family Cemetery on WikiTree

"Esli Sr. is believed buried on lands now owned by Zupan. The Old cemetery is on a hill on this property across from Hunts Lake. Most of the graves have granite headstones with very little legible writing on them. There are slave graves in the back of the cemetery”. – Edkgar Hunt [5]

"Esli had supposedly had 18 children and it is likely 2 of them died unnamed; 4 of his children died young - Martha and Peter". - Edkgar Hunt

Family Bible

Bible Records of 14 Hunt siblings and their children.

Copied from Bible Records assembled by the Mississippi Society D.A.R., Compiled by Mrs. Edith Stephens.[7]
Below is detail for ESLI as listed on the Bible record chart:
--- Esli: b.1759, d.1837 SC, Greenville Co, record exist
--- wife #1 Nancy Lacey
--- wife #2 Hallie A Cochran
--- wife #3 Tama Mosely
--- Children: Martha, Elizabeth, John, Esli, Nicholas, Lacey, Nancy, Martin, Ellen, Jane, William, Peter, Henson, Jincy, Samuel, Elvira


Others who have tested and posted their information into the Hunt DNA project who traces their lineage through the "Hunt 14" show they are Haplogroup R1b1a2 and to a Richard HUNT 1562 Shrewsbury Shropshire England - 1656 Shrewsbury Shropshire England (age 94). At this time, there is no triangulated proof of the Genetic connections.

This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Can you contribute information or sources?


  1. Kings Mountain: Soldiers claiming service there and the officers they claimed to have served under at that battle, extracted from Bobby Gilmer Moss, The Patriots of Kings Mountain, (Blacksburg, South Carolina, Scotia-Hibernia Press, 1990).Main Page
  2. Esli Hunt, Private, Revolutionary War, Virginia & North Carolina, Pension File S 7054, Washington D. C., Transcription by William M. Hunt.[1]
  3. April 04, 1785, Book "A" page 96, 96 District of South Carolina, Book A, P.96.
  4. "United States Census, 1790," index and images, FamilySearch ([2] : accessed 04 Jun 2014), Esly Hunt, Not Stated, Greenville, South Carolina; citing "1790 United States Federal Census,"; p. 85, line 16241, NARA microfilm publication M637, roll 11, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 00069.
  5. "United States Census, 1800", database with images, FamilySearch ([3] : accessed 18 February 2016), Esley Hunt, 1800.
  6. "United States Census, 1820", database with images, FamilySearch ([4] : accessed 18 February 2016), Esley Hunt, 1820.
  7. Early Alexanders and Cloyd's Creek, Blount County, Tennessee, page 86, Fourteen Hunt siblings & their families (Previous Generation Unknown), Madisonville Library.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 48758689, Esli Hunt, Sr., Esli Hunt Family Cemetery, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA.[6]
  • "Hunt Paper 2", unpublished, [8]. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden..
  • Personal papers and notes of Eunice L. Hunt, Family Biographical Information, unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
  • The Hunt DNA Project, The Hunt 14, [9]
  • Jackson Family Bible, The source of the list of 14 siblings we call “The HUNT 14″ is a page found pasted into a Jackson Family Bible, This Bible was owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, TN. A brief background and account was provided by Mr. William M. Hunt, renowned family history researcher and historian, on 15 November 1986.[10] [11]
  • The Hunt 14 Family Newsletter, June 2013 – Given Names & Source Posted on June 27, 2013, in The Hunt 14.[[12]]
  • Virginia pension abstracts of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Indian wars, Esli Hunt, 973.001, VBlm, V.32, 1328848, GENEALOGY COLLECTION, ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.[13]


  • WikiTree profile Hunt-1091 created through the import of Foster Family Tree.ged on May 27, 2011 by Ferrell Foster. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ferrell and others.
  • Repository: R3198678162 [14]

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Esli by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Esli:

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Esli Hunt Rev War Pension Bounty Land Warrant
Esli Hunt Rev War Pension Bounty Land Warrant


On 26 Sep 2015 at 13:37 GMT Howard Waldrop wrote:

The DAR application of Mrs Sadie Hunt Culp has documentation which proves the wives and children of Esli Hunt. d 1837.

The number is 417070. Included in the documents is a handwritten transcription of the family bible record. It may be the only extant copy. DAR must be paid to make and send copies.

Esli is 19 degrees from SJ Baty, 19 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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