Thomas Cleland (Clee) Hunt was born on February 14, 1908 in the Brandon Mill Village of Greenville County, SC.
Baby Clee, Click for larger Image.
He moved with his family to Walhalla, SC in his youth.
Kenneth, Edith (chair), Clee and Robert (dress), Click for larger inmage.
He attended Walhalla High School where he was active on the Football, Basketball and Baseball teams. He played in the School Orchestra and worked on the Memories Yearbook. He Graduated in 1927.
In 1928 he entered the all-male military school, Clemson Agricultural College (Clemson University), where he studied Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 1932 with a BS degree.
He served in the Army during WWII as a Troop Transport Commander. His ships were the USAT Perida and the USAT Sea Barb. He was awarded 4 bronze stars and Campaign medals for his service. He attained the rank of Lt. Col., in 1946. He continued in the reserves and retired from the Army in May of 1968.
Clee also worked as the plant Engineer for the Deering Miliken's Laurens Mill from 1958 until his retirement March 1, 1973.
Thomas Cleland Hunt passed away August 2, 1986.
Descendant of the Hunt 14 through Esli Hunt, Sr.
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Personal papers and notes of Eunice L. Hunt, Family Biographical Information, unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Conversations with Eunice L. Hunt and Thomas C. Hunt
Descendants of James Dillard and Sarah Barnard Dillard of Rabun County, Georgia, John M. Dillard November 15, 2009 Revised through August 20, 2012.
Four Brothers in Oconee County by John M. Dillard, Dillard Annual, Vol. , Dillard Family Association.
Interview with Thomas Cleland Hunt, Conducted and recorded by Dean Lake, September 3, 1983. Thomas Cleland Hunt Interview. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5DW-K7Y : accessed 6 December 2014), Cleland Hunt in household of Bert Hunt, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19, sheet 2A, family 28, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,375,474.
"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M68Q-TT5 : accessed 6 December 2014), Cleland Hunt in household of B E Hunt, Walhalla, Oconee, South Carolina, United States; citing sheet 11B, family 226, NARA microfilm publication T625, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,821,706.
"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPZS-BXY : accessed 6 December 2014), Cleland Hunt in household of Bert E Hunt, Walhalla, Oconee, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0016, sheet 9B, family 197, line 76, film number 2207, NARA microfilm publication T626, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); FHL microfilm 2,341,941.
"North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8KL-9JQ : accessed 6 December 2014), Thos Clilantz Hunt and Eunice Dean Lord, 31 Jul 1930; citing Buncombe, North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 412,578.
"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K467-MR9 : accessed 6 December 2014), T Cleland Hunt, Ward 3, Easley, School District 13 Easley, Pickens, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-22, sheet 6A, family 99, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3831, NARA digital publication of T627, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J26Y-V2W : accessed 6 December 2014), Thomas Hunt, Aug 1986; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
The Laurens Mill had two ponds attached to it. One was an intake pond with fresh clear water. T.C. stocked the pond with bass. I spent many a Sunday morning going down to the Mill and catching fish with him. We would take the fish home, clean them and Mama would dredge them in buttermilk and corn mill, and fry them up for our breakfast. mmmm.
T.C. and Mama had a great yard with beautiful manicured grass paths around landscape features. My grandfather took a tricycle and put an electric motor, battery and drive train on it. We grandkids rode that tricycle till we couldn't fit on it anymore!
My Grandfather, T.C, as my brother, sister and I called him, had a chair. This chair was THE chair he sat in everyday of his life after he acquired it while in the service in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It was his chair from aboard his ship (The Perida or the Sea Barb). "This chair", he would say. "made 17 round trips of the Pacific." I loved to crawl up on his lap in that well traveled chair and listen to his well traveled stories.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Cleland 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 Cleland: