WILLIAM M. HUNTER was born in Muhlenburgh (sic) County, Ky., March 22, 1826,
and is a son of Titus and Esther (Bell) Hunter, the former of whom was a native of Virginia, and the latter of Lincoln County, Ky. They were of Irish and Welsh descent, respectively. When only four or five years old, Titus Hunter removed with his parents to
then almost an unbroken wilderness. Here, his father, Titus Hunter, Sr.,
located wild lands and improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death.
Here Titus Hunter, Jr., received his early education. When a young man he removed
to Muhlenburgh County, Ky., where he was afterward married, and where he bought
a farm on which he resided for some twenty years. He then removed to Butler
County, Ky., but after about two years he came to Ohio County, where he bought
wild land near Cromwell and improved a farm, upon which he resided for some
eight years. He then removed to Jackson County, Ill., where he resided until
his death, which occurred August 1 7, 1864, about his seventieth year. William
M. Hunter received such an education as the schools of the time afforded. He
was employed on his father's farm until he was sixteen years old, after which
he was employed as a laborer on a farm until he was twenty two years old. He
then bought sixty-two acres of wild land near Hogg's Falls, Ohio Co., Ky.,
where he has since improved the farm upon which he now resides, and to which he
has added from time to time, now owning a well-improved farm of some 300 acres.
He was first married, 1848, to Elizabeth W. Bell, a native of Muhlenburgh
County, Ky. To this union were born eleven children, six of whom — three sons
and three daughters — are living. Mrs. Elizabeth W. Hunter departed this life
March 25, 1875. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr.
Hunter was next married, in August, 1876, to Mrs. Martha H. ( Green County, Ky. Bell)
Balls, a native of Mr. and Mrs. Hunter are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South; he is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, and a Republican. Muhlenburgh County,
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895
Note: William Murrell Hunter died 21 January 1899 in Ohio County at age 73 and is buried in the Nellie Davis Cemetery, Ohio County.