Besides a wonderful old fashioned Sunday lunch, the family members shared historic stories of their Hunt-Marshall ancestors. Jay Baker and his niece, Taylor, recorded both audio and through photographs the stories for future generations.
Tom Hunt, Dave Hunt, Bob Hunt, and their sister Sarah Dorcas moved from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Del Valle, Texas in the 1880’s. All eight of their siblings and widowed mother eventually moved to Texas. Meeting neighbors, Capt. and Mrs. Richard Spencer Marshall (and daughters, Nancy and Mattie), Tom, Dave, and Bob Hunt were looking for land to lease or work. A year later, Tom Hunt married Nancy Marshall and Dave Hunt married Mattie Marshall.
Later the Hunts and Marshalls purchased 800 acres at Choate, and became life-time Karnes County residents After the tragic death of his young wife, Bob Hunt moved on to Kerr County, founding Hunt, Texas.
The Hunts’ mother, Lydia, is the first of many family members buried at the Choate Cemetery. The reunion attendees recognized and thanked Ray Morgan and J.E. Baker were for their loyal attention to the Choate Cemetery.
Tom and Nancy raised their children at Choate and many of their off-spring attended: granddaughter “Peaches” Hunt Davidson (daughter of Howard and Ivy Hunt); and grandchildren J.E. Baker and Ada B. Baker Schroeder, children of Ada Hunt and Collie Baker were present.
Dave and Mattie also raised their children at Choate. Grandson Justin Truett Hunt was present at the reunion (son of Marshall and Annie Hunt). His sister Mary Beth Hunt Mills of Houston was unable to attend, but sent greetings. Great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren of Dave and Mattie were present: representing Travis Hunt, Lamar Hunt and Cledy Hunt.
Sarah Dorcas Hunt was represented at the reunion by her grandson, Homer Moses and great-granddaughter Barbara DeLuna. This listing is just a few of the descendants present.
The family recognized and thanked Ruby and Roy Hranicky for the book of genealogy written about the Hunt family. Little would be known if they had not spent years of researching and writing. They were unable to attend, but were remembered lovingly by all.
The 51st Hunt-Marshall Family Reunion will be held on June 10, 2012.