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The source of the Gunters is unknown, they could have come from either Germany or England, there are populations with the surname Gunter in both areas. (See more on Gunter Lineages)

James Gunter, father of Alexander Gunter, was born 1790 in South Carolina, in 1820 he was in Washington county Kentucky Census (p 25-4-25), and again in 1830 (p. 199), then on 25 January 1834 Marion county was formed from parts of Washington county so we find him in Marion Co. Ky in 1840 and 1850 (see more) and then in Hamilton Co. Il in 1860 (see more).

Alexander purchased land in Hamilton County about 5 miles due west of McLeansboro in 1852 as recorded below.

                    Sale  Legal       Sect- Twn-  Ra- Meri- Acres   Price     Total  Soc.    Date       
Name of Purchaser   Type  Description ion   ship  nge dian  Bought  Per Acre  Price  Stat    Purchased

GUNTER ALEXANDER J    FD  S2NE          14   05S  05E  3    80.00  000.00  WARRANT   MALE    09/24/1852

Gunter, Alexander; Leader, 23 Jan 1896; born 13 Dec 1821, Washington County, KY; died 25 Dec 1895, Knight's Prairie; moved to Hamilton County in 1858. 11 children, 7 survive.

Married Rachael Yowell on March 7, 1847 in Kentucky. She was born Jan. 15, 1829 and died Jan 28, 1874. Her parents were Leroy Yowell and Mary (Polly) Milburn ( See more )

Children were George Alfred, Leroy Burr, Moses A., Sarah Washington, Charles Lewis, and Flora Tennessee (Charles and Flora were twins). ( See more)

Alexander is buried in the Gunter Cemetery, 1/2 mile north of old Gunter School west of McLeansboro,IL

"McLeansboro Encampment, No. 74, I.O.O.F., was organized and chartered in 1867. The charter members were Richard W. Townshend, William F. Scott, James Lane, William P. Bowers, John M. Howard, Henry W. White and Alexander J. Gunter. The present officers are: John J. Buck, C, P.; Felix A. Harvey, H. P.; Dr. A. DeFoe, Sen. W., and A. M. Gregg, Jr., W.; Joshua S. Sneed, Scribe, Representative and Deputy. The present membership is thirty. " (From: History of Hamilton County, Illinois Pub. 1887 Goodspeed; p. 292-299)

Flora (Gunter) Neal used to tell that the Gunter family lived in the south and that they set their slaves free and moved North when it seemed that a war was possible.

Children of Alexander J. and Rachel Gunter

Mary Francis Gunter, born 12 DEC 1848 in Kentucky (Taylor Co), and died 20 JAN 1931.
She married Lewis Jefferson Carr 24 OCT 1867, son of William Harrison Carr and Lucretia Catherine Conway.
He was born 24 JUL 1845 in Putnam, TN, and died 14 SEP 1905. He was buried in Ten Mile Cemetery, Illinois (Hamilton Co). (see more on Carr family)
Children of Mary Francis Gunter and Lewis Jefferson Carr are:
3 i. Lucretia Carr was born ABT 1880. She married Eugene Kornmeyer. He was born ABT 1875. (see more on Kornmeyer)
4 ii. Warner Raleigh Carr.

Mary Francis (Gunter) Carr 1848-1931

Mary Francis (Gunter) Carr front 3rd from left and her children, mostly unknown except, George is in the back, and Lucretia Anna (Carr) Kornmeyer on the far left and Nellie is in front on the right

Nellie Francis (Carr) Menke 1882-1971

Sarah Washington Gunter, April 8, 1862-April 15, 1943

Leroy Burr Gunter, Sep. 14,1854-Oct. 22, 1927

Moses A. Gunter, 1855-1926 and Mary A. Seel

George A. Gunter, Feb. 16, 1862- Sep. 3, 1937 Aunt Meg and family

Aunt Meg Gunter

Earnest Gunter - George A. Gunter's grandson

Gunter School - twins Flora and Charles Gunter at age 17

Flora Tennessee Gunter
Flora was born Sep. 16, 1870, married Aug. 16, 1891 in Hamilton County, died Jan. 23, 1957

Stephen and Flora (Gunter) Neal, they are buried at Ten Mile cemetery, Hamilton County Illinois.

Lewis Jefferson Carr (July 24, 1845-Sep. 14, 1905) husband of Mary Francis Gunter, married Oct. 24 1867

Thomas (1829-1922) and Florence (Carr) Woodruff (1868-1952), Florence daughter of Mary and Lewis Carr

Clara McClellan Daily and Charles Sherman Gunter

Ruth Gunter, daughter Clara and Charles Gunter, teacher at J. B. Ward School,
Du Quoin, Il for over 30 years, never married.

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