Berkeley County, West Virginia Colonel David HUNTER


         Colonel David HUNTER was born in York, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1761, and as a boy, moved with his parents to the Martinsburg, Virginia, area where they purchased the “Red House” farm, an important part of the history of Berkeley County. He received his education in a log school house that stood on the corner of Queen and Burke streets in Martinsburg.

         David Hunter was made Deputy Clerk of the County Court of Berkeley County under his brother, Moses Hunter, 1835-1848. He went to England on business for his family in 1787, and when he returned he married Elizabeth Pendleton, eldest daughter of Philip Pendleton.

         After the death of his brother, Moses, David Hunter competed for the office against Major Henry Bedinger, who was elected by the vote of the Magistrates. Irregularities were charged by Colonel Hunter and after several years of litigation, his case was sustained and he was made Clerk in 1803, which office he held until 1813.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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