Enjoying an old fashioned Sunday lunch, the family members shared stories of current events in their lives and of their Hunt-Marshall ancestors.
Kathy Chapman moderated, reading the description of the beautiful town of Tellico Plains, Tenn., in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Both the Hunts and the Marshalls lived there prior to traveling by train to Del Valle, and later to Karnes County. Mrs. Chapman also reviewed some of the highlights of Sarah Dorcas Hunt Moses’ life. She was the lone sister who accompanied her three brothers to Texas: William Thomas Hunt, Robert Finley Hunt and David Beauregard Hunt. She apologized to the family for having given less emphasis to Dorcas the past two years, stating that her research for the last year focused on that branch of the family. She noted that Barbara DeLuna (great-granddaughter of Dorcas and daughter of Homer Moses) was in attendance with her father. She also advised everyone to read the moving and informative story of Dorcas written by Ruby Lou Hranicky in the Red Book, and to look at the photographs.
Mary Beth Hunt Mills, who was unable to attend, sent a loving letter of greetings, which was shared with all.
Family members who had passed away were fondly remembered: David Hunt of Victoria (grandson of David Beauregard Hunt and brother of Truett Hunt), Marcia Hunt of Kenedy (Truett and Ann Hunt’s daughter), Gladys Wilson (sister of Ray Morgan), and Sharon Hunt Gutierrez of Plano (Lamar and Elizabeth Hunt’s daughter).
Stanley and Sheila Wells summarized for the group their recent research on the Marshall Family and Jay C. Baker did the same on some of the projects he has been working on.
Despite their not being able to be present, the family recognized and thanked Ruby and Roy Hranicky and Lola Curlee, for their exhaustive book on the genealogy about the Hunt and Marshall family. Affectionately called the “Red Book,” little would be recorded in such a helpful way if they had not spent years of careful and loving research and writing. Kathy Chapman warned the family that once one starts reading, it is hard to put the book down.
The Baptist Church, Cheryl and Philip Bush and LaVerne Simmons are sincerely thanked for having made the event possible.
The next Hunt-Marshall Family Reunion will be held on June 8, 2014.