The American Revolution in North Carolina

Thomas Hunter

Major in the Edgecombe County Regiment of Militia - 1776-1777
Lt. Colonel in the Nash County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1780
Colonel in the Nash County Regiment of Militia - 1780-1783

On April 22, 1776, the NC Provincial Congress appointed Thomas Hunter as a Major under Col. Exum Lewis in the Edgecombe County Regiment of Militia. It is very likely that this man served as a Captain of Militia prior to this appointment, but this Author has not been able to find definitive proof thereof. I have found a Capt. Thomas Hunter associated with Martin County in early 1776, and these may be the same person. Or, not. Right now, I am treating them as two separate individuals.

On December 17, 1777, the NC General Assembly created Nash County out of Edgecombe County, and soon thereafter appointed Thomas Hunter as a Lt. Colonel under Col. James Clinch in the newly-created Nash County Regiment of Militia.

In the 1Q of 1780, Thomas Hunter was promoted to second Colonel, alongside Col. James Clinch in the Nash County Regiment of Militia. Available records indicate that he continued in this position until the end of the war in 1783.

Thomas Hunter was a delegate to the Third Provincial Congress of August 1775 in Hillsborough.

Thomas Hunter died in 1788.


If anyone has a decent biography of this man, please send to this Author via e-mail or snail mail, and it will be added here, with full credit given.


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