Edward Hunter – My great-great-great grandfather, was born in 1793 in New Port, PA Delaware County.
Edward Hunter’s ancestors were of the Quaker faith, but as its popularity decreased his grandfather and father were not. However, the ideal of religious freedom was still held high in their esteem, as his father told him, “We do not belong to any religious sect but keep sacred that all men have a right to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience”. Another interesting idea about financial position I found in the biography was this quote from Edward’s father to him. He states, “If you lose money and tell about it, you are only asking for sympathy from friends, while your enemies will rejoice in your misfortune. Whenever you become insolvent, you naturally fall from Grace. Failure to meet your financial obligations is not only criminal, but unchristian”.
Edward grew up during the period we know as The Great Awakening, where many religions were battling with each other to gain members and prove their doctrines. Edward’s family was, in many ways, similar to Joseph Smith’s family. They studied the scriptures much, yet were not part of any particular sect of religion. Throughout his life Edward searched for a religion to join, one that conformed to what he learned in the scriptures.
The time came when Edward was able to listen to LDS missionaries in a seminary that he built himself on his property for the purpose of letting people in the community come to worship. Joseph Smith later came and preached at this seminary. Edward was soon baptized and became a great steward in the Church.
As a wealthy, successful farmer, Edward was a large contributor to the development of Nauvoo. He did not initially want to leave his home in Pennsylvania, but he mentions in a journal that when he first visited Nauvoo, he fell in love with it and knew that he was supposed to move there with the saints. Despite his wealth and high reputation, Edward was a humble man. He offered all he had to the Prophet Josheph, and the new Church. Joseph counseled him to use his possessions in wise ways.
Edward was also a leader in the church. In Nauvoo he served as a bishop. After the martyrdom, Edward helped lead the saints to Utah, where he later settled. While in Utah he was called to be the second Presiding Bishop under Brigham Young.
Because of all of these factors, many of Edward Hunter’s posterity, including myself, enjoy the eternal blessings of the restored gospel.
Edward Hunter, faithful steward. by William E. Hunter ; edited by Janath Russell Cannon