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This is the heritage of Josua Gunter, d. 1785, NC and Keziah Banks.  We, Barbara, Pat and Tillman, are all descendants of Sir Peter Gunter and his wife Joan Awbrey of royal descent through the William the Conqueror and Scandinavian Kings. They are ancestors of mine through my paternal grandmother, Ione Donalson Neel, and of Tillman and Pat's through their mother's lines to Tirzah Gunter, wife of Tilman Pool.

It has been my goal in doing my husband's genealogy to prove my ancestor Thomas Gunter, whose wife was of royal descent, was related to Tillman's Josuha Gunter family, and I have done that.

Tillman, Pat and I, as well, descend from William Gunter and Lucy Havard. Tillman and Pat descend from their son William, and I descend from their son Jenkin. A few generations later, Tillman and Pat descend from Joshua Gunter's son Russell Gunter. Aunts Ivy and Olivia's husbands, Willie and brother Fred Gunter, descend from Joshua Gunter.

The husbands of Tillman's aunts Livy and Ivy Pool, Fred and Willie Gunter are also related to
our SC Gunter family through Joshua Gunter's son Balaam, via his son Wilson, his son Macom, his son LaFayette father of Fred and Willie.

A goal fulfilled before Tillman passed away was to prove a connection of his and my Gunter families, as well and I have done that.

In the end I proved Fred and Willie were cousins of their wives through Tirzah Gunter Poole. Her mother was the daughter of Russell, brother of Balaam, g-great-grandfather of Willie and Fred...... Dewey Gunter also descended from Russell Gunter.

George Dewey Gunter, I, born 21 Oct 1900, died 29 Mar 1995,  our neighbor across the road on Calks Ferry Road in Pelion, SC, descended from John Gunter, (the brother of our Tirzah Gunter,) who married Harriet Pool, (sister of our Tilmon I Pool  husband of Tirzah.) George Dewey Gunter and Tillman Blizzard were double 3rd cousins. Harriet and Tilman Pool were the children of Isaac Pool Sr., who was probably the son of Walter "the Cooper" Pool ("the Cooper" and "the Joyner" phrases coined by Henry T. Pool III) and his first wife Lucy. John and Harriet named a daughter Lucy. And Isaac named his first two children Walter and Lucy.

Keith Rawls sent a link to Pat of a newspaper article about Balaam's granddaughter, Marina Gunter, 17 year old daugher of James Larkin Gunter and Sarah Tillery, who saved her father's life by taking an axe to her father's attackers, killing all three.

The early Gunters were born in Wales for almost five hundred years, beginning with the son of Sir Peter Gunter of Gaunt, Sir William I Gunter, knight, born about 1069 in Gunnerstone, Wales. Then our Gunter line moved to England in the 15th century and 200 years later, John Gunter, Pilgrim, sailed to America to make his home in Virginia.

Even though the Gunters were in Wales for almost 500 years, they were not native to Wales.
The Welsh did not use surnames. Sir Peter Gunter of Gaunt went to England from France with William the Conqueror and ended up in Wales as his prize. Sir Peter's wife Jane Awbrey
descended from Clovis, King of Franks, Rollo the Dane and William the Conqueror. His descendant Joshua Gunter of Brunswick, Virginia, came to South Carolina.

Joshua and his father John Gunter are listed as the earliest ancestor of men tested at Family
Tree DNA. Both men are Haplogroup R1b1b2-yDNA which is very old, European DNA.
Pat's uncle James Pool tested Haplogroup I1 and probably Scandinavian. Tillman's y-dna is a rare form of G2a3b dna clade of Eastern Europe, according to the latest research, and went from India to Romania about two thousand years ago. Tillman's mt-dna is H which was from Ireland through Elizabeth Overstreet's mother Catherine, wife of John Overstreet whose mother Sarah Booth was a DAR, Revolutionary War ancestor, commended by the President of the United States for wheat supplies in 1781 for the army. Elizabeth Overstreet married Fountain O'Brien, son of Darby O'Brien, Sr. Their daughter Sarah married John T. Williamson, son of Samuel Williamson and Recia Bryant (no blood relation to our O'Briens.) John Lang Williamson wrote his mother's name as Sara Bryant, born 1 May 1844 in Montrenetta, (Monetta) SC. Christopher C. Williamson wrote her name as O'brian. Tillman's DNA match now living in England, spelled his name O'Brien.

.An Autosomal DNA Family Finder test has Tillman linked to three others named O'Brien which leaves me to believe the name of his grandmother should be spelled O'Brien and not O'Brian, even Obriant, by someone thinking they "Must be versions of the same family name." But DNA testing has proved they are not the same surname.

Gentleman John Gunter, Wool Merchant, was born 1535, Kintbury, County Berkshire,  England. and died 2 Jan 1624 Kintbury, Berkshire, England. He married Alyce aka Alice Kibblewhite aka Keeblewhite. Son of Geoffrey Gunter and Agnus Yate aka Yale. These images are from Monumental brasses of Gloucestershire, by Cecil Turdor Davis.
Please see lineage chart on the right above.
Alice Kibblewhite aka Keeblewhite, wife of Gentleman John Gunter, was born in Blewbury, County Berkshire, England about 1542. She died 18 Mar 1626, Ciester, England.

Alice was the daughter of Thomas Kibblewhite and Elizabeth Plott of Blewbury, England.
1820 Census of Isaac Pool, Sr.; Balaam Gunter. Balaam was the son of Joshua Gunter. Isaac Pool's son Tilmon Pool, Sr. married Balaam's neice, Tirzah Gunter, daughter of Russell Gunter. Everyone knows about Tilmon and Tirzah, their son Tilman Pool and his wife Dolly A. N. Williamson; and their daughters Iva "Ivy" and Olivia "Livy"  who married brothers Willie and Fred Gunter. But everyone said their Gunters weren't related to our Tirzah's Gunters,  and I have proved they were indeed related and cousins. Because Willie and Fred were the great-great-grandsons of Balaam.
1840 Census Lexington, SC District: We have Joseph, William, Benjamin, Martin and Isaac Hutto;
Israel Jr, Hiram and Zebulon Gantt;  Rivers, Russell,  Daniel, Riley and Wilson Gunter;
Robert Gavin.....
Walter Pool and Young Pool
Descendants of Walter and Young A. Pool are DNA matches: Pat Bonneau, James Curtis Poole, Henry Pool III, and Pamela Poole to name a few.
1850 censu:, Russell Gunter, Rivers Gunter. Russell's daughter Tirzah Gunter is line #34.
1860 Census of Wilson Gunter, son of Balaam, son of Joshua Gunter.
Wilson's son Macom. Macomb #15 was the father of LaFayette Gunter father of Willie and Fred Gunter who married Ivy and Livy Gunter, daughters of Tilmon Pool II and Dolly A.N. Williamson aka D.A.N. Williamson Pool.
Willie and Fred were the most quiet, contented men I've ever known.
1900 census of Macom Gunter, and son LaFayette Gunter with his sons Willie and Fred Gunter. Same as above:
Macom Gunter s/o Wilson Gunter s/o Balaam Gunter s/o Joshua Gunter and Keziah Banks.
This is the family of  Dr. Arthur Lovelace Gunter, descendant of Joshua Gunter through Mancel Gunter in the census on the right.

Note: Elridge Gunter was the great-grandson of Balaam Gunter, son of Joshua and Keziah Gunter, who donated his farm to create the town of Wagener, and First Baptist Church.

A quote from History of Wagener
"Gunter's Crossroad
The history of Wagener dates back to 1887. The early settlement was known as Pinder Town
and later as Guntersville or Gunter's Crossroad, after the large number of North Carolinian settlers named Gunter.
These men helped make up Company I of the 20th SC Infantry, which
was part of Kershaw's Brigade during the Civil War. The town is situated on what was once
farm land belonging to Elridge Gunter. He donated this property to benefit the schools of
Wagener and the First Baptist Church.
The Southern Railroad
The little town grew when the Southern Railroad ran a line through to Batesburg. Nearly all
of the towns that sprang up along the railroad wanted to use the last name of George
Wagener, who was a strong supporter of the railroad and the owner of a wholesale house in
Charleston. It was through the influence of J. A. Gunter, a prosperous local farmer, that the
town received the honor of using this distinguished name.
In the 1920's and 30's, asparagus was grown here and exported across America. During the
same period, cotton became a successful product and huge bales lined the streets awaiting
departure via train. The children of Wagener frolicked among the hay bales during their
games of hide-n-seek. A central town park is located where the railroad beds were."