Baron Trigault's Vengeance - John Edward Campbell Hunter

John Edward Campbell Hunter

Biography

John Edward Campbell Hunter (1874-1949)

John Edward Campbell Hunter (b. 27? June 1874) was a salesman from Alberton, Prince Edward Island, and the youngest son of James and Elizabeth Hunter. There is seventeen year difference between John and his next closest sibling, James Harry. John, Elizabeth and their oldest children William, Anne, James Harry and Jessie were all born in Scotland and hailed from North Knapdale, Argyllshire before coming to Canada in 1872. It appears the youngest daughter, Jessie Johnston Hunter, born in 1860, did not live long enough to make the trip. John (J.E.C.) was born in Prince Edward Island, two years after the family arrived from Scotland.

John married Addie Young Rogers (b. 1 January 1868) on 24 August 1897 in Albertson. Addie's father was Benjamin Rogers, and he would eventually become the 9th Lieutenant Governor of PEI, from 1910-1915. To complicate matters, one year after John married Addie, Benjamin Rogers married his second wife, Annie McNeil Hunter, John's older sister, making his step-mother-in-law his own sister.

John and Addie had three children: Cederic Reginald (b. 21 Nov 1898), Alexander Campbell (b. 25 March 1903) and Constance (Connie) R. (b. 10 Nov 1904). All three children were baptized at the Alberton United Church; Cederic on 28 Dec 1899, and Alex and Connie on 17 Jan 1906.

It appears that John was happy to invest his time in support of local education. In the 8 January 1915 edition of the Charlottetown Guardian, a thank you announcement reads:

Card of Thanks- The teachers of Alberton High School wish to tender their sincere thanks to Miss Blanche Leard and Mr. J.E.C. Hunter for many services rendered during the preparation for their recent school concert.

John also generously donated money to the Prince County Orphanage Campaign.

John was the Alberton Town Magistrate and Justice of the Peace Coroner for the area. During the war, he was secretary of the Alberton Rations Board.

The UPEI Provenance book, Baron Trigault's Vengeance, by Emile Gaboriau, is inscribed “JEC Hunter, Alberton, PE Island, X'mas 1924. From A.C.H.”. This is likely a Xmas gift from son, Alex, to father, J.E.C. The 1911 census gives Alex's middle initial as “C” and his baptism records indicate his middle name was Campbell.

J.E.C. Hunter died on 27 April 1949 in Alberton, PEI. On 29 April 1949 the Charlottetown Guardian, reported:

The Town of Alberton suffered a great loss in the death of one of its prominent citizens, Mr. J.E.C. Hunter. Mr. Hunter, who was in his 74th year, died at the family residence, Church Street, the morning of Wednesday, April 27th, after a few weeks' illness. Funeral arrangements later.

Sources:

1861 Census of Scotland

1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921 Census of Canada

Birth, Marriage and Death records obtained from the Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office.

“Deaths". The Charlottetown Guardian, 30 April 1949, p.10. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

“Orphanage Campaign". The Charlottetown Guardian, 29 November 1924, p.6. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

“Personals". The Charlottetown Guardian, 29 April 1949, p.15. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

“Personnel of Local Ration Boards". The Charlottetown Guardian, 24 November 1942, p.3. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

“Probe Death of Alberton Man". The Charlottetown Guardian, 3 August 1942, p.5. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

“The Western Guardian". The Charlottetown Guardian, 8 January 1915, p.8. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 16 April 2016.

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