Ezekiel Hunter, Baptist minister and legislator, served in the Onslow County Regiment of militia during the French and Indian War in 1754 and represented Onslow County in the North Carolina House of Commons in 1773. Although nothing of his parentage is presently known, he was not the son of Nicholas Hunter as George Paschal supposed.
Hunter appears to have been ordained about 1758, when he became pastor of the New River congregation. He is reported to have organized and pastored Baptist congregations in Onslow, Jones, Duplin, Brunswick, Bladen, Carteret, and New Hanover counties. His missionary zeal is credited with the early growth of the Baptist denomination in southeastern North Carolina. Hunter was identified with the Separate Baptists.
His will was made on 10 November 1773, and he apparently died shortly afterwards. Hunter was survived by his wife, Rachel, and four minor children: Lena, Mary, Asa, and Ezekiel, Jr.
"Will of Ezekiel Hunter." c. 1773. MARS Id: 5200.72.476, State Archives of North Carolina.
1 January 1988 | Littleton, Tucker Reed