Memories of a Pastor

While living in Florida and working for the Walt Disney Travel Company, my family and I attended the Northland Community Church in Longwood, just north of Orlando, Florida. Joel Carl Hunter (born April 18, 1948 in Shelby, Ohio), was our Pastor.

During that time in my life I had put genealogy aside and today I remember attending Dr. Hunter’s church and even gave my life to Christ even though I had been a member of the Asbury Methodist Church in Charleston, West Virginia.

While doing my One-Name Study for my Hunter surname, I thought of Dr. Joel Hunter.
He is a Hunter afterall. So today I want to say personally I have a Hunter whom I am very proud to have met while living in Florida and hope someday to attend a Sunday service given by him at his church, Northland.

To read his biography please visit Joel Hunter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Hunters of Hunterston

The first Hunters arrived in Ayrshire in the opening years of the 12th century, having come over from Normandy about four years after the Norman Conquest. Experts in hunting and fieldcraft with generations of experience in the forests of their land of origin, these Norman lords were invited to Scotland by King David I who was himself brought up in the Norman court in London.

In papers relating to the King’s Inquistion, a Court of Law held in the King’s presence in 1116 we find mention of Willielmo Venator, William the hunter, the first Laird, Royal Huntsman to the Kings and Queens of Scotland. There is a family legend that says the Lady of the first Laird had the honour of serving Queen Matilda as lady-in-waiting.

William the Hunter put his expertise to good use in the wild forests and fens of Hunterston, then rich in wildlife, which surrounded the site of the timber fortress. This became Hunter’s Toun, a village & port on the peninsula where Hunterston has always been.

As recognition of his family’s skills, the title of Prawfectus Venatorus Regis – Royal Huntsman, became a hereditary appointment.



Auchinleck Old Cemetery
Old Cumnock New Cemetery
Ochiltree Cemetery
Cumnock Old Cemetery
Catrine Churchyard
Catrine Churchyard
Muirkirk Churchyard
Ochiltree Old Cemetery
Muirkirk New Cemetery
Mauchline New Cemetery
Dalmellington New Cemetery
Dalrymple Churchyard
Patna Cemetery
Stair Churchyard
Newton on Ayr
Sorn Churchyard
Stewarton Churchyard
Hawkhill Cemetery
Dreghorn & Perceton
Shewalton Cemetery


Aylmer Gould, 27th of Hunterston b. 23 Sep 1864, d. 18 Mar 1940
Emily b. 1964
Felicity Anne b. 972
Gillian Mary
Gould Reas b. 27 Dec 1837, d. 20 Oct 1911
Grace b. 25 Nov 1884, d. 28 Feb 1954
Hugh b. 1938
Jane, 26th Of Hunterston b. 27 Dec 1837, d. 20 Oct 1911
Marjorie Joan
Philip Hugh b. 1968
Reginald b. 11 Apr 1869
Reginald Gould b. 1897
Sarra Catherine b. 1966


Charles Alexander Aubrey b. 3 Aug 1995
Julia Mary b. 11 Mar 1954
Lucy Claire b. 1 May 1994
Muriel b. 1892, d. 1972
Penelope Diana b. 5 Dec 1954
Robert Maunsell