According to the US Dept. of the Navy, A distant relative of mine named Volumnia W. Hunley (b.10-31-1825 in Sumner Co. TN, married Robert Ruffin Barrow of Terrebone, LA. on 2-7-1850. He and his family were among the wealthiest and largest sugar plantation owners in southern LA. prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Volumnia was the sister of Horace Lawson Hunley (he build, and died in the first submarine to sink a ship, the Confederate submarine "CSS H.L. Hunley" TBS made a movie about it all, rent it) H.L. Hunley and R.R. Ruffin were friends and partners, and worked together to build and pay for the submarine. The association and the marriage of Volumnia Hunley into the Barrow family, accounts for the plantation being seized by the Union Admiral Farragut during the occupation of New Orleans by Union Gen. Butler. I do know that Volumnia died in 1868. JPH
Heres some more info that may help our links.
John M. Hunley - (According to Sumner Co. TN. 1830 US Census) headed one Hunley family. Family count listed below. one male aged 20-30 years old. one female aged 20-30 years old. one female under 5 years old. This census also recorded 4 slaves and their ages.
John T., J., or F. Hunley (According to Sumner Co. TN. 1830 US Census) headed another Hunley family) Family count listed below. one male aged 30-40 years old one male aged 20-30 years old one male aged 10-15 years old one male aged 10-15 years old one male aged under 5 years old one male aged under 5 years old one female aged 30-40 years old one female aged 20-30 years old one female aged 5-10 years old one female aged 5-10 years old one female under 5 years old This census also recorded 8 slaves and their ages.
The census schedules of Sumner County, TN for 1840 does not list a family by the surname of Hunley.
The Dept. of the Navy wrote me and said that H.L. Hunley was never married, and had only one sister (Volumnia Hunley Barrow).
In the Louisiana Advertiser of 18 Feb.1834, page 2 column 3, the following obituary appeared about H.L. and Volumnia's father:
"Died: On 15 Feb. 1834, at half past 7 o'clock Mr. John Hunley, age 40 years, after a long and lingering illness. He was a native of Sumner Co. Tennessee, but for a number of years a resident of New Orleans."
The tombstone of H.L. Hunley is in Magnolia Cemetary in Charleston reads:
"Capt. Horace L. Hunley aged 39 of Louisianna, A native of Tennessee who lost his life in the service of his country on the 15th of Oct. 1863."
You Hunley's out there need to look under Hundley geoforum. I found this tid bit in there.We need to get all of this info on the Hunley forum.
"HLH f.John b.16Dec1792;m.Louisa Hardin Lawson b.26 april 1802 Greene Cty.KY. gf.William Hunley b.29 feb1744,VA.gm.Ann Dupuy. Go to LDS site for family tree.Also sp. Hundley."This was sent into Hundley genforum message #241.This helped me alot, by telling me who, what, and when about H.L.Hunley's parents.John Paul Hunley