Check the items on this page from familysearch.org. Not sure if it is him but maybe you can figure it out.
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Dear Ms. Bateman,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog but were unable to locate William Hunt in the Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census as digital images have not been added to the Catalog yet.
Thus, we searched the Federal Census records on Ancestry and located William Hunt in the 1850 Census and 1860 Census as a landowner in Currituck County, North Carolina; he is listed as Mulatto. William would have to be a freedman to own property.
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We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
William Hunt was my 4x great uncle. His sister Mary Polly Hunt was my 3x great grandmother. Hunt was a prominent person of color in Currituck County, even allowed to own a gun in the 1840s (so after the Nat Turner insurrection). He was able to read and write. He may have been an indentured servant when a child but was a free man as an adult