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Hunt - Wilson

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Saturday, 29 August 1874

Our candidate for county assessor is a substantial farmer of Madison Township. He moved to this county about fifteen years ago, is about fifty years of age, is a good neighbor, a hard worker and an excellent citizen. He is known as a strictly honest man and has the reputation of having excellent judgment, thus possessing the two qualities most essential in the man who is to decide upon the taxable value of the property of his neighbors.

Source: Atlas of Montgomery County (Chicago: Beers, 1878) p 51

HUNT, Wilson, PO Darlington, breeder of shorthorn cattle, etc, son of Charles and Mary Hunt was b. in Butler Co Ohio Oct 2, 1827 and settled in Union Twp with his parents in 1854. Sept 3, 1853 he marr. Mary E. HUSTED of Union Co Ind. They have 6 children
John C
William W
Charles M
Newton H
Elanorah and Bruce.

Source: H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana, (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 439

HUNT, Wilson, farmer and stock raiser, Darlington, was b. in Ohio in 1837. His parents were Charles and Mary Hunt. The former was b. in NJ the latter a native of PA. Mr. Hunt's father first emigrated to Pa
where he was married then to Ohio, Marion County, in 1801 and then to Montgomery County. The subject of this memoir was marr. in 1853 to Mary E. HUSTED, daughter of John Husted, by whome he has six children:
Jane C
William W
Charles N
Henry N
Eleanor and Bruce. He is a republican of the first rank. He has a fine stock farm of 24 acres, well improved, located 3 mi. NW of Darlington in the SE corner of Madison Twp. His stock are of the best quality in the County, and have repeatedly, for the past 15 years, been awarded the first premiums at various fairs. He and his father were the first to introduce in the County the stock of hogs known as Poland China, and the same he has spared no pains to improve with success. His cattle are of the shorthorn breeds, which he has greatly improved since their introduction upon his farm. Equally as much pains has been taken by Mr. H. to have upon his farm a good stock of horses. He has a very fine nag that has lost but one premium in the past 12 years and premiums have been awarded to various other horses exhibited by him. Within the past 2 years he has introduced upon his farm a superior quality of Cotswold sheep. No man in the County has labored more earnestly to improve the stock of the County than Mr. H. He has fully satisfied himself that investment in the best breeds is far more lucrative than raising a third or fourth class of farm stock. On his farm is a pear tree now 20 years old, which has borne fruit for 17 years. While Mr. H. turns his attention more particularly to the raising of fine stock, he loses no opportunity to aid in whatever will increase the moral standing of its people. - typed by kbz

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties. IN. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p. 145.

Wilson Hunt, a successful farmer of Madison Township, and for about half a century a resident of Montgomery county, Ind., is personally interested in various inventions, and has devoted much time to securing valuable patents. He is a native of Butler County, Ohio, from which State and county many of the early settlers of Indiana emigrated. Our subject was one in a large family of ten children, seven daughters and three sons, all of whom grew to mature years, and, marrying, gave many descendants to the family name. The brothers and sisters in the order of their birth are: Aaron, who was born in 1810, and is now a resident of Watertown, Dak.; William, deceased, whose natal year was 1821, and who died in Montgomery County, leaving a family of five children; Abigail, born in 1823, who is the wife of Andrew Messmore, of Fountain; Martha, born in 1825, who was married to Benjamin Tappin, now dead; Wilson, our subject, who was born in 1827; Catherine, born in 1830, and now the wife of John Brown, of Potomac, Ill.; Mary J., born in 1832, and married to Levi B. Rose, of Wabash, Ind.; Margaret, born in 1835, the wife of Daniel McIntyre, of Crawfordsville; Maria, born in 1839, and married to Thomas Steele, of Montgomery County; and Ciarissa, born in 1843, who became the wife of Thomas Rose, and died, leaving one child.

Hunt is a famous name in English history; distinguished orators, authors, soldiers and noted politicians bore the name in "Merrie England," and there added luster to its record. The branch of the family to which our subject belongs is of undoubted English ancestry, but the father and mother of Wilson Hunt are natives of America. The father was born in New Jersey in 1786, and came with his parents, Aaron and Mary (Seaman) Hunt, to the West in 1802. Mr. Hunt's mother was born in 1797; she was the daughter of William and Catherine (Schnuff) Coffing, both by birth Pennsylvania Dutch.

In the early part of the present century Charles Hunt and Mary Coffing were united in marriage. They made their home for many years in Butler County, Ohio; but in 1838, when their son Wilson was but eleven years of age, they removed their household effects and children to the neighboring State of Indiana. Their location in Union County was a pleasant one, and there they remained until 1853. During these fifteen years the children had been attending the district school, assisting in the varied in-and-out-door work, and rapidly maturing in age and experience, and when in 1853 the parents settled in Montgomery County, their sons and daughters were nearly all of adult age and well fitted to fight life's battles for themselves. Father and Mother Hunt lived to enjoy their new home and make many warm friends there, who with the old neighbors and acquaintance of former years sincerely mourned their loss, when Death called them away from home and family.

In 1854 our subject was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Husted, daughter of John and Abbie (Dubois) Husted. John Husted, the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Wilson Hunt, was born in Sweden; his wife, Nancy Husted, was  native of Ireland; the parents of Mrs. Hunt, however, were of American birth, both being natives of New Jersey, where they were reared, educated and married. Her father was born in 1795, and when only seventeen years of age served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He married early in life, and settled in the southern part of Union County, Ind., where he resided until 1890, when at the extreme old age of ninety-five years he passed away, rich in the experience of a wonderful and progressive century.

This old veteran and his wife, Abbie, were the parents of twelve children, who with one exception, lived to mature years. Eleazer, the eldest-born, is dead; Nancy is dead; Phoebe died and left five children; David, who left a family of seven children, is dead; John is dead, and left five children; Josiah is now a resident of Indiana, and has five children; Sarah A. is deceased; Henry, of Liberty, Ind., is a prominent and leading citizen, and the father of four children; Daniel, of Union County, also has four children; Mary E. is the wife of our subject; Katie died and left three children; and Caroline, the youngest, is now the wife of W. Paddock.

Our subject owns three hundred and sixty-eight acres of excellent land, all of which is in the county, one hundred and sixty being in the home farm, which Mr. Hunt has brought into a high state of cultivation. Our subject has been a lifelong agriculturist, and thoroughly understands the tilling of the soil. He is always a kind friend and pleasant neighbor, ever ready to extend a helping hand to those who need it. Affable and courteous to all, he has many true friends. Politically, Mr. Hunt is a republican, but he is liberal in sentiment and candid in judgment. Our subject and his estimable wife have been the parents of six children, five of whom are living. The children are S.J. Cebery, William, Charles, Nora and Bruce. Henry is deceased.  -- kbz
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