Kansas History and Heritage Project- Marshall County

Marshall County Biographies

JOHN H. HUNT. John H. Hunt, one of Bigelow township's well-known and progressive farmers and stockmen and the proprietor of a well-improved farm in section 13 of that township, is a native of Tennessee, but has lived in this county since the days of his infancy. He was born at Lebanon, in Wilson county, Tennessee, April 17, 1870, son of Henry N. and Elizabeth (Champion) Hunt, both now deceased, the former of whom was born in that same community and the latter in the state of Massachusetts, who became pioneers of Marshall county. Henry N. Hunt was born on June 13, 1813, and grew to manhood in Wilson county, Tennessee, the place of his birth. On November 3, 1854, in that county, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Champion, who was born at Lowell, Massachusetts, December 29, 1834, and he continued to make his home in Tennessee until the year 1870, when he became attracted to the possibilities that then were opening to the earnest settler in Kansas and moved out to this state, settling on a farm of sixty-seven acres just north of Blue Rapids, in the township of that name, that having been before the original Blue Rapids township was divided into four, and there he spent his last days, his death occurring on June 28, 1875, just about the time he was becoming well established on his farm. His widow later married Thomas Donahue and continued to make her home in this county the rest of her life, her death occurring on October 25, 1895. Henry N. Hunt and wife were the parents of seven children, those besides the subject of this sketch, the fourth in order of birth, being as follows: Henry N., who died at Mulhall, Oklahoma, in 1916; William S., who is living in Oklahoma; James R., of Blue Rapids City township, and Carrie, Mary and Sarah, deceased.

John H. Hunt was but five years of age when his father died. He was reared on a farm, attending the district school in the neighborhood of his home in Blue Rapids City township, and at the age of fifteen began working as a farm hand in that neighborhood, later working with his step-father as a teamster in bridge-construction work. He was married in 1888 and in 1893 began farming, renting land in Wells township, where he lived until 1907, when he bought his present farm in section 13 of Bigelow township, where he since has made his home and where he and his family are very comfortably situated. Mr. Hunt is the owner of two hundred and forty acres of land and his farm is well-improved and profitably cultivated. In addition to his general farming he is giving considerable attention to the raising of high-grade Hereford cattle and Duroc-Jersey hogs and is doing very well.

On June 4, 1888, John H. Hunt was united in marriage to Ella Davis, who was reared in the neighborhood county of Nemaha, daughter of Daniel and Maria (Seward) Davis, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and of Virginia, who came to Kansas about the year 1869 and settled on a farm east of Corning, in Nemaha county, remaining there until about 1883, when they came over into Marshall county and located in Blue Rapids City township, where Daniel Davis farmed the rest of his life, his death occurring in 1907, he then being seventy-two years of age. His widow is still living, being now in her eighty-fifth year. To Mr. and Mrs. Hunt four children have been born, namely: Daniel H., who married Cordelia Smith, of Bigelow, and is now farming at Bigelow: Albert C, who married Velma Carpenter, also of Bigelow, and is now farming in the vicinity of Hoxie, in Sheridan county, this state; Ruth R., who married Frank Morton, a farmer, of Wells township, and has one child, a son, Charles L., and Charles Lester, who is at home ably assisting his father in the management of the home farm. The Hunts are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and take a proper interest in church work, as well as in the general social affairs of the community in which they live, helpful in advancing all good causes thereabout. Mr. Hunt is a Democrat, but has never been included in the office-seeking class.

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