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The Hunt Family

 

Source for names of 14 Hunt Siblings; a page found pasted into a Jackson Family Bible

A Brief Background

by

William M. Hunt

November, 1986

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God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost

Jesse Hunt was Born A.D. Jan 29 1755

Uriah Hunt was Born A. D. Mch 2 1757

Esli Hunt was Born A. D. Jan 7 1759

Mary Hunt was Born A. D. Feb 18 1761

Thomas Hunt was Born A. D. July 5 1762

William Hunt was Born A. D. Dec 12 1763

Sene Hunt was Born A. D. Sept 15 1765

Joel Hunt was born A. D. Dec 20 1766

Peter Hunt was Born A. D. June 15 1768

Elizabeth Hunt was Born A. D. Nov 20 1769

Moses Hunt was Born A. D. Mch 29 1771

John Hunt was Born A. D. Jan 30 1773

Benjamin Hunt was Born A. D. Aug 29 1774

Phebe Hunt was Born A. D. July 12 1776

Franklin Cty State of Georgia

Jan 28th 1830

By Esli S. Jackson

Simpson County Ky

Dec 25th 1859

 

The above list is found pasted into a Jackson family Bible currently owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, Tn. The Bible was published by Harding of Philadelphia, 1862, indicating the list was saved after 1859 and pasted into a new edition.

Esli S. Jackson was the son of Mahala Hunt Jackson, daughter of John Hunt, born Jan 30, 1773 and wife Mary. (surname unknown; although tradition says Jarvis). [note: "Jarvis" was speculation heard by Eubank sisters, not tradition in their family - wmh - 11/5/2001]

also from same Bible:

Stephen Jackson was born April 18, 1811. Mahala Hunt was born July 1, 1813.

Stephen Jackson and Mahala Hunt were married Nov 17th, 1835.

E. S. Jackson married Mary E. Smith Nov. 28, 1858.

E. S. Jackson died June 24, 1912.

additional information:

E. S. Jackson is buried in Simpson Co. Ky. Family information gives his middle name as Sanford. In April of 1985 Mr. Bill Ross Hunt now of Clarks Fork, Idaho, traveled to Tn. to take color photographs of the Bible. [note: photos sent to this author] In October of 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Hranicky of Orange Grove, Tx. traveled to Tn. and made photo copies of the Bible.

Note: The format used to list the births of the 14 Hunt children makes it appear to have been copied from a Bible extant in 1830 and seen by E. S. Jackson. In 1830 public primary records prove Esli, William, Joel, Moses, and John Hunt were still alive. Esli lived in S. C.; William in Alabama; Joel in Georgia; Moses and John in Simpson and Allen Counties, Kentucky. In 1832 Esli Hunt applied for a pension for service during the Revolution. Under oath he stated he was born in Bedford Co. Va. in 1759 and had a Bible to prove his age. The court proceedings do not mention the Bible was ever examined. Esli Hunt was allowed his pension in 1833, and he died in 1837. Sometime in the late 1950's Vinnie Hunt Williams, and Mary Copeland of South Carolina, both descendants of Esli Hunt, searched for this Bible and tracked it to the owner only to learn the Bible had been burned in house fire the previous year. This information, taken all together, is good reason to believe there was a Hunt Bible in existence in 1830 from which Esli S. Jackson could have copied the list of the 14 Hunt siblings. Also obvious is that Esli Jackson was the namesake of Esli Hunt and the unique Biblical spelling of the name is identical.

The list of the 14 Hunt siblings was brought to the attention of researchers about 1959 by the late Miss Mildred Olivia Eubank of Franklin, Ky. who was a descendant of John Hunt, b. 1773. Miss Jewell Eubank, sister of Mildred Eubank, personally copied the list and stated there was a note in the margin which read "Thomas Hunt of England was the father." This note was not found anywhere in this Bible in 1985. In 1985 I questioned Miss Jewell Eubank about this note and she said it may have been written on a scrap of paper. The source remains unknown and to-date, research has not been successful in proving a Thomas Hunt was the father.

What is equally mysterious is the name of the mother. I have never even heard of any tradition. The surname of Henson is seen in Va. and Tn., and because Esli, Thomas, and Moses Hunt each named a son Henson, I have often wondered if their mother had been a Miss Henson. Little research has been done on this question.

by William M. Hunt, November 15, 1986, who assumes all responsibility for transcription errors.

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In Retrospect, November 5, 2001

Based on correspondence and/or statements currently appearing on websites, it should be understood Mildred and Jewell Eubank never accepted the "missing note" as proof for the name of the father of the 14 Hunt siblings. Mildred Eubank offered a $100.00 reward to anyone who could supply proof and about two weeks before she died at age 89 October 13, 1985, in a letter to this author she stated, "I don't care what the Old Pappy's name was, I want to see the proof!".

Mildred Eubank was an accomplished genealogist, M. A. from West Virginia University, studied Library Science at Peabody College in Nashville, TN, held memberships in numerous Lineage Societies, and listed in Who's Who in Kentucky Genealogy.

William M. Hunt, November 5, 2001