Biography of James W. Hunt
Marion County, IA Biographies





James William Hunt for the past seven years has been operating the stock yards at Knoxville but still owns his valuable farm of two hundred acres situated in Washington township. His birth occurred on the 3oth of November, 1857, and his parents were Jefferson and Jane (Bellamy) Hunt. The former was born probably in Illinois in 1837, a son of William and Nancy (England) Hunt, who brought their family to this county about 1844 and located in Washington township, where the father entered land from the government. William Hunt spent the greater part of the remainder of his life in this county and devoted his time to farming. He was a soldier of the Mexican war and was highly esteemed by those who knew him. He passed away in 1880. He and his family were members of the Methodist Protestant church. His wife, who was born in Washington county, Tennessee, on the 25th of May, 1813, accompanied her parents to Illinois when a girl of fifteen. In December, 1831, her marriage to William Hunt was celebrated and they became the parents of fifteen children, all of whom have passed away save three, Mrs. Ann Chismore, Mrs. Frank Chismore and Louisa Pershall. The mother joined the Methodist Episcopal church when a young woman but after 1865 held membership in the Methodist Protestant church, uniting with that congregation at Gosport, this county. She died March 4, 1908, at the remarkable age of ninety four years, nine months and eight days. She lived to be the oldest resident of Marion county, if not of the state of Iowa. At her death she left descendants to the fifth generation.

Jefferson Hunt, the father of our subject, was but a child when he accompanied his parents to this county and was here reared to manhood. He served for three years in the Civil war, being a member of Company F, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was fortunate enough to go through the war without being wounded. He was a farmer by occupation and the last ten years of his life were spent in Knoxville in retirement from the duties and responsibilities of business. His death occurred on the 14th of October, 1912. Politically he was a democrat and fraternally he belonged to J. C. Ferguson Post, No. 49, G. A. R. His first wife, the mother of our subject, passed away in 1861, when her son was very small. She was married in 1854, when a girl of sixteen, to Mr. Hunt and they became the parents of four children: Linnie, who died in infancy; James William; and Luella and Lucille, twins. The last named died in infancy, and Luella is the wife of F. M. Wood, of Dallas, Iowa. The mother was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Jefferson Hunt was united in marriage on the 3oth of July, 1862, to Miss Anna Maria Whitesell, who was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, on the 28th of August, 1839. She became the mother of twelve children, of whom nine survive, and at the time of her death had one great grandchild. In early life she belonged to the Methodist Protestant church but subsequently transferred her membership to the Congregational church. She died June 12, 1910, when nearly seventy two years of age.

James W. Hunt was reared in this county and has always resided here with the exception of about two years. After his marriage, which occurred in 1878, he began farming on his own account and continued to operate his place of two hundred acres of fine land in Washington township until 1907. He was successful as an agriculturist but in the year mentioned decided to rent his land and engage in business in Knoxville. He has since devoted his time to the management of the stock yards at that place and in addition to operating the scales and looking after the placing of the animals in pens and the loading of them into cars he also buys and sells many head annually. He understands the good points of stock and his judgment of an animal is seldom at fault. Under his direction the stock yards serve well their purpose and the farmers of the surrounding country are sure of fair treatment from Mr. Hunt when they bring their stock for shipment.

Mr. Hunt was married on Christmas day, 1878, to Miss Sarah Ellen Samson, who was born in September, 1862, at Gosport, this county, the only child of Levi J. and Johanna (Crowley) Samson. Her father was born in Missouri and married in Gosport, this county. He was a soldier in the Civil war, being enrolled in Company A, Thirty third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and died in the service in 1863. In 1867 his widow married William Agan, who was born October 28, 1838, in Orange county, Indiana, and when a lad of ten years accompanied his parents to this county. He fought in the Civil war as a member of Company F, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was a farmer by occupation and was a member of the Methodist Protestant church. He passed away November 30, 1908, when a little over seventy years of age. His widow survives and lives upon the home farm, at the age of seventy years. To their union were born ten children, seven of whom are living, the greater part of them being residents of this state. Mrs. Hunt was reared in Marion county and educated in the common schools. By her marriage she has become the mother of five children, as follows: Mrs. Earl Abbott, who resides near Dallas, this county, and is the mother of two children, Beulah and Adda; Clyde; Cecil, who married Miss Tekia Johnson and is assisting in the operation of the home farm; Mrs. J. C. Meyers, who resides in Knoxville and has an infant daughter, Wilda Mae; and Mrs. Henry Little, whose husband is engaged in business in Knoxville.

The mother and children are members of the Methodist Protestant church. Mr. Hunt owns his comfortable residence on Kent street and still holds title to his farm of two hundred acres in Washington township. He is ranked as one of the substantial business men of Knoxville and has many stanch friends.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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