Nathan Hunt

Nathan Hunt was born on September 4, 1835. He was the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Roberts) Hunt. Henry Hunt was born in 1801 and died in 1872. He was twice married, first to Elizabeth Roberts, who was the mother of the subject of this sketch. Elizabeth Roberts was born in North Carolina and was the daughter of Thomas Roberts, who moved to Wayne county Indiana, where he farmed. Henry Hunt was educated in the common schools. The children by his first wife were as follows: John, Naomi, Mary Jane, Thomas R., Esther, Nathan, who is the subject of this sketch and who is the only living child; William H., Samira and Martha. Henry Hunt moved to this county when the subject of this sketch was but two years old, and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on Sugar Creek, where he lived until his death, in Green township.

Nathan Hunt belonged to the Quaker church, but later he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, when he moved from Wayne county to Hancock County. Nathan Hunt was educated in the common schools. He married Lydia Denny who was the widow of Wyatt Denny. He was married four times. His third wife was Catherine Amack, who was the daughter of Tunis Amack. The children of his third wife were the following: Georgia E., who is deceased; Flora B., Nancy A., Villa Ann and Dora J. The fourth wife was Amanda E. Elsbury, who was born in this county and who was the daughter of Miles and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Elsbury, farmers of this county. Miles Elsbury was a soldier of the Mexican War. The children of Miles Elsbury were: Amanda, Flora A. (deceased), Nancy E., Rebecca F. (deceased) and Martha E. (deceased.). Mr. Hunt owns a farm of three hundred acres near Maxwell, Indiana, on which he does general farming. On this he built a fine house in 1881, and a fine barn in 1890. He owned a part of this land as early as 1865 and to this he added from time to time until he now owns three hundred acres.

The children of Nathan Hunt by his fourth wife were: Ila Roscoe, Miles Oscar (deceased), and Irwin Olsen. Ila married Nell Baity and lives in this county. Irwin married Burryl Burk and lives in Maxwell.

Mr. Hunt has for the last two yeas been invalided on account of being crippled and has given little active attention to the farm.

Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 853-854.

Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI September 12, 2001.

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