Lee County Biography


Otis Hunt, deceased, was for some years one of the prominent citizens of this county. He was a native of the Green Mountain State, born in Bennington County, in 1810, and, came of an old New England family. His parents were Ezekiel and Lavina (Thayer) Hunt, also natives of Vermont Upon a farm in Beninngton County, they resided for many years, and subsequently removed to Bath, Steuben County, N. Y., where they spent their remaining days, passing away at the ages of seventy-seven and seventy-six years, respectively. Mrs. Hunt was a member of the Episcopal Church, but Mr. Hunt held to no creed. In politics, he was a Democrat. They had a large family, most of whom lived on farms in the Empire State, but none now survive.

Our subject was the only one who came to Lee County. He was a lad when his parents removed to Bath, N. Y., where he grew to manhood and acquired his education in the public schools. After attaining to mature years, he led to the marriage altar Louisa Fluent, a native of Maine, and a daughter of Jeremiah and Mehitable (Dudley) Fluent, who were also born in the Pine Tree State, of English parentage. From Bangor, Me., they removed to Bath, N. Y., where they died when well advanced in years. By occupation, Mr. Fluent was a farmer, and himself and wife were both members of the Methodist Church. Under the parental roof, Mrs. Hunt spent the days of her maidenhood until her marriage. She proved a true and faith- ful helpmate to her husband, and was a lady of many excellencies of character.

After their marriage, Mr. Hunt removed with his family to Avon, Livingston County, N. Y., where he engaged in keeping a hotel for many years. He came to Illinois in 1861, and made his first purchase of land near Nachusa village. This was a sixty-six-acre tract, which he operated until 1879, when he sold out and purchased sixty-seven acres adjoining the city limits of Dixon. Since that time eleven seres have been laid out into town lots. To the cultivation and improvement of that farm, Mr. Hunt devoted his energies until his death. He had been called upon to mourn the loss of his wife in 1864, she having died at their home in Nachusa Township, at tho age of fifty-nine years. Religiously, she was a Universalist. Mr. Hunt was called to his final rest on the 2d of November, 1882, and died respected by all who knew him. He had been a valued citizen of the community, a public-spirited and progressive man, and had ever borne his part in the upbuilding of the county, and the promotion of those interests calculated to advance the general welfare. In politics, he was a Democrat.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hunt were born five children, one of whom is now deceased—Barbara, who became the wife of Timothy Moore, and died in Dixon at the age of forty years, leaving one son, Otis, a promising young man, now living with his aunts. The surviving members of the family are- Cordelia, Keren and Elizabeth, who live on the old home place, and Louise, wife of George W. Kessler, a resident fanner of Daphne, Ala. The sisters are all intelligent and cultured ladies, and are members of the Universalist Church. They have a pleasant home in Dixon, and have many friends throughout the community.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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