From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 197-198, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Joseph Hunt, farmer, of section 2, township 17, range 10, post
office Virginia, was born in Kentucky, September 19, 1824. His parents
moved to Sullivan county, Indiana, when he was one year old. Here he
grew to manhood, coming to Illinois when he was twenty-five and
stopping two years in Sangamon county. From there he went to Cass
county, thirty eight years ago. His parents were John R. and Hannah
(Davis) Hunt. Both were natives of Kentucky, and the grandfather was
also a Kentuckian, who lived to be ninety years old. Both parents died
in Sullivan county, Indiana. They had eleven children, of which large
family Joseph was the eldest. Eight of the children are still living.
John Wesley died in Nashville during the war, being a soldier; Dora was
killed accidently with a scythe, and George died in mature years,
leaving a family. Levi, James, Sarah A., Mary, Elizabeth, Martha and
Macia all live in Sullivan county, Indiana.
Joseph enlisted in August, 1862, in company D, One Hundred and
Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, and was assigned to duty with the army of
the Cumberland. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg under General
Grant. From there he went to the battle of Jackson, returned to
Memphis, and was in that fight; next engaged in the fight at Champion
Hills, and from there went to the Black River, where he built a bridge
under fire from the enemy. He was under General Thomas at this time. He
guarded a pontoon bridge for about six months, and while there heard of
the surrender of Lee and Johnson. He was discharged in August, 1865,
having served three years. Joseph was home but once during his service,
and that was on a sick furlough. He had the erysipelas while in service
and it injured his eyes so much that he was nearly blind, and a
furlough was necessary. He has never recovered from the effect of it.
He receives a small pension, on account of heart disease.
He was married on the farm where he now lives, to Durinda B.
Freeman, February 12, 1854. They have had two children: James Henry,
the eldest, is married and resides in Leadville, Colorado. He has been
keeping hotel until recently. He is now employed at the Government Fish
Hatchery. He has one child, Bernice. Ida married John T. Drinkwater,
and lives near by. They have two sons, Ralph and Joe. Mr. Drinkwater is
a breeder of road and draft horses.
Mr. Hunt is a staunch Republican, although the rest of the
family were Democrats. He and his wife are members of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church and are worthy people and are highly respected by
their hosts of friends. Mr. Hunt does not belong to any social orders.
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