THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JOHN HUNT, a worthy member of the Society of Friends, a public-spirited citizen of De Ruyter, was born in this town. March 1, 1826. His ancestral connections, maternal and paternal, for several generations have mostly worn the plain garb, spoken the "plain language," and cultivated the sterling virtues of the sect which holds so strongly to the inward promptings of the spirit. His father, William Hunt, was born in or near Cambridge, Washington County, January 30, 1801. His grandfather, James, it is thought, was born in Massachusetts, son of one of seven brothers who came from England to America in Colonial times. James Hunt emigrated from Massachusetts to Washington County at an early day, and, after dwelling there some time, about the year 1813 came with his wife and family to Madison County, and bought timber land in that part of the town of De Ruyter known as Quaker Hill, induced by the solicitation of Friends in that neighborhood to stay there instead of continuing his journey to Scipio, Cayuga County, as had been his original intention. In 1841 Mr. Hunt went to Quaker Basin to live in the home of his son, William, where he died in February the following year. His wifeís maiden name was Anna Chase. William was the fourth son, and the youngest but one of the family of eight children, the others being James, Elihu, Phineas, Mercy, Annie, Ester, and Rebecca. The last-named, the only one now living, was born in 1806. She resides in Cambridge, Washington County, N.Y.
   William Hunt was thirteen years old when he came with his parents to Madison County, then sparsely peopled and only partly reclaimed from its natural wildness. Having grown to manhood and taken a wife, he bought land in Quaker Basin, and lived there from 1841 till 1866, when he sold that farm and removed to Pompey Hollow, where he continued to reside until his death, February 10, 1888. He married Elizabeth Breed, daughter of Zephaniah and Hannah (Wing) Breed. She was born in Charleston, Montgomery County, February 13, 1806 and died December 29, 1875.
   John, the subject of the present sketch, was the first born of the nine children who lived to requite the cares of this good mother. He had four sisters and four brothers,--Sarah, Lydia A., Charles, Hiram, Mary, James, Hannah, and William Edwin. His book learning was acquired in the district schools of his neighborhood: his practical knowledge of the art of husbandry was gained by long experience of work on his fatherís farm, where he grew to vigorous manhood. The first farm owned by him was bought in 1867, after his second marriage, and sold two years later, when he removed to his present farm, a mile and a quarter from the village of De Ruyter. He first married September 23, 1852, Sarah Wright, who was born in De Ruyter, a daughter of David and Elizabeth Wright, early settlers of that town, natives of Saratoga County. She died July 19,1863, leaving one daughter, Mr. Hunt's only child, Jennie M., now wife of Frank J. Connell, who has one child, Bessie S. Connell.
   Mr. Hunt's second marriage was with Mrs. Sarah (Howard) Harrington, who was born in Harford, Cortland County. Her father, Seneca Howard, a native of Coxsackie, Columbia County, after his marriage removed to Harford, where he spent the remainder of his laborious life, following the trade of blacksmith. His wife's maiden name was Margaret Cornwell. She was born in Columbia County, and died in Harford, having reared eight children,--Thomas, Mary, Burnett, Richard, William, Sarah, Alfred, and Henry. Mrs. Hunt had previously been married, at twenty years of age, to Milan Harrington, a native of Richford, Tioga County, son of Stephen and Amy (Wilcox) Harrington. Mr. Milan Harrington died October 15, 1864, at his home in the town of Richford.
Mr. Hunt has given his allegiance to the Republican party since its formation. Not covetous of the honor of office, not greedy for its gain, he is one whom his fellow-citizens like to place in positions of trust. He has served as Assessor and Highway Commissioner, and has been twice elected, 1892 and 1893, a member of that County Board of Supervisors. The many important committees of which he is a member are on Assessment Rolls and Equalization, and Justices and Constables. He takes an active interest in local enterprises, and is Secretary of the Quaker Basin Butter Factory.

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