Biography of Henry J. Hunt

Henry J. Hunt, planter and lumberman, of Tensaw, Baldwin county, Ala., was born in Georgia, November 27, 1827, and came to Alabama with his parents, who, in 1836, settled in Russell county, where the son grew to manhood. From Russell county the family moved to Chambers county, and thence to Randolph county, Ga., where Henry J. was married to Miss Mary A. Morris, daughter of James Morris, a planter. Mrs. Hunt was a native of Randolph county, was married in her sixteenth year, and became the mother of three children, viz.: Jane D., William H. and Mary A., all now deceased. Mrs. Hunt died in 1856, an earnest member of the Primitive Baptist church, and in 1857, Mr. Hunt married Miss Emma Ramie, daughter of Capt. Bryant Ramie, a planter of Stewart county, Ga., where the lady was born in 1841. To this union have been born eight children, as follows: Jane, wife of L. F. Warren, and mother of five children; Joe, who is with his parents; Lula A., married to Daniel O’Rourke, a business man, of Wallace, Ala.; Gussie, Emma, Fannie, Claude and May.

Mr. Hunt reached Alabama with his family December 24, 1861, and for some years his attention was occupied with the affairs of war. He enlisted in the Alabama cavalry service under the command of Capt. English, and was chiefly employed in home guard duty until the close of hostilities. In 1865, he bought a tract of land containing 160 acres, put up a saw-mill, and began his career as a millman; in 1875, he bought the well improved Silver’s place, and has been constantly employed at lumbering and farming to the present date. The parents of Henry J. Hunt were Daniel and Jane (Goldsmith) Hunt, who were the father and mother of ten children, Henry J. being the fifth in order of birth. Daniel Hunt was born in Butts county, Ga., in 1800, was a farmer, and was married in his native county. On coming to Alabama, he was elected sheriff of Russell county, later was elected tax collector and assessor and then appointed deputy sheriff. He passed the latter his part of life in the state of his nativity and died in 1866. His wife was born in Houston county, Ga., was married at the age of sixteen, and became the mother of ten children, of whom eight reached maturity and five are still living. Mrs. Jane Hunt passed away in 1863, an exemplary member of the Missionary Baptist church. Of her ten children, three sons came to Alabama with Henry J., all of whom are now deceased, the last of the three dying in 1892. Henry J. Hunt still owns his original tract of 160 acres, to which he has added 3,000 more, mostly fine bottom land. He has a tasteful residence site near the Tensaw post-office, with fruits of all kinds in abundance, and is surrounded with everything tending to make life enjoyable. He is a member of Tensaw lodge, No. 221, I. O. O. F., and, with his family, of the Missionary Baptist church, and is an honest and useful citizen.


Memorial record of Alabama : a concise account of the state’s political, military, professional and industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people.. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893.

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