Mary Elizabeth Hunt

12 September 1838–18 October 1870 (Age 32)
Macoupin, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Hunt was born on 12 September 1838, in Macoupin, Illinois, United States, her father, William Hunt, was 32 and her mother, Nancy England, was 25. She married Phineas Ewing "Eldon" Pershall on 18 December 1854, in Marion, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Marion, Iowa, United States in 1850. She died on 18 October 1870, in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Gosport Cemetery, Gosport, Marion, Iowa, United States.

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Phineas Ewing "Eldon" Pershall
Mary Elizabeth Hunt
Marriage: 18 December 1854
Samuel J. Pershall
Vern Pershall
Mary Margaret Pershall
William Marshall Pershall
James Buehl Pershall
Jasper Ewing Pershall
Alice Pershall
Harriet Arsealia Pershall

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18 December 1854
Marion, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 1

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · The Great Seal of the State of Iowa is made

Age 9

The Great Seal of the State of Iowa was created in 1847 and depicts a soldier standing in a wheat field surrounded by symbols including farming, mining, and transportation with the Mississippi River in the background. An eagle overhead bears the state motto.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a hunter, Old English hunta (a primary derivative of huntian ‘to hunt’). The term was used not only of the hunting on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars, which in the Middle Ages was a pursuit restricted to the ranks of the nobility, but also to much humbler forms of pursuit such as bird catching and poaching for food. The word seems also to have been used as an Old English personal name and to have survived into the Middle Ages as an occasional personal name. Compare Huntington and Huntley .2 Irish: in some cases (in Ulster) of English origin, but more commonly used as a quasi-translation of various Irish surnames such as Ó Fiaich ( see Fee ).3 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Hundt .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Hunt in household of William Hunt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Pershall in entry for Finis Erwin Pershall, "Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940"
  • Elizabeth Hunt in entry for J E Pershall and Amanda E Dalbard, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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