James Wiseman Hunt

2 November 1832–23 September 1855 (Age 22)
Gibson, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of James Wiseman

When James Wiseman Hunt was born on 2 November 1832, in Gibson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Daniel Durham Hunt, was 32 and his mother, Nancy Davis, was 32. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839. He died on 23 September 1855, in Moab, Grand, Utah, United States, at the age of 22, and was buried in Moab, Grand, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Durham Hunt
Nancy Davis
Susan Jane Hunt
John Alexander Hunt
James Wiseman Hunt
Levi Bunyan Hunt
Benoni Smith Hunt
Daniel Whitmore Hunt
Nancy Johanna Penelope Hunt

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World Events (6)

1835 · The Hermitage is Built
Age 3
The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1836 · Remember the Alamo
Age 4
Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
Age 7
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.

Name Meaning

English (southwestern): occupational name for a hunter, from Middle English hunte ‘hunter, huntsman’ (Old English hunta). 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 .Irish: adopted for various Irish surnames containing or thought to contain the Gaelic element fiadhach ‘hunt’; for example Ó Fiaich (see Fee ) and Ó Fiachna (see Fenton ).Possibly an Americanized form of German Hundt .

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

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William Haines Hamblin was born at Bainbridge Ohio October the 28th 1830. William lived at home with his parents until the age of 15. About this time as the saints were being driven out of Missouri an …

Sources (13)

  • Levi B Hunt in household of Daniel D Hunt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James W Hunt in household of Daniel D Hunt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Wiseman Hunt, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)"

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