JOHN T. HUNT
The History of
Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois
(Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
John T. Hunt, M. D., was born in 1844 in Hamilton County, Ill., and received his literary education principally at Benton. He has done for himself since thirteen, first as merchant's clerk until within about a year of the late war. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Fortieth Illinois Infantry, and was honorably discharged at Atlanta in September, 1864. He served as private and quartermaster's sergeant, and was at Shiloh, Vicksburg and Mission Ridge, where he was wounded by a pistol ball in the wrist, and with Sherman to Atlanta. Immediately after his discharge he returned to Hamilton County, where he farmed for seven years, and then attended a session of the medical college at Keokuk, Iowa. He then returned to Macedonia and bean practice, and in 1877 began another course of lectures, graduated and again began practice. In 1880 he bought a farm Of 130 acres in Knight's Prairie, Hamilton County, which is finely improved and cultivated. Since 1881, his drug store, he has superintended his farm practiced. In 1865 he married Sarah E., daughter of William and Nancy (Oglesby) Flannigan. Their children are Telethia, wife of T. J. Rogers; Julia, wife of James Shirley and Martha A. (deceased in infancy). His wife died in 1872. He next married Martha, daughter of Joshua and Sarah (Townsend) Morris. Their children are Casander (deceased), Flora, Lillie, Edgar E. and Goldie. This wife was born in February, 1848, in Hamilton County. From a penniless boy of thirteen, our subject has become a leading physician, and owner of one of the best farms in Hamilton County, a house a and a good stock of goods. Since 1882 he has been a postmaster, and is one of the "rascals" not yet "turned out". He fought for abolition, and is now a stanch Republican, first voting for Lincoln. Our subject is a member of Macedonia Lodge , I.O.O.F., and of the G. A. R. He, his wife, Telitha, and Julia are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, while Emma and Flora are Methodists.
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