Jefferson Hunt



(wagon train captain)


Jefferson Hunt was born January 20, 1803 in Bracken County, Kentucky.

Jefferson & Celia Hunt were baptized into the Mormon church on March 7, 1835. They migrated with the Mormons to Far West Missouri, Nauvoo Illinois, and on west. Hunt served with the Mormon Battalion and arrived back in Salt Lake in 1847.

Hunt led several parties of gold prospectors from Utah to California. On one of those trips in 1849 near Enterprise, part of the company decided to split off from Hunt's group, and follow their own route to California. That group became known as the Death Valley 49ers and their choice proved to be fatal to some of the party and troublesome for the rest. Those staying with Hunt made the journey without serious incident.

He briefly represented Iron County in the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1851. He was not a resident of Iron County, but he happened to pass through the county as elections were held, and he was chosen by the locals.

From 1851, he was sent to help form the Mormon colony at San Bernadino, California. He served in the California State Assembly from 1853 to 1857, representing Los Angeles County but soon being instrumental in the formation of San Bernadino County. He also served as a Brigadier General in the California State Militia.

In 1860, he founded the town of Huntsville, Utah. He served as a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1863, representing Weber County.

Hunt died May 11, 1879 in Oxford, Idaho at the age of 76.


Parents and Siblings:
    John Hunt
    Martha Jenkins Hunt
        Jefferson Hunt
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(1/20/1803-5/11/1879)   (married Celia Mounts and Matilda Nease)
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First Wife and Children:
    Celia Mounts Hunt
        Gilbert Hunt
        Nancy Ann Hunt
        Marshall Hunt
        Jane "Julia" Hunt
        John Hunt
        Harriet Hunt
        Joseph Hunt
        Jefferson Hunt
        Hyrum Hunt
        Mary Hunt
        Parley Hunt

(9/19/1805-12/28/1896)   (married 12/1/1823)
(4/11/1825-11/14/1858)   (married Lydia Ardelicia Elinor Gibson)
(8/10/1827-12/26/1920)   (married Edward B. Daley)
(4/12/1829-1/25/1915)   (married Sarah Ann Runyon)
(10/1/1831-12/16/1899)   (married Sheldon Stoddard)
(3/9/1833-6/1/1917)   (married Lois Barnes Pratt)
(2/9/1835-4/10/1918)   (married John Mayfield)
(5/7/1837-9/2/1916)   (married Catherine Ann Connover and Cynthia Adelaide Hammer Brown)
(10/7/1840-12/25/1880)   (married Emily Knowles and Sarah Elizabeth Henderson)
(7/12/1845-9/29/1930)   (married George David Black Jr.)

Second Wife and Children:
    Matilda Nease Hunt
        Sophronia Elizabeth Hunt
        Julia "Ellen" Hunt
        Olive Isabelle Hunt
        Thomas Jefferson Hunt
        James Franklin Hunt
        Liberty Independence Hunt  
        Peter Hunt
        Matilda Hunt [Jr.]
        Jane "Jennie" Hunt
        Jannetta Hunt

(1/1/1827-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married 2/7/1846)
(8/27/1849-10/25/1942)   (married William Albert Coffin)
(5/27/1852-9/8/1932)   (married Abram Lafayette Barger)
(3/12/1854-4/24/1942)   (married George Chadwick Pratt)
(4/6/1856-7/xx/1885)   (married Martha Marinda Manwill)
(5/7/1858-6/11/1917or1927)   (married Artimacy Lucy Norton)
(7/24/1860-3/2/1925)   (married Sarah Jeanette Weaver)
(10/22/1865-7/18/1958)   (married Robert Cowan Hillman and Isaac Noriah Lewis)


WCHS photos:
WCHS-02319     Photo of the "Spanish Trail: Jefferson Hunt Monunent 1/2" sign
WCHS-02320     Photo of the "Short Cut: 118 Wagons Turned West Here 1849" monument
WCHS-02321     Photo of the "Spanish Trail: Traveled By Jefferson Hunt Party 1949" monument
WCHS-02322     Photo of the "Iron County Utah Centennial Circle - Jefferson Hunt" plaque
WCHS-02323     Photo of the trail continuing on beyond the "Jefferson Hunt" plaque


Wikipedia article on Jefferson Hunt

Biography of Captain Charles Jefferson Hunt

Jefferson Hunt Family History Resource Page

The Jefferson Hunt Wagon Train
See Journals of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles, Pp. 59-130

Sons of Utah Pioneers article on Jefferson Hunt and the Death Valley 49ers

Freepages article about Jefferson Hunt

Names in Mojave Desert History - Captain Jefferson Hunt