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Basil Hunt (b. March 26, 1790, d. October 31, 1869)Basil Hunt (son of John Tipton Hunt and Mary (Polly) Denton) was born March 26, 1790 in Washington District, Tennessee639, and died October 31, 1869 in Huntsville, Randolph County, Indiana639.He married Mary Ricketts on September 25, 1810 in Fleming County, Kentucky640, 641, daughter of John Ricketts and Mary Ann (Polly) Smith.
Notes for Basil Hunt:
Tucker's history of Randolph Co. IN gives his birthdate and place.
1850 Poplar Plains, Fleming Co. KY census
Basil Hunt, 65, farmer, b. Tennessee
Sarah F. 54 b. KY
Celia R. 14 b. KY
1860 Nettle Creek Twp, Randolph Co. IN census
Bazel Hunt 70 farmer b. TN
Mary 45 b. KY
In his marriage bond, he is called the son of John Hunt;he is also listed in his father's will.
Fleming Co. KY Gazette, ll July 1974"Basil Hunt, an early Methodist preacher, owned a large farm near Hillsboro and was an extensive wheat raiser, employing many hands in reaping its harvest.He was also involved in Hillsboro business.In 1836 it was his brick building which housed the dry goods and grocery store."
"Sometime after 1838 the Hillsboro Library Company was organized.The entrance fee was $5 which gave the member the right to one book at a time.There were about 40 members.The library was kept in the back room of Pickrell's store (started by William Basil Hunt) and Rev. William was the librarian."
History of Hillsboro-The very first business in Hillsboro was, of course, the above mentioned hatter's shop, owned and operated by the FOUDRAYS and located facing Main St. where Minor DENTON now has a tobacco patch. This was followed in 1836 or 1838 by Rev. Basil HUNT'S dry goods and grocery store.
Rev. HUNT'S brick building, which housed the store, was constructed by Washington VANLANDINGHAM, who made the bricks on a lot north of Hillsboro. The first salesman In the store was Henry PICKRELL, who finally bought the business.
Basil HUNT, an early Methodist preacher, owned a large farm near Hillsboro and was an extensive wheat raiser, employing many hands in reaping his harvest.
This Basil HUNT had a son who possessed great ability as a preacher and employed great originality with sound logic. He held a successful debate one day at Alum Springs with a Mr. SMITH, a Universalist. Rev. HUNT was the first man to recognize Hillsboro as a possible successful center of the southern part of Fleming County. By his first wife he had the following children: Miranda, Jane, Elihu, William and Fletcher. They all later went to Indiana. Rev. HUNT'S second wife was a Mrs. WILSON of Lexington. By this union they had one daughter, Alice, who married James W. CRAIN of Hillsboro. After the death of the second Mrs. HUNT, Rev. HUNT then married a Miss HEDRICK of the Poplar Plains vicinity and lived on his farm in this section for many years. However, he ended his days in Indiana.
During the 1830'sBasil bought more than a thousand acres of land in West River and Nettle Creek Townships of Randolph County, IN.He continued living in Fleming Co. KY until 1855 when he moved to IN.By that time most of his children had already moved to Randolph County.When he died in 1869 he left an estate of $30,000, a sizable amount for that time.
1870 Randolph Co. IN Mortality Schedule
17 250 HUNT Bazil 79 M W MdTenn . . October Farmer Fall From His Buggy
Randolph Co. IN wills, Bk 2, p. 218-219
Dtd 21 Aug 1866
Rec 10 Nov 1869
Wife Mary T Hunt to have $2000, 1/2 at end of 6 months and remainder at end of year after death of testator.This bequest as result of a marriage contract between testator and Mary T Hunt recorded in Fleming Co, KY.Also to wife all personal property except books which go to 3 sons.Daughter Mirandy Hunt already has been given $100 which is to come off her share.Other heirs:Malinda Garrett, William S. Hunt, John F Hunt, the heirs of Jane Robertson; Martha Strahan, the heirs of James Hunt; Lewis W Hunt, and heirs of Celia R Crain, all heirs to have advancements made to them deducted from their share.
Exec-William S Hunt and John F Hunt, sons
Wit-Miles H Hunt, Milton H Hunt and Bazeleel Hunt
More About Basil Hunt:
Burial: Unknown, Huntsville Cemetery, Randolph County, IN.
Cause of death (Facts Pg): Fall from his buggy.642
Occupation: Methodist preacher and farmer.
More About Basil Hunt and Mary Ricketts:
Marriage: September 25, 1810, Fleming County, Kentucky.643, 644
Children of Basil Hunt and Mary Ricketts are:
- +John Fletcher (Fletch) Hunt, b. December 23, 1820, Fleming County, Kentucky645, d. August 06, 1884, Randolph County, Indiana646.