Monday, September 19, 2011

Lemuel Hunt

Lemuel Hunt was born on February 13, 1802 in Vermont, and died at Parkertown, Ohio on September 19, 1897 at the age of 95. J. E. Bragg paid a tribute to Lemuel Hunt in the September 24, 1897 issue of the Sandusky Register. Mr Bragg wrote about Lemuel Hunt: "He was a firm believer in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man...His memory was unimpaired up to the time of his death, and his reminiscences of early frontier life would thrill the hearts of younger generations. Uncle Lemuel saw Fulton's first steamboat, the Clermont, ascend the Hudson River. All the presidents of the United States have lived within his time except George Washington. He has voted in twenty presidential elections."

Mrs. Hunt died 34 years before her husband. The Hunts were the parents of eight children. Lemuel Hunt, known by most as "Uncle Lemuel," was buried in Deyo Cemetery in Groton Township. J.E. Bragg concluded his tribute to Lemuel Hunt with, "In the decease of Lemuel Hunt we lose a good man and Groton Township loses her oldest inhabitant. Erie County loses one of her oldest pioneers, and the state of Ohio one of her oldest citizens. May our loss be his gain."

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