George Cornelius Hunt was born on May 19, 1863 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, not far from Cincinnati, Ohio. A baptism record can be found on Ancestry for George, but it says he was born on May 28th, not May 19th. He was the son of Cornelius and Franciska (Habig) Hunt. George was their firstborn child.
I found photos that are said to be George’s parents.
Before the 1870 census rolled around, the Hunt’s had moved their family to Perry County, Missouri. We find them living in the Cinques Hommes Township in that census. George was 7 years old and his father was a cooper.
We find the Hunt’s living in Perryville in 1880.
Georg’s future wife would be Martha Magdalena Ruehling. She was born on June 15, 1869, the daughter of Christian Herman and Eva (Redger) Ruehling. Her baptism record can be found in the books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, but I am not at the museum today to get an image. She is called Lena in the 1870 census.
I was unable to find the Ruehling family in the 1880 census. Then on November 16, 1890, George Hunt married Magdalena Ruehling at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is their marriage license.
This couple began having children in 1891 and would not stop having them until 1916, when their last of 11 children was born. We find the Hunt family in the 1900 census. George would be a farmer his whole life. Magdalena seems to waver back and forth between being called Magdalena and Martha and Mary over the years.
The Hunt household got even larger for the 1910 census. I have to display it in two images because it spills out over two pages.
I do not know which children are in this studio photograph, but it shows 4 young children in the Hunt family.
The plat maps produced in 1915 show a piece of property owned by George Hunt south of Altenburg.
Next, we can view the 1920 census. There were still 7 children in their household.
George and Martha can be found in the 1930 and 1940 censuses also.
In 1940, George and Martha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and the photo shown below was taken.
I found several family histories on Ancestry that include quite a few photographs of this family. I have chosen a few of those pictures to share in this post. Here is one that shows a studio photograph of the Hunt couple and their children.
Another photo shows what appears to include a rather large collection of grandchildren. I would have enjoyed seeing George wearing the hat that he has on his lap.
George Hunt died in 1944 at the age of 81. His death certificate says he died of pneumonia. This is one of several documents that give the May 19th date for his birth.
Martha Hunt died in 1950 at the age of 80. Here is his death certificate.
George and Magdalena are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.
Eleven children, most of which were boys, means that there were plenty of descendants to carry on the Hunt surname.