The Hunts and Their Herd

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.

George Hunt baptism record
George Hunt baptism record

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.

George Hunt 1870 census Cinque Hommes Township MO
1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

We find the Hunt’s living in Perryville in 1880.

George Hunt 1880 census Perryville MO
1880 census – Perryville, MO

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.

Magdalena Ruehling 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

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.

Hunt Ruehling marriage license
Hunt/Ruehling 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.

George Hunt 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

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.

George Hunt 1910 census 1 Brazeau Township MO

George Hunt 1910 census 2 Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

I do not know which children are in this studio photograph, but it shows 4 young children in the Hunt family.

George Hunt young children
Four Hunt children

The plat maps produced in 1915 show a piece of property owned by George Hunt south of Altenburg.

George C Hunt land map 1915
George Hunt land map – 1915

Next, we can view the 1920 census.  There were still 7 children in their household.

George Hunt 1920 census Brazeau Township MO
1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

George and Martha can be found in the 1930 and 1940 censuses also.

George Hunt 1930 census Brazeau Township MO
1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO
George Hunt 1940 census Brazeau Township MO
1940 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1940, George and Martha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and the photo shown below was taken.

George and Magdalena Hunt 50th anniversary
George and Martha Hunt 50th anniversary

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.

George Hunt family
George Hunt family

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 and Magdalena Hunt with grandchildren
George and Martha Hunt family members

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.

George Hunt death certificate
George Hunt death certificate

Martha Hunt died in 1950 at the age of 80.  Here is his death certificate.

Martha M. Hunt death certificate
Martha Hunt death certificate

George and Magdalena are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.

George and Magdalena Hunt gravestone Immanuel Altenburg MO
George and Magdalena Hunt gravestone – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Eleven children, most of which were boys, means that there were plenty of descendants to carry on the Hunt surname.



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