His grandfather, John Hunt, who was of Irish descent on the paternal side, and Dutch on the maternal, was born in Woodstock, Ulster County, where the family were early pioneers. Y., was born in Thompson, Sullivan County, December 19, 1828.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.
Jacob Hunt , son of John and father of the subject of this biography, was also born in Woodstock, the date of his birth being February 1, 1802.He was but seven years of age when he removed with his parents to Sullivan County, where he assisted his parents on the home farm.He cleared five acres of land, raising a little grain, which he was obliged to take on a sled drawn by an ox team sixteen miles through the forest to be ground.The road that was cut by this travel may still be seen. He was a member of the Baptist church, and was a Democart in politics.He married a daughter of Captain Cortright, one of the most prominent men in Ulster County, who commanded the company in the Revolutionary War in which Henry Hunt's great-grandfather served.
John Hunt resided at Woodstock when the Indians and Tories raided that section of the country, leaving desolation and ruin behind.
He was three times married, the result of his first union being eleven children, as follows; Henry, David, Hulda, Mary, Ennace, Nancy J., Jacob, John, Abraham, Reuben, and Francis-all of whom are now living except David, who died in 1884 in Wisconsin.
Hulda married Addison Pullis, a lumberman of Galilee, Pa.; Mary is the wife of George Ralston, a farmer in Jackson County, Wis.; Ennace married Wesley Wilcox, of Galilee; and Nancy is the wife of Charles Weeks, of Thompson, Sillivan County. Hunt was educated in his native town, and learned the blacksmith's and carpenter's trades, which he followed for fifteen years.
Mr and Mrs Van Housen had a family of seven children; Levi, Asa, Lemuel, Elizabeth, Louisa, Polly, and Hannah.
Levi Van Housen, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Columbia County, working with his father, until he took possession of the farm, which he afterward sold.
His grandfather, Francis Van Housen, of Dutch ancestry, was born in Hudson, Columbia County, and was a private and Sergeant in the Revolutionary army.