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Jefferson Hunt

1803– 1879

Born in Bracken County, Kentucky; moved to Illinois, where he was baptized in 1834; joined Mormon Battalion in 1846; traveled from California to Salt Lake Valley via northern route in 1847; later that year returned to California by southern route to obtain provisions for Salt Lake’s residents; led wagon train of emigrants to California via southern route in 1849, accompanied partway by GQC bound for the gold fields; returned to Utah in early 1851; later that year helped settle San Bernardino, California; returned to Utah because of 1857–58 Utah War; settled in Ogden Valley, where town of Huntsville is named for him; moved to Oxford, Idaho, where he died. (See Jenson, BE, 4:747–48; Landon, To California in ’49, 183; Ricketts, Mormon Battalion, 365; Lyman, San Bernardino, 456; Smith, Captain Jefferson Hunt; Ellsworth, Journals of Addison Pratt, 591; Owens, Gold Rush Saints, 389; GQC journal, Oct. 20, 1850; June 17, 1851; Mar. 20, 1854.)