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Monday, February 4, 2013

Nathaniel Dickerson Hunter of New York and Kentucky and Caroline Herbst Hunter of Mason and Jefferson Co., Kentucky

Nathaniel Dickerson Hunter, a native of Westchester County, New York married Carolyn Herbst, a Kentucky native in Mason County, Kentucky on 24 February 1840.  Carolyn was a daughter of George Herbst.

Nathaniel is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and his stone photo is on Findagrave there, currently as "D. Hunter."

The Evening Bulletin, Mason County, Kentucky 13 November 1889 page 3

"N. D. Hunter, A Former Resident of Maysville, Passes Away at Louisville

N. D. Hunter, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Louisville died last Saturday.  A year or so ago, he was stricken with paralysis, but though far advanced in years, he rallied and survived the stroke for twelve months.

Mr. Hunter was born in Westchester County, New York on February 4, 1815.  He spent the early part of his life at his birth-place, but after the death of his father he moved to Cincinnati.  After living in Cincinnati about six months he moved to Maysville.  He resided in this city several years, marrying Miss Carolyn (sic) Herbst, a daughter of George Herbst, a banker.  The result of this union was six children, all of whom with his wife, survive him.  While in this city he was engaged in the hardware business as a member of the firm Hunter & Phister, occupying a house where the well-known O. & B. establishment has since been erected.

The Commercial says, 'From Maysville, Mr. Munter (sic) went to Chicago where by great energy and ability, he soon had quite a fortune. In 1870, he resolved to return to Kentucky, and selected Louisville as his home, where he resided until the time of his death.  His eldest son, Rev. J. Garniss (sic) Hunter, is living at Harrodsburg.  His other sons, Howard, Hamilton and J. M. Hunter are all engaged in business in this city.   He has left  to his family the legacy of an untarnished name and an example worthy of the highest imitation.  His life abounded in charities and his death is luminous with the hopes of the better land that is beyond.':"

In 1850, the family is living in Maysville, where Mr. Hunter is shown as a merchant with real estate valued at $5,000.00 (a high amount in 1850, certainly.)  He is shown as 35 years old, with Caroline as 29.  The other household members are: 1) 9 year-old, J. Garniss; 2) 7 year-old Eliza L.; 3) 5 year-old Howard; 4) Anna C, age 3; 5) 11 month old Hamilton.  Also there: 18 year-old Charlotte Herbst, shown as born in Kentucky; another 18 year-old, Eliza (no surname given) and 20 year-old Mary, also without a surname, both born in Ireland.

1860 finds the family in Covington, Kenton County at ward 2, household 570-699.  The names of the children are  shown as John, Lidia, Howard, Nannie, Hamilton and now there is also 8 year-old James.  There are 2 servants: 18 year-old Catherine Flanagan and 19 year-old Ann McNerny.   Charlotte Herbst continues to reside with them, her age now shown as 23.  The value of the family property is $3,000.00, with a personal estate valued at $20,000.00.  

1870, while I thought I might find them in Chicago, instead they live in Rollington, Oldham County, Kentucky.  All six children are living at home. John G. is an Episcopalian minister. Howard is a clerk in a store, possibly that of his father.

1880 they reside in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky with Hamilton, John and Montgomery at home.  Montgomery is 25 years of age and seems to be the "J. M." and James mentioned in the obituary and first found in the 1860 census.

Why don't I see Caroline's stone at Cave Hill?  I did not find the stone posted on Findagrave in Hennepin County, Minnesota either.  Her death record says she is buried in Louisville. Although there is no photo (at this time), I have added a memorial for her at Cave Hill.

Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason, Kentucky 14 April 1906 page 2

"Mrs. Caroline Hunter, a native of Maysville, died April 4th, at Minneapolis, Minn., at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. George C. Cochran.  

Mrs. Hunter was born January 25th, 1821, and was the widow of Nathaniel D. Hunter, of the firm of  Hunter & Phister, who were fifty years ago prominent in business circles in this city.  

She is survived by four sons and one daughter: The Rev. J. G. Hunter, Mrs. George C. Cochran, Howard W., Hamilton and J. Montgomery of Louisville."

The death record (transcribed) shows her birth date as 20 January 1820 and a death date of 11 April 1906 for Caroline. It also says that her father was born in Germany and her mother's birthplace was Philadelphia.

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