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Roselynn Bonnett-Halpin (#46618158)
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Bio Photo I got the genealogy bug from my Mother...and a distant cousin who had compiled a genealogical work for the IMUS family. "The Cunningham IMUS Family" works were an inspiration. Once I enrolled in Ancestry.com I have been able to branch out using the resources available to complete a great deal of work. I have found dead ends on my HUNT family side... having trouble with Thomas Hale HUNT. I am still trying to find documented information for Thomas Hale HUNT's parents... I have speculations but not documented facts, any persons who can document his parents are free to contact me at rosehalpin@yahoo.com.

What I know and can document to date:

Thomas Hale HUNT served in the Mexican War and was wounded in Chihuaha, Mexico. He served in the First Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers, Company B, under Captain Doniphan.
The pension request made was rejected due to his service being a "volunteer" status and thus not eligible for pension. Date of death as given in the pension request confirms 12 OCT 1890, death location: Los Angeles, CA.

Thomas Hale Hunt married Eleanor CRAWFORD on 22 JUN 1857, in Sacramento County, CA. Eleanor CRAWFORD HUNT was born on 31 JAN 1843 In LaFayett County, WI, [Louisianna Territory, present day MO] He [T.H.HUNT] received a Military Bounty Land Warrant, No. 93534, Act of 3 MAR 1855, issued to Thomas Hale HUNT, 23 MAY 1860, located in Stockton, CA. These are my gg-grand parents.

My GG Grandfather Peter B. Davis is a dead end as well. Peter Davis anscestors are difficult to trace. I have information they originated from Kentucky, but not proven to day.

Now the parts that can't be proven, documented or actually beleived, but I remain openmided.

There are other stories...I have a family story that states, "Thomas Hale HUNT was of Indian Blood [Cherokee] by his mother. His father was away at the time of the Indian Relocation [Trail of Tears] and his father "John HUNT" found him orphaned at the Oklahoma Territory holding areas. From there he was in his Father's care." This was the story told by my Aunt Dora Davis Sharp... she was a story teller and I seriouslydoubt the authenticity of this family tale to be anything other than Dora's vivid imagination. I can not confirm this story, and have not found anything of this nature that is confirmation of his Indian descent.

The BONNETT family traces back to the French Alpen regions of Italy...Tourin Italy. The family names are still alive and living in the same area of our beginnings. After spending hours on end at the Clayton Library in Houston Texas doing work on my Father's side of the family, that work was pre-internet days, I have to admit, the internet makes our research so much easier.

Feel free to make contact with me, I enjoy meeting and exchanging information.

One note: questions that come in need to have a little detail, I get a lot of questions that are being asked about collatoral descendents and without the upline or collatoral lines connecting them to me, it's really hard to answer your quesitions. So if you are asking me about a 4th cousin 3 times removed... give me a a bit of a map so I can figure out what you are talking about, a lot of questions go unanswered because the asker asumes I know who his/our cousin is off the top of my head... sorry bout that!

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Linda Dukes
RE: Thomas Hale Hunt
About Hunt, Thomas Hale
buried Mohave County, AZ"Died at Los Angeles, California October 12th, 1890; Thomas Hale Hunt, husband of Mrs. Eleanor C. Hunt, of Mohave county, Arizona. The cause of his death was cancer, which first made its appearance about 2 years ago and continued to grow worse until it resulted as stated above. Immediately on receipt of this sad news at Hackberry, Mrs. Imus took the train to Los Angeles, for the purpose of taking charge of the remains, and attending to his burial. Thomas Hale Hunt was born in LaFayette county, MO. May 15, 1830. In 1847 he went to Mexico and served during the Mexican War under Col. Doniphan. He was in several engagements, and was wounded at Chihuahua. At the termination of Doniphan's expedition he was discharged at New Orleans, and returned to his old home in Missouri. In 1850 he again bade adieu to his native state and started for California, arriving at his destination the same year. He located in Sacramento county, where he resided constantly until 1870. During his residence in Sacramento he took an active part in politics, often canvassing extensively for the Democratic Party, of which he was a lifelong and consistent member. He was elected supervisor of the county in 1858, and held various other offices of trust. In 1857 he married Miss Eleanor C. Crawford of Sacramento. The result of this union was 13 children, ten of whom survive their father. Four of the surviving children are married and all are residents of Mohave county. They are: Mrs. Ed Imus of the Willows; Mrs. A. Cornwall of the Sandy; Mrs. W. F. Bacon of Fort Rock; and Mr. John Hunt of Peach Springs. During his residence in Monterey county, he was elected to office once or twice, but was not as active in politics as he had been in Sacramento, and confined himself more to home affairs. In 1886 he left California and came to Arizona, settling on the Sandy in this county [Mohave], where he resided at the time of his death. As a man, Mr. Hunt possessed some rare qualities - he was a gifted conversationalist; a logical reasoner and fluent speaker. As a friend, he was constant and true. As a father and husband, he was kind and affectionate, and his loss will be greatly felt by his wife and children. May his last rest be peaceful, and heaven bless and protect his little children and their widowed mother." [1846] Thomas Hale HUNT served during the Mexican War under Col. Doniphan About the middle of May 1846, Govenor Edwards of this State [MO] called for volunteers to join the expedition to Santa Fe, and take part in the war with Mexico. These troops were to rendevous at Fort Leavenworth. By the 5th of June the companies begin to arrive, and were mustered in and lettered in the order of their arrival. The First Regiment of Missourians Mounted Volunteers consisted of eight companies, Company B, 112 men from Lafayette county commanded by Captain Walton. HUNT was wounded at the Battle of Sacramento, outside Chihuahua City. More information regarding this part of the Mexan War story can be found in "Doniphan's Expedition" by John Taylor Hughes, Texas A&M University Press 1997 0-89096-795-4 "Following the declaration of war in May 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny was given orders to take a force of 1,700 men, known as the "Army of the West," to invade western Mexico and California. Departing from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in June, they swiftly captured Santa Fe two months later. Here Kearny divided his forces, establishing a garrison at Santa Fe, sending Colonel Alexander Doniphan south with a regiment of mounted volunteers, and proceeding west himself with 300 men. Moving through El Paso, Doniphan's men fought successful battles at El Brazito and Sacramento, before capturing Chihuahua." Kennedy Hickman. " The Battle of the Sacramento took place during the Mexican-American War. After capturing El Paso, Texas, Colonel Alexander Doniphan led the 1st Missouri Mounted Regiment south towards Chihuahua, Mexico. 15 miles north of the city Doniphan encountered a large force of Mexican cavalry and infantry. In a bold flank attack across a plateau on the Mexican flank Doniphan routed the Mexican force inflicting heavy casualties. The Mexicans were unable to defend the city of Chihuahua and Doniphan entered it on March 2, 1847 unopposed."
Added by Linda Dukes on Apr 18, 2012 7:34 AM
 

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