02 February 2013

David Hunt Letter

New Jersey native David Hunt lived in Jefferson County, Mississippi.  An 1831 letter written by him is housed in the Mississippi Archives.

Subject(s): Hunt, David, 1779-1861 | Cotton trade -- Mississippi -- Jefferson County

This collection consists of a photocopy of an original David Hunt letter dated February 2, 1831. It was written from Jefferson County, Mississippi, and discusses cotton-bale sales and three notes executed to Mr. Dunbar. The original Hunt letter, which is privately owned, is in poor condition.

David Hunt lived in the Rodney, Jefferson County, Mississippi, area:

Abijah Hunt was the pioneer of the Hunt family.  He was a merchant there and erected the first gin in the county, to which all the surrounding planters resorted with their cotton. He fell in a duel with George Poindexter in 1811, and as he was a bachelor, his nephew, David Hunt, inherited his stores and gin and subsequently amassed a large fortune. [Source]

Zachary Taylor also owned property near Rodney, Mississippi.

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