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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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FRANK HUNT, D.Vs., comes from a long line of farmers, his great-grandfather, of whom we are first apprised, following that occupation in New England, and he was followed in the same work in turn by each succeeding generation; Dr. Hunt being so employed until 1884. But while agriculture is among the noblest of man’s pursuits, an active mind and ambitious disposition often seeks a broader field, and this is what our subject decided to do in 1884. Leaving the farm he came to Jamestown and entered the insurance business, which he followed for two years, when he decided to attend the Ontario Veterinary College of Toronto. He matriculated in 1886, and pursuing the study with interest, he graduated in 1887, since which time he has been successfully practicing his profession in the city of Jamestown, but retains his interest in his farm just inside the city. Mr. Hunt was born at Ellicott (now within the limits of the city of Jamestown) on the twenty-eighth day of January, 1857, and is a son of John L. and Orilla Hunt. John L. Hunt is a son of Elvin Hunt, whose father came from New England. Orilla, wife of John L. Hunt, was a daughter of George R. Nelson, a native of England, but who came to America, and located in Chautauqua county, New York. He left there in 1860 and went to Minnesota, where he settled and afterwards died. Elvin Hunt was born in Washington county, New York, but located near Jamestown, on what is now known as the Hunt road. He was a farmer, and in politics affiliated with the whigs, although like his children since, he never aspired to be an office holder. He married Sylvia Lee, and with her raised a family of six boys and four girls, nearly all of whom settled adjacent to Jamestown. Of this large family all were farmers, excepting one who was a machinist. John L. Hunt was born in Washington county, New York, in 1840, and moved to Chautauqua county with his parents when a small boy, where he died, when forty-four years of age. He was the father of four children, one of whom died young. Of the others George E. married Lizzie Loucks, and is living in the city of Jamestown on the Hunt road. He has two children: John L. and George E. Jr.; and William H., who is employed in Jamestown.

Dr. Hunt led to the altar Miss Kate L. Crosby, whose father, Eliakam Crosby, one of the earliest settlers of the county, served the people acceptably as justice of the peace, and died in the town of Poland, of which place he was one of the original settlers. Dr. Hunt is a republican, but the office-holding bee does not buzz in his hat. He is satisfied that those who desire them shall have the trials and cares of political life, and is glad to see them secure all the honor and emoluments they honestly can. His veterinary practice, which is constantly growing, takes all of his time. Being a good friend, he is popular with all his acquaintances.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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