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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Dr. Robert H. Hunt is a son of James T. and Matilda (Gant) Hunt, natives of North Carolina, who came to Tennessee with their parents when quite young. They located in Gibson County when there were but a few scattered families. Both parents were members of the Missionary Baptist Church and to them were born ten children, eight of whom are living. The father was a carpenter by trade, but in his latter years followed farming. Before the war he was a Whig; afterward a Democrat. He died in 1880, and the mother has since lived with her children. Their son, Dr. Robert H. Hunt, is a Gibson County Tennessean, born July 24, 1845. He received a good English education, and at the age of eighteen volunteered in Capt. Gay’s company, Fifteenth Tennessee Confederate Cavalry, and served until the close of the war. At the battle of Harrisburg he was severely wounded. In 1869 he began the study of medicine under Dr. W. H. Durley, of Gibson County, and in 1870 entered the medical department of the University of Nashville, graduating from the same in 1872. The same year he married Miss M. E. Hurt, who died in 1878, having borne four children. The same year he married Mrs. Mattie (Scott) McCullough, who was born in Arkansas, October 11, 1846. The Doctor has been a successful practitioner of Gibson County for fourteen years, and in connection with his practice owns a third interest in the Gibson mills. In his political views he is a stanch Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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