Last update: 06 July 2010
Jefferson Hunt was born 22 Jan 1804 in Bracken County, Kentucky. In 1833 he and his family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was expelled from Missouri with the Saints in 1835, and in 1846-47 served as captain of company A in the Mormon Battalion. In 1849 he guided a company of emigrants from Utah to California. Twenty wagons left the company and wound up discovering Death Valley. He lived in San Bernardino, California; Huntsville, Utah (named for him); and on his ranch near Oxford, Idaho. A true frontiersman and a stalwart Saint, he died 11 May 1879 at age 75.
A Note on the Photo
The above picture is from a cabinet-card sized hand-colored original print in possession of cousin Hattie Elkins. We understand a version of this same shot was recently donated to the Jefferson Hunt Elementary School in San Bernardino, California. That one is from a different doner and a much larger original.
Jefferson Hunt Book Reprinted
The family of Pauline Udall Smith, author of the book Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion, has reprinted the book in a limited quantity. More information is available here. You can see an early mockup of the first few pages here.