Hunt, Luther B.
Age: 25, credited to Fairfax, VT
Unit(s): 45th IL INF, 138th IL INF
Service: comn, 2LT, Co. K, 45th IL INF, 12/24/61, m/o 6/1/62, omn CAPT, Co. B, 138th IL INF, m/o 10/14/64, Camp Butler, Springfield, IL
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Birth: 08/30/1836, Fairfax, VT
Burial: Sanderson Corners Cemetery, Fairfax, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 24337137
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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HUNT, Captain Luther B., son of Stratton Ball and Abigail C. (Parmelee) Hunt, was born in Fairfax, August 30, 1836. Stratton B. Hunt was born in Alstead, New Hampshire, in 1799, son of Caleb and Lydia (Walker) Hunt. Orphaned in infancy, he was reared by an aunt. At the age of 21, he came from Charlestown, New Hampshire, to Fairfax on foot, and with a pack on his back, and here he resided until his death, in 1881. After clerking a few years for his brother, Luther B. Hunt, he settled on a farm near the village, and was an active factor in the social and public affairs of the town, serving many years as constable and deputy sheriff.
John Parmelia, the first American ancestor of Luther B. Hunt, was of a noble Belgian family and came to Connecticut in 1639. Joseph Parmelee, Mr. Hunt's maternal grandfather, was a son of Captain Oliver Parmelee, who was a lieutenant in the Fourth Regiment of King George III, and in 1776 received a commission signed in the bold hand of John Hancock, as captain of the Seventh Company, First Regiment, Continental Volunteers. Mr. Hunt has this venerable document, also a commission from Jonathan Trumbull, captain general of New England.
Joseph Parmelee came to Fairfax in 1802, one of six brothers, and engaged in the manufacture of cloths and as a cloth dyer and dresser, many years, and died at the age of 79. The four children of Stratton B. and Abigail P. Hunt were Joseph Parmelee, who died in 1865; Luther Ball, Abigail J., who married Charles Halstead of New York City, and Clarissa Collins, who, with Luther B., lives at the old homestead.
Luther B. Hunt was educated at New Hampton Institute. In 1857 he went to Wataga, Illinois, and engaged as a clerk, and was appointed postmaster under President Buchanan. When the war broke out he enlisted a company of volunteers, was tendered the captaincy, but accepted the position of second lieutenant, and fought with his company at Forts Henry and Donelson, and at Pittsburg Landing, where the company went in with 40 men and came out with 16. On one occasion, in charge of prisoners, he reported personally to General Grant. On account of sickness, he resigned after the surrender of Corinth, in the fall of 1862. With health recuperated, he enlisted another company in 1864, which became Company B, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Illinois, and was elected its captain. At the close of his service he returned to Watauga, but in 1866 was called to Fairfax by the death of his brother, where he has since resided. He married Ella P. Warren in 1877, who died in 1882.
Mr. Hunt is a Democrat in politics but voted for Lincoln in 1864. He has served the town as constable, and during the past 25 years as town clerk. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the local business of the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Company has been conducted by Stratton B. Hunt and Luther B. Hunt, who is now one of the directors.
S. B. Hunt became a Mason in 1820, and during the anti-Masonic times took charge of the lodge jewels, and after the revival of LaMoille Lodge as No. 6, in 1847, repeatedly filled the chairs. Luther B. Hunt has been a Mason since 1858, is past master of Lamoille Lodge and many years its esteemed secretary.
William H. Jeffrey, Successful Vermonters of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, (Historical Publishing Company, East Burke, VT, 1907), pp. 199-201.
Luther B. Hunt died in the Mary Fletcher hospital June 4, after a short illness. He was born in Fairfax, August 30, 1836, and lived here most of his life, where he served as town official in various capacities.
He served in the Civil War, and at the close held the rank of Captain. At the time of his death, he was one of the oldest men in town, and a lifelong Democrat.
The funeral services were held at his late home Sunday afternoon and were in charge of the Lamoille Lodge, F. & A.M., He is survived by a nephew, Stratton Halstead of New York, and a niece, Mrs. Lettie Hyde of New Hampshire. Mrs. Edith Halstead of Burlington was in town for the funeral.
Source: Burlington Free Press, June 12, 1919
Courtesy of Deanna French.