HUNT, NATHANIEL (1783–1849). Nathaniel Hunt, early settler and public official, was born in 1783 in South Carolina. He was a relative of Memucan Hunt, a member of the commission to establish the eastern boundary of Texas. Nathaniel Hunt married Mary Elizabeth White, and they had three children. He immigrated from Tennessee to Texas in 1829, and his family followed in October 1833. They settled first in the Sabine area. On November 24, 1834, Hunt received a land grant of one league in the Zavala colony (see ZAVALA, LORENZO DE) on the west side of Ayish Bayou in an area that became part of San Augustine County. His son-in-law John M. Neely had received a similar grant in the colony three days earlier, and his son-in-law Levi M. Crow received a grant of a quarter league in the colony the next year. When Texas became a republic (see REPUBLIC OF TEXAS), local land commissioners were appointed to settle disputes of land ownership, pass on claims for public lands, and prevent fraud. In 1836 Hunt, with Chichester Chaplin and Alexander Horton, was appointed to the first San Augustine Board of Land Commissioners, an office he held until 1838. On December 24, 1838, the Congress of the Republic of Texas designated Hunt's home on the bayou as a mail stop on the route from Houston to San Augustine. From 1843 until 1846 Hunt served as justice of the peace. He died on August 8, 1849, and his wife, Elizabeth, died on June 5, 1856. Both are buried in what is now called the McCune Cemetery, eight miles south of San Augustine.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Nelda Allbritton Bell, "HUNT, NATHANIEL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhuws), accessed December 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.