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Abner "NJ surveyor" Hunt
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Birth: unknown
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1791
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

Historian, Albert J Mestemaker delivered an address on 19 May 1996 at Dunlap Station, which was published in the newsletter, Coleraine Pageant, June 1996, p2. Albert details the Dec 1790-Jan 1791 "war party" led by renegade Simon Girty and "the white captive turned Shawnee Chief, Blue Jacket". Earlier, Abner Hunt had been captured as the prisoner, then later tortured, striped naked, and staked "on the open ground within 100 yards of the stockade" at Fort Dunlap, Colerain Twp. A fire was kindled on his stomach, and he burned to death, dying the morning after.

Abner Hunt is referred to as a young surveyor, working for Judge John Cleves Symmes. He was from New Jersey. Why is there no grave or memorial to Abner Hunt, who paid the ultimate sacrifice, after first being used to "demand surrender of the entire garrison"? Further details are available in many books.

Mestemaker writes that inside the stockade "the entire fighting force" consisted of one officer, Lt. Jacob Kingsbury, 3 non commissioned men, 9 privates [the 12 "federal infantrymen" guard unit], and 22 male settlers totaling 35 men--who were up against over 200 Native American warriors, Shawnee Indians (this number varies...). The womens' significant contributions are also recorded.

Mestemaker mentions two unnamed men being killed who had also gone out with the surveying party. These deaths occurred a number of days earlier than the Simon Girty, c 9-10 Jan attack. These two men are John Sloan and James Cunningham as we learn from author, JG Olden's online book. They had gone with Abner Hunt (whose horse had thrown him off amidst the shooting of arrows) and Col John S Wallace of Cincinnati.

When Elias Hedges's descendant, Martin Pinney (son of Elizabeth Johnson Pinney, daughter of Alexander Johnson & Sarah Hedges (McGill)) presented his 1910 Petition to the 3 Hamilton County Commissioners he testified that the burials following Simon Girty's 1791 attack, had occurred at Hedges Cemetery. Following Pinney, Sloan, Cunningham and Hunt would all be at Hedges, but no grave markers exist any longer.[bio by findagraver, DBardes, Feb 2013] 
Hedges Cemetery
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: unmarked location within .44 acre cemetery

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Created by: DBardes
Record added: Feb 19, 2013
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Abner NJ surveyor Hunt
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