Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(page 256)

Uriah Hunt was one of a family of eleven children. He was born March 3, 1775, died October 7, 1824, and was buried in the old family graveyard, near Limestone Church, Washington County, Tenn. He had a son, a namesake, Uriah Hunt, who was a preacher, three grandsons, all bearing the name John, who were preachers, and a great-grandson, D. J. Hunt, who is both teacher and preacher.

"I am now in the house, a log house of the primitive type, which Uriah Hunt built, and in which he lived till his death." (Note.)

Uriah Hunt was an honest, honorable, reliable, everyday sort of man, a man who could be trusted to handle church collections, associational funds, business transactions of any kind, for his brethren. He was "first treasurer of a joint board of the Holston and Tennessee Associations," appointed for cooperative work.

He came from North Carolina to upper East Tennessee at an early day, and was said to be of English descent, as his sober disposition and sturdy character would indicate.

He was a contemporary of Jonathan Mulky, Tidence Lane, William Murphy, Caleb Witt, Isaac Barton, and Thomas and Richard Murrell, with other veterans of the Holston Association. "He was a solid old man, and an acceptable preacher." (W. A. Keen.)


Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of  Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.


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