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Hunt, Hiram (1809-1891) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Hunt, Hiram (1809-1891)

Historical Note:

Hiram Hunt was born on November 24, 1809 in Mendon, Massachusetts to Washington Hunt (b. 1786-d. 1857) and Mehitable Taft Hunt (b. 1826).1 They had children Ellen “Nellie” Bloodgood (b. 1857-d. 1939), Hiram (b. 1861-d. 1919), Stephen B. (b. 1863) and George Harry (b. 1867).2

In 1845, Hiram lived in Bangor and ran a clock store. The clocks carried his label, even though he did not manufacture them. Hiram was also involved in the shipping of lumber. He was a business partner with his father who resided in Blackstone, Massachusetts. Hiram shipped lumber to him at this Blackstone location.1 Lumber was exported from New Brunswick, which was Hiram’s major supplier of this product.3

Loss of one of his ships insured with Lloyds of London took him to Norfolk, VA to meet with Stephen Bonsal, Lloyds agent. He met Sarah Bonsal the daughter of Stephen who he married. They wedded in Norfolk where daughter Ellen was also born. After his marriage, he moved to Robbinston, Maine where he built and operated sailing ships.1

He built the Sarah (Brig) of 197 tons in 1846 and the Sarah (Brig) of 536 tons in 1868 in addition to the Lucinda Sears (Bark) and Lucy H. Chase (Brig). Hiram shipped goods on the aforementioned vessels as well as the A. B. Van Olinda (Brig), B. M. Precott, (Brig), Charles Edward (Brig), L. H. Chase (Brig), Laleah (Brig) and Margaret (Brig).

He transported and traded in lumber, shingles, ship knees, masts, pork, flour, fish, corn, coal, tobacco, staves, sugar, marble, rags and straw goods. Negotiations for lumber products in New Brunswick were made via correspondence. Hunt correspondended extensively with lumber speculators, lumber companies and ship merchants regarding shipments and purchases. Voyages were to Eastport, Pembroke, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston, New York, Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, Massachusetts (Fall River, Blackstone), Ireland, Spain (Port Mahon, Barcelona), Italy (Genoa and Leghorn,) Trieste, Montreal, Nova Scotia (Bristol, Pictou, Halifax, Sydney), New Brunswick (St. John, Hillsboro), Gibraltar, Smyrna, Jamaica, Cuba (Havana), London and Cowes.

Hiram died on April 18, 1891 in Robbinston. Sarah died on September 12, 1900 in Robbinston.


1. MS-54. Box 8.  Series IA. Biography and Family Genealogy, Folder: Hunt.

2. http://www.ancestery.com

3. MS-325. Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence.

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