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William Hunt, farmer and Justice of the Peace, Oakland; born in Coles Co., Ill., Feb. 11, 1845, upon the place where he has since continued to live; he is the son of James D. Hunt, who located in Coles Co., previous to 1838, where he died July 3, 1856; the subject of this sketch continued upon the old homestead, and attended school and assisted in farming, until the decease of his mother, which occurred July 3, 1865; after which he purchased the interest of a portion of the other heirs, and continued farming upon the old place upon his own account, which business he has since successfully followed; he owns 110 acres upon his home farm, upon which he has erected good farm-buildings. He was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in the spring of 1877, for a term of four years, which office he now holds. He married March 3, 1864, to Susan E. Handley; she was born in Clark Co., Ill., Aug. 22, 1848; her parents were among the early pioneers of Illinois; they have five children now living by this union–Justin H., born Feb. 11, 1867, Ruth T., born Sept. 24, 1872, Luvice E., born July 2, 1874, Sherman W., born June 10, 1876; Alvira L., born Oct. 2, 1877.