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SGT: WILLIAM S. HUNT of the 9th Kansas Calvary of Company B. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County, CA

William S. Hunt was born in New Hampshire in estimated 1844. During the Civil War, he enlisted into Company B of the 9th Kansas Calvary on April 4th, 1862 and was mustered out on April 5th, 1865. After the War, in 1879, he married Miss Mary Grimes, and later located to the Salinas Valley in California. Later in life, William Hunt contracted TB, which he and his wife moved to the San Antonio Valley to Jolon for better climate comfort for Mr. Hunts failing health, which later claimed his life on February 28th, 1892 in Jolon, California. His body was later transported to Salinas for internment in the IOOF Cemetery on 850 Abbott Street, in Salinas, California. William S. Hunt was a member of the James Blair Steedman GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 56 based out of Salinas, California.

The following transcriptions are obituaries from the local Newspapers.

HUNT, WILLIAM S (1844-1892) Salinas,IOOF Cem (Salinas Weekly Index; Thur., Mar. 3, 1892, p. 3) 
Death of a Good Man -- 
William S. HUNT, native of New Hampshire, aged 49, a well known citizen of the county, died at Jolon last Sunday, of consumption. His remains were brought to Salinas Monday and interred from Muller's undertaking parlors by his comrades of J.B. STEEDMAN's post, of which he was a member. He enlisted at the breaking out of the civil war in the Second Kansas infantry and again at the end of 3 years' service in the Ninth Kansas cavalry; coming out as a sergeant at the end of the war. In 1879 he was married to Miss Mary GRIMES in Kansas and shortly after removed to California, settling in Salinas. After the passage of the arrears-of-pension act, he received $1,800 back pension and bought a farm on the Carneros. Two or 3 years ago he sold his Carneros farm nd returned to Salinas where he engaged in merchandising. Failing health compelled him to relinquish business, and he has spent the past year in San Antonio Valley, in the hope that the climate there would restore him to health; but the seeds of disease, acquired in the service of his country, had made too great progress to be relieved only by death. He was a man of culture and superior intelligence. He leaves a widow and son, 8 years old. He was a member in good standing of the A.O.U.W., and his widow is the beneficiary in his policy, entitling her to $2,000. Mr. HUNT was a pensioner of the general government, and his widow has made application through U.S. Circuit Court commissioner PARKER to be entered on the pension rolls as a veteran's widow, which will entitle her to $8 a month and $2 a month for her son.

(Salinas Morning Democrat May 5, 1892) 
A Veteranís Death 
W.S. Hunt, a former merchant of this city, died Sunday of consumption at Jolon, whence he had gone a few months ago hoping for relief from the rarefied atmosphere of that locality. The remains were brought to this city on the 1:40 p.m. train Monday, followed by his sorrowing family and friends, and the funeral took place at 3 p.m. from Mullers undertaking parlors to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Mr. Hunt was a veteran of the late war in which he saw much active service. He was a G.A.R. member, belonging to J.B. Steedman Post of this city, a number of the members of which followed their comradeís remains to their last resting place.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009