Abijah and John Wesley Hunt daybook

Abstract

The Abijah and John Wesley Hunt daybook (dated 1796 July 2-October 1; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 item) documents a portion of the Hunts' second year in the mercantile business in Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Abijah and John Wesley Hunt daybook
Date
1796 July 2-October 1
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
General stores--Kentucky--Fayette County.
Business names--Kentucky--Lexington.
Business records--Kentucky--Lexington.
Businessmen--Kentucky.
Small business--Kentucky--Lexington--History.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2014ms0029: [identification of item], Abijah and John Wesley Hunt daybook, 1796 July 2-October 1, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Wesley Hunt (1773-1849) was a general store owner that moved to Lexington, Kentucky, from Trenton, New Jersey, in 1795. The first millionaire west of the Allegheny Mountains, Hunt was considered to be a founding member of Lexington. He operated a store with his brother, Abijah Hunt, from 1795 to 1800 when Abijah moved to Natchez, Mississippi. The store, located on Main Street across from the courthouse, started as a general store, but Hunt soon expanded his business to include slave trade; horse breeding; land speculation; hemp and cotton manufacturing; banking; and insurance. Hunt served as the postmaster of Lexington in 1799 and built the Hunt-Morgan house in 1814.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Daybook, 1796 July 2-October 1

  • Box MS-36, Folder 1
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