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A short story of my Irish ancestors


My great great grandfather was Daniel Hunt, born about 1795 in County Wexford. He died at Kitley, Ontario Canada on Aug 10, 1857. About 1820 he married Ann Grove, in Ireland, who was born in Ireland about 1796. She died in Kitley on June 25, 1877. This marriage produced 7 children - the 7th being Jane, was my great grandmother, who was born Apr 4, 1833 in Kitley

Jane Hunt married John Kavanagh, born in County Carlow on June 26, 1814, and he died on March 6, 1872 in Toledo, Ontario Canada. This union produced 12 children - the 9th being my grandfather Peter Kavanagh who was born in Leeds Township, Ontario Canada on Aug 3, 1867. After John died Jane, in 1877 moved her family to Kilkenny, Minnesota where she had two brothers who had farms in the area, who could assist her in the raising of her brood.

Peter Kavanagh & Annie Ingram

Peter Kavanagh became a successful educator and businessman. This started early in LeSueur County when he became Deputy County Auditor. Peter later moved to Hubbard County, Minnesota where he became a figurehead in the community.

Peter was a member of the Hubbard County Teachers Association in 1897 and was a school teacher in District 9 in 1898. Peter was nominated at the County Republican Convention in October 1898 and in November was elected as the Hubbard County Superintendent of Schools. He also was the first school teacher for the Nevis School in 1899. In 1900 Peter homesteaded his farm at Nevis, where my mother, who was born in 1900, and her siblings were raised. Peter was a Notary Public, started the Hubbard County Farm Bureau, and was the Nevis Village Clerk / Recorder.

Peter was a strong Catholic figure in the community. He donated the land for the first Catholic church in Nevis, which was the Immaculate Conception Mission Church - affiliated with the Catholic Church in Akeley, MN. When the priests travelled from Akeley to Nevis they stayed at Peter's farmhouse. In World War I Peter donated the land for the first Catholic Cemetery in Nevis when the first Nevis Catholic soldier's body was returned to Nevis for burial.

Peter had a hand in business as well. He was one-third active owner of Nevis Mercantile for 26 years prior to it being burned to the ground in 1934.

I would appreciate any information that anyone could give me about Daniel Hunt, Ann Grove, or John Kavanagh


Joel R. Husebo - Clann Member