Jonathan Hunt  (1803-1887) came to California is 1856 by way of Panama.  He made the journey with his wife Abigail and their children.   

The Hunts first settled in San Francisco where Hunt was elected Tax Collector in 1857 for a two-year term.   In 1866 Pacific Insurance Company was incorporated and he was elected the President.  Pacific Insurance Company was the first firm of fire insurance agents organized in California.

In 1866 the Hunts moved to Oakland and built a lavish home along Glen Echo Creek (Piedmont Ave) near Mountain View Cemetery.  Jonathan lived there until his death in 1887 and Abigail until her death in 1910. 


detail of Sanborn map a caption


Note:   I am added this page from the 1902-03 Sanborn Map showing what I believe to be the Hunt's home on Piedmont Ave.  Previously this has been thought to be the home of Thomas Hill.  More research has to be done.

From Hill's page -  [Note: this discussion of his house at 4208 Piedmont seems to be incorrect and based on an erroneous or illegible caption on the picture below, and his house actually seems to have been at 4203 Piedmont.  More to come]



  1. 1902-03 Sanborn map (public domain) Oakland+1902-1903 vol.2,1903,+Sheet+181.pdf