The 1880 census for Ohio County does not show anyone living in Ohio County with the surname Hunt.
The next article, dated 1 Dec 1880, was from a Lexington newspaper that said "the Hunt brothers lived near the McHenry coal mines in Ohio County and robbed stage coaches. One has been arrested and the other brother has fled the country."
In an article dated 19 May 1882 in the Bourbon News (Paris, KY) it says "Hunt was convicted but pardoned May 1, 1882 by Governor Blackburn and released after 18 months in jail after proving he resembled Jesse James who was the actual leader of the
In an article in the Hartford Herald dated 19 April 1882 he is called James Hunt. In an article from the Filson Quarterly (October 1995) he is identified as Thomas J. Hunt. There is an article about this event in the Courier Journal dated 16 May 1937 and he is identified as “William Hunt of
I could not find a Thomas J. Hunt, William, Bill Hunt, or any Hunt in the Ohio County census for 1880. The 1880 census was taken between 1 June 1879 and 31 May 1880 – the robbery took place in Nov 1880. I found a Thomas J. Hunt in the 1870 census in
Further, I found a book about stage coaches that contained a few pages about this robbery and in the story, copied below, he is also identified as T. J. Hunt.
It looks like it is about 67 miles from Hartford to Cave City; in those days travel was usually by horse-back or stage coach and I don't think there was a stage coach that ran between Hartford and Cave city, so we can assume that if Mr. Hunt went to Cave City he went by horse. At a trot horses usually go about 10 miles per hour, so it would have taken Mr. Hunt all day to go to Cave City and another long day to return; I doubt if a horse could have done that without some rest, plus a lot of water. Anyway, it looks like the law and the newspapers were certain that Mr. Hunt was the guilty party (innocent till proven guilty?) and the jury also found him guilty - but all along he was telling the truth. And it cost him 18 months in jail!