THE HUNT FAMILIES OF VERMONT
Mitchell J. Hunt
The Why and Wherefor
Starting some 24 years ago a modest endeavor to discover the ancestors of the three Hunt brothers of Derby Line, VT, grew to finding the ancestors and descendants of Daniel Hunt, the pioneer at Ryegate, VT, then to all the Hunt families of Vermont, then to all the Hunt families of America from colonial times through the 19th century.
The preparation of a manuscript on the Hunt Families of Vermont has been a major concentration over the past 20 years. A preliminary draft of that has now been completed. Nine chapters have been published in preliminary form, resulting in valuable additions and corrections. The present draft contains 190 chapters (one for each Vermont town in which records of Hunts were found from earliest settlements through the 19th century, plus the Eastern Townships of Canada) and over 1,000 pages. Work has started on preparing the manuscript in suitable form for publication, a task which may take several years to complete, if ever.
The announcement of the Genealogical Society of Vermont to commemorate the bicentennial of Vermont's admission to the United States with a project to provide information on the families found in Vermont in its first Federal Census of 1791 makes this an appropriate time to make the information developed on the early Hunt families of Vermont available for that worthy project. At the suggestion of the Society, the report which follows has been prepared for that purpose.
In the 1791 census there were 25 Hunts listed as heads of households, spread over 21 towns. As will be found, there was some duplication and errors in names. In 1800 there were 36 spread over 27 towns and in 1810 there were 54 spread over 35 or 36 towns. Some of those who were listed in 1791 had died or left the State by 1800. There were many among the earliest settlers of Vermont who had died or left the area by the time of the 1791 census. Some of them will be mentioned in connection with the relation and geographical location of those found in the 1791 census. Some of the children and other relatives of those found in Vermont in the 1791 census moved into Vermont after 1791; they will also be mentioned. In some of the towns where Hunts were found in the 1791 census other Hunts are found in the years soon after 1791 who in some cases were children or other relatives of those there in 1791, but in some cases were from quite different families and family lines. They will also be mentioned. In 1791, most of the northern area of Vermont was virtually unsettled wilderness. Into these wilderness areas came some of the Hunts found in the "lower" areas in 1791 and many of their children and grandchildren. These migration patterns will be reflected in the story to follow on the early Hunt families of Vermont and their descendants.
As every experienced genealogical researcher knows (and the beginner soon finds out) there are many errors in "basic" (some- times mis-labeled primary) records such as census records, vital records, land records, cemetery records, even probate records. Published histories and published genealogical records are often incorrect. Many such errors will be documented in the report which follows, and a brief summary of the nature and reasons for such errors appears below.
There are also many fantasies and fairy tales in published accounts about some of the early Hunt pioneers of America, from whom some deluded individuals wanted to claim descent. Because such wild tales tend to be perpetuated by superficial researchers, a brief review is provided below on some of the earliest Hunt families of America, from some of whom descend the early Hunt pioneers of Vermont and many later-generation Vermonters.
In the report to follow, many specific sources will be identified but the description below may provide understanding of the nature of the documentation and problems therewith.
Genealogical. Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt is the "classic" resource on the Hunt families of New England. Although often maligned for the superfluous preaching and ingratiating remarks, and an arrangement of material which some find difficult to follow, it is really a remarkable document for its breadth and the short period of time in which such a massive document was compiled. There are many errors in Wyman, but in total there is much that is correct and has been verified. In the some 130 years since the Wyman book was published, much more has been learned of the early Hunt families of New England and America and the report which follows adds many corrections and extensions on the Hunt families which can be traced through Wyman to Vermont.
Some of the town histories, especially those in the "Coos Country" towns along the big bend of the Connecticut River, have performed a monumental service in the genealogical supplements added to the histories. The name "Coos Country" is used here and in the report to follow to refer to that group of towns along the River--Bradford, Newbury, Ryegate, Barnet, Waterford in Vermont and Haverhill, Bath, Lyman, Monroe in New Hampshire. Although a fine record of contemporary families at the time of publication, these histories often have errors on the ancestors.
A large number of correspondents have provided their own unpublished, but often thoroughly documented, records on their Hunt ancestors who removed from Vermont to other places. Their data have been checked against records found in Vermont and verified or, in some cases, corrected. These correspondents are too numerous to specifically identify, but they will know who they are and that their contribution is acknowledged and appreciated.
Various other genealogical summaries in published works were reviewed and are mentioned specifically in the report to follow.
U.S.Census Records. Data on all Hunts in the published reports of the 1791 and 1800 censuses of Vermont were compiled. The original handwritten census reports in the office of the Vermont Secretary of State were also reviewed for the years 1830 and 1850 in entirety, most of the 1860 census, and some of the 1870 census. Data on Hunts were also compiled from the published 1790 records for each of the states. Correspondents also provided compilations of census data for various areas in states across the country where such records contributed to understanding of their Hunt ancestors and their migrations. The basic research for the report which follows was done in the 1970s and limited by time available. Since that time the miracle of the computer has contributed to index compilations of Hunts for most of the decennial censuses of Vermont. The data in these indexes (except for 1810) have not been examined and are generally not included in this work. Therefore, some useful information may have been missed.
Vital Records. All records on Hunts for the years 1780-1870 and most records for the years 1871 to 1908 were copied at the (then) Vermont Office of Vital Statistics in Montpelier. The records were then organized by towns and by identifiable family groupings. These records (with census records) were the basis for much of the genealogical compilation in the report which follows. A similar record was prepared for all of the Hunts in New Hampshire Vital Records (except that the marriages from the "Gs" to the end have not yet been completed, nor marriage data from the "Brides' Book"). Various compilations were made from published vital statistics of towns in Mass., and CT, and correspondents also contributed some of the compilations they had made in other states while researching their Hunt ancestors. Certain problems with respect to vital records are discussed below.
Town Histories. All histories of Vermont towns to be found in the libraries of the Vermont Historical Society and the Pennsylvania Historical Society were read and any data on Hunts therein were extracted. The same for various gazetteers, especially Hemenway's noted work and the various county gazetteers prepared by Hamilton Child. Town and county histories in many NH, MA, CT, RI, and NY towns and counties were also read to similar end. Many correspondents also contributed the data they had found in these and other states.
Military Records. Rev. War service records and pensions records on many Hunts were copied from records at the National Archives in Washington. Also compilations from VT and NH Rev. War records. Published records on Vermonters in the War of 1812 and the Civil War were also reviewed and data on Hunts extracted therefrom.
Town and Church Records. In a few cases town and church records in some towns were searched for records on Hunts, but for most Vermont towns such extended research was not possible within the time available.
Cemetery Records. Most of the cemeteries in the counties of Orleans, Caledonia, Lamoille, Orange, and Windsor were searched for Hunt gravestones, along with several along major travel routes (U.S.5, Rt. 12, 14, 15, 16), NH towns along the CT River, and Canadian villages and townships along the VT border.
Other Records. In the 1970s, a print-out of the LDS (Mormon) Computer File Index was obtained for all of the Hunts listed in each of the New England States and New York. The index of Hunts in the DAR records were reviewed and detailed records on many of the families were extracted (with the conclusion obvious that many of the older DAR records are incorrect). The periodic records and publications of various historical and genealogical societies were reviewed and followed--GSV, HSV, NEHGS, GSP, NGS.
In summary, the research behind the work has been extensive, albeit still not exhausting all of the possible sources. In addition to the data compiled, certain other useful conclusions can be drawn from the exploration.
Don't Believe All You Read
One runs into a lot of conflicting information in comparing data from different sources; the question is what to accept. There is no easy answer. One would expect census and vital records to be correct; the truth is that often they are not. Old records were written by hand in writing that is often illegible. The name Hunt was one easily and often misunderstood. Given fancy capitalization of letters, some vowels and consonants flowing like a wavy line, t's not crossed, i's not dotted, o's not closed, m's, n's, w's, r's, s's, etc., not distinguishable, it is a wonder that interpretations of records have turned out as well as they have on the whole. The following are a few examples of names that have been interpreted as Hunt: Hand, Hart, Hirt, Hind, Hunde, Hurst, Hearst, Flint, Kent. Numerous other variations have been found.
It was exciting to find in one town history that Jacob Hunt was one of the first settlers, which prompted a tedious search to identify that Jacob Hunt until it was realized the name was really Jacob Kent, elsewhere and reliably reported as the pioneer settler. Several years were spent puzzling over the identity of the Christian Hunt reported in several sources and in Plymouth Colony vital records as the young lady who m. in 1636 Richard More, the "orphan waif" of the Mayflower; then it was discovered that her name was actually Hunter, and no relation to the Hunts of New England. It was also exciting to find on a faded page for one town in the 1860 census a whole flock of Hunts--exciting because no other records of such families had been found in or around that town. It was finally concluded that the name must have been Flint, the F and l looking like a capital H and the i (un-dotted) n t looking like unt.
In early records, names were often spelled phonetically and/or as the writer thought he heard them. As a result the same name was spelled in various ways, often in such a way that a reader could not believe (without other evidence) that various names applied to the same person. Coupled with the problem with surnames is the fact that a person was often known by various given names: a William Henry Hunt was converted to Henry W. Hunt; a first name was dropped entirely and a person shown under one name in one record might be shown under an entirely different name in an other record--sometimes without any clue to connecting the two as the same person. Birth records show the given name of a child as one name, a marriage record shows a different name, a death record shows a different name--still all the same person. After 1850 (the first census in which the names of all family members were reported) a person shows up in one record under one name and in the subsequent census under a different name. Dates are often found different: census records from 1850 showed ages, but for older people, especially, the ages from census to census would not be consistent (and sometimes not even close). A child is listed in a census record a year or two before other records indicate the child was born. Two or more death records are found in Vermont Vital Records for (obviously from other evidence) the same person, but a wide difference in dates, both in months and in years. Places of birth are often (and probably most often in early records) incorrect. It was common practice to show as the birthplace of a parent (or both) the same town as the child was born in, when in fact the parents were (as shown by other evidence) born in other towns and sometimes in different states. One certain Hunt gentleman was shown by VVR to have had a very strange birth: according to birth records of his many children he was born in five or six widely separated towns in Vermont and two or three in New York.
The same types of problems exist with respect to locations in census and vital records. As Mrs. Hope Nash of Royalton once cited with respect to the home location of certain Hunts in Royalton, a certain person might be shown in various census and various VVR as a resident of four different towns, yet have lived his entire life on one farm: the reason--he lived in the wilderness near the intersection of four towns, was counted by different census takers of different towns, shopped in the village in one town, went to church in another town, and was buried in the cemetery in another town. Numerous instances of the above problems will be noted in the report to follow.
Aside from the problems which exist with the original records, there were no "Vermont Vital Records" until into the 20th century when town clerks were required by law to provide on card files all the data they could find in town records on births, deaths, and marriages. (New Hampshire had a similar experience.) As if it was not hard enough (sometimes) to decipher the handwriting in the original record, the persons preparing the card files varied widely in their own ability to handle a pen. Many of the names in VVR are virtually unreadable and some, no matter how they are interpreted, have no relation whatever to the actual names evidenced by other records. Sometimes a corruption of the father's name is shown as the mother's name, and vice versa. Sometimes the father's name appears as the name of the groom (a different name) on a m. record. Sometimes the name of a sister (a different name-- perhaps a bridesmaid) appears as the name of a bride.
The many fables found in histories and some genealogical publications, especially those written in the 19th century, tend to be perpetuated. One would think impressive books, written much closer to the generations discussed, would be more correct than anything prepared in the late 20th century. However, just the opposite is true. Unfortunately, researchers may easily find the older incorrect versions in the original (or republished) works and never pick up the corrections later discovered.
Family legends tend to get written into family records and become imbedded in the minds of descendants, hard to shake and spreading like cancer when they get written down in published works. How do they start? A scenario: a group of grandchildren of a theoretical Rev. Hunt of Virginia (1750-1810) meet at a family picnic in 1830 and start talking about their ancestors; one wonders if they descend from the pioneer Rev. Robert Hunt of Jamestown Colony; another tells another that they may descend from the Rev. Robert Hunt; it is then passed on that they do descend from the Rev. Robert Hunt; one thinks it is just wonderful that they descend from Rev. Robert Hunt and excitedly writes such a note in the family Bible; result--a descendant a hundred years later finds the Bible, reads the note and concludes it must be true because it is written in the family Bible.
Numerous legends of this nature are found in researching the early Hunt families (as will usually be the case in all families). Several will be noted in the report to follow. Given the scarcity of records in various time periods and places, it is often necessary to make judgments from circumstantial evidence. Such judgements may or not be correct. In the report to follow several persons will be shown with a question mark and the words possibly or probably. Probably means a little stronger than possibly, but it doesn't mean certainty. What sometimes happens is that an original researcher may use the qualifying expression but the person who copies the information may drop it and thereby an expression of possibility gets translated as a fact.
[The admonition not to believe all you read also applies, of course, to the present work. The data in the report which follows were compiled over a period of ten to fifteen years by hurriedly copying into note books data on records in a variety of public offices and libraries, copying indistinct gravestones in cemeteries, often in snow or rain, copying (sometimes months and even years later) the data on a typewriter, re-typing the data in preliminary drafts and revisions thereof. Aside from the fact that the data in the original source may be incorrect, it is quite possible--even probable--that errors exist in this report. Those who might use this work in their own genealogies are well-advised to follow the fundamental advice: verify, see for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.]
The Early Hunt Families of America
It is relevant for the purpose of this paper to say a few words about what has been learned of the early Hunt families of America. Most (maybe all) of the Hunts found in the 1791 census of Vermont descend from the early settlers of New England or New York. Some of the early New England and NY Hunts have been confused with some of the early Hunts of Virginia. The origin of the Hunt families is addressed in a number of published works of impressive appearance but woefully lacking in substance.
How sad it is to see some of the things that are written about the origin of the Hunt families of America! A case in point is a recent (Dec. 1989) communication from a gentleman, written (apparently) with a sincere desire to be helpful:
"I have traced our side of the family back to 1277 in
Schropshire, England...The fact remains that all the
Hunts in the USA are related to six brothers that
arrived here around the time of Columbus. They then
split up and each party of two each went in separate
directions, two stayed in New England area, two went
South to Texas area, and the other two went to the
frontier, Ill. or Mo. area. At the last count we had
860,000 relatives [according to a book at the Library
of Congress]...Most of the Hunts were Mormons."
All that this can tell us is that no one should attempt to write about the Hunt (or any other family) origins without at least a rudimentary understanding of American History and the development of the United States. There were several Hunts who became Mormons and some were quite outstanding people in leading the Mormon migration across the plains to Utah. There is also a Hunt Family Foundation based in Utah whose leaders and most members are Mormons. But only a small proportion of the Hunt families of America are or ever were Mormons.
Now to another often-quoted myth appearing in a genealogy of "Herndon-Hunt and Allied Families" and cited in other works:
"In about 1600 three Hunt brothers came from North
England to New York. One of them settled in Rochester.
Wilson Price Hunt of Trenton, NJ, of this line was John
Jacob Astor's most trusted man in the company that
founded Astoria, Oregon, in 1811...Two other brothers
went to North Carolina and founded families."
Anyone who swallows this also needs to be treated with a dose of American History. The ancestors of Wilson Price Hunt are well known (albeit often reported incorrectly). He was descended from Ralph Hunt, the pioneer at Long Island about 1652, who will be discussed briefly below.
The conventional "wisdom" of the origin of the Hunt Family is stated in numerous works (e.g. J. Montgomery Seaver, Hunt Family History, 1929) as follows:
"The progenitor of the Hunt Family was an officer in the
Army of William the Conqueror. He spoke both French and
German. After the battle of Hastings and the conquest of
England (1066), for his services he received some lands in
the north of England, where he settled down to peaceful
pursuits, married a British maiden, and founded the present
A very nice story, often quoted, but no one appears to have ever documented any evidence to support it. It is a common tale in many of the early families of various names which settled in New England that the first known of the family came to England as an officer with William the Conqueror. One reaches the conclusion that William the Conqueror must have had an army made up entirely of officers--no enlisted men.
Family names in England originated after the time of William the Conqueror and the names are said to originate primarily from geographical features or occupations. The name Hunt is said to be derived from the Saxon word hunti or wolf. In early days in Great Britain (and elsewhere) wolves were a danger to flocks of domestic animals and a bounty was paid for killing wolves. For prowess in the "Hunt" for wolves, the name Hunt is presumed to have been given a man proficient in that endeavor. Quite possibly true. But it also follows that there would have been many men in different locations of similar proficiency that may well have assumed a similar name. So the assumption that the name Hunt can be traced back to a single individual is as foolish as the presumption that anyone can trace their ancestors back to Adam and Eve (as some profess with great pride to do).
Records of Hunts (or variations thereof) have been found in English records back as far as 1295. There were many English families in various locations that bore the name Hunt, and many of them were (and are) quite distinguished families authorized to bear a Coat of Arms. There are many different variations of Coats of Arms for different branches of the Hunt families in England, and there are many genealogies in English records on the Armorial Hunts of England. But to assume that these identified families represent most or even a large part of the families named Hunt in England is comparable to assuming that a list of Hunts in Who's Who represents a large part of the Hunt families in America at the time. Few, if any, of the early Hunt families of America before the 19th century can be traced through the Hunt name back to the Armorial Hunts of England. For many of the early Hunt immigrants to America, no evidence has been found of where they came from or their ancestry. The following is a list of some of the earliest Hunt families in the American colonies.
Rev. Robert Hunt, 1607, Minister of the Jamestown, VA, Colony, memorialized in a monument at the site of old Jamestown as the man who established the first English Church and English civilization in America. He was previously Vicar in the Parish of Smithfield in the County of Sussex, Eng., made his Will 20 Dec 1606 in anticipation of his embarkment on the voyage to Virginia, died in Jamestown in the first year of that colony's existence, his Will proved 14 July 1608, mentioning a brother Stephen, a wife Elizabeth, son Thomas who was not yet 21, and a dau. Elizabeth who was not yet 18. Several genealogical works have been noted where people claimed descendance from the Rev. Robert Hunt (even with respect to some ministers along the NY-New England borders in the 18th century). Robert Hunt had, as evidenced by his Will, only the one son Thomas and there is no evidence that this Thomas or any of his descendants (if any) ever came to America.
John Hunt, 1607, the map-maker of the Popham Beach, ME, settlement in 1607. Little is known of this short-lived settlement on the coast of Maine which lasted less than a year. One John Hunt is listed as the drafter of the only map showing the layout of the settlement, by which it is assumed that John Hunt must have been among the party which attempted to establish a settlement there. The map is called the Spanish Map because it was found in archives in Spain where it was brought by a Spanish ship which presumably captured an English ship bearing the map, either going to or coming from the Popham Colony. Nothing has been learned of this John Hunt.
Capt. Thomas Hunt, 1614, was the Captain of one of the ships led by Captain John Smith (of Jamestown Pocahontas Fame who returned to England and devoted his energies to promoting the development of New England, often called the "Admiral of New England") in an exploration of the New England coast in 1614. When Smith started back to England on the return trip he told Hunt to stay behind for awhile and pick up from the Indians a load of fish, skins, and other items to bring back. Hunt went beyond these instructions and lured a number of Indians aboard the ship and sailed with them to Spain where he sold them in the slave market at Malaga. Among the Indians was Squanto, who was later to return to Plymouth Colony and become the "Savior" of the Plymouth Colony in 1621. Nothing further has been learned of Capt. Thomas Hunt, though it is believed that he was discredited in England by his actions in kidnapping the Indians and thereafter had difficulty obtaining commissions. It is nice to romanticize that Capt. Thomas Hunt was the son of the Rev. Robert Hunt of Jamestown, that upon his return to England Capt. John Smith looked up the son of his "old buddy" Robert Hunt and enlisted Thomas in his exploring expedition of the New England Coast. But that is the stuff of the movies and not history or genealogy. The identity of Capt. Thomas Hunt has not been found and there is no evidence that he or descendants (if any) ever settled in America.
Edmund Hunt, 1634, is the first known Hunt to settle in the New England colonies, at Cambridge (then called Newtowne) in 1634-5 and removed to Duxbury in 1636-1637 where he died about 1656. Little information has been found on the descendants of Edmund (except through his son Samuel who inherited the Duxbury property) because fires destroyed the early records of Duxbury. An Edward Hunt, presumed son, lived near Edmund on Hounds Ditch in Duxbury, sold land in Duxbury in 1665 (at which time the record shows he was married), and disappears from Duxbury and other records. Edward is presumed to be the father of Edward Hunt of Amesbury, MA, the start of the long line of Amesbury Hunts, which include his grandson Daniel Hunt, the pioneer at Ryegate, VT, and Daniel's brother Jonathan whose descendants were also early settlers in Vermont. The story of these Hunts is in the section on Ryegate in the report to follow.
William Hunt, 1635, pioneer at Concord, MA, in 1635, start of the so-called Concord Line of Hunts. He is presumably the William Hunt, b. in the Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, ENG, 27 Jan 1604/5, son of Robert Hunt of Halifax. He m. Elizabeth Best, sister of Robert Best (who died in Sudbury, MA, in 1654 leaving property to the children of William Hunt). Wife Elizabeth died 27 Dec 1661 and he m. 2d in 1664 Mercy Hurd who was widow 1st of Thomas Brigham and widow 2d of Edmund Rice. William removed from Concord to Marlborough, MA, where he died in Oct 1667. He had by his first wife children: William (died before his father, and not usually found in gen. of the pioneer William, but see Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury); Nehemiah, b. 1631; Samuel, b. 1633; Elizabeth, b. abt 1635; Hannah, b. 1641 (Feb 1640/1); and Isaac 1647. These families are covered extensively in Wyman, op.cit. William Hunt was the ancestor of the brothers Samuel Hunt (see Pawlet) and Joseph Hunt (see Woodford), the Bulkeley Hunt (see Clarendon) and numerous other Hunts who appear in Vermont after the 1791 census including: John Hunt, b. 1770, who was in Ludlow, VT, and had among his descendants Gardner Hunt, b. 1804, who was in Mendon, VT, and had son Henry G. Hunt, b. 1830 who was of Rutland, VT; John Hunt, b. 1793 of Burlington, VT; Ezekiel Hunt, b. 1771, of Arlington, VT; Clark Hunt, b. 1783, of Danby, VT; the brothers Samuel W. Hunt, b. 1790, of St. Albans, VT, Luther B. Hunt, b. 1792, of Fairfax and St. Albans, VT, and Stratton B. Hunt, b. 1799, of Fairfax, VT; Newell Hunt, b. 1777, of Cambridge, VT; the brothers Charles C. P. Hunt, b. 1804, of Guilford, VT, Samuel Lyman Hunt, b. 1810, of Guilford, VT, and George Austin Hunt, b. 1813, of Brattleboro, VT: also Aaron Hunt, early in Windsor and Hartland, with a son Joseph, at one time in Woodstock (see MJH, Hunt Families of Woodstock, VT).
Robert Hunt, who was an inhabitant of Charlestown, MA, in 1638, and died in Sudbury a few years later, is believed to have been a brother of William Hunt of Concord. He had a wife Susannah who also died early at Sudbury, inventory of her estate taken in 1642. There is no record that he left any sons, but had daughters Ann who m. Thomas Wood, Susanna who m. John Todd, and Mary who m. John Grant.
Hunts of Virginia, 1635. Ship passenger lists show four early Hunts coming to Virginia in 1635. Some genealogies claim that they (or some of them) were brothers, but they came on different ships at different times, it is not known where they came from, or if there was any relationship. Several other Hunts came to Virginia and Maryland after 1635. Some of these Hunt descendants migrated to the Shenandoah Valley of VA, NC, KY, TN, and into the mid-Western and Western States. There is no evidence of any of these early Southern Hunts or their descendants (at least through the 18th century) settling in New England.
Enoch Hunt, 1638, of Newport, RI, and Weymouth, MA, start of the long so-called Weymouth Line of Hunts. Much on him and his family can be found in Wyman, but there are additional stories which provide a much different perception. In Wyman, he and his alleged son Ephraim were called Blacksmiths. Enoch is said to have m. at Weymouth the Widow Dorothy Barker and by her had a dau. Sarah b. at Weymouth 4 July 1640 (or presumably conceived late in 1639). According to Wyman, after the birth of daughter Sarah, Enoch returned to England alone and died there, power of administration of his estate, "not yet administered," granted to his son Ephraim in Boston Court 18, 9, 1652, OS.
Buckinghamshire, ENG, records show the m. in 1609 at Little Baddow, a Parish near Lee, of Enoch Hunt and Sarah Palmer. A son Ephraim was b. abt 1610 (no record); a son Peter Hunt was christened at Gt. Missenden 4 July 1619. Back to New England, there is record of Enoch Hunt being admitted to Newport, RI, in 1638 (bit of a puzzle because Newport was not organized until 1639) and then moving to Weymouth, MA, where (presumably) a dau. Sarah by the widow Barker was conceived abt Nov 1639 and born 4 July 1640. Skipping now to 1884, a desc. of Enoch's alleged son Ephraim (Mrs. J. A. Weisse of NY City) published a story (The Refugee--a Story of New England Two Centuries Ago, 38 pages in 5"x 7" print), which appears as an appendix to a History of the Bethune Family published in 1884. This is a romanticized story indeed (includes assumed dialogue between a number of parties, of which there could naturally be no record over 200 years later) and some of the story reported is inconsistent with the pivotal known date (Battle of Marston Moor, July 2, 1644). In any event, here is the gist of the story on Enoch Hunt, start of the Weymouth Line of Hunts and its branch at Rehobeth (and also, it is indicated, the Rhode Island Line of Hunts).
At the time of the Civil War in England (the Puritan Rebellion led by Cromwell) Enoch Hunt was the owner of a foundry at Titenden, Parish of Lee, Buckinghamshire, ENG, which was producing cannon for the Royalist forces. He had in his family there in 1644 a son Ephraim who had been ill for years and was near death. He also had a wife and a daughter who had grown up with his other children and their cousins. He also had a nephew, Sir William Hunt, who was in charge of the Royal Artillery at the Battle of Marston Moor, wounded in the battle, and escaped on horseback, pursued by the victorious forces of Cromwell. He made his way to his Uncle Enoch's house seeking shelter. Enoch's son Ephraim, about the same age and build as William, died that same night and Enoch decided to bury him as Sir William, William assuming the identity of his son Ephraim. Enoch had earlier visited New England, intending to establish his business there, and had a ship loaded ready to embark for Newport, RI. He and "Ephraim" boarded that ship and set sail for RI by the time the forces of Cromwell had reached Enoch's home. Cromwell's men were somewhat suspicious of a scam and sent messages to agents in RI to question Enoch further upon his arrival. According to the story, Enoch had a younger brother Bartholomew already living in Newport. (From the fact that this Bartholomew was married about the same time as Enoch's known children, had children born about the same time, and died in a similar time period, it would appear more likely that Bartholomew was also a son of Enoch rather than a younger brother.) Bartholomew got wind that the agents of Cromwell were waiting to question Enoch, so he intercepted Enoch's ship in the harbor and warned him to board another boat in the harbor and go to Weymouth, which course was followed. At Weymouth Enoch visited with old friends there who he had known in England, he and "son" Ephraim purchased property there and Ephraim m. 1st at Weymouth abt 1645 Anna Richards by whom he had children John, Thomas, and Ephraim, b. between 1646 and 1650, Anna died and he m. 2d her friend Ebbett Brimsmead by whom he had children William, Enoch, and Joseph, b. between 1655 and 1670. Ephraim died at Weymouth 22 Feb 1687. After the 1st m. of Ephraim, Enoch returned to England, intending to settle affairs there and return to Weymouth but he died in England before he could do so. Administration of his estate was granted to his alleged son Ephraim at Boston, MA, Court in 1652, by which time his alleged 2d wife, the Widow Barker, had already m. John King of Weymouth.
With this, we leave the tangled records of the pioneer Enoch Hunt of Weymouth. His alleged son Ephraim (or is it nephew William) produced a long line of Hunts, which Wyman called the Military Line, because it produced a long line of military officers during the Indian Wars, the Rev. War, and the Civil War, including the Civil War Generals Henry Jackson Hunt and his brother Lewis Cass Hunt and numerous other Civil War officers with names other than Hunt.
No descendants of Ephraim Hunt of Weymouth appear to have reached Vermont by 1791, and only a few descendants have been found in later years. One Josiah Hunt (1731-1827) of this line was an early settler at Hawley, MA, below the VT border. A grandson Russell, of Hawley, had a son Joseph b. 1823, who was living in Readsboro, VT, when he m. Mandana Hicks at Whitingham 10 Oct 1850.
Wyman (p. 282) has reference to Jacob Hunt, b. 9 Sept 1754, son of Ephraim Hunt of Randolph, MA, who m. Hannah Littlefield, "moved to VT" then to Lewis Co., VA, where he was a pensioner in 1840. No record has been found of his presence in VT, but a son Thomas was variously in Reading, VT, and Mendon, VT, and then in Charlestown, NH. The Rev. Henry Saunderson's 1876 History of Charlestown, NH, has much on Thomas, saying that his parents were "first at Virginia but removed to Coleraine, MA (on the VT border) where son Thomas was b. 10 April 1787." An impressive genealogy on the Rev. Thomas Hunt of Reading, VT, et. al., can be found in the library of the Vermont Historical Society. He m. Deborah Nickerson, had children Thomas and Abel b. at Reading in 1818 and 1819 (and five other children--Deborah, Abner, Nathan, Hannah, and Phineas--b. between 1821 and 1827, possibly at Reading), was in Mendon, VT, in the 1830 census, died at Newport, NH, 5 Aug 1874 and was buried in Charlestown, NH. The "Virginia" where his father Jacob settled was present West Virginia and records of him and his family are found in West Virginia records.
One Abraham Hunt of Boston was b. 2 June 1748, son of Benjamin Hunt of Braintree. He m. 15 Oct 1771 Mary St. Leger by whom he had 10 children (Wyman, p. 254). Abraham reputedly was one of the sham Indians who were in the raid at the infamous "Boston Tea Party." Among his children was Joseph Ruggles Hunt, b. 30 Dec 1781, m. at Boston 20 Nov 1803 Eleanor Gounge (1782- 1854) (Wyman incorrectly gives her name as Tongue), died at Nashua, NH, 26 Nov 1871, having been a cabinet maker living at various places in NH and ME. He had seven children including Elisha Hunt, b. Cambridge, MA, 4 Sept 1809, m. 15 Jan. 1835 Olive Atkinson. From family records of his great granddaughter Ruth Hunt of Derby Line, VT (in the 1970s), Elisha was a cabinet maker like his father, bought a farm in North Conway, NH, removed from there to Bethlehem, NH, and finally back to MA where he died at Haverhill, MA, 2 April 1897. Elisha had eight children including Henry Hunt, Annette Hunt, and John Atkinson Hunt who became associated with Lyndon, VT. Henry Hunt, b. Conway, NH, 4 Dec 1839 was of Lyndon, VT, when he m. 26 Nov 1867 Mary Jeanette Buck who was a school teacher at Burke, VT. Henry was a farmer at Lyndon and Newark, VT, died at Barton Landing (Orleans Village) 7 July 1897, buried with wife and daughters Clara and Jeanette in Pleasant View Cemetery at Orleans Village. They had 7 children including Ralph Johnston Hunt who learned the plumbing business and eventually settled at Derby Line, VT, where he died 10 April 1943, leaving son Winston Henry Hunt and daughter Ruth Louise Hunt, both helpful contributors to this compilation. Another son of Henry was Everett Milton Hunt, b. at Newark, VT, 20 April 1886, m. 1st prob. at Derby Line, VT, 5 Jan. 1907 Lillian Corrine Smith who died at Portsmouth, NH, 8 Sept 1942 after which Everett m. a 2d wife and died at St. Albans, VT, 7 Feb 1954, leaving sons Henry Everett Hunt, b. at Derby, VT, 1907 (who had a distinguished career in Education, at one time Principal of the Newport, VT, High School and was retired and living in Rye, NH, in 1975)) and Winton Smith Hunt who m. Lillian Parker of Newport and was living in Worcester, MA, in 1975.
There were possibly other descendants of the pioneer Ephraim Hunt of Weymouth, MA, who carried the Hunt name and settled in Vermont but the above are all the identifiable ones on whom records have been found in Vermont.
Departing from the chronological order of early Hunts, picked up below are the two others of this associated Weymouth Line.
Bartholomew Hunt, 1640 in Dover, NH, and by 1644 in Newport, RI. A Bartholomew Hunt is found on lists of the early settlers of Dover, NH, in 1640 (Noyes, Libby, Davis, Gen. Dict. of ME & NH, p.363) who is believed to be the same who appears in Newport, RI, by 1644. According to the story on Enoch Hunt of Weymouth, above, Bartholomew was a younger brother of Enoch, but from his dates, marriage, children, and death, it would appear more likely that he was a son of Enoch as was the contemporary Peter Hunt of Rehobeth, MA, below. His Will of 11 Feb 1687 gives his wife's name as Ann, and from his Will and other records he had eight children: Bartholomew, b. 7 Dec 1654; Adam, b. Sept 1656 and died young; Naomi, b. 15 Sept 1658; Ezekiel, b. 8 March 1663; John; three daughters, names not known. His son Bartholomew was the start of a long line of Hunts at Little Compton, RI, where he died 20 Feb 1717/18 (see Little Compton Families for further on these families).
An indirect connection with Vermont can be found in the story of Col. William Barton, the founder of Barton, VT. During the three years in the Rev. War in which the British occupied the island of Rhode Island, Col. William Barton distinguished himself by leading a raiding party onto the Island and capturing the British Commander General Richard Prescott. The man who captured the sentry guarding the house in which Prescott was visiting was one John Hunt, out of these Little Compton Hunts. No documented connection of the descendants of Bartholomew Hunt with Vermont have been found until 1870 when Vermont Vital Records show the m. of "Charles H. Hunt, age 27, clothes cutter, resident of Hyde Park, MA, b. Little Compton, Quebec (sic), son of Forbes and Almirah (Davol) Hunt" to Helen M. Jenne at Derby, VT, 10 Oct 1870. From the memory of a contemporary friend of the present writer, the late Ruth (Jenne) Darby of Derby Line, Charles moved to "Chicago,IL", and died there leaving a widow and at least two children: Myra E. Hunt, 21 Jan. 1877-1 May 1892, buried in cemetery at Derby, VT, and identified on gravestone of her grandparents Lucien and Harriet (Carpenter) Jenne; Helen Mary Hunt, b. St. Paul, MN (per VVR), resident of Derby when she m. at age 24 Arnold W. Edmonds at Westfield, VT (date not shown or not copied). The widow Helen (Jenne) Hunt died at Derby 12 March 1883 at age 34 yrs, 9 days (VVR). The identification of Charles H. Hunt in VVR as born in Quebec was probably because the person who wrote it had better knowledge of Compton, Quebec, than of Little Compton, RI, which is the proper place. The identification of him and his father Forbes can be found in Wyman and in Little Compton Families and runs from Forbes-6 to William- 5, John-4, William-3, Bartholomew-2-1.
A mysterious John Hunt appears to be the start of a long line of Hunts at Smithfield-Glocester, RI, in the early 1700s. This John Hunt was the ancestor of a large number of Hunts who appear in Vermont in the early days. His ancestors have not been discovered although there are erroneous speculations. It is possible that he could have been a descendant of Bartholomew (of whose descendants only fragmentary genealogical compilations have been found). He might also have been a descendant of the pioneer Peter Hunt of Rehobeth, MA, reviewed below.
Peter Hunt, abt 1644, Rehobeth, MA. There seems little question but this Peter Hunt was the son of Enoch Hunt, above, christened at Gt. Missenden, ENG, 4 July 1619. The date of his arrival at Rehobeth is not known, possibly coming before 1644 with his father or brother (or is it uncle) Bartholomew. He was among the first settlers and among the most prominent men of Rehobeth during his lifetime: Lt. of the Rehobeth "Train Band" (militia) 1654-1682 and Captain of same 1682-1692; commander of the Train Band in 1675 during King Philip's War and was present at the defeat of King Philip; defender of Rehobeth when the town was attacked and burned 28 March 1676; served 15 years as deputy (Representative) of Rehobeth to the Plymouth General Court (Legislature). (Ref: Bodge's Soldiers in King Phillips War and Shurtleff's Records of the Colony of New Plymouth.) He died in Dec 1692 at Rehobeth, Will dated 19 June 1689, proved 26 Dec 1692 (Bristol, MA, Probate Records). He m. 10 Dec 1645 Elizabeth Smith, dau. of Henry and Judith Smith who came from County Norfolk, ENG. She m. 2d 17 Sept 1695 the Elder James Blake of Dorchester, MA. Peter had 12 children b. between 1646 and 1670 of whom details can be found in Wyman (p. 305, et.al.). The present writer has in his possession a huge old hand-written genealogy of the descendants of Peter Hunt, probably 60% or more of which deals with descendants of various Hunt daughters through their husbands of various names. Nothing has been found to indicate that any of Peter Hunt's descendants with the Hunt name were in Vermont, but the Hunt daughters m. into many of the old families of the Rehobeth area (particularly Carpenter, Ide, Wheaton) and many of their descendants were early settlers of Vermont. It is probable that the ancestry of many present-day residents of Vermont can be traced back to Peter Hunt.
At this point it is useful to bring in the mysterious John Hunt, apparent start of the Smithfield-Glocester, RI, Line of Hunts. Wyman (p. 232) shows him with ancestors unidentified, but in the "Rhode Island Line" and possibly a descendant of the pioneer Bartholomew of Newport, RI. He might also be an unidentified descendant of Peter Hunt of Rehobeth whose descendants intermarried with the Carpenter families, but the descendants of Peter during the appropriate time period appear to be fully accounted for. He might also be a descendant of the pioneer Edmund Hunt of Duxbury, of whose descendants little is known except for the descendants of his son Samuel. There have been some speculative genealogies which place him in the Concord Line of Hunts, but as the son of a man who lived above Boston and on whom there is no record of a wife and family. Subject John had many descendants in Vermont, some among the early settlers.
John Hunt, b. abt 1703, m. 1st at Douglas, MA, in 1732 Elizabeth Darling and m. 2d 6 June 1738 at Smithfield, RI, her sister Keziah Darling. He was admitted a Freeman in 1739. Worcester, MA, deeds show him conveying land in Douglas, MA, to his sons John and Seth in 1773. He died 15 Oct 1793 leaving eight children: Seth, George, Daniel, John (further below), Peter (further below), Keziah, Rhoda, and Hannah.
John Hunt, son of John, above, was b. abt 1745, no date found, m. date not known but abt 1775, Europe Comstock by whom he had 13 children before his death abt 1805. He is generally shown as of Uxbridge, MA, but he and his wife "of Uxbridge" bought land in Lancaster (MA?) in 1796, sold land there together in 1802, and wife Europe, alone, sold land there in 1805, John presumably dying in the interim. His widow Europe m. 2d Capt. Amos Brown of Glocester, RI, and Danby, VT, who had previously been m. to her sister, and removed to Danby, VT, apparently taking along her youngest son Amos Hunt, b. 1802, who grew up in VT, m. twice and lived variously at Danby, Dorset, and Wells, VT, before removing with 2d wife and a large family to Westmore, VT, where he died. Reference to Amos Hunt will be found in the section on Wells in the report to follow.
Peter Hunt, brother of John above and son of John and Keziah Hunt of Uxbridge, was b. abt 1753, m. Rebecca Carpenter and died before his father whose Will of 1790 mentions his grandson Peter Hunt, age under 21 years. The latter was Peter Carpenter Hunt, b. abt 1777, who was shown as "of Pallentine, NY" when he m. 28 April 1798 at Royalston, MA, Patty Hopkins who was b. 6 Nov 1777 at Hollis, NH, dau. of Richard Hopkins, Jr., and Mary Walker, who were m. 16 Dec 1762 at Wilmington, MA. Peter and Patty had a son Hopkins Hunt (later called Peter Hopkins Hunt) b. at Royalston, MA, 6 Jan. 1797, after which the parents removed to Shefford, QUE, where a son Reuben was b. 4 April 1799, and then moved to Ascot, QUE (near Sherbrooke), where a dau. Patty was b. 2 June 1804. They next appear in Waterford, VT, where the births of children as shown (including places) were recorded in Waterford Town Records. Thereafter, they disappear from Vermont records and further wanderings are a mystery though they would appear to have ultimately moved to the area around Lake George and the NY side of Lake Champlain. Another son was John Darling Hunt, b. abt 1810 who subsequently turns up in Orwell and Benson, VT, where he had a large family. Another possible son was Robert Hibbard Hunt, pioneer at Iron Hill, QUE (near Knowlton), who had children who settled in VT, and lived near Reuben Hunt who settled at West Brome, QUE, near his reported place of birth, and also had a large family with children who settled in Vermont. Son Hopkins (later called Peter Hopkins Hunt) lived a long life just across the Vermont border around Whitehall, NY.
[A long history of the family and descendants of Peter
Carpenter Hunt can be found in Mitchell J. Hunt, The Hunt
Families of the Eastern Townships of Canada, (1978, Rev.
1980) copies of which were distributed to GSV, VT.
Historical Society, CT State Library, NEHGS at Boston, PA
Historical Society, Library of Congress, and other places.]
Thomas Hunt, 1639, New Haven, Stamford, LI, and Westchester, NY, start of the so-called New York Line of Hunts. Few, if any, of the early settlers of the northeastern US have had their histories and genealogies of descendants so badly distorted and confused as Thomas Hunt, the New York pioneer, and his contemporary unrelated neighbor Ralph Hunt, the pioneer on Long Island. Older histories and genealogies speculate that both descend from a Richard Hunt of Shrewsbury, ENG, and a Col. Thomas Hunt of Cromwell's Army. Despite numerous refutations in periodical genealogical literature, the legend continues to be perpetuated. A recent genealogical dictionary of Westchester County, NY, families prior to 1755 (Westchester Patriarchs, Norman Davis, Heritage Books, Inc., 1988) presents a badly garbled recitation of the descendants of Thomas Hunt, one of the largest groups of families in the book, which mars an otherwise impressive publication and raises doubts about much of the information in the 325 page book.
John Griffiths Hunt in 1936 published a masterly genealogy of descendants of Thomas Hunt (although not familiar at that time with his ancestors, and the document contains many errors which have since been discovered) and followed through in 1959 with articles published in the NEHG Register in 1959 and 1960 which provide the best documentation yet seen on the ancestors of Thomas Hunt. Thomas Hunt, b. abt 1615-20 (no documentation of his birth or age found), prob. at Keston (Keyston), Northants, ENG, prob. came from there, and directly from ENG to the New Haven Colony in 1639 as an indentured servant to William Leete who was to become a Governor of the New Haven Colony, and later a Lt. Gov. and Governor of the Conn. Colony after the New Haven Colony was brought under the government of Conn. under the charter of 1662.
At New Haven he m. abt 1639 his wife Cicely (in many older genealogies including Wyman, her last name is given as Pasley or Paisley, but JGH gives impressive evidence that she was Cicely Clark, b. abt 1619, who came to Boston on the ship Planter in 1635 at age 16 with the Tuttle Family with whom she moved to New Haven Colony in 1639). On the first of March 1643 Thomas and his wife were ordered out of New Haven for keeping company with a man disliked by the ruling elders of New Haven. They then moved to the newly-formed town of Stamford. In 1652 Thomas Hunt bought from Augustine Harmons land on Spicer and Bracketts Neck which became the nucleus for his famous Grove Farm. He apparently did not move there at that time because of disputes between the English and the Dutch who at that time occupied and claimed the New York area. The family removed to Newtown, LI, (now Elmhurst) where they are found in records in 1660 and 1661. On Sept. 6, 1664, Col. Nichols took possession of "New Amsterdam" and the English took over from the Dutch. Thomas Hunt moved on to his Westchester Grove farm and in October 1664 he is described as "a delegate from Westchester." From 1664 until his death in 1695 he resided on his Grove Farm. He left a will in which he identified his children as Thomas, Joseph, John, Josiah, and Abigail, and left his Grove Farm, entailed (to pass on to eldest sons of successors) to his grandson Josiah, son of Josiah, who was subsequently known as "Grove Siah." No need here to go into lengthy details on the descendants of the pioneer Thomas Hunt (references for further details are cited below).
Many of the descendants swept up the Hudson Valley through the NY counties adjoining CT, MA, and VT. In these counties they intermingled with Hunts moving West from the NE states. After the Rev. War many Hunt families are found in NY whose ancestors remain unidentified. Some of them, apparently by circumstances of names and surroundings, were prob. from the Westchester Line and according to family records born in Vermont, albeit no clue to their identity can be found in Vermont records. The Elnathan Hunt who appears in Castleton in 1791 clearly appears to be a descendant of the pioneer Thomas of Westchester, and a lineage to that effect will be found in Cutter, op.cit., which is questionable in some of the links. No other Hunts in the 1791 census are known to be from the Westchester Line, but there were others before 1791 and later who had significant connections with Vermont.
As noted above, the pioneer Thomas Hunt left his Grove Farm to his grandson Josiah who left it to his son Jacob who died without heirs and title passed to Jacob's brother Caleb and then to Caleb's son Gilbert, who died without children leaving a Will which authorized his mother, brothers, and unmarried sisters to live on the farm for 12 years after which it was to be sold and the proceeds divided. The property was sold by Gilbert's brother Marmaduke in 1760, and then purchased in 1775 by John Ferris who was m. to Marianne (usually seen as Miana or Myana) Hunt. This gets us to the Ferris family, intermarried several times with the Westchester Hunt families, and early proprietors in NH Charters for several Vermont towns.
A NH Charter of 15 Feb 1763 granted the town of Hinesburg to 64 associates including Benjamin and David Ferriss, and Abel and Noble Hine, the latter Hine serving as the Proprietors' Clerk. Most of the proprietors were from New Milford, CT, and the first proprietors' meeting was held there in July of 1762 with Benjamin Ferriss as Moderator. Other lands were granted by NH in Essex and St. Albans to David Hunt, Jr., and Josiah Hunt, and the town of Huntington (under the name of New Huntington) was granted by NH 7 June 1763 to 65 associates including Josiah, Charles, and Marmaduke Hunt for whom the town was named. The Ferris family was also involved in the grants to Moncton, Charlotte, and Ferrisburg, and the latter was named for the Ferris family, Benjamin Ferris named to call the first Proprietors' Meetings. Later he and David Ferris surveyed the town of Ferrisburg and divided it into lots for the other proprietors.
David Hunt, Jr., owned land at Essex in 1764 and he and Theophilus Hunt signed a petition regarding their land there in 1766. Essex has other significance to the Hunt families because Lydia Davenport, dau. of John Davenport, one of the pioneers at Essex, m. Joseph Lockwood Hunt of Hinesburg, son of Theophilus Hunt. Theophilus Hunt, Jr., b. 1746 (Theophilus-4 of Westchester and New Milford, CT, David-3 of Westchester, Josiah-2, Thomas-1), m. 13 March 1767 Millicent Lockwood at Stamford, CT. Their son Joseph Lockwood Hunt is shown by family records to have been b. at Hinesburg, VT, 24 April 1784 (no record in VVR). The Lockwood families from CT were also among the early settlers of Vermont. Israel Lockwood was at New Milford, CT, in the 1790 census and moved soon after to Charlotte, VT, where he is found in the 1800 census. His son Oliver was b. in NY in 1789 and his son David was b. at Hinesburg in 1792 as was a son Walter in 1800. An inventory of Church Records of Vermont--Hinesburg (WPA, 1939) shows the eight children of Nathaniel Lockwood, Jr., brother of Millicent Lockwood who m. Theophilus Hunt.
A petition of 9 Oct 1795 asking for a tax of one penny per acre to build roads in New Huntington was signed by Marmaduke Hunt. Theophilus Hunt is found in Hinesburg in the 1800 census. None of these Hunt families is found in Vermont in the 1810 census. Although the family had a long association with Vermont during its formative years, their actual presence in the towns of Vermont was brief and they moved westward through New York, Ohio, Illinois, et. al. Details on the family of Theophilus Hunt and his relatives need not be stated here. In April 1969 Stanley Browne Hunt, then of New York City, published a magnificent genealogy on Theophilus Hunt which was republished with updating by his younger brother Edwin Simonds Hunt of Rockford, IL, in April 1987, a process still continuing by Edwin Hunt and his cousin Clifford Joel Hunt. That report has reportedly been given wide distribution to historical and genealogical libraries in the East and Mid-West, including the New York Public Library, NEHGS in Boston, and the Library of Congress.
[For further details on Thomas Hunt of Westchester and
descendants, see the publication of Some Descendants of
Thomas and Cicely Hunt of Stamford, CT, and
Westchester, NY, by George T. Fish in 1903, edited and
updated by Mitchell J. Hunt August 1987. For an
abbreviated summary of Thomas Hunt and immediate
descendants in relation to his neighbor Ralph Hunt of
Long Island, see Mitchell J. Hunt, An Evaluation of the
Consuelo Furman Manuscript on Ralph Hunt of Long
Island, December 1985. Copies of these publications
have been distributed to VGS, Vt. Hist. Soc., Ct. State
Library, NY State Library, PA Hist. Society, NEHGS at
Boston, Library of Congress, and other places.]
Ralph Hunt. 1652, Pioneer at Long Island, first appears on Long Island across the East River from Manhattan Island in 1652, apparently at that time with a wife and one daughter (Anna). He subsequently had four sons (Edward, Ralph, John, Samuel) and a daughter Mary b. on Long Island, identified in his Will of Jan. 1676/7, administration granted to his son Edward 25 Feb 1676/7. Most of his children and grandchildren were pioneer settlers at Maidenhead (Lawrence) and Hopewell Townships, NJ, in the years around 1700, and from there many descendants became explorers and traders along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, pioneer settlers in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and across the plains to Utah, California, Oregon, and Washington. There has been nothing to indicate that any of this family ever settled in Vermont or elsewhere in New England, although a few moved up the Delaware River and into Western New York state in the 19th century. However, Ralph Hunt of LI produced a prolific Line of Hunts which had many outstanding people of National significance in the development of the U.S. It is well at this point to point out many of the errors which appear in histories and genealogies respect to Ralph Hunt and his descendants for several generations, errors which have continued to appear in publications up to and through the mid 1900s.
Ralph Hunt has variously been reported (erroneously) as a brother or son of the pioneer Thomas Hunt of Westchester, NY; also as the same Ralph Hunt who appears in Virginia in 1635 (also untrue--a 1955 study which claims to have demonstrated that the two were the same produces evidence to the contrary). Various dates are given for his birth (all incorrect) and statements are made purporting to give the name of his wife (it remains unknown). He is assumed to have come from England (probably true) but extensive contemporary research in early New York records and records in England by a group of dedicated descendants in person and through professional genealogists in New York area and England have failed to come up with any clue as to where he came from or who his ancestors were. His grandson John Hunt (with brothers Samuel, Edward, and Ralph--the four sons of the pioneer Ralph's son John) were early settlers in Hopewell, NJ, where they were mixed in with various uncles and cousins with similar names. A pervasive legend was started in the mid-1800s that the grandson John Hunt (who m. Margaret Moore 8 Feb 1714 at the Presby. Ch. of Newtown, LI, and settled in Hopewell, NJ) was not a descendant of Ralph Hunt and relative of the many other Hunts of Hopewell, but a son of a John and Elizabeth (Chudleigh) Hunt of an armorial family of Hunts of Chudleigh, the son presumed to have come briefly to Long Island, and then moved to Hopewell, NJ, where he was "the start of the New Jersey Line of Hunts." This legend, questionable on its face, has been subject of controversy for over 100 years and appears in numerous histories and genealogical works. It should finally be laid to rest by the direct documentary evidence found through the Wills (two of them) of John's brother Samuel Hunt of Hopewell which identify the John Hunt who m. Margaret Moore as the son of John Hunt of LI and grandson of the pioneer Ralph Hunt. This is not to say that the various errors discovered on Ralph Hunt will not continue to be perpetuated--they are found in numerous published works through the mid 20th century; some lists of early Hunts who migrated from England to America include the John Hunt who m. Margaret Moore in the list; some professional genealogists in England fed back answers to enquiries giving the same information: all springing from the same fabricated legend.
No need here to go into details on the pioneer Ralph Hunt and his descendants. Sources for further information are cited below.
[The late Lewis D. Cook, then of Philadelphia, has made
the most thorough examination and documentation yet
found on the descendants of Ralph Hunt, work extending
through the period 1940-1970 and culminating in an
unpublished ms of 216 pages which was left with the
Pennsylvania Historical Society Library in
Philadelphia. The present writer was sufficiently
impressed with this document that microfilm copies were
made and distributed to other libraries (Vt. Historical
Society, CT State Library, NEHGS in Boston, NY State
Library, and Library of Congress, and a few other
places) where it would be available to researchers. The
present writer has continued to expand upon the work of
Cook and assembled much more data, especially on the
families which were pioneers at Rowan Co., NC, and
their wanderings from there. For a brief review of the
family of Ralph Hunt in relation to that of his
neighbor, Thomas Hunt of Westchester, see Mitchell J.
Hunt, An Evaluation of the Consuelo Furman
Manuscript..., Dec. 1985, copies of which were given
the same distribution noted for the Cook ms. above.]
Jonathan Hunt, abt 1655, Pioneer at Northampton, MA, is said to have been b. in 1637 at Sudburrowe, Thrapstone, Northamptonshire, ENG (not verified with any documentation) and reported in numerous published historical and genealogical works (including Wyman) to be son of "John and Mary (Webster) Hunt" and grandson of John Webster who was Governor of Connecticut Colony. The latter part of the statement is true, but some of the writers of earlier histories had the good taste to put a question mark by the names John and Mary which question mark others have ignored (Wyman expresses some reservation about John, but not of Mary). There is no evidence that Governor John Webster had a daughter Mary, and the evidence noted below indicates that he had a daughter Margaret who m. Thomas Hunt, and they were the parents of Jonathan and Mary Hunt who came to Hartford, CT, by 1655 to live with their grandfather Webster and moved with the Websters to Hadley, MA, in 1659 during the religious dispute in CT which led the Websters and many other early settlers of CT to move up- river and establish new colonies at Hadley and Northampton.
The Parish Register of Cossington, Leicestershire, ENG, has the following data:
John Webster m. Agnes Smith 7 Nov 1609. (Gov. John of CT)
Margaret Webster, dau. of John Webster, bapt. 21 Feb
Margaret Webster m. Thomas Hunt 5 June 1632.
From the English Ancestry of Gov. John Webster of Conn., publ. by the NY Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. 62, is found:
In 1644 John Webster wrote to his daughter who lived in the
city of Leicester a letter which was sent to England by Gov.
Geo. Wylles to his son, Geo. Jr., for delivery to her. In
his Will dated 25 June 1659, John Webster states: To my
grandchild Jonathan Hunt I give the sum of forty shillings.
To my grandchild Mary Hunt I give ye summ of ten pounds.
From this it appears clear that sometime after 1644 and the time in 1659 that the Webster family moved from Hartford to Hadley, Thomas and Margaret (Webster) Hunt died in England and their two children Jonathan and Mary Hunt were brought to Hartford to the care of their grandfather Webster. No confirming details have been found. Mary Hunt m. in 1667 as his third wife Jonathan Ingersoll, one of the early settlers of Westfield, MA.
Jonathan Hunt was admitted freeman of the MA Colony in 1662, Selectman of Northampton in 1675, tithing man in 1678, church deacon from 1680 to 1691, Representative to the MA General Court (Legislature) in 1690 and died of an epidemic 29 Sept 1691. He m. 3 Sept 1662 Clemence Hosmer, dau. of Thomas Hosmer who had come from ENG to MA Bay in 1632, removed with Hooker group to Hartford, CT, and later to Northampton, MA, where he died in 1687. Jonathan Hunt had eleven children born at Northampton, the start of the long and distinguished "Northampton Line" which Wyman calls the "Royal Line" because it produced among other distinguished men of America a Lt. Gov. of VT, Governors of Alabama and New York, numerous distinguished legislators, judges, educators, one of America's most distinguished architects and one of America's distinguished painters of the 19th century. The family was active in the French and Indian Wars, among the MA and VT leaders during the America Revolution, leaders in the development of the wilderness areas of Vermont and Maine, Western New York, Ohio, and migrations to Michigan and other Western states.
Jonathan Hunt might be called one of the grandfathers of Vermont because he was a principal in the first purchase from the Indians of land in what became Vermont, a large tract along the present VT-MA-NH border (in what was then considered to be part of MA). His grandson Samuel Hunt settled at Northfield, had a large family and was a proprietor in many of the NH Charters to towns in what became Vermont, as were his sons and other relatives. Samuel's son Jonathan is found in Hinsdale (which became Vernon) in the 1791 census and his story is continued in the report which follows.
The fifth of a succession of Jonathans from the pioneer Jonathan was Jonathan Hunt, b. 1771, who m. Naomi Bliss and had children Jonathan, Seth, George, and Sophia. Wyman describes this Jonathan as "of Bennington, VT" in 1862-3. No records of this family are found in Bennington through the first half of the 19th century (sons Jonathan and Seth were of NY City), but this family is presumed to be the family for which Hunt Avenue, the main street north in Bennington, along old Rt. 7, is named, passing by the Old Soldiers' Home on the grounds of which Hunt Fountain was long a scenic point of interest.
A first cousin of the above Jonathan was Joel Hunt, who was the pioneer at Putney, VT, and whose story is continued in the report which follows.
Thomas Hunt, b. 1663, the eldest son of the pioneer Jonathan Hunt of Northampton, was a pioneer and one of the founders of Lebanon, CT. From Thomas was descended the Jasper Hunt who appears in the 1791 census at Halifax where his story appears in the report which follows.
Ebeneezer Hunt, b. 1670, followed his older brother Thomas Hunt to Lebanon, CT, and was the ancestor of several of the early Hunt families of Vermont. His son Daniel, b. 1711, was one of the pioneer settlers of Sharon, CT, from where his three sons served in the Rev. War and removed soon afterwards to Tunbridge, VT, where they were followed by their parents who died in Tunbridge. Son Simeon Hunt purchased land in Tunbridge 1789, at which time he was shown as "of Sharon, CT" and purchased further land in 1793 at which time he was shown as "of Tunbridge." Simeon and his brother Daniel lived the rest of their lives in Tunbridge area and raised large families. Their brother David was in Tunbridge 31 July 1791 when he m. Sarah Oatis (VVR) and had six children b. at Tunbridge between 1792 and 1805. The family then moved to Westmore, VT (where they would have been among the earliest settlers there) by 1809 when another son Harvey died 8 Sept 1809 and a son Aaron was b. 31 July 1809 and died 3 April 1811 (VVR). After this the family removed from Westmore and are next picked up in Crawford Co., PA, where some of the older sons had moved, to be followed by parents, and where David Hunt applied for a Rev. War pension in 1818 as a resident of Mead Twp., PA. He died there in 1837 and his wife Sarah died in Randolph Twp., Crawford Co., PA, 23 July 1857.
Ebeneezer's son Simeon Hunt, b. 1713, lived in Coventry, CT, and had a large family with several sons who were early settlers in Vermont. Simeon's son Medad, b. 1743, after the Rev. War was the earliest settler in "Batavia" (a valley on top of the Catskill Mtns. south of Albany, NY) where he is found in the 1790 census. He was there in the 1800 census with Hezekiah Hunt (believed to be son) who was an early settler of Bethel and Royalton, VT, the father of Samuel B. Hunt of Royalton, et. al. who produced a large family which spread around the area of Royalton and Hancock, VT. (The story of these families can be found in Mitchell J. Hunt, The Hunt Families of Royalton, VT, Nov. 1988, which was distributed to the places indicated for similar publication noted above.)
Another son of Simeon was Simeon Hunt, b. 1751, who was pioneer at Norwich, VT, and whose story is told at Norwich in the report to follow.
Another son of Simeon was Eliphaz Hunt, b. 1739, whose son Eliphaz, b. 1772, was an early settler at Hartford, VT, where he had a large family and many Vermont descendants (details of which are in the present writer's unpublished chapter on Hartford, VT, and are passed over for the present work).
Other Early Hunt Families of New England. A few other early Hunts of the 17th century can be found in Wyman (especially in Boston) but these are scattered references which can be passed over here because no connected genealogical studies are apparent and there appears to be no connection with any of the Hunt families who settled in Vermont through the 19th century.
The Hunt Families of America in 1790
Before launching into the Hunts in the Vermont 1791 census it may be useful to see them in relation to the distribution around the country as it existed in 1790 (considering for this that it also includes the Vermont 1791 census count). No total count is available for 1790 because the census records for some states were destroyed by fire and no longer exist. In the tabulation to follow a reconstructed list for New Jersey is shown, estimated from military and tax records, and a reconstructed list for Maryland and Virginia. Maine is shown separately, albeit in 1790 Maine was not a separate state but under the government of MA. The Georgia list was destroyed in 1812 when the British burned the Capitol and no record exists for Georgia; there were prob. few if any Hunts in Georgia at that time although many migrated there after 1790. The list shown below is that compiled by the present writer from the published lists. It is quite a bit different from a list published in Hunt Family History, by the American Genealogical Research Institute in 1978 (which also includes a list for Kentucky and Tennessee which were not separate states at that time). One need not quarrel about differences in the lists, they are unimportant because neither list will include all the Hunts and both are sufficient to indicate the large number of Hunt families and their geographical distribution when the U.S.A. was launched as a nation.
Statements will be found that the name Hunt was the 26th (or somewhat) most common name in the American Colonies. Just how anyone could determine such a thing is questionable--people came and went during the colonial period, and for the first comparable yardstick (the 1790 census) not all records are available to provide a count. Sufficient to say that there were a great many Hunt families and this is how it looked in 1790 (with 179l Vermont, which may include some duplication of names) including South Carolina as shown by Hunt Family History, op.cit.
Hunt Heads of Families in 1790/1
Massachusetts........148 New Jersey........99
Maine................ 17 Pennsylvania......29
Connecticut.......... 51 Delaware.......... l
Rhode Island......... 23 Total PenJerDel 129
New Hampshire........ 41
Vermont.............. 25 Maryland......... 27
Total New England... 305 Virginia......... 43
New York............ 119 North Carolina... 64
Total NY & NE........424 South Carolina... 25
Now we are ready to move into the Hunts in the Vermont 1791 census. This is a lengthy introduction, indeed, but it is intended, among other things, to bring in some of the Hunts associated with Vermont in the early years who had gone by the time of the 1791 census or came shortly after. It is hoped that the document will be useful to those who are seeking their Hunt roots.
Additions and corrections to the record will be welcome.
THE HUNT FAMILIES
Table of Contents
Bennington, Bennington Co.1
Hunt, Thomas 3-5-3-0-0
Castleton, Rutland Co.
Hunt, Jonathan 1-0-1-0-0
Hunt, Nathan 1-0-1-0-0
Clarendon, Rutland Co.7
Hunt, W. Henry 1-2-5-0-0
Deweys Gore, Orange Co.8
Halifax, Windham Co.9
Hunt, Jasper 2-2-4-0-0
Hinsdale, Windham Co.11
Hunt, Jonathan 3-3-5-1-0
Norwich, Windsor Co.20
Hunt, Simeon 1-5-3-0-0
Pawlet, Rutland Co.26
Hunt, Samuel 2-3-2-0-0
Pownal, Bennington Co.31
Hunt, "Amony" 2-5-3-0-0
Hunt, John 1-1-2-0-0
Putney, Windham Co.34
Hunt, Joel 1-0-0-0-0
Hunt, Daniel 1-3-3-0-0
Rupert, Bennington Co.36
Hunt, Samuel 2-2-4-0-0
Ryegate, Orange Co.37
Hunt, "Joshua" 1-0-1-0-0
Hunt, Joshua 1-0-3-0-0
Shaftsbury, Bennington Co.91
Hunt, Seth 1-1-3-0-0
Strafford, Orange Co.96
Hunt, Solomon 1-3-5-0-0
Thetford, Orange Co.100
Hunt, Samuel 1-0-1-0-0
Townshend, Windham Co.100
Hunt, Isaac, Jr. 1-0-0-0-0
Wardsboro, Windham Co.101
Hunt, Richard 1-5-3-0-0
Wells, Rutland Co.103
Hunt, William 1-0-1-0-0
Westminster, Windham Co.104
Hunt, Jasaniah 1-0-1-0-0
Whitingham, Windham Co.104
Hunt, Thomas 3-2-3-0-0
Woodford, Bennington Co.105
Hunt, Joseph 1-2-4-0-0
Bennington, Bennington Co.
THOMAS HUNT 3-5-3-0-0
This is the same Thomas Hunt who is listed in Whitingham, Windham Co., albeit the family composition is listed somewhat different. He was an early settler of Whitingham, VT, where several of his children were born, and had later children born in Bennington shortly before he removed with his family to Butler Co., Ohio, where the village of Huntsville was named for him. Thomas Hunt was born 29 Aug 1745 (by family legend in Nova Scotia where his father, a soldier in one of the early French and Indian Wars, was granted land before the Rev. War but removed back to CT or MA at the time of the Rev. War), son of Thomas-5 and Mary Smith Hunt (William-4 and Sarah Emerson Hunt of Ipswich, MA, and Norwich, CT, William-3 Hunt of Ipswich, MA, Samuel-2 Hunt of Ipswich, MA, William-1 Hunt, the pioneer at Concord, MA).
Subject Thomas Hunt m. Anna Fitch abt 1773 because the 2d oldest son, Nathan, was b. 6 Dec. 1775 at Whitingham, VT, per Vermont Vital Records (VVR). There is family legend that Thomas served at Bunker Hill (June of 1775) and served seven years in the Rev. War. This does not necessarily mean seven continuous years which would appear unlikely from the births of five children recorded at Whitingham, Vt in the period 1775-1784. He was prob. the Thomas Hunt who was on the payroll of Capt. Joshua Hazen's Co. under command of Col. Peter Olcutt, enl. 23 Sept. 1777 and served 34 days--the only Thomas Hunt listed in Vermont Rev. War Records and he appears to be a resident of Vermont at that time.
Although Whitingham records show the birth of five children between 1775 and 1784, this is not conclusive that they were born in Whitingham. It was not unusual for families moving into new areas in the wilderness to record the names and birthdates of their children in the records of the town in which they settled. His sister Lydia m. in 1768 Hezekiah Newcomb of Bernardston, MA, and six years later his sister Hannah m. David Haynes (Haines) at Bennington, Vt, in 1774, and his brother John m. Martha Rider at Bernardston, MA, in 1775. The presence of so many siblings along the MA-VT border shortly before the Rev. War gives some credence to the possibility of Thomas Hunt settling in Whitingham by 1775.
It is reasonably certain that this is the Thomas Hunt who was in Whitingham in the 1791 census of Vermont and the same Thomas who also appears in the same census at Bennington, Vt, where his sister Hannah was m. in 1774 and where his son Isaac is said by family records to be born 14 March 1790. No Thomas Hunts are found in Vermont in the 1800 census and it is clear that before that date Thomas Hunt and his family moved to Butler Co., Ohio (NW of Cincinnati at the Indiana line). He settled with his family on a farm at what became the village of Huntsville, named for him. The farm was near the intersection of Princeton Road (H129) and Yankee Road, between Hamilton and Bethany on the Princeton Road. Local historical notes say there is no mystery where Yankee Road got its name--it was built by the Hunts and they were Yankees. Thomas Hunt was a census enumerator in the 1807 census of Butler Co., Ohio, and died there 25 June 1814, buried in the Hunt burying ground (private) on his farm at Huntsville with his wife Anne who died in 1832. His daughter Ruth and her husband Duran Whittlesey are buried in the same cemetery. Thomas and Anne had at least 12 children and descendants spread around Ohio and in the migration to other mid- and far-western states to the Pacific Ocean. His Will was made 11 April 1814 and proved 3 Aug. 1814. Children:
1. Thomas Hunt, Jr., b. abt. 1773, date not known but there appears to have been one son older than Nathan per the 1791 census of Whitingham, Vt, and is was common practice to give the first son the name of the father (and in this case also the name of the grandfather). He m. Sarah ___, but further not known. Thomas appears to have been given short-shrift in his father's Will and may have moved away before 1814.
2. Nathan Smith Hunt, b. "at Whitingham, VT" (per VVR) 6 Dec. 1775, m. abt 1810 Zephia (or Zelpha)___, died of malaria at Butler Co., Ohio, 2 Oct. 1819 while completing a bridge over the Miami River at Hamilton, Ohio. Had children: a. Nathan F. Hunt (1810-1871 who m. 1830 Sophia Kennedy (or Kinney); b. Zephia Ann Hunt (1812-1869) who m. 1830 James Rolfe (1809-1869).
3. Enoch Hunt, b. 1 Nov 1778 "at Whitingham, VT" (VVR); died at Whitingham 27 April 1785 (VVR).
4. Ruth Hunt, b. 12 Jan. 1781 at Whitingham, VT, m. Duran Whittlesey who was b. 24 Oct. 1775, son of Duran-4 Whittlesey (Duran-3, Joseph-2, John-1 of Saybrook, CT) of Haddam, CT, who removed to Butler Co., Ohio with brothers and sisters abt 1800. The Whittlesey Gen. gives the m. date as 3 Nov. 1799, place not mentioned, but possibly in Ohio. Had a large family of about 13 children.
5. Ira Hunt, b. 28 Nov 1782 at Whitingham, VT (VVR); some family records say he was b. in CT, but he is the fourth child listed as b, at Whitingham in VVR. Ira m. 12 March 1806 at Butler Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Vanduy. He was a bridge builder like his brother Nathan and some reports say he died the same day as his brother, but this is incorrect. He m. 2d in 1814 Mary Graham and had two children by his first wife and six children by his 2d wife:
a. Justice T. Hunt (1809-1892), m. 1828 Hannah McVey, and m.
2d 1870 Mary Conover (Faries) (1816-1885).
b. Ira F. Hunt (b.between 1810 and 1814), m. 1831 Rachel
McVey (b. abt 1809).
c. Phebe D. Hunt (1817-1848), m. 1836 Daniel Currier.
d. Heman R. Hunt (1819-1894), m. Anna Conover (1819-1899).
e. Eliza Jane Hunt (1822-1888?), m. 1843 George Conover.
f. Nancy W. Hunt, b. abt 1824, m. 1848 Abner Staley.
g. Mary E. Hunt (1826-1866), m. 1853 Michael Miller.
h. Rachal A. Hunt (1829-1910), m. 1851 David Sanders.
6. William Hunt, b. at Whitingham, VT, 28 Aug. 1784 (VVR), given land in Butler Co., Ohio, in his father's Will of 1814 but NFI.
7. Enoch Hunt, b. abt 1785 after an earlier son of this name died at Whitingham in 1785, m. 1st Cynthia ___and m. 2d, wife not known, had three children by each wife and died in 1842. Children:
a. Isaac W. Hunt, b. 1814, m. abt 1837-9 Sarah Marrs and m. 2d in 1850 Emmaline Wooley (1823-1908).
b. Thomas C. Hunt, m. in 1843 Mary Clark.
c. Samuel S. Hunt (1819-1895), m. 1850 Eliza Monroe (1830-1911) and m. 2d ____.
d. Sopronia Ann Hunt, b. 1825, m. ____.
e. George Washington Hunt, b. 1827, m. 1850 Nancy McKinnon.
f. John Ransom Hunt, (1829-1892), m. 1850 Nancy Stationer and m. 2d in 1860 Mary Dalton.
8. ?Hannah Hunt who m. James Daniel at Butler Co., Ohio, 26 Feb. 1811. She has not been identified as a dau. of Thomas Hunt and was not mentioned in his Will. However, Thomas had a sister named Hannah (otherwise accounted for) and this was the only Hunt Family in that area at the time of the m. and fits in with the marriages of the other children of Thomas. She may have died before 1814 and therefor not mentioned in Thomas's Will. On the other hand, no proof has been found that she was a dau. of Thomas.
9. Mary E. Hunt, b. abt 1787, m. prior to 1814 Charles West who died in 1878. She was mentioned in father's Will as Mary West.
10. Isaac C. Hunt, b. Bennington, VT 14 March 1790 (per family records, not found in VVR), moved with his family to Butler Co., Ohio, before 1800 and m. there 13 Oct 1808 Mary Squires Woodruff by whom he had at least 12 children (the 1850 census indicates two more) before her death 24 March 1848 at which time the family was living in Miami Co., Ohio. Isaac Hunt was a Methodist minister and lived at various places in Ohio. There are various versions of other marriages, some saying he m. 2d Elizabeth ___ and m. 3rd Jane McKinnon. One record says the 2d wife was Jane McKinnon (possibly the Jane Sharp who m. Uriah McKinnon in Logan Co., Ohio, in 1832--in the 1850 census a William McKinnon was living with Isaac and Jane Hunt). Jane died in Iowa in 1861 and Isaac died 7 Jan. 1874 at Eddyville, Lincoln Co., Oregon, and is buried in an old cemetery west of Eddyville along the river. (Lincoln Co., Oregon, is on the Pacific Ocean, west of Corvallis.) It is presumed that Isaac was living with his son Levi who died 11 June 1904 at Eddyville. The following are the reported children of the Rev. Isaac C. Hunt.
a. Enoch S. Hunt, b. 23 July 1809 at Huntsville, Ohio; m. 25 Dec. 1832 Ruth Ann Franklin at Shelby Co., Ohio; died 1 July 1833. Widow Ruth m. 2d 16 Oct. 1836 at Mercer Co., Ohio, John Miller and they removed to Oregon, where they arrived 16 Oct. 1847.
b. Duran Turl Hunt, b. 7 Oct. 1810 at Huntsville, Ohio, m. 25 July 1833 Sarah Franklin at Shelby Co., Ohio. She was sister of Ruth who m. Duran's brother Enoch. Duran died 4 March 1881 at Bennett City, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, buried in Bennett Cemetery. His will dated 17 Feb 1881 and proved 15 July 1881 lists six children: Vironicy, William, Mary, Duran, Winfield, and Sarah.
c. Silas W. Hunt, b. 24 July 1812, died 24 Sept. 1815.
d. Anna F. Hunt, b. 22 June 1815, m. 5 April 1834 Henry McVey at Miami Co., Ohio.
e. Lewis Jackson Hunt, b. 22 Dec. 1816, m. 8 April 1841 Lydia Dukeshine; is presumed to have died in the Civil War.
f. Sarah Ann Hunt, b. 31 Dec. 1818; m. 20 Jan. 1839 Hamilton Miller.
g. Ruth M. Hunt, b. 24 Feb. 1811; living unmarried in 1880.
h. Elizabeth Ann Hunt, b. 2 Jan.1824, m. April 1843 Simon Morse (or Moss).
i. Levi White Hunt, b. 18 Nov. 1825 at Champaigne Co., Ohio, married 23 Sept. 1847 Mary Priscilla Kenyon; died 11 June 1904 at Eddyville, Lincoln Co., Oregon.
j. Joshua B. Hunt, b. 25 March 1828.
k. Elizabeth Amanda Hunt, b. 27 Dec. 1829, m. 18 Nov. 1851 Isaac Van Horn; died 10 March 1874.
?l. Marion, b. 1834, twin, and ?m. Nancy, b. 1834, twin,living in family of Isaac Hunt in 1850 census.
n. Andrew W. Hunt, b. 3 Jan. 1832, died 3 Jan. 1832.
11. John Hunt, b._____. Was postmaster of Huntsville, Ohio.
12. Ann Hunt, b. abt 1800 as she appears to be the youngest child and was to wait four years before receiving the first installment of the $50 her father left in trust for her to her brother Ira.
Castleton, Rutland County
JONATHAN HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
His ancestors have not been discovered, possibly a brother of Elnathan Hunt, below. State Papers of Vermont 1793-1796, page 173, date of 14 Oct. 1794 has petition of men from Castleton and adjoining areas on Lake Bomoseen to remove a dam, contains in consecutive order the signatures of Elnathan Hunt and Jonathan Hunt. He may be the Jonathan Hunt who appears in Bennington Town, Bennington Co., in 1800 census, family consisting of one male 26-44, 2 males 10-15, 1 male under 10, 1 female 26-44, 1 female 16-15, 1 female 10--15, and 1 female under 10.
ELNATHAN HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
His ancestors have not been discovered, possibly a brother of Jonathan Hunt, above, and out of the West Chester County, NY Line of Hunts where several branches were early settlers along the southern Vermont and New York border. There is a family legend that he was a brother of Emery Hunt of Pownal (qv), but no evidence for such has been found. He may be the same Elnathan who appears in "Hubberton", Rutland Co., VT, in the 1800 census, family consisting of 1 male 26-44, 2 males under 10, 1 female 26- 44, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female under 10. A John Hunt of similar age and similar (but not identical) family composition was also in "Hubberton" who also can not be further identified.
From Vermont Rev. War Records, Elnathan Hunt was on payroll of Capt. John Briggs' Co. of Militia 1 Oct to 24 Nov. 1778; also on payroll of Capt. Parmelee Allen's Co. of Rangers 15 Aug to 15 Oct. 1779; also on payroll of Capt. Charles (or Claude) Parker's Co. in Col. Samuel Herrick's Regt. from 12 Oct. to 7 Nov. 1780, "Elnathan Hunt, Drummer"; also on payroll of Capt. Eli Noble's Co., 1 Nov. to 14 Nov 1781, "Elnathan Hunt, Sgt." In the John Goodrich 1904 compilation of Roll of the Soldiers of the State of Vermont in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783, Elnathan Hunt is identified on pages 88, 140, 298, 522, and 831. His signature is listed on the 14 Oct. 1794 petition of men from Castleton and surrounding towns around Lake Bomoseen to remove a dam. Nothing on Elnathan and his family has been found in Vermont Vital Records.
William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of Western New York (Lewis Publ. Co., NY, 1912, Vol. I, p. 450) has an article summarized below on Elnathan Hunt, but no clue to his ancestors.
Elnathan Hunt was born in Rutland Co., VT (doubtful, MJH)...removed to Genesee Co., NY, about 1811. He was a farmer, married and had it is thought five children of whom but three can be named: Simeon, John, Harry Nelson, see below.
Henry Nelson Hunt, son of Elnathan Hunt, was b. in Rutland
Co., VT, 5 March 1808 (nothing in VVR, MJH), and died in the
town of Poland, Chautauqua Co., NY 5 Aug. 1895. He was
brought to Genesee Co., NY, by his parents in 1811...When
about 30 years of age he settled in Poland where he held the
office of justice of the peace for many years and also
served as supervisor and held other town offices...was
engaged in the lumber business. He m. 1st Catherine, dau.
of Amica Ives, and m. 2d Harriet A. Crofoot who was b. in
Poland, NY, dau. of Chester and Abigail (Risley) Crofoot. He
had eight children by first wife and three by second wife:
Edwin; Celia; Ervington; Lucretia; Caroline; Cynthia;
Charles; Alton; (by 2d wife..) Alva (deceased); Herbert
Lincoln (see below); Harry Francis (see below).
Herbert Lincoln Hunt, b. Poland, NY, 7 Dec. 1864, grad.
Albany Law School June 1892, began law practice in
Jamestown, NY, where he was Asst. DA 1896-1898 and practiced
law in 1911. He m. 20 Sept. 1893 Sarah Annetta Becker, b.
Brighton, Ontario, 14 July 1864, and had children: Edward
Lincoln (1895-1904); Ada Lucille (1897-1898); Gertrude
Stanton, b. 1 Feb. 1904.
Harry Francis Hunt, b. Poland, NY, 3 Sept. 1868, grad. from
medical college at University of Buffalo, NY in 1898;
finally located in Jamestown, NY. He m. in Randolph, NY 20
June 1896 Effie McDonald White, b. Grand Rapids, MICH, 20
April 1870, dau. of William and Henrietta (Markham)
McDonald, and adopted daughter of Ansel Benoni and Charlotte
Clarenden, Rutland County
W. HENRY HUNT 1-2-5-0-0
Vermont State Papers, Volume X (1793-1796), page 91, shows Henry W. Hunt on a petition of men from Clarenden for repeal of an act supporting ministers of the Gospel. There is question if the name is William Henry Hunt or Henry William Hunt. In any event, no record of this family is found in Vermont Vital Records and no clue has been found as to where he came from and where he went. His time in Vermont appears to have been brief. No Hunts were reported in Clarenden in 1800 Census.
Vermont State Papers, Volume VI, p. 175, a petition of men from Clarenden 28 Nov. 1803 dealing with the sequestration, confiscation, and sale of estates, for action against one Asa Smith for fraudulent claims, has the name of Bulkley Hunt. Bulkley Hunt was b. 21 Sept 1768, son of Peter and Sarah (Leighton) Hunt of Littleton, MA, out of the Concord, MA, Line of Hunts (Wyman, Gen. of the Name and Family of Hunt, p. 78). Bulkley Hunt (found in some VVR and other records as Buckley) and his wife Betsey Chaplis [Chaplin] had a son William b. at Clarenden about 1802 (from his death record at Brookfield, VT, 17 June 1877 at age 75). Bulkley Hunt removed from Clarenden to Leicester, VT, and then to Walden, VT, where he died 28 Nov. 1853 (VVR). He had a large family with many descendants in various Vermont towns in the 19th century. There appears to be no relationship between the families of Bulkley Hunt of Clarenden, et. al., and the earlier Henry W. Hunt (W. Henry Hunt) of Clarenden in 1791.
Deweys Gore, Orange (now Caledonia) County
"JOSHUA" HUNT 1-6-3-0-0
This misleading entry probably refers to Joshua Hunt of Ryegate, VT., sniffing out land in Deweys Gore with some of his relatives, albeit the composition of the "family" bears no similarity to that of Joshua Hunt of Ryegate, his father, or his siblings. Joshua Hunt's brother Henry and his sister Mary with her husband Abner Hunt, a cousin, moved into Deweys Gore from Bath, NH, between 1791 and 1800 and are found there in the 1800 census. In 1782 the Vermont Legislature granted an odd-shaped piece of land in Orange County (a part assigned to Caledonia County when that county was established in 1792) to Captain Elijah Dewey and 14 associates under the name of Deweysburgh and also called Dewey's Gore. Only seven families were listed in Deweys Gore in the 1791 census, including in addition to "Joshua" Hunt Jedediah Peaslee (2 M 16 and over, 3 M under 16, and 4 F). Jedediah Peaslee appears to be the same who m. Judith Hunt, sister of Abner Hunt, above, and prob. the brother of Silas Peaslee who m. Hannah Hunt, sister of Judith and Abner. The two Peaslee families are found among the early settlers of Stanstead, Quebec, after 1800. The Peaslees and the Hunts were originally from around Kingston, NH.
In 1810, the Vermont Legislature wiped Deweys Gore off the map, attaching part of it to the town of Peacham and the other part to the town of Danville. In this corner of present Danville was started a long association of Hunts with Danville through the early pioneers Henry and Abner Hunt whose large families constituted most of the Hunts of Danville in the 19th century. Henry Hunt and Mary, the wife of Abner, were children of Daniel Hunt, the pioneer at Ryegate, VT, and siblings of Joshua Hunt of Ryegate whose name appears to have somehow been attached to the early Hunts found in Deweys Gore. See Daniel Hunt and Joshua Hunt of Ryegate for further details on these families.
Halifax, Windham County
JASPER HUNT 2-2-4-0-0
Jasper-4 Hunt (Jonathan-3 of Lebanon, CT, Thomas-2 of Lebanon, CT, Jonathan-1, pioneer at Northampton, MA) was b. 2 June 1745 at Lebanon, CT, m. 8 Nov 1770 at Norwich, CT, by William Whiting, JP, to Sarah Frink of Norwich, CT. They had a son "Salmon" (Solomon) b. at Lebanon 30 June 1772 and moved soon after to Halifax, VT, where several other children were born. Sarah died at Halifax 21 Feb 1783 and Jasper m. 2d at Halifax 9 July 1783 Silvene Davis of Halifax. Jasper is found in Halifax in the 1791 census and died at Halifax in June of 1792 at age 47. In the 1800 census of Halifax was a Jonathan Hunt with a family which appears to be the wife and children of Jasper who had a brother Jonathan of whom nothing further has been learned. Jasper had at least four children by his first wife and three by his second wife. Children:
1. "Salmon" (Solomon), b. 30 June 1772 at Lebanon, CT, went with parents to Halifax, VT, and m. 1st at Halifax 3 Dec. 1801 Mary (Polly) Orr of Halifax who died at Whitingham, VT, in June 1821 at age 44. Solomon m. 2d (publ. 12 Aug. 1822) "Statira Smead" and removed to Shelburne Falls, MA, where he died 11 Oct 1856. He had ll children, all but last two by first wife Mary Orr.
a. Eliza Hunt, m. T. J. Winslow of Brookline, NY.
b. Cynthia Hunt, m. Henry Eaton of Grand Rapids, MI.
c. Lucius Hunt, b. 1805, died 20 Feb. 1828.
d. Isaac Hunt, died young.
e. Abner O. Hunt, b. 10 Sept. 1809, m. 1st in 1834 Calista
R. Sears of Carroll, NY, who died 10 Sep 1848; m. 2d 12 Feb.
1850 Margy H. Shaw. Wyman (op. cit.) cites him in 1862-3 as
a Justice of the Peace at Reedsburg, Sauk Co., Wisconsin.
Had children (last four by 2d wife): Charles S., Mary E.,
Henry C., Albert C., Helen A., Eunice C., Frances L., Abner
S., Alice J., and Altie S.
f-k: Eunice; Mary H.; Timothy; Charles; Sarah Jane; Susan W.
2. Timothy Hunt, b. 2 Nov. 1778 at Halifax, VT (VVR), m. at Wilmington, VT, 12 June 1804 Nancy Long. Wyman (op. cit.) has note that Timothy Hunt, a carpenter, bought 62 acres of land at Halifax in 1801 and shows him at Norwich, NY, in 1862-3. Children: Theresa M., Sarah Ann, Eliza C., Nancy Roan, Solomon (Salmon), Philene O., Celia S.
3. William Hunt, b. abt 1780, identified by Wyman as "of Waterbury and Stowe, VT, and Ohio," m. Abigail Nash (dau. of Daniel Nash, Jr.) who died in 1847. Wyman cites William Hunt as "of Ohio" in 1862-3. He lived at Waterbury and Stowe, VT, between 1800 and 1811 and his reported five children were born there in that period as shown by VVR. Children:
a. Jasper Hunt, b. 29 July 1800 at Waterbury-Stowe, VT,
Further details not confirmed, but appears to be the Jasper
Hunt (15 July 1800-23 Dec. 1869) buried in the Oak Hill
Cemetery on Rt. 67 at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with wife Mary
Ann, and several other Hunts who may be his children.
b. Anne Elvira Hunt, b. 3 Aug. 1803 at Waterbury-Stowe, VT
c. Sally Elvira Hunt, b. 30 July 1807 at Waterbury-Stowe,
d. Melinda Hunt, b. 5 May 1809 at Stowe, VT.
e. William Henry Hunt, b. 24 Jan. 1811 at Stowe, VT, m.
Julie Francis; "bought land in Conway (state not given)"
according to Wyman.
4. Polly Hunt, b. Halifax 18 Nov 18 Nov. 1781, m. Isaac Sneed at Halifax 25 Feb. 1802.
5. Hosea, b. Halifax 25 April 1784. Wyman says "of Bainbridge", state not given; m. Anna ___ "of Lanesborough, PA," and had children Hosea, William, Joanna, Nancy. Nothing further learned of this family, but a Hiel Hunt of Readsboro, VT, m. Anna Blanchard of Readsboro 24 Feb. 1806, and in an old cemetery at Huron Co., Ohio, are graves for ten Hunts who may be associated with this family including Hiel Hunt who died 11 Nov. 1879, age 97 yrs, 10 mos, 11 days, and wife Anna Blanchard, dau. of Lemuel Blanchard, b. 5 July 1785, died 23 Dec. 1834, and Fanny Hunt, 2d wife of Hiel Hunt, b. 7 Feb. 1780, died 10 March 1867; also grave for Permelia Hunt, wife of Hosea Hunt. died 5 Nov. 1842, age 32 yrs, 3 mos, 8 dys. It is not certain that this is family of Hosea Hunt.
6. ?"Dennis" Hunt, shown by Wyman as b. ca. 1776, "of Williamsburgh" in 1855, age 79 in 1855. If correct he would have been a 2d child of Jasper Hunt by his first wife, but no verification has been found. VVR show that by his 2nd wife Jasper Hunt had a daughter Demis b. Feb. 1789 who m. Joel Eames at Halifax 24 Dec. 1812. Question if this reflects garbled data or a different child who would be number 7 and the last child below would be number 8.
7. Jasper Hunt, b. Halifax 18 Dec. 1791, m. Lucinda Nichols at Halifax 24 Feb. 1814 and had children Silvene Davison Hunt, b. 12 March 1815 and Roda Elizabeth Hunt, b. 21 Sept. 1819, birth record of children at Halifax, VT, saying parents were "of Jay, NY." Wyman says "was of Ashfield 1839-43 and Conway 1874," and also had son "Hosea P. Hunt of Goshen who m. Mary Vaugan 10 May 1843."
Hinsdale (now Vernon), Windham County
JONATHAN HUNT 3-3-5-1-0
Subject Jonathan Hunt has the distinction of being one of the first to clear land in the territory which became Vermont and was one of the pioneers of Vermont in the Rev. War and the struggle for Independence and the creation of the Independent Republic of Vermont in which he was a member of the Legislature and Lieutenant Governor of the new State of Vermont in 1794 and 1795. In his lifetime he was a leader and one of the most outstanding citizens of southeastern Vermont, an extensive land speculator in the wilderness areas of Vermont from Massachusetts to the Canadian Border. The story of his life is summed up well in an obituary published at the time of his death 1 June 1823 in his eighty-fifth year:
In early life, he shared in the fatigues and anxieties
incident to the perilous state of those who plant
themselves in the wilderness, liable to the privations
and the depredations of savages. Preserving industry,
strict integrity, laudable ambition, and well-deserved
promotion to many honorable offices, civil and
military, to that of lieutenant-governor of the State,
rendered him a distinguished character during the
struggles of the New Hampshire grantees and the New
York claimants during the Revolutionary War, the
formation of our State government...He preserved
through his long life, and amidst his temporal
prosperity, the most unassuming and unaffected
deportment, and what is always honorable in the rich as
well the poor, the reputation of an honest man.
Jonathan's brother Arad (possibly living with Jonathan at the time of the 1791 census, and unmarried) shared a similar career, active in the Vermont Committee of Safety during the Revolution, and a General in the Vermont militia before his death. Like his brother Jonathan, Arad Hunt was an extensive speculator in wilderness lands in Vermont and New Hampshire, sharing with Jonathan (among other holdings) a large part of the early town of Lutterloch (which became Albany, VT). General Arad Hunt died 18 Feb. 1825 at age 82 and in his Will made large bequests of land to children of his brother Jonathan and gave to Middlebury College 5,000 acres of land in Albany, Orleans Co., VT.
Their father, Capt. Samuel Hunt of Northfield, MA, was a participant and leader in many of the New Hampshire Charters for towns, a practice which was continued by his four sons Samuel, Jonathan, Elisha, and Arad. A good indication of the impact of this family on the development of Vermont may be found in the number of towns in which one or more of the family were listed as proprietors in the early New Hampshire Charters. The following can be found in New Hampshire State Papers, Vol. XXVI, Town Charters, Vol. III, Concord, NH, 1895:
Fairlee, 9 Sept. 1761, with 61 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others.
St. Albans, 17 Aug.1763, with 64 others.
Windsor, 6 July 1761, with 57 others.
Whitingham (Vermont Grant of 600 acres to Arad and
Jonathan Hunt 15 Oct. 1787).
Hertford (Hartland), 10 July 1761, with 64 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others (Samuel and
Elisha were "principal proprietors).
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763 with 64 others.
Corinth, 4 Feb. 1764, with 65 others.
Fairlee, 9 Sept. 1761, with 64 others.
Hertford (Hartland), 10 July 1761, with 61 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others.
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763 with 64 others.
Huntsburgh (changed to Franklin) (Vermont Grant of
23,040 acres to Jonathan Hunt and 50 others
19 March 1789).
Whitingham (Vermont Grant of 600 acres to Arad and
Jonathan, 15 Oct. 1787).
Jonathan Hunt, Jr.:
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763 with 64 others.
Stamford, 6 March 1763 with 59 others.
Cavendish, 12 Oct. 1763, with 70 others.
Danby, 27 Aug. 1761 with 61 others.
Fullum (became Dummerston), 27 Dec. 1753 with 49
Fairlee, 9 Sept. 1762, with 61 others.
Hertford (now Hartland), 10 July 1761, principal
proprietor, with 64 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others.
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763, with 64 others.
Swanton, 17 Aug. 1763, not named as proprietor, but
designated as Moderator for first
On list of petitioners on No. 19 petition.
On Power of Attorney for Pownal inhabitants.
Samuel Hunt, Jr.:
Danby, 27 Aug. 1761, with 61 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others.
Windsor, 6 July 1761, with 57 others.
Other relatives of this family are also found among grantees in New Hampshire Charters:
Eliphaz Hunt: (Eliphaz Hunt of Coventry, CT)
Norwich, 5 July 1761 (see his brother Simeon in 1791
Ebeneezer Hunt: (Dr. Ebeneezer Hunt of Northampton, MA.)
Arlington, 28 July 1761 with 61 others.
Stamford, 6 March 1763, with 59 others; regranted
9 June 1764.
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763, with 64 others.
Hertford (Hartland), 10 July 1761, with 64 others.
Highgate, 17 Aug. 1763, with 63 others.
Saltash (Plymouth), 6 July 1761, with 65 others.
Rutland, 7 Sept. 1761, with 63 others.
Westminster, 11 Nov. 1752, with 60 others.
John Hunt, Jr.:
St. Albans, 17 Aug. 1763, with 64 others.
The above listing of NH Charters to towns in what became Vermont (with a few VT Charters or grants) does not, of course, cover the full scope of these Hunt Families investment in Vermont towns--lots in many other towns were purchased from the original proprietors. This is indicated by a listing of the real estate holdings of Capt. Samuel Hunt of Northfield, MA, and his sons Jonathan and Arad Hunt of Hinsdale (Vernon) given in Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt. This listing is too extensive to go into here.
This distinguished line of early Vermonters was continued through Jonathan's sons Jonathan and Arad. Son Jonathan, born 12 May 1787 (the 2d of this name, an earlier one lived only four months), graduated from Dartmouth in 1807, represented Brattleboro in the State Legislature in 1816-1817, was elected in 1821 the first President of the "Bank of Brattleborough" (which later absorbed many of the banks of the Vermont towns of the lower Connecticut River as far north as Woodstock) and in 1824 was elected Vermont's Representative in Congress where he served until his death in Washington in 1832, still a young man. His four sons (William Morris, Jonathan, Richard Morris, and Leavitt) were educated in Europe and each achieved prominence in different careers. William became a distinguished painter in Paris in 1848 and moved to Newport, RI, in 1855. Jonathan became a doctor in Paris, France, and died there. Richard became one of America's most distinguished architects in the 19th century. Leavitt combined a talent for photography with a legal profession and entered the army in the Civil War as an aide to General Heintzelman, later became a lawyer in New York, m. at Weathersfield, VT, Kate Jarvis, had two children b. at Weathersfield. and died at Weathersfield 16 Feb. 1907 (VVR).
Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt m. relatively late in life 15 July 1779 Lovinah Swan of Boston. Her name is spelled in various records as Lavina, Levina, Lovina, Levinah, the latter on her gravestone in Vernon, VT, cemetery. Jacob Ullery's 1894 Men of Vermont in a story of their son Congressman Jonathan Hunt of Brattleboro describes her as "a woman of superior intellectual endowments, a former pupil of President John Adams, and their home in Vernon, with its wealth and generous hospitality, was long a social center for the best and brainiest people in New England." Their home, a square frame structure in what is now Vernon Village, was indeed a masterpiece, featured in Congdon's Old Vermont Houses, plain on the outside (the Hunts were not ones to flaunt their wealth) but exquisitely modeled and decorated on the inside. The old house has survived the "progress of civilization", but with difficulty. A large power dam was constructed at the old Jonathan Hunt estate on the Connecticut River at Vernon Village, and in the mid-20th century, Yankee Power and Light constructed an atomic energy plant at the site. The old Jonathan Hunt House still stands, used (in 1974 and later) for training classes at the atomic energy plant and an extension of a modern office for Yankee Power and Light.
Genealogy of Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt, b. 12 Sept. (per Wyman, 23 Sept. per gravestone) 1738, among the early proprietors of many Vermont towns and among the earliest settlers of what is now Vermont (cleared land in what became the town of Guilford as early as 1758), settled in Hinsdale (now Vernon--the early town of Hinsdale was on both sides of the Connecticut River in NH and VT and when Vermont became a State the residents of the Vermont side chose to change the name of their town to Vernon); built a house in what is now Vernon Village, one of the oldest houses still in use in Vermont, and an architectural classic in its time; was High Sheriff of Cumberland County in Rev. War times; Major and leader in the Committee of Safety of Cumberland County in the Rev. War; prominent member of the Vermont Legislature in its early days and Lt. Gov. of Vermont in 1794 and 1795; died at Vernon 1 June 1823, buried with family at cemetery in Vernon, a few miles north of the village. He m. 15 July 1779 Lovinah Swan of Boston who survived her husband and died at Vernon 29 June 1834, age 85, buried with her husband in Vernon cemetery. Had children:
1. Jonathan Hunt, b. 12 Aug 1780; died 14 Dec. 1780.
2. Ellen Hunt (called Helen by Wyman and some others, and
shown as Eleanor and Elinor in her father's Will), b. 19 Oct
1781, m. in Aug 1801 the Hon. Lewis R. Morris, Congressman
from Vermont. Ellen and her sister Fanny were known as
great beauties in their day. Ellen once accompanied her
husband on a venture of "redeeming" wild lands on the Blue
River in New York near Ogdensburg and made such an
impression that the town of Ellenboro was named after her.
She had six children including son Richard Morris, a naval
officer who died young. Her nephews William and Richard
Hunt assumed the middle name of Morris in honor of their
3. Fanny Hunt, b. 7 Feb. 1783, m. Charles Blake who died 20
April 1841 at age 70. Fanny died 8 July 1856 at age 73,
buried at Northfield, MA.
4. Jonathan Hunt, b. 12 May 1787; Vermont State
Representative, first president of Brattleboro Bank, and
member of Congress from Vermont from 1827 until his death in
Washington, DC, 14 May 1832. He m. Jane Maria Leavitt of
Suffield, CT. After the death of her husband Jane moved
with her five children to New Haven, CT, to be near her
mother, then in 1838 moved to Boston to prepare for the
entrance of her eldest son William at Harvard College. In
1842, William having dropped out of college, and being quite
ill with a low cough, Jane was advised to take William to a
warmer climate in the South or in Italy, and that fall took
her children to Europe, intending to spend the winter.
However, she became so captivated by the social life and the
educational opportunities for the children in Europe that
she remained there, primarily in Paris, where the children
were educated and all became distinguished professional
people and artists. In 1855, son Richard (having become a
distinguished architect) decided to return to the States and
the rest of the family, except son Jonathan, also returned.
Jane and daughter Jane took up residence in New York City
where mother Jane died in late December 1876 and was buried
with her parents in their family plot at Suffield, CT. Had
a. Jane Hunt, b. 31 Aug. 1822 at her grandfather
Leavitt's home at Suffield, CT, where her mother was
living while the father completed a house at
Brattleboro. Never married and was living with her
mother in New York City at the time of mother's death
b. William Morris Hunt, b. 31 March 1824 at
Brattleboro; attended Harvard College a few years and
moved with his family to Europe where he studied art
and became one of America's leading artists in the 19th
century. He returned to the United States in 1855 and
m. 18 Oct. 1855 Eliza Dumaresq Perkins by whom he had
three children. The marriage turned out to be
unfortunate and they separated, the children going with
the mother. Frustrated by family and professional
affairs, William ended his life by drowning at his
summer home at Isle of Shoals, NH, 8 Sept 1879, soon
after completing two of his finest works--Columbus, the
Discoverer, and Anahita, the Flight of Night--two large
murals for the Assembly Hall of the new State Capitol
at Albany, NY. Had children: Morris, b. 24 July 1856;
Ellen, b. 13 Nov. 1858; and Guid, b. 12 Sept. 1861.
c. Jonathan Hunt, b. June 1825 at Brattleboro; went
with his mother and siblings to Europe and educated at
Paris where he became a distinguished doctor. There he
fell in love with a young French girl of a working
class with whom he lived the rest of his life, but
never married, social distinctions in Paris at the time
making such a marriage unthinkable at first, and later
an action not desired by his common-law wife Celestine
for fear of ruining his career. They had a daughter
Jeanne who was driven insane by taunts of her
schoolmates. Torn by loyalty and guilt for Celestine
and Jeanne and the obligations of his profession,
Jonathan took his own life in 1874. In the words of
his sister-in-law, Catherine (Howland) Hunt, one of the
few to know of his problem (and from whose journal on
the family of Richard Morris Hunt this and other
fascinating stories on the life of the families are
taken), "he was born with an inconsequent nature, but a
warm heart, which made all love him, who was brought
into contact with him."
d. Richard Morris Hunt, b. 31 Oct. 1828 at Brattleboro,
educated at private schools and at the Boston Latin
School; went with his mother and siblings to Europe
where he was educated at Switzerland and at the Ecole
Des Beaux Arts in Paris where he was a pupil and
colleague of Lefuel, architect to Emperor Napoleon III.
He soon earned the reputation of a brilliant architect
and had a great future in Europe which he chose to pass
up to return to the States. The reasons (as stated by
his wife Catherine Howland Hunt in her journal) as
"It has been represented to me that America
was not ready for the Fine Arts, but I think
they are mistaken. There is no place in the
world where they are more needed, or where
they should be more encouraged...Why should
not our public hotels...rival or even surpass
the palaces of Europe? It is the same thing
in painting or any branch of the Arts, merit
must eventually command its position with us.
There are no greater fools in America than in
any other part of the world; the only thing
is that the professional man with us has got
to make his own standing."
"His success is written in the reputation he achieved
as one of America's greatest architects of the 19th
century, a founder and first president of the American
Society of Architects." The wealthy families of
America sought a mansion designed by Richard Morris
Hunt and many remain in various parts of the Eastern
United States as "his monuments"--luxurious homes at
Newport, RI, the US Naval Observatory, the Colombian
Exposition (Chicago World's Fair), the pedestal of the
Statue of Liberty.
He died in New York City 31 July 1895. While visiting
in Newport, RI, in 1860, he met Catherine (Kate)
Howland, dau. of Samuel Howland, Esq., of New York
City, and they were m. in 1861, and immediately went
off for a combined honeymoon and recuperation from
illness (which troubled Richard Hunt throughout his
life) to Europe, the first of many trips of business
and pleasure. Their first son Richard Howland Hunt was
b. in Paris 14 March 1862--he was educated at MIT and
Ecole Des Beaux Arts at Paris, like his father became a
distinguished American Architect, m. Pearl Carley and
had children Richard Carley Hunt, Jonathan Hunt, Frank
Carley Hunt, and Catherine Hunt. The four other
children of Richard Morris Hunt were: Catherine M.
Hunt who m. Admiral Livingston Huit; Joseph Howland
Hunt who m. Mazie LaShelle; Herbert Leavitt Hunt; and
e. Leavitt Hunt, b. 22 Feb. 1829 at Brattleboro; went
with his mother and siblings to Europe and studied in
Switzerland and Germany, law degree from Heidelberg
University; photographer and traveler in Egypt and the
East; returned to America in 1855 with his mother and
continued study of law at Cambridge; m. in 1860 Kate
Jarvis of Weathersfield, VT, dau. of U. S. Consul
Jarvis; entered the army in the Civil War in 1861 as an
aide to General Heintzelman; became a distinguished
lawyer in New York City; died at Weathersfield 16 Feb.
1907. Had son b. at Weathersfield 27 Aug. 1867 (prob.
Clyde DuVernet Hunt) and dau. Mina Katherine Hunt, b.
NY ca. 1868, of Weathersfield when she m. Francis Brown
Hayes at Weathersfield 8 Sept. 1885.
5. Arad Hunt, b. 22 Sept. 1790, m. Sally Newell of
Coleraine, MA, died at Vernon 30 Aug. 1833. Wyman (op.cit.,
p. 190) provides a touching obituary mentioning among other
things that "while in the first bloom of manhood, he was
assailed by a disease which neither admitted of cure, nor
scarcely the hope of mitigation...During the last eight or
nine years of his life, he was confined almost exclusively
to his bed; suffering, from alternate distress and
lassitude, the slow exhaustion of an originally vigorous
constitution." Had children:
a. Arad Hunt, b. 15 March 1804, m. Emeline Purple, died at Sturgis, MI in 1846. Had children: Emeline Adelia
Hunt, b. 1837, m. Edward L. Draper of Boston; and Lavina Seymour Hunt b. 1839, m. John Tyler.
b. Frances Hunt, b. 7 Aug. 1815, m. in 1836 Gouveneur Morris, Esq.
c. Levinah Hunt, b. 9 Dec. 1817, m. Henry Seymour of
Litchfield, CT, died 15 June 1873, buried in Vernon Cemetery.
d. Martha Hunt, b. 27 Nov.1819; died 9 March 1850,
buried in Vernon Cemetery.
e. Sarah N. Hunt, b. 7 May 1821, m. at Springfield, MA,
10 Feb. 1841 Dr. George Seymour of Litchfield, CT; died
at Litchfield 21 April 1843; buried at Vernon, VT,
f. Roswell Hunt, b. 1823 at Brattleboro, died at
Elmira, NY in 1877, buried in Vernon Cemetery.
g. John Hunt, b. 1825, died 21 May 1827 at age 2 yrs, 2
h. John Hunt, b. 16 April 1830. Was a Captain in the
Civil War, from Vernon, VT; m. 10 March 1851 Leonora H.
Johnson (per Wyman--VVR gives her last name as Gordon).
Had children: Ellen Morris Hunt, b. 1854; Arad Hunt,
b. 1857; Leonora Hunt, b. 1859.
i. Rowland Hunt, b. 13 Feb. 1832; "merchant of Boston"
(in 1862-3, according to Wyman); died at Brattleboro in
1878, buried in cemetery at Vernon, VT.
Wyman (and others) report that Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt had an older daughter Anne by a presumed earlier wife. This is an error due probably because in his Will of 1813 Jonathan Hunt refers to "his daughter Anna Marsh, widow of the late Doctor Pearley Marsh" and in a codicil of 1817 makes a similar reference. However, in a codicil of 1821 he mentions his "daughters Elenor Morris and Fanny Blake" and makes a separate bequest to Anna Marsh. The Will of Anna Marsh, who lived a long life in Hinsdale, NH, and is buried there, refers to Jonathan's daughter "Helen" as her cousin, and her year of birth (1769) on her gravestone makes it clear that she was the Anna Hubbard, b. 9 July 1769, dau. of Jonathan Hunt's sister Anne, b. 23 Oct. 1736, who m. the Rev. John Hubbard of Northfield, MA, and died at Northfield 11 March 1795 following death of her husband 28 Nov 1794. It would appear that Jonathan Hunt took a fatherly interest in his orphaned niece Anna and called her "daughter" in his original Will and first codicil. Anna was a person of some note in Vermont History because the experiments of her husband with treatment for the insane led her to endow and become one of the founders of the famous Brattleboro Retreat.
(This treatment of the pioneer Jonathan Hunt of Vermont, lengthy as it is, just scratches the surface of the history of Jonathan Hunt, his ancestors and descendants. For further details, see Mitchell J. Hunt, The Hunt Families of Vernon, VT, July 1977, Rev. Sept. 1978, copies on file at GSV, Vermont Historical Society at Montpelier, NEHGS at Boston, CT State Library, Library of Congress, and other places.)
Norwich, Windsor County
SIMEON HUNT 1-5-3-0-0
Hunts came early to Norwich where the 1791 US Census shows Simeon Hunt head of a family of one male l6 or over, five males under 16, and three females. In the adjoining town of Strafford was Solomon Hunt with one male 16 or over, three males under 16, and five females. In the 1800 census both families are reported in Norwich. Vermont vital records for both families show some of them in both Norwich and Strafford. These two families provide all (or nearly all) of the many Hunts found in Norwich in the first half of the 19th century.
The identity of Simeon Hunt has been clearly established, son of Simeon-3 Hunt (1713-1795) of Coventry, Ct. (Ebeneezer-2 Hunt of Lebanon, CT, Jonathan-1 Hunt of Northampton, MA). Solomon Hunt appears to have been closely related to Simeon and probably a cousin, but his parents have not been discovered. Details on Simeon Hunt and his family are provided below. The family of Solomon Hunt is provided in the section on Strafford, albeit records on his family are found at both Strafford and Norwich.
Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt has much on Simeon Hunt "of Coventry, Ct." (also pioneer at Norwich, VT) and his ancestors and descendants. Also data on the family of Solomon Hunt, contemporary neighbor and probable cousin, albeit his ancestors have not been discovered. The data from Wyman are shown below supplemented by notes from census records, Vermont Vital Records (VVR), and gravestones in Norwich cemeteries.
Simeon Hunt "of Coventry, Ct." (and moved to Norwich, VT, where he died) b. July 8, 1751, son of Simeon Hunt of Coventry, Ct., and brother of Eliphaz (the father of Eliphaz of Hartford, VT,) m.______(prob. the Anna Hunt, widow, who died at Hartford May 23, 1810), had eight children, some, at least, born at Tolland, Ct. Simeon died at Norwich, VT, April 28 or May 29, 1810 (two cards in Vermont Vital Records with different dates, probably April 28 in that his presumed wife Anna died in May as a widow). Children shown by Wyman (p. 188):
1. Reuben, b. 1770, of Norwich, VT, and Fairfax, VT,, m. 22 Feb. 1801 at Norwich, VT,, or Strafford, VT,, (records at both places) Abigail (Nabby) Hunt, dau. of Solomon Hunt of Strafford and Norwich. Reuben died at Fairfax in 1847, his Will executed 20 Jan. 1847, probably soon before his death. Reuben Hunt, Jr., was named executor of the Will. Not mentioned in the Will was wife Abigail who is presumed to have died before 1847, nor the oldest daughter Harriet who appears to have m. twice and may also have died before her father. Had children:
a. Don Carlos Hunt, b. 4 April 1801 at Norwich, VT, died at
Norwich in 1804 or 1805. (VVR--not usually found in
genealogies of family of Reuben Hunt.)
b. Harriet Hunt, b. 1806, m. 1st at Fletcher, VT, 11 Jan.
1827 Marlin Palmer. She m. 2d at Fairfax 24 Dec. 1840
Luther David Kidder. The m. record in VVR for the latter m.
gives her name as "Marion" Hunt, but she is identified in
Wyman and family records of descendants as Harriet, the
error one of the common errors in Vermont Vital Records. She
was not mentioned in father's Will of 1847 and may have died
c. Reuben Hunt, Jr., b. 14 April 1808, m. at Fairfax, VT, 13
Jan. 1831 (VVR--shown incorrectly in Palmer Gen. as 12 Sept.
1837) Louisa Palmer who died at Fairfax 16 Nov. 1865 at age
64 yrs, 7 mos, 16 dys, and Reuben m. 2d Mrs. Emily Loveland
at Fairfax 25 Sept. 1866, and died at Fairfax 15 Sept. 1893
at age 85 yrs, 5 mos, 1 day. Had children: Jane Hunt;
Janett Hunt; Edna M. Hunt; Palmer Hunt; Charles Hunt; Maria
Hunt; Caroline Hunt; Lida (also found as Azda).
d. Elijah Hunt, b. Norwich 2 July 1810, m. at Fletcher, VT,
21 Dec. 1830 Louisa Kidder, died at Fairfax 13 Oct. 1867 at
age 57 yrs, 3 mos, 11 days. Had children: Lucy Ann;
Frederick S.; George; Henry; Ira E.; Lucella P.; Adelia (may
also be the child shown as Abby in 1860 census and Delia in
1870 census); John F.; Cora.
e. Thomas N. Hunt, b. 19 Dec. 1812 at Norwich, m. 1st
Catherine ___ (prob. m. abt 1840, 1850 census gives her name
as Marrat C., 1860 and 1870 censuses list her as Catherine),
m. 2d at Halifax, VT, Eliza N. (Towsley) "Henny" (VVR). He
was probably the Thomas Hunt shown in VVR as "b. Barre, VT,"
abt 1813 who died at Westford, VT, 30 Jan. 1887 at age 74
yrs, 21 days. Had children by 1st wife: Charlotte B.;
Elvira M. (in 1850 census, but as Maria Hunt in 1860
census); Ellen E.; Mary Jane.
f. Lucy Hunt, b. 1815, m. Zenos P. Bascomb at Fairfax 5 Jan.
g. Caroline M. Hunt, b. abt 1816, m. Carlos Kendrick Bascomb
at Fairfax 16 Nov. 1847.
h. Alonzo Hunt, b. 18 Dec. 1817 at Fairfax, m. abt 1840
Martha Parmer. Shown in Hamilton Child's 1882-3 Gazetteer
of Franklin County as a farmer with 56 acres on Rt. 27 in
Fairfax. Had children: Edgar Hunt (became a merchant at
Hardwick, VT, m. Julia E. Babbitt); Mariette (Marritt in
1850 census); Sarah A.; Sidney; Jeanette; Luther A. (who m.
Lille M. Crockett).
i. Sibyl Hunt, b. 1819, prob. same who m. Edward Casevant at
Fletcher, VT, 29 Aug 1852 (VVR). Died in 1855.
j. Mary Ann Hunt, b. 1821-2, died at Norwich, VT, 17 Nov.
1841. (Wyman says "died 1845," possibly confusion with
death date of her brother Charles below.)
k. Charles Hunt, b. 1825 (Wyman says "died 1841", possibly
1845, date shown for death of his sister Mary Ann, above.
l. Samuel Hunt, b. 1827, inherited his father's farm in
Fairfax in 1847, m. at Fairfax 10 March 1848 (wife's name
not shown in VVR, but Amanda in 1850 census). He is
presumed to be the Samuel Hunt who m. (2d?) at Essex, VT, 30
March 1858 Almira Kimball, had dau. Louisa b. at Essex 22
June 1860, and the Samuel Hunt who died at Westford, VT, 21
Sept. 1903 (VVR).
(Further details on the family and descendants of Reuben
Hunt of Fairfax can be found in Mitchell J. Hunt, The Hunt
Families of Fairfax, Vermont, February 1980, copies on file
with GSV, VT Historical Society at Montpelier, Ct. State
Library, NEHGS at Boston, Library of Congress, and several
other places. In addition to the family of Reuben Hunt, the
publication includes three other pioneer Hunt settlers of
Fairfax from different lines of Hunts.)
2. Chauncy. Wyman says "living in 1862, unmarried" but this appears to be the Chauncy Hunt, b. Tolland, CT ca. 1784, who m. Eunice Burton or Benton at Norwich, VT, Feb. 2, 1809 and died at Norwich, VT, April 7, 1862 at age 77 yrs, 10 mos, and Eunice, wife of "Chancey" Hunt lived until Jan. 28, 1863 when she died in Norwich.
3. Simeon, "of New York" who had children:
a. Horatio Nelson Hunt "of Chicago", who had children:
(1) Horatio Nelson Hunt (in Army in 1862).
(3) Albert Hunt.
(4) Warren. From History of Cook Co., Illinois, Warren
I. Hunt, commercial traveler, b. Jefferson Co., NY, son
of Horatio N. and Eliza Hunt, came to Chicago in 1856,
enlisted in 14th Illinois Cavalry in Civil War, wounded
at Cumberland Gap, taken prisoner and held 7 months,
mustered out at end of War and appointed Postmaster of
Tyler, Smith Co., Texas, where he served two years and
returned to Chicago where he was in the furniture
business for five years, went to Kansas in 1877 in the
hotel business for 3 years, returned to Chicago and set
up business as a commercial traveler. He m. in 1869
Mrs. Alice Comford, dau. of John and Eliza Norris.
(5) Sophia N. Hunt (died before 1863).
b. Anna H. Hunt, b. 1809.
c. Benjamin Franklin Hunt, b. 1813, "of Charlotte, NY", m.
1st Sally M. Talcott and m. 2d Louisa L. Greenleaf; had 7
children, the last two by second wife. Children:
i. Daniel Talcot Hunt, b. Dec. 27, 1837 at Charlotte,
NY, m. Celia ___.
ii. Benjamin Franklin Hunt, died young.
iii. Henry C. Hunt.
iv. Benjamin Franklin Hunt (2d of this name), b. 15
March 1845, "of Boston" in 1862.
v. Franklin S. Hunt.
vi. Sarah L. Hunt.
vii. Mary E. Hunt.
d. Electa Hunt.
4. Eliphalet Hunt (of Norwich, VT, and Johnson, VT), b. 7 Oct. 1779 at Norwich, m. 1st Lucy Goodridge who died at Strafford, VT, 20 Jan.1816; m. 2d at Strafford Catherine Hopkins 25 June 1816; died at Johnson, VT, 18 Sept. 1862. Had four children by first wife and seven children by 2d wife:
a. Lora Hunt, m. ___ Atwell.
b. Almira Hunt, m. ___ Wright.
c. Emily Hunt, b. 1814, m. Nathan Child of Medford, MA.
d. Eleazer Hunt, m. Rosetta Griffin, lived in Essex, VT, and
had children: L. J. Hunt (b. abt 1845, m. B. C. Richardson
at Essex 6 Sept. 1865); Julia Hunt (b. abt 1843 "at
Hopkinton, NY"(?--VVR), m. C. M. Booth at Essex 1 Nov.
1865); Jason E. Hunt (b. abt 1842, m. Eliza J. Nichols 28
Feb. 1866 and had children Elmer and Alice--per Wyman, Jason
became a baker at Medford, presumably MA)--VVR also show
children Willie Edson Hunt b. at Essex 16 April 1871, Nellie
May Hunt b. at Essex 1 May 1878, and Elmer J. Hunt b. at
Essex 26 April 1867, the record for these last three
children of Jason E. Hunt saying he was b. at Hopkinton,
e. Lucy Hunt, single in 1850 census.
f. Jason Hunt, b. 1820, m. Clarissa Hubbard at Hyde Park,
VT, 25 Sept. 1849 and had sons Bertrand and Aldre Hunt, died
in 1860, buried in Sterling View Cemetery at Johnson with
wife (shown as Clara M. Hunt, 1833-1921, who apparently m.
2d Horace Goodwin, 1839-1899, buried with Clara and Jason)
which also has marker for B. A. Hunt (1857-1921) who is
presumably his son Bertrand (or Bertran, as shown by VVR, b.
15 July 1857 and m. Nettie Morse and had three daughters,
Alberta, Dorothy, and one not identified by name.
g. Mary Hunt, b. Robert McClaren at Johnson 20 March 1851.
h. Simeon Hunt,b. abt 1822 at Norwich, VT, m. 1st Caroline
Crowell and 2d Miranda Colby (prob. at Montpelier 12 March
1860) and had dau. Emma and another daughter who died at age
six weeks. Also had son, unnamed, b. in 1862 to 2d wife
(VVR). He also appears to have had a 3rd wife because VVR
show Simeon Hunt, b. Norwich,and Mary Adams, b. Hinesburgh,
had son, no name given, b. at Johnson 11 Dec. 1885. No
record of death of 2d wife nor m. to 3rd wife has been found
in VVR. Simeon died at Johnson 24 April 1891 at age 68 yrs,
10 mos, 16 days.
i. Rosilla Hunt, m. William H. Smith of New York City in
j. William Hopkins Hunt, b. at Sharon, VT, 1 Nov. 1829
(VVR), "of Woburn, MA," in 1862-3 according to Wyman, m. 31
Dec. 1854 Elisa A. Peasely, and had children: William
Eliphalet Hunt, b. 7 Nov. 1855; Frank Adelbert Hunt, b. 26
k. George Delos Hunt, b. at Johnson 8 Sept. 1834, m. Harriet
A. Fuller at Derby, VT, 11 Aug 1860, residents of Westfield,
VT, in 1860, had a dau. Mary Catherine Hunt and a son George
Frelawnie Hunt (b. and died at Westfield in 1866).
5. Anna Hunt, m. ___Hartshorn (per VVR, m. Reuben Hartshorn (?)
at Norwich Oct. 21, 1804).
6. Pamela Hunt, m. George Gates.
7. Luther Hunt, b. Jan. 27, 1789, "of Worcester, VT", m. 7 Oct.
1821 Jane Paul (sic., probably Pearl) Abbot who was b. 2 June
1800 and died 18 June 1845. Luther died 18 June 1840. Had five
a. Chauncey Hunt, b. 28 August 1823 (some Vermont Vital
Records on his children say Chauncey was b. in Washington,
VT, but this is questionable); m. Lucinda Kemp 16 June 1845,
died at Worcester 18 Dec. 1907,had six children:
i. Charles Hunt, b. 5 Jan. 1846, m. Lizzie Mosher, had
children: Flora Belle Hunt, b. 23 June 1873 at
Middlesex, VT, m. Henry E. Recor (?) at Stowe 20 Sept
1892 at age 19; Stella (Estella) "Clude"(?) Hunt, b. at
Middlesex 19 April 1875, of Worcester when she m. Leon
H. Willey 16 Feb. 1892 at age 16; Warren Nye Hunt, b.
Middlesex abt 1884, m. Florence Grandfield and had dau.
Alice Eugenia Hunt b. at Montpelier 17 July 1904 (an
amended record which changes name from Lyle Hunt as
ii. Henrietta J. Hunt, b, 13 Nov. 1847, m. George
Nichols at Montpelier 14 Jan. 1900, died 1939 and
buried with parents in Worcester Cemetery.
iii. Henry E. Hunt, b. 18 May 1849, m. Emma A. Rawson
and had children: Willie Carroll Hunt, b. at Worcester
5 Oct. 1874; George A. Hunt, b. Worcester 10 May 1881.
iv. Chauncey N. Hunt, b. 17 April 1851.
v. Ella L. Hunt, b. 27 Feb. 1854.
vi. George E. Hunt, b. 2 April 1856, m. Alice McDermid,
had dau. Jeannie McDermid Hunt, b. Montpelier 24 March
1882 and m. John James McGlinney at Montpelier 14 July
The following other children, not shown by Wyman, are shown by Vermont Vital Records:
vii. Dean Augustus Hunt, b. 30 May 1862. (See cemetery
gravestone for Dean G.K. Hunt, 1862-1940, and wife
Abbie Steward, 1865-1951.)
viii. "Son", no name given, b. 24 Oct. 1868. (But see
from Whittlesey Genealogy, "Delle Pearl Hunt, b. 24
Oct. 1868, daughter of Chauncey and Lucinda [Mrs. Will
Putnam] Hunt, who m. Charles Dean Perry of Plainfield,
VT, at Windsor, VT, as his second wife." From this it
would appear that after the death of Chauncey, his
widow Lucinda m. 2d Will Putnam.)
b. Abraham Lewis Hunt, b. 28 May 1825, m. Jane Jones 24 March 1848; was an engineer in the Chelsea, MA, laundry. Had children:
i. Joseph Edward Hunt, b. 27 June 1849.
ii. Florence Jane Hunt, b. 16 April 1859.
c. Nathan A. Hunt, b. 16 July 1827; was "at Geneva,
Minnesota" (in 1862-3).
d. Harriet Hunt, b. 26 May 1829; died 9 Dec. 1829.
e. Sarah H. Hunt, b. 4 July 1830.
8. Elijah Hunt (died at Norwich April 18, 1810 at age 18 per
9. John Hunt (not shown by Wyman, see death at Norwich 181?)
Pawlet, Rutland County
SAMUEL HUNT 2-3-2-0-0
There were two Samuel Hunts in this area of Vermont in the 1791 census, subject Samuel and another Samuel with somewhat similar family composition (2-2-4-0-0) in the adjoining town of Rupert. They were both Rev. War veterans. From Wyman and other sources, the Samuel in Pawlet was Samuel Hunt from Hardwick, MA, b. 27 Sept 1736, son of John Hunt of Hardwick (Isaac-3 of Sudbury, MA, Isaac-2 of Concord, MA, William-1, the pioneer at Concord, MA) and brother of the Joseph Hunt in Woodford, q.v.
Goodhue's History of the Town of Shoreham (Rev. Josiah F. Goodhue, publ. for the town in 1861 by H. H. Copeland, Middlebury, VT) says (p. 31) that Samuel Hunt of Shoreham was originally from Hardwick, MA, thence to Pawlet, VT, and then to Shoreham where he settled "first in 1787" and later moved to another farm in Shoreham where he died 15 Feb. 1825, aged 62. "His father Samuel Hunt came several years later and lived with his son and died in Shoreham in 1799 at age 63."
Goodhue further says (p. 131-2) that "in 1790 there ...[were so many new people and so little wheat] that the residents were nearly at a state of starvation...Samuel Hunt and Thomas Rowley had the earliest wheat. On a day fixed upon for that purpose, their fields were parceled out and people came from several towns to reap, each one the portion allotted them. Several persons had to cut their grain before it was fairly ripe, and so pressing were the demands of hunger, that they dried it just enough to shell it, and then boiled it for food."
One need not quarrel with the Rev. Goodhue's recitation, but there are puzzling inconsistencies in the documentary record found with respect to Samuel Hunt. Samuel Hunt, usually considered the pioneer "Samuel of Shoreham," was m. at Shoreham to Lucretia Moore 30 June 1792 (VVR), and had a large family b. in Shoreham in subsequent years. However, no Hunts are recorded in Shoreham in the 1791 census. A Samuel Hunt was found in Pawlet, but his household consisted of 2 males 16 or over, 3 males under 16, and 2 females. It would appear that this was the same family that moved to Shoreham after the 1791 census (no Hunts found in Pawlet in the 1800 census) and the family of the younger Samuel was obviously the Samuel in Shoreham in the 1800 census. It would appear that the elder Samuel of Hardwick, MA, with some of his family settled in Pawlet by the time of the 1791 census and after 1780 when he had a son b. at Hardwick; his son Samuel, then unmarried, pioneered at Shoreham and married there in 1792, and his father and the rest of the family then moved to Shoreham. The father Samuel died at Shoreham 13 Aug 1799 at age 63 and his wife Sarah died at Shoreham in 1826 or 13 Oct 1828 (two entries in VVR with conflicting data).
Records found on the younger Samuel's brother Elijah, who was an early settler at St. Albans, VT, indicate that Elijah, b. at Hardwick, MA, abt 1780, removed when 12 years of age (abt 1792) to Shoreham, VT, (presumably with his parents) and moved to St. Albans, VT, about 1805 where he m. and had a large family.
Before moving to the genealogy of the Samuel Hunt from Hardwick, MA, (who by all evidence is the pioneer at Pawlet) it is well to look at the data on another Samuel Hunt who has been confused with the Samuel of Pawlet, and might be the Samuel in Rupert who has not been identified. Rev. War Pension files (S- 22319) show a Samuel Hunt, b. abt 1754, enl. 1781 at Springfield, MA, as a private in Capt. Forthingham's Co., in Col. Crane's Regt. of Artillery, served until 1783 when he was discharged from the service at West Point, NY. In 1822 he was living in Rutland, VT, age 64, was granted a pension of $8 per month commencing 5 June 1822. His occupation in 1822 was a laborer, afflicted with rheumatism. His wife's name was Sally and she was age 64 in 1822, very feeble and unable to labor. They lived "with children who support us." In 1833 he was in Rupert, VT. There was no other mention of his wife or children in the pension file. He might have been the father of some of the unidentified children found in VVR at Rupert and Pawlet.
As noted, no Hunts were found in Pawlet in the 1800 census. Vermont Vital Records have the following data on Hunts in Pawlet:
Truman Hunt of Rupert m. Sarah Porter at Pawlet 15 Aug.
1799. This appears to be the Truman Hunt, son of Seth Hunt
(abt 1732-1828) of Woodbury-Roxbury, CT, and possibly
brother of the Seth Hunt who appears in Shaftsbury, VT, in
the 1791 census and in Rupert with a possible uncle Simeon
Hunt in the 1800 census of Vermont. Truman Hunt was in
Roxbury, CT, when he presented to Court the Will of his
father Seth Hunt in 1828. Several of the Woodbury-Roxbury
Hunts were in this part of Vermont in the years around 1800
but full details and documentation have not been discovered.
(For more on these families see Mitchell J. Hunt, The Early
Hunt Families of Sharon, CT, and Surrounding Areas of
Litchfield County, CT, July 1985, copies of which were filed
with GSV, Vermont Historical Society, NEHGS at Boston, Ct.
State Library, Library of Congress, and other places.)
The identities of the following have not been discovered:
Sylvester Hunt of Pawlet m. Arabella Harmon at Pawlet 2 Dec.
Sarah Hunt m. Isaac Hillyard at Pawlet 3 Feb. 1820.
Melinda Hunt of Manchester, VT, m. Clark W. Baldwin at
Pawlet 20 Sept. 183l.
Family and Descendants of Samuel Hunt of Pawlet
Wyman (Concord Line, p. 83) provides the trail to Samuel
Hunt of Hardwick, MA (and Pawlet and Shoreham, VT) as follows:
Samuel Hunt "of Hardwick, MA", b. 27 Sept.1736, son of John
Hunt of Hardwick (Isaac-3 of Sudbury, Isaac-2 of Concord,
William-1 of Concord), m. 1st 28 Dec 1758 Sarah Osgood and
m. 2d 20 Feb 1766 Abigail Fisk, had children Anna, b. 17
Jan. 1761 and Samuel b. 3 April 1763.
This was the limit of the Wyman data and there are problems. The marriages as stated are confirmed by MA Vital Records, Rutland, MA, for the m. of Samuel Hunt of Hardwick to Sarah Osgood and Hardwick for the m. of Samuel Hunt to Abigail Fisk. However, the record of the death of Samuel in Shoreham, VT, 13 Aug 1799 at age 63 says he was the husband of Sarah, and the record of the death of Sarah Hunt at Shoreham in 1826 or 13 Oct 1828 (two different records in VVR) at age 86 identifies her as the wife of Samuel. From Bible and other family records, Elijah Hunt, an early settler of St. Albans, VT, was b. at Hardwick, MA, son of Samuel and Sarah (Osgood) Hunt, moved with parents to Shoreham, VT, abt 1792 and removed to St. Albans abt 1805. The first identified child of Samuel Hunt was dau. Anna, b.1761, followed by son Samuel in 1763. There is then a large gap of some 17 years to the birth of Elijah in 1780, which might indicate that Samuel had two wives and Elijah would have been a half-brother to earlier children Anna and Samuel--except the mother appears to be the same Sarah Osgood. The household composition of Samuel of Pawlet in the 1791 census would indicate that Samuel and his oldest son Samuel, Jr., were the two males 16 and over, wife Sarah and daughter Anna were the two females, Elijah would be one of the 3 males under 16, leaving two possible sons under 16 not accounted for. Supplementing the Wyman data from census, VVR, and family records of the descendants of Elijah Hunt of St. Albans, the following provides a partial record of the descendants of Samuel Hunt of Hardwick, MA, Pawlet, VT, and Shoreham, VT. Children:
1. Anna Hunt, b. 17 Jan. 1761, died at Shoreham, VT, 17 Jan. 1838, apparently unmarried, as VVR list her as Miss Anna Hunt, age 77.
2. Samuel Hunt, b. 3 April 1763, prob. with father in Pawlet in 1791 census, m. at Shoreham 30 Jan. 1792 Lucretia Moore, dau. of James Moore, died in Shoreham 15 Feb 1825 at age 62. Wife Lucretia died at Shoreham 18 Jan. 1848, Samuel and Lucretia identified as husband and wife in VVR. They had the following children b. at Shoreham (the 1st five consistent with the composition of the family in the 1800 census, and at least two born after 1800):
a. Charlotte Hunt, b. 30 Aug. 1792, m. Levi O. Birchard at
Shoreham 14 March 1816.
b. Lyman Hunt, b. 7 July 1794, died June 1853 at age 59. Per
misc. notes in Wyman (p. 363), Lyman Hunt son of Samuel and
Lucretia died at Boston, MA, 5 June 1853, at age 59. He was
described as "for 30 years a master mariner who made eighty
voyages across the ocean."
c. Lewis Hunt, Deacon, b. abt 1796, husband of Milly, died
at Shoreham 30 March 1868 at age 71 yrs, 11 mos. Had
children (possibly others):
i. Lyman W. Hunt, b. Shoreham (presumably) abt 1821, m.
Emily Hatch, b. Lenox, MA, abt 1823-5, is presumed to
be son of Deacon Lewis Hunt with whom he and wife were
living in 1850 and 1860 censuses. Lyman and Emily were
parents of Thirza D. Hunt, b. at Shoreham 19 1859;
other children shown in 1860 census were James L.,
Willis L., and "Lirrie."
ii. Thirza A. Hunt, b. abt 1826, died at Shoreham 3
June 1847 at age 21.
d. James Hunt, b. abt 1798, died at Shoreham 10 Dec 1819 at
age 21 yrs, 5 mos, 8 dys.
e. Amanda Hunt, b. abt 1801, died at Shoreham 25 Aug 1810 at
age 9 yrs, 4 mos, 8 dys.
f. Julius Hunt, b. abt 1802, m. Perline Booth 9 Dec. 1824,
died at Shoreham 31 May 1827 at age 25. Perline Hunt (prob.
widow of Julius) m. Samuel Wood Ward at Shoreham 8 April
g. Lucretia Hunt, b. abt 1813, died at Shoreham 28 Sept.
1830 at age 17.
3. Elijah Hunt, b. abt 1780 at Hardwick, MA, came (probably) to Pawlet and then to Shoreham, VT, with his parents, both of whom died at Shoreham, removed to St. Albans, VT, about 1805 and m. Abigail Gibbs in 1805 and died at St. Albans 30 April 1839 (per family records, or 21 April 1837 per VVR) at age 57. Wife Abigail died at St. Albans 24 Nov 1822 at age 34. Had children:
a. Ursula Hunt, m. ___Daggett; moved to New Haven, CT.
b. Martin Hunt, prob. same who m. in Georgia, VT, 27 Jan.
1834 Prudence I. Smith and same who had children b. at St.
Albans in 1834 and 1842, although the mother's name is given
as Patience Johnson (VVR).
c. Lyman Hunt, b. 5 April 1816, settled in Fairfax, VT,
where he m. 1st Susan A. Lewis and m. 2d Hannah Shedd
Hawley; died at Fairfax 27 June 1889. Children (from VVR
and family records of Mrs. Dorothy Hunt of Essex, VT) below:
i. Abbie N. Hunt, b. abt 1845, m. Page Ufford at
Fairfax 2 Sept. 1869.
ii. Susan Hunt, b. 8 June 1858, m. George H. Lawton at
Fairfax 10 Dec. 1897.
iii. Curtis Hawley Hunt, b. 13 May (or 6 May per family
records) 1864, m. Laura McGowan; died 28 July 1956. Had
children: Lyman Curtis Hunt, b.3 Jan. 1891, long-time
Superintendent of Schools at Burlington, VT, and member
of Legislature, died at Essex, VT, 4 Sept. 1970 leaving
children Lyman Curtis Hunt, Jr., and Lucille who m.
George Brockway; Roy Hunt b. 31 Oct. 1898; Fay Hunt;
Eunice Hunt who m. Ethan E. Aseltine; Dorothy Hunt, b.
5 Feb (12 Feb. in VVR) 1905 who m. Robert Fleetwood
Hunt, had children James Hawley Hunt and Caroline
Hunt,and was living in 1972 at Essex Jct., VT, and
provided information on the family of Curtis Hunt and
iv. Son (no name given in VVR), but probably Charles S.
Hunt, b. at Fairfax abt 1865, died at Fairfax 16 Aug.
v. Son (no name given in VVR), but probably Sidney
Hawley Hunt, b. Fairfax 16 May 1870, died at Fairfax 19
Dec. 1885 at age 15 yrs, 7 mos.
Pownal, Bennington County
"AMONY" HUNT 2-5-3-0-0
JOHN HUNT 1-1-2-0-0
These two Hunts were found as heads of households in the 1791 census. The name Amony was probably a corruption of the name Emery as the name is shown in the 1800 census (in some 20 years of researching the Hunt families of America and numerous voluminous genealogies, no other instance of the name Amony has been discovered). The ancestors of these two Pownal pioneers have not been discovered and little has been found on their descendants. A search of land records of Pownal might provide additional information. Vermont Vital Records have data on several Hunts in Pownal in the early 1800s but have nothing to show the family relationships. Such data as have been found on the Pownal Hunts are provided below, starting with "Amony" (?Emery).
Emery Hunt of Pownal
1800 U.S. Census for Pownal:
Emery Hunt, age 26-44; Female age 45 and over (possibly his mother?); Female age 26-44 (possibly wife?); Female age 16-25; Male age 16-25; Male age 10-15; Male age 10-15; Male age 0-9; Male age 0-9; Male age 0-9; Female age 0-9.
The 1810 census index for Pownal (details not examined) shows Emery, James, Joseph, William-- possibly Emery and three older sons.
The 1830 census for Pownal (original handwritten copy examined) shows in Pownal only David Hunt, age 30-50, with Female age 50-60 (possibly mother?), Female age 30-40 (prob. wife), Male age 5-10, Female age 5-10, Female age 5-10, Female age 0-4, Female age 0-4. This David was possibly son of Emery.
By letter of 25 July 1987, Nancy (Mrs. William) Smith, RD1, Box 360, Peru, NY 12972 seeks the ancestors of Amony/Emery Hunt giving the following information:
Amony/Emery Hunt, b. 1755 in VT (questionable), died about
1830 in Akron, NY. His wife was Martha ___, b. 1755/6, died
about 1855 at Akron, NY. Resided in Pownal, VT, area and in
Hoosick Falls, NY, Renseallear Co., NY, and later in Otsego
Co. and Erie Co., NY. In Erie their children were:
Ebenezer, b. 1777; James, b. abt 1779; daughter b.
1790-1800; son b. abt 1785; William, b. 1786 at Pownal,
died abt 1876 at Akron, NY, m. Elizabeth ___(They were
anc. of Mrs. Smith); Joseph b. 1789; John b. 1790-94;
David b. abt 1793; Mary b. abt 1800; Isaac b. abt 1805.
John Hunt of Pownal
Little has been found on the John Hunt who appears in Pownal in the 1791 census. He is not there in the 1800 census and probably removed to parts unknown before then.
By letter of 30 April 1977, Mrs. Mildred Hunt Rice, 4010 Tony St., Bakersfield, CA 93306 makes enquiry about her ancestor John Hunt who m. Lucy Downer (Lucy b. 22 March 1791 at Pownal, VT). They had son Jonathan E. Hunt, said to be b. at Pownal 17 Nov. 1814 who m. Esther A. Dixon, b. 1819 in Maryland and died in 1908 at Aurelius, Michigan. The line from Jonathan and Esther runs down as follows:
James Horace Hunt, b. 2 Sept. 1841 at Charlotte, MI, m. 21
Sept. 1861 at Charlotte a wife not known and died at
Aurelius, MI 14 Sept. 1899. James Hunt had brothers Joseph,
Jehiel, Sydemus, and George W. Hunt. James had son:
Almer James Hunt, b. 19 Oct. 1875 at Onondaga, MI, m. 25
Feb. 1900 at Farewell, MI, Emma Adella Lent, died 23 July
1936 at Paramount, CA. They were parents of Mildred Hunt
Rice. Almer James Hunt had children Albert, James, Mary,
Mildred, Charles, Horace, Audrey, and Jane. Almer James
Hunt had twin sisters Grace (Hunt) Ferris and Alma (Hunt)
Hunts in Vermont Vital Records at Pownal
Samuel L. Hunt, age 44 (b. abt 1743) died at Pownal 27 Dec. 1787,
buried in Ammon Fowler Farm Cemetery.
(He is not further identified. It is possible that he was
the Samuel Hunt, b. 20 Sept. 1743, son of Samuel and Hannah
(Kimball) Hunt of Lunenburgh and other MA towns--they had a
son Perley Hunt, b. 1760 who settled with a large family at
Heath, MA, near the VT border. This Samuel may possibly
have some connection with the Samuel referred to as "the
other" Samuel in the discussion of Pawlet and Rupert.
Nothing further was known by Wyman (p. 82) of Perley's
brother Samuel. It is possible that this Samuel Hunt might
have been the father of the Emery and John in the 1791
census of Pownal and the name Emery (rare in the Hunt
families) appears elsewhere in the Concord Line Hunts in
Wyman. This is a meager clue, only, and may not be
Polly Hunt of Pownal m. Gardner Card at Bennington 15 Feb. 1810.
Betsey Hunt of New Ashford (MA?) m. Henry Mead at Pownal 27 Feb.
_____(name of father not shown) and Elizabeth Hunt had the
following children born at Pownal:
John F. Bates Hunt, b. 17 Sept. 1827.
Isaac C. Hunt, b. 31 May 1833.
(The names John and Isaac appear among the children of Emery
and Martha Hunt in Mrs. Smith's recitation, above. The
children above would be of a later generation but might have
Erastus and Maria Hunt had dau. Hannah Maria b. at Pownal 28 March 1851.
John R. Hunt of Pownal, age 30 (b. abt 1830) m. Jane E. Carey of Pownal 9 April 1860.
SUPPLEMENT 5 March 1994: From letter of 13 Dec 1993 from Elwyn D. Draper, 1873 Bluehill Dr., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, who has a more complete record of Emery Hunt and descendants than presented here.
As early as 1765 a family named Hunt was listed among the 57 households in Pownal. "Amony" (Emory) and John are listed as Heads of Household in the 1791 census. Emory is said in family records to have been brother of Elnathan Hunt of Castleton, VT, qv. Emory Hunt, b. abt 1755, died 181?, m. Martha ___, b. 1756, died 1855?, prob. abt 1775/6 as their first child was b. Dec 1777 in Pownal. It is said that Martha lived to be 99 years of age, and in the NY State census of 1855 she was living with her son Isaac. Emory and Martha had fourteen children: Ebenezer, James, Sally, Nicholas, William, Joseph, John, David, Mary, Polly, Jacob, Isaac, Merritt, and Abiail. Of these children: Ebenezer Hunt, b. 21 Dec 1777 at Pownal, died 2 April 1844, buried in cem of First Baptist Church of Hunts Corners, Clarence Twp., Erie Co., NY, to where he moved in 1824 from Hoosick, NY. He m. in 1796 Margaret Welthy (1779-1836) and had 13 children: Beulah, Sally, Elizabeth, Emory, Welthy, James M., Martha, Catherine, Warren W., Martin N., Garret Bratt, Sally M., an unnamed female, and Harrison P. Hunt who for 43 years, starting in in 1855 was Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hunts Corners.
William Hunt, b. 1786 at Pownal, died 3 Jun 1876 at Newstead Twp., Erie Co., NY, m. 1st Elizabeth ___who died 1838; m. 2d Phebe (Street?, possibly Strunt) who died in 1862 and m. 3d 15 Nov 1864 Experience I. Bates (?) who was prev. wife of Orsemus Hurd and 2d Jacob Bratt. William lived 90 years, m. three times, and had eleven or twelve children of his own and raised the daughter and son of his second wife. The children of Elizabeth (Betsey) were: Samuel, Ira, William, Jr., Mary, Gardner, Aaron, Lorenzo W., Finette, Henry, Sally M. (Sarah?), and Jenette. Phebe had Charity E. (Catherine) Street and Ira James Street who was later known as Ira James Hunt. Of these children Gardner, Aaron, Lorenzo, and Ira James moved to Michigan.
Putney, Windham County
JOEL HUNT 1-0-0-0-0
DANIEL HUNT 1-3-3-0-0
These two Hunts are found in Putney in 1791. This Daniel Hunt was the only Daniel Hunt found in the 1791 census of Vermont. Who he was, where he came from, and where he went has not been discovered. He can not be found in the 1800 census and no trace of him or his family can be found in Vermont Vital Records.
Joel Hunt can be clearly identified as the son of Joel and Mary (Wright) Hunt of Northampton, MA. Wyman (p. 189) has data on him and his family but calls him "of Northampton, MA" and was apparently not aware that he had settled at Putney, VT, where the births of his children are found in VVR and where he died in 1806.
Joel Hunt of Putney, VT
Joel-5 Hunt (Joel-4, Jonathan-3-2-1 of Northampton, MA) was b. 22 Nov. 1768 at Northampton, MA, m. 18 June 1794 Hannah Lovejoy, died at Putney, VT, 29 Oct 1806. Widow Hannah died 10 Feb. 1851 (place unknown, not found in VVR and the family appears long-gone from Putney by that time). Joel Hunt was found alone in Putney in the 1791 census, apparently sniffing out land on which he was soon to settle after his m. to Hannah Lovejoy in 1794. He is found there in the 1800 census, his household consisting of more than his wife and children as noted:
Joel Hunt Household in 1800 census of Putney
Joel Hunt, age 26-44 (b. abt 1756-1774, actually 1768).
Male, age 26-44 (possibly a brother)
Female, age 26-44 (prob. wife Hannah Lovejoy)
Male, age 16-25 (possibly a brother)
Female, age 10-15 (possibly a sister)
Female, age 0-9 (prob. dau. Fanny or Sally)
Female, age 0-9 (prob. dau. Fanny or Sally)
Male, age 0-9 (prob. son George).
1. George Hunt, b. 3 May 1795 at Putney, VT, was "of Northampton"
according to Wyman, m. 1st Jerusha Smith by whom he had five
children and m. 2d Sarah Davis by whom he had one child.
a. Harriett Hunt, m. ___ Cheevers.
b. Hooker Leavitt Hunt, "of CT" according to Wyman, m. Emily
Board and had children William and John.
c. John Hunt, "of CT" who m. and had children.
d. Francis Hunt, m. ___ Norton.
e. Sarah Hunt.
f. Joel F. Hunt (by 2d wife).
2. Sally Hunt, b. 22 Sept 1796, died 31 March 1801 (according to
Wyman--VVR has two conflicting records, one saying 3 March 1801
at age 4 yrs, 6 mos, the other saying 31 March 1800 at age 5).
3. John Edwin Hunt, b. 26 Dec 1797, died 14 March 1800.
4. Fanny Hunt, b. 8 Aug 1799, m. Ebeneezer Noyes.
5. Edwin Hunt, b. 26 Feb 1801, m. 9 May 1825 Martha C. Southmayd,
and m. 2d 20 Nov 1827 Antha Maria Bellamy. Had children:
a. Martha, b. 20 Nov 1826, m. ___ Ensign.
b. Lucius Edwin, b. 31 Aug 1829, bookseller of Hartford, CT.
c. George Noyes, b. 9 Dec 1832, died 20 Dec. 1834.
d. Ellen Augusta, b. 11 Oct 1834.
e. Caroline, b. 16 Aug 1836.
f. Emma Maria, b. 30 Apr 1838.
g. Albert Lovejoy, b. 15 Aug 1840.
6. Mary Crosby Hunt, b. 14 Feb 1803, m. Fessenden Clark 11 April 1826 (m. record at Putney says Clark Fessenden; From Elizabeth Floyd's 1979 compilation on Clark Families of Vermont, Fessenden Clark, b. 10 Feb 1801 m. 11 April 1826 Mary C. Hunt, died 25 July 1877, had 9 children including Joel Hunt Clark, b. 27 June 1848 and m. in 1868 Clara Anna Campbell.)
7. Lucius Lyman Hunt, b. 22 Dec 1804, died March 1828 (birth and death not shown in VVR).
8. Hannah Lovejoy Hunt, b. 15 April 1807 (not shown in VVR), m. 1st ___ Brown and m. 2d Samuel Miller and was divorced.
Rupert, Bennington County
SAMUEL HUNT 2-2-4-0-0
His identity has not been definitely established. He has sometimes been confused with the Samuel Hunt who was in Pawlet.
Rev. War Pension files (S-22319) show a Samuel Hunt, b. abt 1754, enl. 1781 at Springfield, MA, as a private in Capt. Forthingham's Co., in Col. Crane's Regt. of Artillery, served until 1783 when he was discharged from the service at West Point, NY. In 1822 he was living in Rutland, VT, age 64, was granted a pension of $8 per month commencing 5 June 1822. His occupation in 1822 was a laborer, afflicted with rheumatism. His wife's name was Sally and she was age 64 in 1822, very feeble and unable to labor. They lived "with children who support us." In 1833 he was in Rupert, VT. There was no other mention of his wife or children in the pension file. He might have been the father of some of the unidentified children found in VVR at Pawlet (the only one at Rupert was Truman Hunt of Rupert who m. Sarah Porter at Pawlet 15 Aug 1799--he was prob. son of Seth Hunt, b. abt 1732, of Woodbury-Roxbury, CT, and brother of the Seth Hunt who appears in Rupert in the 1800 census along with the family of Simeon Hunt, probably their uncle Simeon of the Woodbury-Roxbury family who was bap. 27 March 1737, m. in 1769 Mary Leavenworth, mentioned in his father John Hunt's Will of 1771, but can not be found in the 1790 census of Litchfield Co., CT. There appears to be no connection between Samuel Hunt of Rupert and the Hunts from Litchfield Co., CT.).
Details on the large families of Simeon Hunt and Seth Hunt who appear in Rupert in the 1800 census can be passed over because their association with Vermont appears to have been brief and they left no trail in Vermont Vital Records. Their story can be found in Mitchell J. Hunt, The Early Hunt Families of Sharon, CT, And Surrounding areas of Litchfield County, July 1985, copies of which were filed with GSV, Vermont Historical Society, NEHGS in Boston, CT State Library, Library of Congress and a few other places.
Ryegate, Orange (now Caledonia) County
"JOSHUA" HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
JOSHUA HUNT 1-0-3-0-0
The first Joshua listed is undoubtedly Daniel Hunt (the father of the other Joshua) incorrectly listed in the census as Joshua. Daniel Hunt was one of the first two settlers of Ryegate, VT, moving there from Kingston, NH, in 1772-3 with some of his family, including his son Joshua who was the only one to settle with his father in Ryegate after the Rev. War--most of the others settled across the CT River at Bath and Lyman, NH. Daniel Hunt's cousin, Zebedee Hunt of Rye, NH, was one of 93 associates of Richard Jenness in the NH Charter of 8 Sept 1763 to "Reigate". None of the charter proprietors ever settled in Ryegate and their rights were sold in 1767 to John Church of Charlestown, NH, who was instrumental in selling much of the town to the Rev. John Witherspoon of Princeton, NJ, who sold the southern half of the town to a group in Scotland called the Scots American Company of Farmers who in 1773 started a mass emigration from Scotland to Ryegate. When the agents of the Company visited Ryegate on 28 June 1773, they stayed overnight with Aaron Hosmer, thought to be the first settler in Ryegate until it was found that Daniel Hunt was also living there at the time. A petition dated 26 Jan. 1773 to the New York Assembly carries among the names of "men from Newbury" Aaron Hosmer and two Daniel Hunts, the latter being the subject Daniel and his son of the same name.
The Miller and Wells History of Ryegate states that Daniel Hunt..."was first at Newbury in 1772 but returned to Kingston and served in the Rev. War, was at the Battle of Bunker Hill, came to Ryegate about 1779 with some of his family...". On the other hand, Hamilton Child's 1887-8 Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties cites "evidence once given in Danville Court that Daniel with part of his family came to Ryegate in the Spring of 1773 and continued there."
There was probably movement back and forth between the old homestead at Kingston, NH, and the frontier in the "Coos Country" towns along the big bend of the CT River in Vermont and New Hampshire. Son Daniel m. Silena Whittlesey at Haverhill, NH, 21 April 1774 and lived most of the rest of a long life on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River at the boundary of Bath and Haverhill. Daniel, Senior, and three of his sons are said to have fought at Bunker Hill in June of 1775, but this has not been verified and is questionable. Son Zebulon appears on a roster of Captain Samuel Young's Company in Timothy Bedel's Regt. in a Canadian Expedition in 1776, engaged on 8 March 1776 (at which time he would have been only 16 years old), and on a roster of men at Isle Aux Noix (in the Richelieu River, just above the present boundary of Vermont at Lake Champlain) on 24 June 1776. Zebulon later appears along with his brothers Daniel and Joshua in Captain Timothy Barron's Company in a regiment raised for the Defense of the Frontier in 1778-9, at which time they were listed as residents of Bath, NH. Daniel's son Moses records the longest continuous Rev. War service, enlisting at Epping, NH, in March of 1777 in the corps of Rangers commanded by Major Benjamin Whitcomb, in the line of the State of New Hampshire in the Continental establishment, where he served until the end of the War in New England, having seen action against Burgoyne at Saratoga. He returned from the War to the Coos Country Towns and settled with his wife Ruth Dodge at the foot of Hunt Mountain (named for him) in the portion of Lyman, NH, which became Monroe.
Daniel Hunt died in 1807 and was buried in the Old Scotch Cemetery at Ryegate (long- abandoned) with his wife Mary Trussell who died in 1795. He is said to have been the only Rev. War soldier buried there, but his service has not been verified and his son Joshua (whose Rev. War service is verified) succeeded his father on the Ryegate farm and died in 1815 and was possibly also buried in the Old Scotch Cemetery--the dates and place of burial of Joshua and his wife Elizabeth Whittlesey have not been discovered. There were few identifiable gravestones found in the Old Scotch Cemetery when it was closed and the few that were recognizable were moved to the "new" cemetery at Ryegate Corners.
Most of the Hunts who settled in Caledonia and Orleans Counties in the early part of the 19th century were descendants of Daniel Hunt whose children spread around Ryegate, Barnet, Bradford, Danville, Peacham, in Vermont, and Bath, Haverhill, Lisbon, Lyman, in New Hampshire and descendants followed the Bayley-Hazen Military Road (which some of the children probably patrolled during the Rev. War) to the Canadian Border in Orleans County where they were among the early settlers of Jay, Lowell, and Troy, VT.
A detailed genealogy of Daniel Hunt can be found in Mitchell J. Hunt, The Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Hunt (1723-1807) Pioneer Settler of Ryegate, VT, 1772-3, (July 1976, Rev. 1985), copies filed with GSV, VT Historical Society, NEHGS at Boston, Antiquarian Society at Worcester, CT State Library, Library of Congress, and a few other places. An abbreviated summary is provided below.
Genealogy of Daniel Hunt of Ryegate
Daniel-3 Hunt was b. at Amesbury, MA, 12 April 1723, son of Samuel-2 (Edward-1) and Elizabeth (Clough) Hunt of Amesbury, and grandson of the pioneer Edward and Ann (Weed) Hunt of Amesbury, start of the so-called Amesbury Line of Hunts. Edward of Amesbury was prob. the son of the Edward Hunt of Duxbury, MA, who was constable there in 1656, sold land in Duxbury in 1665 and disappears from Duxbury records. Edward Hunt of Duxbury was son of the pioneer Edmund Hunt of Duxbury, the first known Hunt in the New England Colonies, appearing first at Cambridge, MA, in 1634-5 and removed in 1636-7 to Duxbury where he died about 1656. The old "Edmond" Hunt House in Duxbury, built in September 1641, remains standing and in use as a summer home in Duxbury, one of the oldest houses still in existence in America. The circumstantial evidence is strong that Edward Hunt of Amesbury was a grandson of Edmund Hunt of Duxbury, but conclusive proof can probably never be found because early fires destroyed the town records of both Duxbury and Amesbury.
Daniel Hunt m. at Hampstead, NH, in 1743, Mary Trussell, b. 12 Oct. 1721, dau. of Henry and Hannah (Weed) Trussell of Amesbury. Her sister Miriam m. Daniel Hunt's brother Jonathan.
Jonathan and Miriam (Trussell) Hunt had at least 8 children including Abel Hunt, b. 16 April 1750, who has a place among the early settlers of Vermont because in 1772 he purchased from his father land in Hopkinton, NH, m. abt 1772 Elizabeth Cressey and moved to Strafford, VT, where their son Moses was b. 19 Jan. 1774 and a dau. Catherine was b. 8 April 1775. Abel died at Hopkinton in 1777 and his son Moses m. Judith Roberts (1773-1866), purchased land in Tunbridge, VT, 20 June 1795, which he sold in 1796 and removed to Strafford, VT He had children Elizabeth, Abel, Cynthia, Judith, Catherine, Hannah, Eunice, and Moses, b. at Tunbridge and Strafford in the period 1795-1809, subsequently "moved West" and died at Bridesville, Ohio, in Jan. 1840. (See further on Moses Hunt in
Strafford, VT, below.)
Lois Hunt, b. 23 Oct. 1758, another child of Jonathan
and Miriam (Trussell) Hunt, m. at Hopkinton, NH, abt
1785, David Annis as his 2d wife. They had 3 children
b. at Hopkinton and removed to Chelsea, VT, where the
births of the first 8 of his children were recorded
(albeit the 1st four were by his 1st wife, Elizabeth
Hunt, a cousin of Lois, parents not discovered).
Sometime in 1797 David and his family removed to Bath,
NH, where three more children were born and David Annis
died 18 Aug. 1824. His wife Lois died at Kelsea
Moore's in Ryegate, VT, in July 1844. David's first
child (by 1st wife Elizabeth Hunt), Webster D. Annis,
m. Lucinda Hunt, dau. of Zebulon Hunt of Bath, NH. A
son by 2d wife Lois Hunt, Nathaniel Flood Annis, m.
Mehitable Hunt, dau. of Joshua Hunt of Ryegate, VT.
Reference to these families is made because they are relevant to some early Hunt settlers of Vermont prior to the 1791 census and the relationship to Daniel Hunt, the pioneer at Ryegate, VT.
Noyes' History of Hampstead, NH, provides information on the marriage and first three children of Daniel and Mary (Trussell) Hunt. Hampstead was formed from portions of Haverhill and Amesbury, MA, when the boundary between MA and NH was established, and the town incorporated in 1748. A petition of 29 July 1746 for establishing the town of Hampstead has the signatures of Jonathan Hunt (brother of Daniel) and Henry Trussell. Births recorded in Book I of Town Records of Hampstead include Samuel, Nehemiah, and Hannah, the first three children of Daniel Hunt. Sometime after the birth of Hannah in July of 1749, the family appears have removed to Kingston, NH, and from there Daniel Hunt and some of his family removed to Newbury and Ryegate, VT, where Daniel Hunt was one of the first two settlers in 1772-3 and appears in the 1791 census (incorrectly identified as Joshua, his son, who is also listed in the census). Wife Mary Trussell died at Ryegate in 1795 and was buried in the Old Scotch Cemetery at Ryegate (per Ryegate History). Daniel was living with his son Joshua in the 1800 census of Ryegate. It was not until 1797 that any effort was made to establish a church in Ryegate. Prior to this, traveling ministers and a church in the adjoining town of Barnet provided religious services. The first Ryegate church was completed and a sale of pews made on January 12, 1801. As recorded in the Ryegate History, Gallery pew No. 18 was sold to Joshua Hunt and No. 28 to Daniel Hunt. According to Ryegate History, Daniel Hunt died in 1807 and was buried in the Old Scotch Cemetery.
Hamilton Childs' 1887-8 Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties identifies some of the early properties of Daniel Hunt, including his last home, then occupied by Major Thomas Nelson, grandson of the pioneer William Nielson of Ryegate, 200 acres in the "McIndoes Section," of Ryegate, identified on Road 17, a short spur leading from what is now U.S. Rt. 5 to Ryegate Corners. A brook running from Blue Mountain through Ryegate Corners passes through this property on its way through the old Hunt Farm to the Connecticut River and was identified on maps of the 19th century as Hunt Brook.
The Hunt tenure in Ryegate did not last long after the death of Daniel. His son Joshua succeeded him on the family farm, but Joshua died only eight years later at the relatively young age of about 56, leaving a widow and nine children, three around age 21 and the other six boys ranging from the age of 3 to 18. The oldest child, daughter Mehitable, m. abt 1811 Nathaniel Annis, lived with him awhile in Ryegate, and then moved a few miles to McIndoe Falls where they both died and are buried. The five (possibly six) oldest sons were all married by 1823 when the mother died, leaving three unmarried sons between the ages of 11 and 19. What became of the younger boys until they were "of age" is not known, probably cared for by older siblings. In any event, soon after the death of the mother all of the children had departed from Ryegate, although Joshua's son Worcester and his descendants appeared to be in close contact for several generations while living in McIndoe Falls in the neighboring town of Barnet. Several of the children of the pioneer Daniel Hunt of Ryegate were among the early settlers of Bath and Lyman, across the River (CT) from Ryegate, and most of the children of Joshua also appear there before starting a migration into the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and elsewhere.
The Children of Daniel and Mary (Trussell) Hunt:
1. Samuel Hunt, b. 15 March 1746 at Hampstead, NH. He is believed (not proved) to be the Samuel Hunt of Epping, NH (where his brother Moses enl. in the Rev. War) who m. Elizabeth ___ and was the father of the following children shown by Epping birth records: Edward Hunt, b. 14 July 1769; John White Hunt b. 17 Jan. 1779; Moses Hunt, b. 23 March 1780.
2. Nehemiah Hunt, b. 15 Sept 1747 at Hampstead, NH. He appears to be the only son of Daniel Hunt to remain at Kingston. He m. Sarah Carter and had children:
a. Reuben Hunt, m. Sarah Eastman 28 Feb. 1793 and had 9
children including Ichabod Hunt who m. Miriam Butman and
removed to Wolcott and then Albany, VT, where they both died
and are buried in Chamberlain Hill Cemetery at Albany,
leaving several children.
b. Robert Hunt, m. Eliza Maloon 12 180_ and settled in
Maine; had seven children.
c. Philip Hunt, m. Nancy Merrill 28 Feb. 1808, had son
William b. 9 Nov. 1808, removed to Montpelier, VT, where
several more children were born and his wife died 14 Jan.
1831. Vermont Vital Records show the following children
born at Montpelier:
i. Philip Hunt, b. 29 Jan. 1822. He is probably the
Philip M. Hunt "of Chelsea" and Tunbridge who m. Martha
Cleaveland of Royalton, and died and is buried in Hunt
Cemetery at Tunbridge (named for a quite different
family of Hunts).
ii. Mary Merrill Hunt, b. 26 Feb 1824, "2d child" per
VVR (prob. 2d b. at Montpelier).
iii. Experience Bullock Hunt, b. 7 April 1826, "3d
child" per VVR. (Record says parents were b. in
Montpelier--a common error in VVR to show parents as
born in the town the child was born in, when in fact
they were born elsewhere.)
iv. Henry Alba Hunt, b. 3 Aug 1828, "4th child." He
settled in Duxbury, VT, and records of him there show
varying versions of his name, usually as Alba or Alby.
As Henry A. Hunt he m. Anna Minor at Duxbury 18 Sept.
1850, shown with Anna in the 1850 census as Alby Hunt.
He died at Duxbury 18 March 1877 (per gravestone).
They had a son Fred M. Hunt, b. Warren, VT, who at age
22 m. at Moretown 29 July 1883 Nettie D. Griffith. Also
son Merril Alanson Hunt, b. Duxbury, VT, 16 Nov. 1858
who died 24 May 1860; also a dau. Nelly G. Hunt who
died 17 March 1858 at age 15 months.
v. Fanny Dewey Hunt, b. 3 Aug. 1828 (per VVR,
apparently twin of Henry).
What happened to Philip Hunt "of Montpelier" has not been
discovered. His date of death has not been found. In
Duxbury, records of a Philip Hunt have been found with a
(possibly 2nd) wife and a large family who removed from
Duxbury to Barton, VT. The death records of this Philip
Hunt at Barton show a different age and parents than Philip
of Montpelier. The mystery has not yet been solved, but it
would appear that the Philip Hunt of Montpelier and the
Philip Hunt of Duxbury and Barton, if not the same, have
some relationship to the pioneer Daniel Hunt of Ryegate.
d, e, f, Three daughters, names not discovered.
3. Hannah Hunt, b. 17 July 1749 at Hampstead, NH. Not found in various compilations of descendants of Daniel Hunt and may have died young.
4. Mary Hunt, b. abt 1750 (from her death record at Danville, VT, 28 Dec 1831 "at age 81") m. abt 1772-6, prob. at Kingston, NH, her cousin Abner-4 Hunt, son of Henry-3 and Hannah (Eastman) Hunt (Nathaniel-2, Edward-1 Hunt of Amesbury). Henry, the father of Abner, has sometimes been confused (as in the Barnet History) as the son of Daniel and brother of Mary, but it is clear from Wyman and other records that the fathers of Abner and Mary were cousins. Abner and Mary appear in Haverhill, NH, in the 1790 census, with four children, presumably Eliakim, Daniel, Mary, and Silena (the latter prob. named for Silena Whittlesey, wife of Mary's brother Daniel of Haverhill and Bath, NH). Abner and his family and his brother-in-law Henry appear in Dewey's Gore, VT, in the 1800 census. The 1800 census shows seven children in the household of Abner and Mary whose ages conform with their identified children. Abner Hunt prob. died at Danville, VT, but no record has been found. His widow was prob. the "Mrs. Mary Hunt" who died in Danville 21 Dec. 1831 at age 81. She was prob. the female age 80-90 living with her son Daniel in the 1830 census of Danville. Children:
a. Eliakim Hunt, b. 1777, m. at Danville 4 Sept 1804 Sarah
(Sally) Russell, dau. of Stephen and Sally Russell. Eliakim
and wife Sally are found in the 1850 census of Danville 3
Sept 1850 at which time living with them was Hiram Hunt,
prob. son of Eliakim's deceased brother Stephen. Sarah was
living with her son-in-law David C. Bacon in the Danville
census of 1 June 1860. Eliakim died at Danville 27 Oct 1850
at age 73. His widow Sarah died at Danville 9 Oct. 1860 at
age 76 years, 11 months. They had children:
i. Erastus Hunt, b. 3 April 1804, m. 7 March 1826
Abigail Clark, dau. of Moses P. and Lydia (Hazeltine)
Clark of Newbury, VT. He died at Danville 26 May 1829
at age 24. His gravestone at Danville also carries an
inscription for "Sarah N., daughter of D. C. and M. A.
Bacon, died 24 March 1847," probably referring to the
daughter of his sister Mary Ann.
ii. Laura Hunt, b. 16 April 1809, m. Joseph H. Gregg at
Danville 1 Jan. 1848.
iii. Mary Ann Hunt, b. 16 Oct 1815, m. David C. Bacon
at Danville 5 April 1843. They were prob. the parents
of "Sarah N." who died 24 March 1847, buried next to
her uncle Erastus Hunt in Danville Cemetery. Living
with family of David C. Bacon in Danville Census of 1
June 1860 was Sarah Hunt, prob. mother of Mary Ann, and
the Sarah Hunt who died four months later.
b. Daniel Hunt, b. 1778, m. Priscilla (also seen as
Parsilla) Morrison at Danville 29 April 1802, died at
Danville 11 April 1846 at age 67. Priscilla (shown as
Persilla in VVR) died 6 Jan. 1847 at age 60 (another card in
VVR says died at age 64). Found living in Danville with the
family of Daniel Hunt in the 1830 census was a "female age
80-90" who was prob. Mary Hunt, mother of Daniel. The
children had all apparently left the nest by then. Daniel's
gravestone in the Danville Cemetery is a relatively new
stone with a masonic symbol and shown on the back side is an
inscription for Lyman J. Hunt (presumably his grandson) and
Lyman's wife Lydia. Had children:
i. Betsey Hunt, b. at Danville 21 Feb. 1802 (which
would be two months before her parents were married and
is probably mis-read and should be 1803). She m. at
Danville Joseph Ladd of Peacham, son of Thing and
Elizabeth (Johnson) Ladd on 6 Dec. 1821. Joseph died
at Brighton, VT, 27 Feb. 1890 (per Watts & Choate
People of Peacham) and Betsey died at Island Pond
(Brighton), VT, 20 Feb. 1866 (VVR).
ii. Justus Hunt (also found spelled Justice), b. at
Danville 12 May 1804, m. Louisa Ladd at Peacham 27 Dec
1827. Louisa died at Charleston, VT, 2 July 1864 and
Justus m. 2d at Charleston 23 May 1867 Almirah
C(ynthia) Adams. Justus died at Charleston 14 Nov.
1876. There are conflicting records on his children,
which numbered at least eight by his first wife and at
least two (who died in infancy) by his 2d wife. Watts
and Choate People of Peacham has the erroneous
statement that he "removed from Peacham before 1830"
but he is found there in the 1850 and 1860 censuses. He
had the following children by his first wife: Almira,
b. 1830 who m. 3 July 1858 Charles Greenbanks of
Danville; Amos R. Hunt, b. 1832, who m. Sarah M. Marsh
21 Oct 1857; Mahala J. Hunt, b. 1834, was with the
family in the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Peacham, but
NFI; Octavia V. Hunt, b. 1830, who m. at Charleston 6
Sept 1865 Charles L. Gray and died at Charleston 29 Oct
1866, buried with parents in Buck Cemetery at
Charleston near the Brighton Line; Wilbur M. Hunt, b.
1838, m. Eunice Scott 10 April 1863 (according to Watts
& Choate, but the birth record of his son George Wilber
Hunt at Charleston 22 Oct 1874 gives the mother's name
as Eunice Nichols, b. Wolcott and the birth record of
his daughter Almira Jane Hunt at Wolcott 2 May 1864
gives the name of the mother as Eunice E. Nichols, "b.
Elmore"; Betsey L. Hunt, b. 1840, died 20 1864 ("at
Peacham" per Watts & Choate, but at Charleston per VVR,
which gives her parents' names as "Louis and Joity"
Hunt--VVR records had a lot of trouble correctly
recording the name of Justus Hunt and his wives); Maria
P. Hunt, b. 1842, died at Charleston 29 Nov. 1863 (VVR
giving parents' names as "Elias and Rhoda" Hunt).
Wyman, p. 17, lists as the first child an infant who
died at age 3 weeks, but was not aware of the 2nd
marriage in Charleston, VT. By his 2d wife Justus had
a child, not named, who died at Charleston in March of
1869, the mother's name given as "Cynthia" (VVR).
Another child was born and died at Charleston 15-17
iii. Charles Morrison Hunt, b. at Danville 18 Feb.
1813, m. in 1840 Aurilla Beard of Danville. They were
found living in Danville in the 1850 and 1860 censuses,
with three children in 1860. Charles died 10 Sept.
1888 and Aurilla died 27 Jan. 1892, both buried with
son Lester and his wife in the cemetery at Peacham. Had
children: Lyman James Hunt, b. 4 March 1842, m. Lydia
S. ___, and had dau. Minnie C. Hunt (b. at Plainfield,
VT, 21 Nov 1868), died in 1917 per gravestone shared
with that of his grandparents Daniel and Priscilla Hunt
in Danville Cemetery; Melvina Priscilla Hunt, b.
Danville 2 May 1847, living with parents in the 1860
census of Danville; Lester Marshall Hunt, b. Danville
19 Nov. 1853, m. 15 June 1879 Mary Della Dana, dau. of
Royal Dana, died at Peacham 13 Jan. 1905, buried in
Peacham with dau. Pearl (Hunt) Southard (wife Mary died
in Ryegate 18 April 1933)--they had children Ina b.
1887 who m. a Whitehill and removed to Littleton, NH,
and dau. Pearl, b. 1892 who m. _______ Southard, and
died in 1972 per gravestone in Peacham.
c. Zebulon Hunt, b. abt 1780, m. Hannah Glines at Danville 1
May 1814. He has sometimes been mistaken for his uncle
Zebulon Hunt of Bath, NH. Hannah Glines was dau. of James
and Mary (Dow) Glines, possibly the same who were in
Wheelock, VT, abt 1792 and who were settlers in 1805 in
Stanstead, QUE, at what became Glines Corner (See Forest and
Clearings, History of Stanstead). Hannah's brother Moses
Glines, b. 1806 at Stanstead, became a distinguished doctor,
a governor of the Canadian College of Physicians and
Surgeons, and spent a lifetime in medical practice in
Stanstead County, QUE, where he died in 1863. Zebulon's
aunts Judith and Hannah (Hunt) Peasley were also early
settlers of Stanstead, and Zebulon may also have moved up to
Canada, but no further information has been found.
d. Stephen Hunt, b. ___, m. at Danville 2 Jan. 1814 Mary
(Polly) Heldreck, died at Danville 1 Jan. 1827 leaving widow
Mary and eight children. Widow Mary (Polly) and three of
her children were found living on adjoining property to her
brother-in-law Eliakim Hunt in the 1830 census of Danville.
Mary was found living with her daughter and son-in-law
George and Roxanna (Hunt) Holmes in Lyman, NH, in the 1850
U.S. Census. Sons Frederick and Alexander apparently found
employment in the industrial center of Lowell, MA, and moved
back and forth between Lowell and the Coos Country towns of
VT and NH where records of them have been found at various
times. The History of Monroe, NH (1955) has much on the
descendants of Frederick and Alexander in Monroe, many still
living there, but the latter and the compilers of the Monroe
History did not know the ancestors of Frederick and
Alexander. At least eight children were born to Stephen and
Mary (Heldreck) Hunt at Danville per VVR and family records:
i. Roxa A. (Rota, Rosa, Roxanne) Hunt, b. 3 Jan. 1810,
m. George Adams Holmes, living in Lyman, NH, in 1850
with six children and Roxa's mother Mary.
ii. Ephraim Hunt, b. 17 Jan. 1812. NFI.
iii. Hector Hunt, b. 22 April 1814; died 31 Jan. 1815.
iv. Frederick P. Hunt, b. 13 April 1816. Wyman records
him living in Lowell, MA, in 1860, engineer, Carpet
Lane, and notes his m. 3 July 1846 at age 30 to his 2d
wife. Lowell, MA, Vital Records to 1850 (p. 449)
record the m. of Frederick P. Hunt, widower, of Lowell,
age 30, machinist, son of Stephen and Mary Hunt, to
Mary Jane Shawney, age 19, dau. of Christopher and
Olinda Shawney, 3 July 1846. Mary Jane's sister Sophia
(probably) m. Frederick's brother Alexander, although
Sophia's parents' names are shown as Christopher and
Lorinda Shorey--common misinterpretation of old written
records. Frederick is prob. the same shown in Monroe,
NH, Selectmen's Reports of 1857 and 1858 and
undoubtedly the father of Albert L. Hunt, "b. at
Lowell, MA, 1 Sept 1849" and Fred Plummer Hunt, b. at
Lowell, MA, 10 May 1856. These two sons are shown with
large families in the 1955 History of Monroe, NH, and
are recorded as sons of Frederick and Mary Jane
(Shawney) Hunt. Frederick Hunt also had a dau. Lovinah
S. Hunt, b. Provincetown, MA, abt 1851, who was a
resident of Chelsea, VT, when she m. James G. Rolfe at
Chelsea 30 Sept 1874 at age 23 (VVR). Frederick P.
Hunt m. "2d" at Waterford, VT, "at age 54" Martha
Buckman 25 Nov 1875.
v. Eliza Jane Hunt, "fifth child", b. 10 July 1818.
vi. Hiram Hunt, b. 11 Aug 1820, m. at Danville 1 Jan.
1854 Cynthia S. Taylor who was b. 9 Oct. 1827, dau. of
David and Sarah (Sawyer) Taylor, and granddaughter of
Eben and Sarah (Russell) Sawyer, as recorded in Alfred
Poor's Travels on his visit abt 1861 to Hiram Hunt at
Harvey's Hollow in Danville. Hiram is shown in
Danville in the 1860 census but had no children in his
household at that time; living with Hiram and his wife
was Sarah Lane, age 77 (Cynthia's mother who m. 2d Noah
Lane who died in 1854). They had son Moses Eugene W.
Hunt, b. at Danville 15 Oct 1867, who under the name of
Eugene W. Hunt m. Marion Frye Tice at Danville 28 March
1892 and had dau. Marian Tice Hunt b. at Danville 27
vii. Alexander Hunt, b. 2 Nov 1822. Wyman says m. at
Lowell, MA, at age 23 on 14 Jan. 1846 to Sophia
Shorney. Lowell, MA, Vital Records to 1850 show
"Alexander Hunt, unmarried, of Lowell, MA, age 23,
dryer, son of Stephen and Mary Hunt, m. Sophia
"Shorney", dau. of Christopher and "Lorinda Shorney" at
Lowell 14 Jan. 1846. They had dau. Ellen Frances Hunt
b. at Lowell 6 Nov 1846. Alexander is prob. the same
recorded in Monroe, NH, Selectmen's Reports in 1854 and
1856. He also had a dau. Rosa Orlinda Emeline Hunt, b.
at Barnet, VT, 3 March 1858 (VVR).
e. Mary Hunt, b. abt 1775-1784, prob. the "Polly Hunt of
Deweysburgh" who m. Nehemiah Hunt,son of Henry Hunt (below).
f. Samuel Hunt, b. ___; prob. the Samuel Hunt who m. Hannah
Peasley at Danville 28 April 1814. NFI.
g. Silena Hunt, b. ___. NFI.
5. Daniel Hunt, b. 1753, prob. at Kingston, NH, came with his father to Newbury and Ryegate in 1772-3, m. at Haverhill, NH, 21 April 1774 Silena Whittlesey, dau. of Josiah and Elizabeth (Jackson) Whittlesey. Josiah Whittlesey with wife and children moved from CT to Grafton Co., NH, shortly before the Rev. War, and Josiah served a hitch in the frontier regiments in the same company with the Hunt brothers Daniel, Joshua, and Zebulon who appear to have m. his daughters Silena, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Daniel Hunt is found in Haverhill, NH, in the 1790 census and later in Bath, NH, censuses through 1830. He lived most of some 65 years in the Coos Country towns, most of this on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River above present Woodsville at the Haverhill- Bath boundary. From evidence in pension files his home was used as a stopping place for travelers through this area and presumably was on the north side of the River where a ford across the river from Haverhill to Bath was the major travel route in the early days. Bath Town Records of June 1818 establish the first road to be built along the north side of the Ammonoosuc and give clues to the location of the home of Daniel Hunt.
A tax list for Bath 1 April 1794 shows John Farman taxed for 100 acres of wild land; Benjamin Farman taxed for 20 acres of land and property, also a cow and horse; Zebulon Hunt for 5 acres of tilled land and 91 acres of wild land; Henry Hunt for a cow and horse; and Daniel Hunt for a cow and horse. John Farman was a pioneer settler of Newbury, VT, and Bath, NH, whose daughter Wealthy m. Thomas Hunt, son of Henry. Benjamin Farman was the son of John and said to be the first child born in Bath to survive to manhood; he removed to Lowell, VT, and provided a written testimony to the Rev. War service of Moses Hunt, brother of Daniel, Henry, Joshua, Zebulon, et. al. Zebulon was the brother of Daniel of Bath and his farm was on the opposite end of Bath from Daniel, on the mountain road near the Lyman boundary. Henry was the brother of Daniel and Zebulon and this 1794 entry would indicate that it was sometime between then and 1800 that he moved to Deweysburgh (Danville), VT.
NH State Papers (Vol. XVII, Rev. Rolls, Vol. 4, p. 116) show on payroll of Capt. Nehemiah Lovewell's Company in a Regiment of Volunteers Raised by order of Congress for an Expedition against Canada, whereof Timothy Bedel, Esq., is Colonel, Daniel Hunt, Private 20 Feb. 1777 for 1 mo, 10 days. (On this same list was Zebulon Hunt, Private, 3 Feb. 1777, 1 mo, 27 days.) Vol. XVI, Vol.3, p. 314 has similar record.
Vol. XV, Vol. w, p. 592 provides "a muster of Captain Timothy Barron's Company in a regiment raised for the defense of the Frontiers on and adjacent to Connecticut River, commanded by Col. Timothy Bedel" which shows:
Daniel Hunt, Pvt., apptd. 15 Apr 1778 to 1 Apr 1779.
Zebulon Hunt, Sgt, apptd. 10 Apr 1778 to 2 Apr 1779.
Joshua Hunt, Sgt., apptd. 10 Apr 1778 to 1 Apr 1779.
Daniel Hunt m. 2d at Bath, NH, 16 Nov 1814 Hannah Farmer, whose parents have not been discovered. The fact that she was some 42 years younger than her husband and he would have been about age 61 when she was about 19 at the time of the marriage in 1814 indicates that this was a marriage "of convenience" and her role was probably more one of housekeeper than of wife.
Daniel Hunt remains somewhat a "mystery man" despite his long years in Bath, NH. There is little information in local histories in the area about him. Wyman's Hunt Family Genealogy (p, 13) incorrectly identifies him as "of Derry, NH" with a son James b. 1806 and other children--this is obviously another Daniel because all evidence indicates that subject Daniel spent his entire adult life along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River around Bath. He died in the poor house at Bath 2 May 1837 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery at Bath.
The most enlightenment that can be found on Daniel Hunt comes from his pension file for Rev. War service (W8222, BLWt) on file in the National Archives at Washington, DC, and condensations which appear in NH Rev. War Records, Pensions, Vol. 20 (copies on file with the NH Historical Society, Concord). His first application 10 Nov. 1834 and subsequent applications by his widow Hannah provide most of what is known of Daniel Hunt. The pension applications show several periods of short service when he "was stationed on the Frontier on and adjacent to the Connecticut River, the place where the regiment was raised, which service he performed in guarding the Frontier Inhabitants and Public Stores against the Enemy and in Building Public Buildings such as Store Houses, Guardhouses, Blockhouses & Barracks, Patrolling, Scouting towards Canada, and he rendered several other Services on allarums, and Hired and Paid others on these services--all of this kind of Services to show his Friendship to the American Cause of the Revolution."
Various old acquaintances, including some of the "important" people of Bath in the early days, testified to knowing Daniel Hunt well and knowing of his Rev. War service. Most of the details can be omitted here, but the following testimony is of note:
Horatio Buck of Bath testified for an application for a
widow's pension for Hannah Hunt, widow of Daniel Hunt, on 13
Nov. 1854: I, Horatio Buck, of Bath...say that I was well-
acquainted with Daniel Hunt, late of said Bath, deceased. He
was one of the first settlers of the town of Bath and lived
to an advanced age. I think he told me that he was over
eighty years of age not long before he died. Said Daniel
Hunt died at the Poorhouse in Bath on the second day of May,
1837. I assisted in laying him out...I dug his grave and
attended his funeral and buried him near the West
Meetinghouse in said Bath. I was Sexton in that portion of
the town of Bath at that time.
Earlier testimony of 4 Oct. 1842 by Ezra Child of Bath
provides a note to conclude this recitation on the life of
Daniel Hunt. Child owned the sawmill on the Ammonoosuc
River between the home of Daniel Hunt and Bath Village. He
was one of Bath's most prominent citizens in the first half
of the 19th century: I, Ezra Child, of 83 years of age,
depose and say that I have lived about sixty years in Bath
in Grafton County...When I first came to Bath, Daniel Hunt,
now deceased, lived in the edge of Haverhill or Bath, near
the line of these two towns where they unite, with his first
wife, and he continued in Bath until his first wife died and
then he married Hannah Farmer and lived with her in Bath for
a time and then moved with her about fifteen miles and then
back to Bath and died here in Bath, and she remains his
widow and lives here still. He died several years ago. I
never knew any other Daniel Hunt anywhere in this county
until long after the Revolutionary War and never any one old
enough to be a soldier in that war. He was reputed to be a
soldier of the Revolution and was a brother to Zebulon Hunt.
He was an honest poor man and he lived a neighbor to me a
great many years. I have no doubt his testimony is true
respecting his services though I know nothing of it
personally, only by report, but I have confidence he would
not falsify knowingly for any thing and I am sure there was
no other Daniel Hunt in this county or vicinity to do the
services. He lived a great many years near the mouth of the
Ammonoosuc River, part of which River for a mile is in Bath
and part in Haverhill near its mouth.
Of the children of Daniel Hunt, little, if anything, is known. In the 1790 census of Haverhill, NH, he is shown to have had in his household two males 16 or over (in addition to himself), 1 male under 16, and 2 females (in addition to his wife). The children may or may not have been his. In the 1800 census of Haverhill he had in his household one male age 10-15 and one female age 16-26. In the 1830 census of Bath he appears age 70-80, with wife (2d, Hannah Farmer), age 30-40. The Elijah Hunt of Bath who was living near Daniel in the 1818 road application might have been his son. A John Quincy Hunt is reported to have been a son of the Daniel Hunt who died 2 May 1837, but this is a casual reference in Coos Country records and nothing more has been learned of John Quincy Hunt. The fact that there was no one in Bath of his immediate family to care for Daniel in his old age may indicate a paucity of children.
No gravestone for Daniel Hunt is found in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery at Bath, nor is there any War Memorial erected in the cemetery for one of Bath's earliest citizens and Rev. War soldiers, although there is a memorial for his brother Zebulon. This is an oversight which one of the local patriotic and civic associations may someday find fit to correct.
6. Henry Hunt, b. abt 1755, prob. at Kingston, NH. Wyman identifies him as "of Kingston, NH" but he settled after the Rev. War in Haverhill and Bath, NH, found in Haverhill in the 1790 census, shown in Bath by Selectmen's Records in 1791 through 1794 and probably removed soon after to Deweysburgh (Danville), VT, where he is found in the 1800 census. He is not found in the 1810 census and possibly died before that date; no record of his death has been found. A biography of his grandson William Prescott Hunt of Boston and an article in Virkus 1925 Compendium of American Genealogy on the family of William Prescott Hunt allege that Henry's wife was Elizabeth Hale, a sister of the Patriot Nathan Hale, but the father of Henry is presented as Daniel Hunt of Kingston, NH, who was transposed into a quite different Daniel Hunt--a Capt. Daniel Hunt of Rehobeth, MA, who died in 1773 who m. Elizabeth Hollis, and was of a Rehobeth Branch of the so-called Weymouth Line of Hunts. One would think that William Prescott Hunt would have known who his grandparents were, but he obviously didn't and the published versions of his ancestors past his father Caleb Hunt of Haverhill, NH, et. al., can be dismissed as fantasy. It is possible that he was one of the Henry Hunts who served in the Rev. War but it is not possible to identify all of the Henry Hunts who served in the Rev. War from NH and MA. No pension record for him has been found and he prob. died before Rev. War pensions were authorized. Data on his children can be presented with reasonable certainty from vital records of New Hampshire and Vermont, census records, cemetery records, and family records. Children:
a. Moses Hunt, b. abt 1774 (from death and census records,
"in CT" from census records); m. Abigail Williams at
Haverhill, NH 20 Nov. 1792; lived in Bath, NH abt 1800-1830
per census records, removed to Charleston, VT, near the
Canadian Border after 1830 where he died 9 Oct. 1863 and his
wife died 5 Oct. 1858, buried in the cemetery at West
Charleston, along with a presumed son Henry Hunt, b. abt
1803 and died at Charleston 23 Jan 1855 at age 52 years.
From census records Moses Hunt had several children of whom
further records have not been found
b. Thomas Hunt, b. abt 1776 (in NH per census records), m.
1st 1 Feb. 1798 at Bath, NH, Wealthy (Welthy) Farman, dau.
of John Farnam of Newbury, VT, and Bath, NH. (The Newbury
History and a Farman Genealogy incorrectly identify
Wealthy's husband as "John" Hunt.) Wealthy died at Bath 28
Dec. 1831 and Thomas m. 2d at Bath 27 Aug 1834 Charity
Morton, dau. of Downs Morton. Thomas died at Bath 13 Dec
1853 at age 77. Thomas Hunt had 10 or more children all of
whom can not be positively identified. The following is a
tentative compilation with question marks on those where the
relationship has not been proved:
i. John Hunt, b. Bath 9 May 1798, m. at Bath (intent.
publ) 17 Jan. 1825 Martha P. Moore of Lancaster, NH,
removed to Troy, VT, and Potton, QUE, where Martha died
at Troy 23 Nov 1856 and John m. 2d a Mrs. Heath and
removed to Shellburg, Iowa, where he died 5 Oct. 1868
(per Farman Genealogy). His only identified child was
Martha Ann Hunt, b. 25 April 1826. There may have been
ii. James Hunt, b. abt 1799, died unmarried.
iii. Elijah Hunt, m. 4 June 1821 Phoebe Way, died at
Bath 1 Jan. 1825. Had son Elijah Carr Hunt b. 30 Dec.
1822. (Not definitely established as son of Thomas
Hunt; circumstantial in that a presumed sister Wealthy
Hunt m. Edmund W. Carr. It is also possible that
Elijah could have been a son of his father's uncle
Daniel Hunt of Bath, who lived near Elijah Hunt in
iv. Rebecca Hunt, b. abt 1802, m. Stephen Bailey at
Bath 10 June 1820, died 28 Nov 1854 at Bath; had 11
v. Caleb Hunt II, b. 1803 at Bath, NH, m. Jan. 1826
Caroline Brown of Bradford, VT, died in Lyman (Monroe),
NH, Oct 1854 at age 51. Had 10 children: Warren G.
Hunt, b. 15 Feb 1827, m. 18 Aug 1849 Sarah Bennett of
Waterford, VT, removed to Oil City, PA, where he was a
member of Council and was Mayor for 3 years; Sprague E.
Hunt, b. 17 July 1829, m. 1st Lavinia Clark and m. 2d
Helen Gaisford (Wyman, p. 343, 376, says Sprague E.
Hunt, age 26, son of Caleb Hunt "of Bath", m. 28 Dec.
1855 Georgiana Palmer in Boston and had dau. Eva b. 23
Nov. 1857); Charles E. Hunt, b. abt 1831; Caroline S.
Hunt, b. 24 Feb 1831, m. 18 March 1854 Eben Carr of
Lancaster, NH, she died before 1872 and Eben m. 2d her
sister Julia; Emma (or Emily) Hunt; George E. Hunt, b.
abt 1838; Monroe Hunt, b. abt 1840; was in Hamden CT in
1860 census; Julia A. Hunt, b. 15 Feb 1841, m. 9 Jan.
1872 Eben Carr, widower of her sister Caroline, died 10
July 1908; Mary Jane Hunt, b. 21 June 1847, went with
brother Warren to Oil City, PA, m. James M. Gayetty,
son of Joseph M. Gayetty who was one of the first
settlers of Venango Co., PA (Mary Jane (Hunt) Gayetty
was great-grandmother of Barbara (Mrs. Joseph) Harvey
of Oil City, PA, a diligent researcher who provided
valuable assistance in the preparation of the
descendants of Henry Hunt); Harvey Hunt, b. abt 1849,
went with his brother Warren to Oil City, PA, lived in
Oil City off-and-on, but was a wanderer, m. twice and
had two children who died young.
vi. Mary Hunt, b. 12 Jan 1804, m. 17 June 1824 Moses
Cleaveland, had four children b. at Bath and removed in
1836 to Littleton, NH where Mary died 26 April 1872.
(Ref: James R. Jackson, History of Littleton, NH, 1905)
vii. Joab Hunt, b. 1807, m. 1st 6 April 1837 at
Peacham, VT, Tirzah Tuttle who died at Peacham 27 Feb
1850 at age 38; m. 2d 8 June 1851 Asenath Welch; m. 3d
17 Oct 1877 Abby L. Welsh; died at Peacham 19 Oct.
1889. Had children: Edwin Hunt, died at Peacham in
1841; Ruth Hunt, died at Peacham in 1843; Merritt
Sanford Hunt, b. Peacham 14 Nov 1842, m. 27 May 1875 at
Manchester, NH, Augusta Jane Martin, b. 4 Nov 1842 at
Beebe Plains, VT, dau. of Marshall and Martha (Sprague)
Martin, both of Peacham, Merritt died 17 Aug 1920 and
Augusta died 24 April 1921--they had children Rufus
Stewart Hunt, b. Manchester, NH, 5 July 1876 and died
at Beaumont, Texas, 2 July 1914; Henry Martin Hunt, b.
Peacham 9 Dec 1878 and died in Feb 1879; John Martin
Hunt b. Peacham 22 Jan. 1880, m. Beula Cox at Toledo,
Ohio, 27 June 1907; Eunice Harriet Hunt, b. Peacham 6
Feb 1887, died unmarried 26 May 1907.
viii. Wealthy Hunt, b. abt 1810, m. 1 Jan. 1833 Edmund
W. Carr, died 1 June 1859. (Not identified as dau. of
Thomas Hunt, but believed to be named for her mother
Wealthy (Farman) Hunt.)
ix. Betsey Hunt, m. George W. Carleton of Bath, NH, who
was drowned. Had two children. (Not definitely
established as dau. of Thomas Hunt.)
x. Jane Hunt who m. Hezekiah Chase 8 May 1837. (Not
definitely established as dau. of Thomas Hunt.)
xi. Charlotte Hunt, b. 31 Dec 1819, m. 3 April 1837
Russell Moore Bishop; had five ch. b. at Bath, NH,
Landaff, and Lyman, NH. Resided in Littleton, NH after
1868 where she died 9 May 1888.
c. Nehemiah Hunt, b. abt 1776-9, "of Deweysburgh, VT", m.
Polly (Mary) Hunt, dau. of Abner Hunt of Danville, died at
Danville 14 April 1854 at age 75 or 78. He was living with
his son Isaac in the 1850 census of Danville which gives his
age as 71, or b. abt 1779 in NH. Had at least nine
i. Mary Hunt, b. 5 Oct 1801, prob. the Polly Hunt of
Danville who m. Peter Barber at Danville 3 Jan. 1818.
ii. Matilda (Martha) Hunt, b. 17 March 1803, m. 24 May
1828 Lazery Kingsbury at Danville.
iii. Isaac Hunt, b. at Bath, NH, 28 Jan. 1805, m.
Florinda ___ who died at Danville 11 March 1854 at age
42. Isaac died at Danville 18 Dec 1876. Had children:
Mary Hunt, b. 30 April 1838, died single at Danville 27
July 1888; Robert L. Hunt, b. 30 Sept 1839, died at
Danville 4 July 1866 "at age 25"; Adeline, b. 26 Feb
1841, died at Danville 3 June 1859 (death record in VVR
incorrectly identifies her father as "Israel" Hunt).
iv. Elizabeth Hunt, b. 12 July 1807, died at Danville 7
April 1843 at age "about 36."
v. Nancy Hunt, b. 22 Dec 1809; NFI.
vi. Esther Hunt, b. 17 March 1812, m. 5 Oct 1845 at
Danville William Sulham.
vii. Rowena (Roena) Hunt, b. 24 June 1814, m. 2 Dec
1835 at Danville Robert Lane.
viii. Dan White Hunt, b. 16 July 1818, m. Sylvia
(Silvia-Sophia) Way, dau. of Nathan and Sally
(Woodward) Way of Peacham 4 Dec 1845. They removed abt
1859 to Walden, VT, where Dan died 7 Dec. 1884.
Hamilton Child's 1887-8 Gazetteer of Caledonia and
Essex Counties shows living at Walden Silvia Hunt,
widow of Daniel. She m. 2d at age 76 William Savites
(?) at Walden 21 Feb 1906. Children of Dan White Hunt:
Nelson Hunt, b. 26 Sept 1846, m. 2d at Walden 27 Sept
1879 Nancy V. Brickett and died at Danville 17 May
1808, buried at Danville with Nancy who m. 2d George H.
Kittredge, also buried with them, Nancy identified as
"their wife"--had son Charles F. Hunt b. at St.
Johnsbury 3 June 1881 and m. 31 Oct 1901 at Danville
Louise Lamore; Abba Hunt, b. 19 Oct 1848; Armine
Hunt, b. 27 Aug 1855, died at Danville 20 March 1856;
Fred J. Hunt, b. at Walden 9 June 1859, NFI.
ix. Rebecca Pool Hunt, b. 21 April 1822 (presumably
named for the wife of her father's brother Caleb), died
at Danville 11 April 1843 at age 21.
d. Eliza(beth) Hunt, b. abt 1778, died unmarried at Danville
Jan. (or June) 9, 1866 at age 82 years.
e. Henry Hunt, b. ___, prob. the Henry Hunt "of Deweysburgh"
who m. 1st Hannah Underhill at Danville 20 May 1804 and may
be the same Henry who m. Hannah Webber at Danville 13 May
1813. Wyman says he was "of Peru, NY."
f. Caleb Hunt, b. 1792, m. Rebecca Poole at Haverhill, NH,
29 Dec. 1811. Caleb became an associate of Richard Gookin,
a prominent manufacturer of Boston who is credited with
manufacturing the first watch springs in America, built the
first wool carding machine in America, and set up a mill in
Haverhill, NH, in 1799 which supplied carding machinery to
sixteen states and Canada. Gookin acquired most of the mill
rights at Bath Village and he and Caleb Hunt built a woolen
factory there in 1822. This was destroyed by fire 11 Feb
1851 and later rebuilt by I. Goodall. Goodall and Hunt
built the first grist mill at the village of Swiftwater in
Bath in 1834.
Caleb Hunt was a prominent citizen of Bath in the first
third of the 19th century. His sister Mary was the 2d wife
of General Moody Bedel who once owned a large portion of
Bath and other towns. Bath town records show Caleb as a
Selectman in 1816, 1823-25, and 1827-28. The 1830 census
shows Caleb in Bath with wife Rebecca and (presumably) six
daughters and three sons. No detailed records of Caleb Hunt
have been found after 1830--surprisingly little in the
Histories of Bath and Haverhill, NH. He became a
businessman in Boston, suffered reverses, and returned to
Haverhill, NH, where he died 11 June 1861 at age 78 years,
10 months. His wife Rebecca died 8 Nov. 1863, aged 70 yrs,
11 months. They are buried in the cemetery in Haverhill
Village, their graves marked by a tall pillar, perhaps the
most impressive monument in the cemetery. His son Horace
was a correspondent with Wellington L. G. Hunt and Thomas
Wyman in their 1862-3 Genealogy of the Hunt Family.
Despite the above records, only fragmentary and incomplete,
and sometimes incorrect, records have been found on Caleb
Hunt and his family. The 1965 History of Bath, NH, says
only that Richard Gookin and his partner, "a man named
Hunt," gained the water rights at Bath Village when the New
Hampshire Iron Company went out of business. The
Sutherland-Boutelle 1855 History has a few more details,
incorporated above. Whitcher's 1919 History of Haverhill
provides notes of the gravestone markings on the Hunt
monument and brief notes on four children. The Hazeltine
Papers on file at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at
Philadelphia contains the names of several other children,
drawn from Bath town records. Vermont Vital Records have a
few notes on some of his children and grandchildren. The
following is a tentative compilation from the various
records examined. Children:
i. Caleb Seaver Hunt, b. 7 Feb 1813, graduated from
Dartmouth in 1832, read law with Lt. Gov. Read of MA,
and m. his dau. Sarah; removed to Brooklyn, NY where he
was a manufacturer of cotton goods. Had children:
Martha, John R., Edward, Mary.
ii. Rebeckah Hunt, b. 19 Jan. 1815; died at age 14
iii. Rebeckah Hunt (2d), b. 2 Feb 1816, m. Charles
Spaulding of Montpelier, VT, 1 Jan. 1839.
iv. Harriett Hunt, b. 30 March 1818. (See Haverhill
History for Harriett Hunt "b. 24 May 1829" who m. Simon
Towle 16 Oct 1852 as his 2d wife; Simon died 16 March
1896 at Detroit, MI.)
v. Louisa Gookin Hunt, b. 23 July 1820, m. 18 Jan. 1849
James Woodward as his 2d wife.
vi. Eliza Jane Poole Hunt, b. 23 Aug 1822. NFI.
vii. Horace Hunt, b. 24 Feb 1825, m. Mary Antoinette
Towle of Haverhill, NH in August 1852 at which time he
was "of Detroit"; graduate of Dartmouth College in
1847; bought the Towle Farm in Haverhill, NH. Was in
business in Boston but returned to Haverhill and died
there 3 Oct 1911 at age 86 yrs, 7 mos, 9 days. Wife
Mary Antoinette died 21 May 1869 at age 42 yrs, 27
days, buried with her husband in Haverhill Village
Cemetery with children who died young. Had children:
Antoinette Hunt, died 3 Aug 1856, aged 13 mos, 13 days;
Henry Towle Hunt, died 24 Oct 1857, age one day;
Harriett (Hattie) Hunt, b. Boston, MA, died 16 July
1864, aged 22 mos, 10 days; Susan Emily Hunt, died
1862 (per Wyman); Ellen Louise Hunt, b. 23 Jan. 1860
(per Hazeltine Papers).
viii. William Prescott Hunt, b. 10 Jan. 1827, m. 1st
in NY in 1856 Catherine Muller and m. 2d at New
Bedford, MA, in 1870 (or 1871 per his biography in
Who's Who in New England, 1909) Helen Sumner Cummings,
died in 1914. He attended Haverhill Academy and went
to Boston as clerk and then partner in Benton Iron Co.,
shown elsewhere as South Boston Iron Co. of which he
was clerk in 1847, Treasurer in 1863, and President
1876-1882. He thereafter was President of the South
Boston Iron Works 1883-1890, President Hunt-Spiller
Mfg. Co., 1890-1907; also President of Boston Machine
Co. 1864-1884, Forbes Lith. Mfg. Co., 1875-1907, Atlas
National Bank 1878-1887, and director and officer in
many other companies (the recitation of position from
Who's Who). He had children: William Prescott Hunt,
b. 19 Jan. 1859; Henry Muller Hunt, b. 6 Dec. 1860;
ix. Henry Clay Hunt, b. 1832, m. Helen Garrison, was of
Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1862-3. Had children (maybe
others): William Prescott Hunt; Infant, unnamed (per
Wyman). (Percival Hunt, b. Cedar Falls, Iowa,in 1878,
is identified in Montgomery Seaver 1929 Hunt Family
Papers, as son of Henry Clay Hunt. Percival, unmarried
in 1929, was Professor of English at the University of
Pittsburgh "since 1922".)
x. Helen Hunt, m. Stoddard Colby at Montpelier, VT 12
g. Mary Hunt, b. 1785, m. 1 March 1808 General Moody Bedel
(1764-1841) as his 2d wife. Moody Bedel was son of Col.
Timothy Bedel, who was a NH "hero" of the French and Indian
Wars, a leading proprietor of Bath, NH, and a leader of NH
troops on the Northern Frontier during the Rev. War. The
Hunts and Bedels were closely associated in the lower
Merrimack River Valley and in the migration to the Coos
Country Towns of New Hampshire and Vermont, and later
migrations to Orleans County, VT. There was considerable
intermarriage of Hunts and Bedels. Moody Bedel m. 1st Ruth
Hutchins by whom he had nine children and m. 2d Mary Hunt by
whom he had nine more children including General John Bedel
(1822-1875) of the Civil War who twice was Democratic
candidate for Governor of New Hampshire. Moody Bedel was
commander of the 11th Regt., US Infantry, in the War of
1812. He once owned more than half of the town of Bath, NH
and had large holdings in Burlington, VT, and Plattsburg,
NY. He and two other men had earlier, in 1796, been granted
the town of Pittsburg, NH, by the St. Francis Indians. In
later years he lost most of his property and was reduced to
poverty. He died at Bath 13 June 1841 and widow Mary died
at Bath 4 Jan. 1867 at age 82, both buried in the cemetery
at Bath Village.
h. Roxalina (Roxsilena) Hunt, b. abt 1792, m. Josiah
Clifford at Danville 11 Sept 1808. Josiah died at Danville
17 May 1846, buried with wife "Roxsilena" who died at
Danville 10 Oct 1858 at age 66 years. Roxalina and her
sister Elizabeth were living with the family of Amos P.
Clifford, age 20, probably a son, in the 1850 census of
? i. Rotalina Hunt, of Danville, m. William Cheyney at
Danville 18 March 1823. (She is not identified as daughter
of subject Henry Hunt, but can not be identified among any
of the other unidentified Hunts of the appropriate
generation to be her father, unless she was dau. of Henry's
son Henry of whom little information has been found.)
7. Joshua Hunt, b. abt 1758, prob. at Kingston, NH., prob. came to Ryegate, VT, with his parents and some of his siblings, listed as "of Bath, NH" when he served in Timothy Barron's Company in one of Col. Timothy Bedel's regiments in period 10 April 1778 to 1 April 1779, a cook with rank of Sgt. There is legend that Joshua Hunt was at the Battle of Bunker Hill with his father and brothers Zebulon and Moses, but no confirmation of this has been found--he would have been only about age 16 at that time and his brothers one to three years younger. Joshua m. in 1787 Elizabeth Whittlesey of Newbury, VT, believed to be dau. of Josiah Whittlesey who served in the same Company with the Hunt brothers Joshua, Daniel, and Zebulon, and whose dau. Silena m. Daniel Hunt whose brother Zebulon is said in family records of descendants to have m. Lucy Whittlesey. Joshua is found in Ryegate in the 1791 census along with his father Daniel (incorrectly listed as Joshua); his mother died in 1795 and Joshua was the only Hunt found in Ryegate in the 1800 census, his father living with him at that time. The father died in 1807 and Joshua succeeded him on the family farm but died there in 1815, about eight years after his father. His widow died in 1823 and she and her husband are presumed to be buried in the Old Scotch Cemetery in Ryegate with Joshua's parents; no record of the death dates or place of burial of Joshua and Elizabeth has been found. They had nine children for whom a rather extensive record (for most) is possible from vital records, census, town histories, and family records. Children:
a. Mehitable Hunt, b. 13 Oct 1788, m. abt 1811 Nathaniel
Annis, lived several years in Ryegate and removed to the
village of McIndoe Falls at the boundary of Ryegate and
Barnet, buried with her husband in cemetery at McIndoe
Falls. Had children:
i. Joshua Wheaton Annis (usually called Wheaton), b. 17
March 1812, m. in 1836 Ruhannah Clark, sister of
Luthera Clark who m. Mehitable's younger brother
Leonard. Ruhannah died at McIndoes in 1886 and Wheaton
died in Los Angeles, CA, in 1896. They had children:
Mary Annis who m. John Calder; Martha Annis who m.
James Knowles; Nathaniel Annis who m. Orpha Augier;
Emeline Annis who m. James Atherton; Carrie Annis who
m. James Knopp. The Annis Genealogy also lists other
children "who were not living in 1909" as Luella, Judd
C., and John Annis who m. Cora Woodcock.
ii. Abiathar Wright Annis (known as Wright Annis), b.
in Ryegate 3 Dec. 1815; graduated from Vermont Medical
College and practiced in Woodstock, VT. in 1840;
removed to Westfield, VT, where he died 13 Jan. 1876.
He m. 1st 22 Nov 1842 Laura Hodgekins, dau. of Jere and
Farosina Hodgekins who died in Westfield 18 June 1867
and he m. 2d at Westfield 3 June 1869 Lydia Clark, who
was b. at Swanton, VT, abt. 1845, dau. of O. S. and
C.G. Clark. Had five children: Jere Wright Annis who
m. in 1860 Lucia Silvia Hitchcock and removed to Osage,
Iowa, in 1865; Nathaniel Annis, b. Feb. 1846 and died
at age two months; Laura Rosina Annis, b. 24 Nov 1846,
m. Willard Lee Eaton in 1874 and had son Ivan Willard
Eaton b. at Osage, Iowa, 18 Feb 1882; Hattie Annis, b.
1857, m. 1877 Frank Harwood True who was b. in 1854 at
Indian Ford, Wisconsin; Cecil Abiathar Annis, by 2d
wife, b. soon after death of father in 1876.
iii. Clovis Arias Annis (usually called Arias), b. 11
March 1816, m. 1st Sarepta (Betsey) Currier (1821-1864)
and m. 2d Mrs. Almira Bradley Whipple (1829-1913). He
died 1 Nov 1895, buried with 1st wife (Serepta on
gravestone) in cemetery at Passumpsic, VT, along with
his daughter Harriet (1868-1955) and son Austin (1849-
1917) and the latter's wife Estella (1852-1942). He
had 7 children by his first wife and four by his second
wife. Children: Austin Arias Annis, b. Bath, NH, 4
Jan. 1849, m. 27 May 1871 Estella Ellen Bailey, dau. of
Samuel Bailey of Barnet, lived in St. Johnsbury and the
last four of his five children were born there; John
Harvey Annis, b. at McIndoes Falls 31 Jan. 1851, m. 15
Aug 1879 Mary Ann McLeod, dau. of Kenneth McLeod, had a
son b. at St. Johnsbury 26 April 1885; Frank Alphonso
Annis, b. 26 Dec 1852, m. Charlotte Caswell, dau. of
Seth Caswell of Hyde Park, VT, was living in Barnard,
VT, in 1909 and had six children; Jennie Elizabeth
Annis, b. 26 Nov 1854, m. 1 May 1904 George Douglas of
Thetford, VT, as his 2d wife; Erastus Leon Annis, b.
16 Oct 1657, m. 10 Sept 1890 Lucy A. Eastman, dau. of
Ezra C. Eastman, had two children, family living in
Hillsboro, NH, in 1906; Flora Evelyn Annis, b. 29 Sept
1859, m. at Roxbury, MA, 5 Nov 1889 John Samuel Kreba
who was b. in Poland, living in Hyde Park, MA, in 1906;
Douglas Leroy Annis, b. 9 Dec 1861, living unmarried in
St. Johnsbury in 1906; (Following by 2nd wife) Rosa J.
Annis, b. 1 July 1886; Hattie M. Annis, b. 27 Dec 1868;
Lillie B. Annis, b. 5 April 1872; Catherine E. Annis,
b. 9 May 1874.
iv. Mehitable Broadicia (usually called Dicia) Annis,
b. 14 Aug 1818, m. Josiah Chamberlain of Newbury, VT,
died in 1855.
v. Emiline Annis, b. 17 March 1821, m. Drury Mullikin
(1814-1900), died 17 Aug 1893 at age 72, buried with
husband in McIndoes Cemetery, parents of Emiline
memorialized on the same gravestone.
vi. Lois Annis, b. 20 Feb. 1824, m. Milo Burbank, died
vii. Nathaniel Flood Annis, b. 22 Jan. 1827, m. 1st
Sophia Merrill, dau. of Schuyler Merrill of Peacham, by
whom he had son Malcolm before she died 30 April 1859;
he m. 2d 27 Sept. 1866 Mary Clough and had six children
by her at Saratoga Springs, NY, where he died 17 June
1899. He is probably the Nathaniel Annis who served in
the Civil War, 8th Regt., Co. C, from Barnet, VT.
viii. Lorenzo (also seen spelled Laurens) Koster Annis
(usually called Koster), b. 13 or 19 Feb 1839, m. 1st
in Westfield, VT, in 1858 Ella Hull; m. 2d Emily Brown,
died 25 Feb 1905. Had children: Ernest Annis who died
29 July 1862 at age 1 yr, 3 mos.; Orien S. Annis, b.
15 Nov 1866 at Troy, VT (Potton, Quebec), became a
lawyer at North Troy, VT, m. 6 Dec. 1890 Ida Campbell
(1863-1934), died at North Troy 3 March 1923, had
children Paul Annis, Ruth Annis who died unmarried at
Rutland, VT, in 1969, and Grace Annis, b. 3 May 1899,
who m. Elliot Stevens, lived on a farm in Pittsford,
VT, and died 19 Jan. 1972.
b. Joshua Hunt, Jr., b. 25 Nov 1790, m. 29 Jan. 1817 Eunice
Chamberlin, b. 14 Jan. 1796, dau. of Martin and Mary
(Ricker) Chamberlin of Newbury, VT, and Bath, NH (Martin
Chamberlin was son of Abiel and Elinor Johnson Chamberlin,
and grandson of Richard Chamberlin, one of the pioneer
settlers at Newbury, VT.). The Ryegate History says
incorrectly that Joshua m. Emma, dau. of Er Chamberlin, but
her death record at Jay, VT, identifies her parents as
stated above. Joshua Hunt followed his brother Eli and
cousins Appleton and Nathan Hunt (who were among the first
settlers of Jay by 1823 before the town was organized in
1828) in 1829 and died there 14 April 1853. Widow Eunice
died there 6 Sept 1884, both buried in cemetery at Jay. They
i. Israel P. Hunt, m. Marietta Allen, had children
Julia Marie Hunt, b. 1849, died 12 July 1850 and Adelia
Jane Hunt, b. 1852, died 3 Feb 1853 by their
gravestones in Jay Cemetery.
ii. Alfred Hunt, b. abt 1827, m. 1st Elizabeth Allen
and m. 2d Nancy (Ovitt) Hunt, widow of his brother
Edward, at Jay 26 Nov 1891. Alfred died at Jay 21 Oct
1898. No record of any children.
iii. Mary M. Hunt, b. abt 1827, m. 21 Feb 1860 at age
33 Calvin Church of Sutton, VT, son of David Church of
Waterford, VT, as his 2d wife, per m. records of St.
iv. Thursa Hunt, m. Thomas Campbell.
v. Aurilla S. Hunt, b. abt 1831, m. George W. Petty,
died 5 July 1861 at age 30 per gravestone in Jay
vi. William Wallace Hunt (also found recorded as
Wallace K. Hunt), b. 15 Sept 1834, died 2 Jan 1887 per
gravestone in Jay, VT, cemetery. Death record conforms
with death of "Wallace K. Hunt" recorded in VVR at
vii. Edward K. Hunt, b. 6 June 1838, m. 11 Apr 1867
Nancy Ovitt, died 23 Jan. 1891 at age 53. His widow m.
2d his brother Alfred as his 2d wife, and prob. m. 3rd
____ Place, per her gravestone in cemetery at North
Troy, VT, died in 1932 as Nancy Hunt Place. Had
children (perhaps others): Calvin P. Hunt, b. 1881, m.
Ora Wright at Richford, VT, 2 March 1903, died 1955,
and wife died in 1961, both buried at North Troy, VT,
with Nancy Hunt Place, presumed mother of Calvin; Rosa
Hunt, b. abt 1871, m. Robert S. Cammet (?) at Newport,
VT, 3 July 1893 at age 22, record saying she was "b.
Greensboro"; Gertrude Hunt, b. 10 Nov 1874 at Jay, m.
Andrew James Buchanon at Newport 25 Oct 1899, died 6
Dec 1899 per gravestone at Jay Cemetery; Dane E. Hunt,
b. 27 July 1883.
viii. Franklin B. Hunt (also shown as Benjamin F. Hunt
in 1850 census of Jay), b. July 1841, died 24 Jan 1863
at age 21 yrs, 6 mos.
ix. Betsey E. Hunt, b. abt 1843, m. Henry P. Wright at
Greensboro, VT, 29 Nov 1871.
c. Chapin Hunt, b. 1 March 1794, m. 30 Jan. 1822 Susan Lang,
dau. of William Lang who was in Lyman, NH in 1784, Bath, NH,
in 1791, and Irasburg, VT, in 1831. William Lang was b. in
Portsmouth, NH, 13 Dec 1759 per pension records, m. 1st
Sarah Sherburne in 1782 by whom he had one child, and m .2d
Mary (Polly) White by whom he had eight children including
Charlotte Lang, the 5th child, b. 4 May 1800 at Bath, who m.
Daniel Hunt, son of Zebulon Hunt of Bath, and was sister of
the Susan Lang who m. Chapin Hunt. Some records have
identified Susan as "of Haverhill" and others as "of Bath"
and the Ryegate History adds to the confusion by giving her
name as Susan Ladd.
Two Lang families were in Bath around the turn of the
19th century. The old Henry Lang farm was at the end
of the old mountain road to Lyman at the point where
the road now ends. The old Zebulon Hunt farm was
located a short distance above the Henry Lang Farm. The
old William Lang farm was a short distance away on a
cross-road leading from the old mountain road to what
is known in Bath as the Pettiboro District.
Susan (Lang) Hunt died in Bath 25 April 1842 at age 45 years
and is buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery in a plot of
Chamberlin stones, adjoining a row of Bailey stones, and
near the graves of Zebulon and Lucy (Luthroran on
gravestone) Hunt. Chapin and Susan had from ten to twelve
children (records vary) including three sets of twins.
Chapin lived most of his life in Bath, where his children
were born and where he was found in the 1850 census with
seven of his children. He later moved to Bradford, VT,
where his daughter Almira m. Danford (or Danforth) L. Bean
18 Oct 1860 and her twin sister Amanda m. Riley H. Marden 20
Oct 1871, and daughter Mary Jane died 5 June 1877. Chapin
died at Bradford in June of 1880 (no record in VVR). Where
he is buried is not known. Children of Chapin Hunt:
i. Susan Hunt, m. John Parker of Groton, MA.
ii. Melissa Hunt, m. at Bath, NH, Michael McGivern of
iii. Mary Jane Hunt, b. abt 1824, died at Bradford, VT,
5 June 1877.
iv. Adeline Hunt, twin of Emeline, b. abt 1832 (in 1850
census of Bath, NH).
v. Emeline Hunt, b. abt 1832, in 1850 census but died
vi. Martha Hunt, b. abt 1833, in 1850 census of Bath,
m. Samuel Barrett of Bradford, VT.
vii. A(r)manda Hunt, twin of Almirah, b. 26 Feb 1837 at
Bath, NH, m. Riley H. Marden of Bradford, VT, 30 Oct.
viii. Almirah Hunt, b. 26 Feb 1837, m. Danford L. Bean
of Fitchburg, MA, at Bradford, VT, 18 Oct 1860.
ix. John Chapin French Hunt, b. 17 Jan ("1837" by some
family records, but must be 1838) at Bath, NH, twin of
Nancy, below, who died at birth; m. at Swanzey, NH, 5
Feb 1861 Lydia Perry, b. 12 April 1844, dau. of Jairus
Perry of Swanzey; served two hitches in Civil War, in
Co. F, 14th NH Vol. 13 Aug 1862 to Aug 1863 and in Co.
A, 18th NH Vol. 1 Sept 1864 to 10 June 1865; died at
Pendleton, Indiana, in 1896. Wife Lydia died at
Keene, NH, 21 April 1905. Reference to John Hunt and
his family can be found in the History of Swanzey, NH
(p. 384) and further details on his children are
provided by a descendant, the late Roger Hunt of
Manchester, NH, as follows. Children: Eva Susan Hunt,
b. E. Swanzey, NH, 27 Aug 1861, m. at Keene, NH, Frank
Shelley, died 6 April 1938; Mable Leola Hunt, b.
Swanzey, NH, 2 July 1864, died 6 April 1878; Fred John
Hunt, b. Swanzey 14 May 1866, m. at Shelburne, MA, 25
Dec 1891 Hattie Ward, died 28 July 1970 at Washington,
NH; Inez Victoria Hunt, b. Swanzey 15 Jan. 1768, m.
twice, 2nd to ___ Crandall, died in 1947; Eugene
Charles Hunt, b. Baldwinsville, MA, 20 Feb 1871, m. at
Keene, NH, 22 May 1911 Mary Alice Whitcomb, died at
Keene 5 Nov 1954; Bert (or Burt) Stephen Hunt, b.
Swanzey, m. 23 March 1872 a lady whose name is not
known, last heard from in Montana; Jennie A. Hunt, b.
Swanzey 13 Sept 1874, m. in Pendleton, IN, ___ Stowell,
died abt 1900; Leon Harris Hunt, b. Swanzey 30 Sept
1878, last heard from in Montana or Wyoming; Homer
George Hunt, b. Swanzey 28 Oct 1881, m. abt 1924 Ethel
Meek, died at Bandon, OR; Lloyd C. Hunt, b. Swanzey 22
June 1884, died at Indianapolis, IN, Nov 1944; Ruth
Lydia Hunt, b. Swanzey 3 Oct 1886, m. at Pendleton, IN,
John Huff, died at Weston, WV, Nov 1912.
x. Nancy Hunt, twin of John, died at birth.
xi. Emeline Eliza Hunt (known as Eliza), b. abt 1840
per 1850 census, m. David Bryant of Paxton, MA.
d. Eli Hunt, b. 28 July 1797, m. 1st Mary Upton by whom he
had eleven children, and m. 2d Betsey Damon Davidson by whom
he had two more children. Eli was one of the first settlers
of Jay, VT, moving there with his cousins Appleton and
Nathan Hunt before the town was organized on 29 March 1828.
Eli kept the first school in Jay in the winter of 1823. He
died at Province Hill, Quebec (across the border from North
Troy, VT) 18 Jan. 1880 and is buried with his first wife in
the cemetery at South Troy. His descendants spread around
the towns of Orleans County, VT, and elsewhere. Children:
i. William Hunt, b. abt 1820, m. Laura Downs. He may
be the William Hunt, age 30, in the 1850 census of
Westfield, VT, with ""Elira" Hunt, female, "age 67"
(?), b. NH, and Elizabeth E. Hunt, b. 12 May 1850,
ii. Harriett Hunt, b. abt 1821, m. 1st Charles Saunders
and m. 2d Enos Whitehouse, died at South Troy Oct 1888.
iii. John I. Hunt, b. abt 1822, died 14 June 1842 at
age 19 yrs, 4 mos, 19 days per gravestone at South
iv. George Hunt, b. ___, m. 1st Amanda Mason and m. 2d
Lizzie Wheelock at Danvers, MA, in Oct 1894.
v. Nelson Hunt, b. April 1826 at Jay, VT, m. Abbie
(also known as Betsey) Fletcher, living in Barton, VT,
in 1860 census and had children born there between 1858
and 1868 per town records; died at Barton 19 June 1878.
Had children: Emma Hunt, b. abt 1852 per 1860 census,
prob. the "Teacher and Seamstress" in Barton Village in
Child's 1883-4 Gazetteer, m. Edgar E. Liddell at Barton
4 Jan. 1883; Charles, b. abt 1856, per 1860 census;
Arthur Nelson Hunt (called Nelson in 1860 census), b. 3
June 1858 at Barton, m. Lucyra Betsy Allyn, removed to
Warwick, MA, where he managed the Hotel Warwick for
several years and removed to Athol and Orange area
where he was foreman in New Home Sewing Machine Co.,
Athol, MA, Superintendent of Water Works (reservoir) at
Orange, MA, where he pioneered in watershed
preservation by planting pine seedlings around the
reservoir (in the 1930s this was known as Hunt's
Forest), was a 32d Degree Mason, died at Orange, MA,
had children Ethel (b. 26 March 1895, m. Everett Deane
of Athol, MA), Edith (b. 11 Aug 1882, m. William Hill
of Orange, MA), Margaret Hunt (who m. Robert Cullen of
Athol, MA), Roy Wilber Hunt (b. 9 March 1879, m. 1st
Ora Towne of Orange, MA, who died in childbirth at age
21, and m. 2d in 1905 Lillian Elizabeth Fookes of
Boston, a desc. of Lord Vyvian, had children Adele
Frances Hunt and Wilber Vyvyan Hunt who was b. 13 Nov
1910 at Boston, MA, m. in 1939 Elizabeth Sweetair
Knowles by whom he had four children, divorced and m.
2d 13 Nov 1965 the widow Janet (Rogers) Reineke, long
associated with the American Stationery Co. of Peru,
IN, where he was VP and General Manager at the time of
his retirement shortly before 1975 at which time he was
living in Denver, IN, in "Vyvyan Castle," a modern home
which he constructed in the style of an ancient English
castle and a landmark in Indiana--Wilber was a helpful
contributor in assembling data on the descendants of
Nelson Hunt of Jay and Barton, VT); Minnie Hunt, b.
Barton abt 1868, died at Barton 18 March 1886.
vi. Mellissa Hunt, m. Dr.S.R. Carey in Manchester, NH.
vii. James Hunt, m. Sarah Lawrence.
viii. Warner Hunt, b. abt 1833, died 3 Dec 1852 at age
19 yrs, 4 mos, 8 dys, per gravestone at South Troy.
ix. Charles Hunt, b. abt 1835, died 2 June 1851 at age
16 yrs, 4 mos, 8 dys, per gravestone at South Troy.
x. Zelinda Hunt, b. abt 1837, m. 1st Levi Spaulding
Flint 13 Sept 1859 and m. 2d Dr. Walton at Beatrice,
xi. Cutler Hunt (prob. Arias C. Hunt, age 10 in 1850
census of Troy), b. abt 1840, died 17 Aug 1914 at
xii. Truman Hunt, b. abt 1843; NFI.
xiii. Mary Blanche Hunt, b. 15 March 1868 at Province
Hill, Que., m. 1st in Boston, MA, March 1899 Byron L.
Hunt (whose anc. have not been discovered) and m. 2d
Fred C. Wilkinson in Chicago, IL.
e. Worcester Hunt, b. 14 Aug 1799 (prob. named for the Rev.
Leonard Worcester of Peacham for reasons unknown, but this
is the first time this given name was found in the Hunt
family and the next child after Worcester was given the name
Leonard); m. 3 Jan. 1822 Charlotte Sherburne, b. 29 Sept
1800, dau. of Daniel and Charlotte (Bunnal) Sherburne.
Worcester is found in Ryegate in the 1830 census but settled
at McIndoe Falls at the Ryegate-Barnet boundary where he
became a merchant and postmaster and died 12 June 1870.
Widow Charlotte died 14 Dec 1883. Had four children:
i. Solomon Sherburne Hunt, b. 24 May 1825 (per Monroe,
NH, History--other family records say 24 August), m. 16
Nov 1848 Katherine McLaren who was b. April 1830.
Solomon was in California in 1849-51, in lumber
business in McIndoes with his son Carlos and ran the
mill at Hunt's Pond in Ryegate. Katherine died at
McIndoes 29 Nov in 1889. VVR show that Solomon S.
Hunt m. 2d at Brattleboro 28 Dec 1893 Almina W. R.
Shetley, his residence shown as Casselman, Ontario
(something not found in genealogies of Solomon Hunt in
local Histories). Solomon went to Walla Walla, WA,
about 1895 to live with his son Gilbert and died there
25 June 1900. Had children: Jane Hunt, b. 5 July
1849, died unmarried 25 Nov 1865; Frank Hunt (b. March
1851, per local History, but he is found in the 1850
census, age one month on 20 Sept 1850), m. Jessie, dau.
of James Arthur, "removed to Turlock, CA" per local
History, but had son Arthur Solomon Hunt b. at Ryegate,
VT, who m. Margaret, dau. of Robert Guthrie, and had
dau. Margaret Janet Hunt b. at Barnet 25 April 1901;
Gilbert Hunt, b. 29 Jan. 1855, m. Hopie Osgood, dau. of
Mrs. Harvey Hyndman, removed to Walla Walla, WA, where
he was in the lumber business and manufacturer of farm
machinery, and was said in local Histories of Barnet
and Monroe to have been Mayor of Walla Walla for
several years, had children Maybelle who m. William
Toner of Spokane, WA, Eugene who m. Jessie Babcock,
Nelson (died young), and Marguerite who m. Gustavus
Meese of Spokane; Arthur Elijah Hunt, b. 26 March
1856, died 27 March 1865; Carlos Hunt, b. 27 Oct 1857,
m. in 1885 Ella J. Moore, dau. of Nathan S. and Annette
(Cross) Moore, died in the Brattleboro Retreat 10 July
1895, had three children--an infant who died young,
Katherine Annette Hunt, b. 8 Feb. 1889, m. 31 Aug 1908
Roy N. Howard of St. Johnsbury, and Balfour Solomon
Hunt, b. 29 March "1893" (VVR shows 1891) who m.
Theresa Wolfe and removed to Greenfield, MA; Mary
Hunt, who Monroe, NH, History says died unmarried at
age 25, but family records (not verified) say m. ___
Woodcock and had dau. Minerva Woodcock.
ii. Chester Ladd Hunt, b. 16 June 1830, m. 25 Dec 1852
Helen Jane, dau. of Daniel and Angeline (Hyndman)
Blodgett, who was b. 15 Oct 1834 at Monroe, NH. She
died 1 May 1912. Chester went to California with his
brother Solomon in 1849-1851 and again later with his
family; was in oil business in Pennsylvania and in
lumber business in Black River, MI; returned to Barnet
and was employed by the Boston and Maine RR in McIndoes
for several years, later a watchman for the CT River
Lumber Company. He died 30 Nov 1911, buried with wife
Helen in McIndoe Falls Cemetery, his name on the
gravestone appearing to read Chester A. Hunt. Had one
Morris Daniel Hunt, b. 10 July 1854, m. 22 Dec 1880
Abbie Louise Chamberlin, b. Bath, NH, 6 Feb 1852, dau.
of Abiel and Jeanette (Dick) Chamberlin. Morris worked
for the Boston and Maine RR and was foreman of the
section at McIndoes for 34 years. He died 1 Nov 1916
and his widow died 22 March 1918, both buried in
cemetery at Mcindoe Falls. Had children: Bessie
Jeanette Hunt, b. 2 Dec 1885, m. Murray Little; Leslie
Maurice Hunt, b. 17 Nov 1883, m. 1st 25 June 1904 at
Boston, MA, Sadie Belle Cook, dau. of Frank and Isa
Cook of Barnet, m. 2d 24 Sept 1911 in NY City Blanche
Edna Roberts, dau. of Adelbert and Mary Roberts of
Malden, MA, m. 3d 30 Aug 1918 in Hartford, VT, Florence
Martha Higgins, dau. of Harry N. and Jennie (Gilbert)
Higgins of Wilder, VT (she had one son by a former
marriage, Harry F. Greene of Cornish), had seven
children by his 2d wife as follows--Chester Morris
Hunt, b. 28 July 1912, m. 20 Oct 1932 Ada Mary Bennett,
dau. of George and Annie Bennett of Passumpsic, VT,
died 13 Dec 1955, had dau. Janice Ada Hunt, b. 19 Sept
1838 who m. 2 April 1955 Dale Tatro of West Fairlee,
VT; Helen Jeanette Hunt, b. 1 Jan 1914 at Hanover, NH,
m. Russell A. Della Penner and had four children; Irene
Leslie Hunt, b. 19 Aug 1919 at Pompanoosuc, VT, m.
Norman G. Enderskee of Canton, NY; Leslie Earl Hunt,
b. 17 Nov 1921 at Pompanoosuc, VT, m. Edith L. Rolfe,
dau. of Erol and Lillian Rolfe of Haverhill, MA, had
children Beverly and Linda, and family moved to
California; Maurice Gilbert Hunt, b. 27 Aug 1923 at
Pompanoosuc, VT, m. 1st Ethel Mason and had son Harry
Edward, b. 26 March 1943, m. 2d Theresa Hardy and had
dau. Barbara, m. 3rd Charlotte Louis Murphy 23 July
1952 and had children Robert, Joseph, and Cheryl, the
family residing in Leavenworth, KA, in 1955; Leon
Wilson Hunt, b. 6 Aug 1925 at Pompanoosuc, m. 1st 16
Aug 1945 Marie Newton of Houston, TX and had son Davie
Lee Hunt b. 24 Sept 1947, m. 2d Opal E. Roberts, m. 3d
3 Dec 1955 Jean E. Hammond, dau. of Shirley and Ilac
(Dimick) Hammond of West Windsor, VT, and has son
Douglas D. Hunt, b. 7 June 1948, family residing in
Windsor, VT; Ruth Louise Hunt, b. 27 Aug 1929 at
Cornish, m. John Edmond Hall, son of John and Minerva
Hall of Ascutney, VT, had son Henry b. 1948, family
residing in Cornish in 1955.
iii. Gilbert Hunt, b. 28 Jan. 1833, died March 1833.
iv. Charlotte Bunnal Hunt, b. 22 Feb 1842, m. 1st 5
Jan. 1870 Charles Buffam of North Monroe, NH, who died
after fathering one son George who died at age 12. She
m. 2d in 1895 Thomas Martin, a graduate of Dartmouth
College who was principal of McIndoes Academy for seven
years and who died 15 Sept 1899. She died 7 Apr 1907.
f. Leonard Hunt, b. 19 May 1801 at Ryegate, VT, m. 6 Oct
1823 at Waterford, VT, Luthera (Lutheria) Clark, dau. of
John and Hannah (Wells) Clark, early settlers of Waterford.
John Clark, b. 22 May 1774, m. at Royalston, MA, 22
Sept 1800 Hannah Wells of Fitzwilliam, NH. Their
daughters Lutheria (b. 16 Jan 1803) and Elvira
(Alvirah) (b. 20 Sept 1804) were b. at Fitzwilliam. The
family next crops up in Waterford, VT in 1807 and had
children David, Hannah, and Ruhannah b. at Waterford.
John Clark died at Waterford 4 Aug 1839 and Hannah died
at West Burke, VT, in 1855. John Clark of Waterford
was a contemporary of the brothers John and Luther
Clark, early settlers and leaders in the churches and
government of St. Johnsbury, and some genealogists have
confused the two John Clarks, attributing to John of
St. Johnsbury the children of John of Waterford. There
does not appear to be any relationship between the two
families and the ancestors of John and Hannah (Wells)
Clark of Waterford, VT, are still a mystery.
Leonard Hunt appears to have moved back and forth between
Bath, NH (where he died 24 Jan. 1847) and Troy, VT (where he
is buried, his grave being one of the oldest-appearing
stones, and one of the first in the cemetery, immediately to
the right of the cemetery entrance). He was found in Bath,
NH, in the 1830 and 1840 censuses and his widow Luthera was
found in Bath in the 1850 census with her two youngest
children. None of the family is found in Troy in the 1850
census, but Hannah (Wells) Clark, mother of Luthera, was
then living in Troy with her daughter Elvira and son-in-law
Ezra Davidson. Sons Mitchell and James Ross Bignel Hunt
(called JRB, or Big) were m. in North Troy, VT, 1 Jan. 1860
in a double-wedding ceremony to Henrietta and Emiline
Porter, granddaughters of Eleazor Porter, a pioneer settler
of Troy, VT, cited in Troy History as the third family to
settle in Troy (in 1789, according to Hamilton Child's 1883-
4 Gazetteer of Orleans County, which is probably a mis-print
and should be 1799--Eleazor reputedly brought with him his
wife and three children, and the third child, Horace, was
born in Dec. of 1799). In the 1860 census of Troy, Mitchell
and his brother John Clark Hunt (usually called Clark) were
shown as heads of families in Troy and JRB was living with
his father-in-law Horace Porter. Sons Mitchell, JRB, and
John were among the leading citizens of Troy in the last
half of the 19th century.
Leonard Hunt's widow Luthera m. 2d 23 Feb 1872 at Concord,
VT, Zebulon Burroughs. It is presumed that this is the
Zebulon Burroughs of Coventry, VT, native of NH, b. 22 Aug
1794, who immigrated to Caledonia Co., VT, with his father,
settled in Coventry with wife Martha Reed and had ten
children, five still living in 1883, the father having died
in 1879 at age 80. One of the sons is presumed to be the
Jonathan C. Burroughs, farmer in Troy in 1883-4, who some
family records have cited (incorrectly) as the husband of
Luthera Hunt. The second marriage was apparently one of
convenience and not a happy one. When Luthera died at Troy
about five years after her 2nd marriage, it is family legend
that none of the Burroughs clan was permitted to come to the
funeral. Luthera died 8 May 1877 and is buried beside her
first husband Leonard Hunt in the cemetery at North Troy,
her gravestone identifying her as "wife of Zebulon
Burroughs." Leonard and Luthera Hunt had nine children:
i. Caroline Hunt, b. 24 Dec 1824, died 2 July 1904 at
Central Village, MA, (where she had apparently gone to
live with her son after her mother died) and is buried
with her parents in the cemetery at North Troy.
Caroline had a son Frank Leander Hunt, b. at Claremont,
NH, 21 Feb 1856, lived with his mother and grandmother
Luthera in North Troy, m. "10" Sept 1892 (per family
records, 30 Sept per VVR) at South Troy, VT, A. Evelyn
Davis (Evaline on m. record in VVR). From the memory
of his son Archie Hunt of East Wareham, MA, the Davis
family had close associations in Rhode Island, and work
being scare in Northern Vermont, Frank and Evelyn moved
to Little Compton, RI, where Frank died in June of
1940. It was the family research of Frank Hunt which
was passed on to the present writer by his daughter
Gladys some 20 years ago which was the inspiration to
carry on the work on the family history, which soon
spread to all of the Hunt families of Vermont, and then
all of the Hunt families of America. Frank Hunt had
four children: Gladys Lutheria Hunt, b. 19 May 1893 at
North Troy, m. 14 Jan. 1922 at Exeter, NH, Roy Raymond
Feeney, who died in 1930, retired after a long career
in the nursing profession to Fall River, MA, where she
died, having had sons Robert Roy Feeney (1923-1958) and
James Francis Feeney (1924-1929) who both died without
issue; Ethel Cordelia Hunt, b. 26 March 1895 at Barton
Landing (now Orleans Village), VT, m. at Central
Village, MA, 28 June 1920 George J. Tierney who died in
1956 and she m. 2d Victor Dantreville and lived in Fall
River, MA; Ralph Wells Hunt, b. 14 June 1897 at Little
Compton, RI, m. 14 June 1921 at Fall River, MA,
Genevieve Tierney who died and he m. 2d Simone ___ in
August of 1951 (?) and had one adopted daughter
Barbara; Archie Clark Hunt, b. 6 Jan. 1899 at Little
Compton, RI, m. 21 Jan. 1922 at Newtown Jct., NH,
Francena Towle, dau. of Arthur and Sadie (Smith) Towle,
b. 21 Feb 1899 at Pittsfield, NH, had children: Miriam
Hunt, b. 21 March 1923 (who m. 31 July 1949 Atwood
Wynott and had children Bruce and Douglas), and Arlene
Hunt, b. 1926 (who m. 24 Oct 1965 Charles Shepard.
(During the 1970s Francena and Archie were living in
East Wareham, MA, generous contributors to this work.)
ii. John Clark Hunt, b. at Waterford, VT, 18 Oct 1826,
removed to North Troy, VT, where he m. 21 Dec 1859
Sarah Deborah Hines. Notes in Troy History refer to a
store owned by Clark Hunt (he was usually called by his
middle name), opposite the hotel, which burned in 1867.
He is prob. the John C. Hunt, breeder of Morgan horses,
with dairy, 30 cows, sugar trees, 2,000, and farmer
with 200 acres in the town of Newport (adjoining Troy)
in Hamilton Child's 1883-4 Gazetteer. The diary of his
sister Caroline in the late 1800s has numerous
references to visits at Clarks. He later moved to
Barton, VT, where he died of a heart attack 24 Sept
1889 at age 62 yrs, 11 mos, 6 days. Had daughter Belle
Inez Hunt, b. 1 March 1865 at Barton, VT, m. 1 Sept
1885 Julian A. Morse of North Troy; divorced 20 Feb
1896, and died in Providence, RI, in 1917, buried in
cemetery at North Troy. Belle assisted her cousin
Frank Hunt in the compilation of the data on the
descendants of Joshua Hunt of Ryegate which have been
helpful in the preparation of this volume.
iii. Henry L. Hunt, b. 12 Jan. 1828, m. in 1853
Caroline Johnson, dau. of Thomas and Lucy (Bailey)
Johnson, and niece of Ezra Johnson who m. Hannah Hunt,
dau. of Moses Hunt of Lyman (Monroe), NH (see below).
Henry L. Hunt "went West" and died in January of 1910
in Denver, Colorado. Had children: Ida Estella Hunt,
who m. Henry Popham; Fred L. Hunt, who m. 20 April 1887
Ada C. Kellogg at Wyoming, IL.
iv. Mitchell M. Hunt, b. 10 Oct 1830 at Bath, NH (some
records say b. North Troy, VT, but persons in Bath and
Monroe, NH, who knew him, recall his pointing out while
on a hunting expedition in Bath the cellar hole of the
house in which he said he was born). Mitchell moved
back and forth between Bath and Troy with his parents
and about seven years after the death of his father
went with a group of young men to California by way of
Panama at the age of 24 in 1854 in the Gold Rush. He
returned four years later to Troy where he m. 1 Jan.
1860 Henrietta Porter, b. 13 Aug 1843, dau. of Horace-7
Porter of Troy (Eleazor-6 of Lyme, NH, and Troy, VT,
William-5 of Coventry, CT, Thomas-4 of Weymouth, MA,
and Lebanon, CT, Thomas-3 of Weymouth and Taunton, MA,
Thomas-2 of Weymouth, Richard-1, b. 1605-9, pioneer at
Weymouth, MA) and Emily-7 Morse (Theodore-6 of Norwich
and Thetford, VT, Gershom-5 Morse, Jr., of Wareham, MA
and Norwich, VT, there in 1791 census, Gershom-4 Morse
of Wareham, MA, and Norwich, VT, both he and son
Gershom serving in Rev. War from Norwich, Joshua-3
Morse of Plymouth Colony who m. Elizabeth Doten, desc
of Edward Dotey, Francis Cooke, Stephen and Elizabeth
Fisher Hopkins of the Mayflower, Joseph-2 Morse of
Newbury, MA, Anthony-1 Morse, pioneer at Newbury, MA).
His younger brother James Ross Bignel Hunt m. at the
same time Emiline Porter, older sister of Henrietta.
For several years Mitchell M. Hunt had a farm at the
top of South Hill, near the Porters, then bought a farm
(house still standing) in the valley of the Missisquoi
River, a short distance above the Great Falls, one of
the scenic attractions of northern Vermont. In 1881 he
left the family in Troy and "tried his luck" in the
silver mines in Idaho. He returned three years later,
not with much silver but with a fancy gold watch
(bought in Chicago) which remains a family heirloom.
Mitchell was a noted hunter and fisherman and claimed
to have killed over 2,000 foxes, 76 in one year. At
the age of 80 he killed 7 foxes. He was a man of high
repute, still remembered by people in Troy. He was
active in town affairs and overseer of the poor in Troy
for many years. The North Troy Palladium of 1 Jan.
1910 carried a banner story of the Double Golden
Wedding Anniversary of the brothers and sisters
Mitchell and J. R. B. Hunt and Henrietta and Emiline
Porter. He died at Troy 5 April 1914 buried with wife
Henrietta who died in 1929 in the family plot in the
cemetery at North Troy. Had children:
Gertrude Hunt, b. 2 Jan. 1861 at North Troy, m.
22 June 1880 Alfred H. Butterfield, editor and
publisher of the North Troy Palladium, had
children Alfred Mitchell Butterfield, b. 6 Nov
1881, Hugh Harvey Butterfield, b. 26 Sept 1883,
Ross Hunt Butterfield, b. 14 Nov 1887, Mary Ruth
Butterfield, b. 8 Sept 1890 (who m. George
Wilder), Gertrude Frances Butterfield, b. 11 Aug
1900 (who m. Reginald T. Albee). (Details of the
Butterfield descendants are passed over, but they
include Roberta (Butterfield-Levine) Goldstein,
noted Vermont poet, past president of the Poetry
Society of Vermont, and "International Woman of
1975" with Laureate honors by United Poets,
International; also Harvey Dean Butterfield, long
Episcopal Bishop of Vermont; also Bruce Barrows
Butterfield who has spent a long career in banking
in Burlington and still serves as Chairman of the
Board of one of Vermont's leading banks.)
Frederick Porter Hunt, b. 6 Sept 1864, m. 14 Dec
1886 at South Troy Fanny E. Gregory who died in
1939 and he died in 1943, both buried in North
Troy Cemetery. Had children: Ray Hunt, b. Sept
1887, m. in 1911 Ethyl Cutler, died in Jan. 1956,
having had children Edwin Hunt, Florence Hunt,
Virginia Frances Hunt, Marylin Jeanette Hunt, and
Ray Frederick Hunt; Henrietta Hunt, b. April 1889
at Potton, Quebec, died unmarried in 1966, buried
with parents in North Troy Cemetery.
Henderson Mitchell Hunt, b. 7 Feb 1871, m. 3 Nov
1894 Nettie E. Allen who was b. at Potton, Quebec,
18 July 1874 (gravestone in North Troy says 1875).
Henderson died at Concord, VT, 25 Nov 1931; Nettie
died 3 April 1939, both buried in North Troy
cemetery. Had Children: Hazel Gertrude Hunt, b.
1 Jan. 1896 at Newport, VT, m. at North Troy 8 Oct
1913 Homer H. Sargent and had children Vera,
Leota, and Arlene; Pearla Gretchen Mary Hunt, b.
27 Oct 1898 at North Troy, became a school teacher
and m. 29 Aug 1927 at Waltham, MA, David Thomas
Dalton who spent a long career in police forces in
New England (including Newport, VT, 1956-1958),
retired to Brandon, VT, and then Newport, VT,
where Pearla died in late Feb. 1977, buried in the
North Troy Cemetery; Arline Mae Hunt, b. 28 Feb
1902, m. at Brandon, VT, 31 Dec 1924 Daniel Edward
Center, and had children Daniel, Henderson, and
David; Ruth Electa Hunt, b. 30 June 1908, m. 26
June 1929 at Waltham, MA, Joseph Wilburt Ryan, and
had children June, Hilda, Pearla, Edward Mitchell,
Jerry Allen Hunt, b. 26 March 1872, at North Troy,
VT, m. 21 Feb 1896 at North Troy Julia Maria Ferry
who was b. 23 Aug 1867, dau. of Abram Weston Ferry
of North Hyde Park, VT, by his 2d wife Alice
Cinnamon. Abram Ferry was descended from Daniel
Ferry, one of the early settlers of Johnson, VT,
descendant of Charles Ferry, emigrant from
England to Springfield, MA, among the early
settlers there. Jerry Hunt left the family farm
at the age of 21 and worked as a store clerk in
several northern Vermont stores until in 1901 he
opened his own fancy grocery store in Derby Line,
VT, where he became a prominent citizen of the
town and state. In addition to operating his own
store, in later years he was employed as a
salesman for Reid, Murdoch and Co., distributor of
grocery products, covering a territory which
included the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and
adjacent areas in New Hampshire. He was also one
of the first automobile salesmen in Vermont and an
amateur actor, playing the leading male role in
the first motion picture made in Vermont--A
Vermont Romance, a melodrama produced in 1916 as a
fund-raising venture for the Progressive political
party in Vermont, a movie which has recently been
revived and presented over Vermont public
television network. Like his father, he was an
avid fisherman and sportsman, well-known as a
sulky driver in the horse races which were a major
attraction in the country fairs of Vermont. He
was active in community affairs and a village
trustee of Derby Line. After World War II, he
sold his store but continued to work as a
traveling salesman for Reid, Murdoch until he died
in 1951 at Barton, VT. He is buried in the Hunt
Family plot in the cemetery at North Troy with his
wife Julia who died at Derby Line in 1925. Had
children: Porter Ferry Hunt, b. North Troy 15 Jan
1897, moved with his parents to Derby Line and m.
there 15 Jan 1918 Margaret Courtney Jenkins (dau.
of Lyman Byron and Candace (Goddard) Jenkins of
Stanstead and Knowlton, Que--although Canadian,
most of their ancestors go back to the old New
England colonies through branches which moved to
Canada when the Eastern Townships were opened for
settlement after the Rev. War), was Postmaster of
Derby Line when he died young in 1936, had
children Mitchell Jerry Hunt (author of this
paper), Paul Henry Hunt, and Lyman Perry Hunt;
Milton L. Hunt, b. 8 Nov 1902, worked at various
places as a manager of chain stores, including J.
J. Newberry at Massilon, Ohio, where he m. in 1940
Elizabeth (Betty) Young of Lakeville, Ohio, worked
for Reid, Murdoch & Co, first serving a territory
around Waterville, ME, and then in 1945 at
Burlington, VT, where he died in June of 1971, no
children; Marian Hunt, b. 14 March 1906, died 3
v. James Ross Bignel Hunt, known as JRB and Big, b. 24
Oct 1835 at Ryegate, VT. A James Hunt, possibly the
same, was in Landaff, NH, in the 1850 census. He
settled in North Troy, VT, where he m. 1 Jan. 1860
Emiline Porter, sister of Henrietta who m. at the same
time (double ceremony) his brother Mitchell. In 1873
he entered the lumber manufacturing business in North
Troy with H. B. Parker, to whose son Burnie M. Parker
he sold his interest in 1901 and retired. He held many
of the town offices of Troy and represented the town in
the State Legislature in 1898. Hamilton Child's 1883-4
Gazetteer of Lamoille and Orleans Counties shows among
a list of proprietors in North Troy Village, JRB Hunt
as a foreman of a saw mill planing mill, fire warden,
and Village Trustee. Jeffrey's Successful Vermonters
has an ingratiating article on JRB Hunt "whose
predominating characteristics and qualities are energy,
broad views, sound judgment, and a more than ordinary
capacity for doing and disposing of business...by the
exercise of these he has been successful, accumulated a
competence, and although as yet engaged in many of the
activities of life he retired in 1900 to pass his
declining years in the community where he has lived so
long and which his generous and loyal impulses have so
often benefitted." He died at North Troy 3 Nov 1912,
less than a month after his wife Emiline who died 19
Oct 1912, both buried in the Family plot at North Troy.
JRB and Emiline Hunt had three children: Ida Ardella
Hunt, b. 7 Oct 1860, m. Isaiah Harvey at Mansonville,
Quebec, in June 1877, died in 1937, buried with her
parents in North Troy; Edgar Leonard Hunt, b. 28 Jan.
1867, m. Mrs. Winona Foster at Kirby, VT 21 Jan 1890,
was a drygoods merchant at St. Johnsbury where he died
in 1923, buried in North Troy with wife (Winona Hunt
Onthank, 1865-1947), had son Ross Edgar Hunt b. at St.
Johnsbury in June of 1906, a doctor who died in 1930 at
Belvidere, IL, memorialized on stone in North Troy
Cemetery; Kitty Augusta Hunt, b. 24 July 1873, m. 29
Dec 1894 Edwin F. Livingston (who was b. in Troy but
had a long association with the Boston Elevated Railway
Co. for which he was serving as attorney when he
retired and returned to North Troy), died in 1947,
Edwin died in 1957, both buried in North Troy, had dau.
Hazel Emeline Livingston, b. 15 Sept 1896 at Cambridge,
MA, who m. ___ Sears and had three children.
vi. Infant, unnamed, died young.
vii. Edgar A. Hunt, b. 4 Aug 1839, m. 14 Sept 1875 Emma
L. Louis at St. Johnsbury, died in March 1910 at St.
Louis, Michigan, buried in St. Johnsbury. Had
children: Leonard Louis Hunt, b. ___. NFI; Leona
George Hunt, b. 11 Aug., 1877.
viii. Leonard Alonzo Hunt (called Alonzo), b. 23 July
1844 at Bath, NH, died single at Newport, VT, 10 Aug
1904 at age 62 yrs, 18 days. He was mentally retarded
and never married.
g. William A. Hunt, b. 31 May 1804, m. 12 May 1825 Lucy
Sherburne of Bath, NH. No further information has been
found on the affairs of William Hunt other than the names of
some of his children from family records. He might be the
William Hunt in St. Johnsbury in the 1830 census, b. between
1800 and 1810 with wife and with two children b. between
1820 and 1830. Had children: Juliet, Lavina, Augusta,
Curtis (prob. the Curtis P. Hunt who m. Rebecca Nancy Chase
at Bath, NH, 9 Sept 1855), Josephine, Lucy, and Sherborne.
h. James Hunt, b. at Ryegate 12 (or 19) 1807, from family
records m. Lucy Pike, but NFI. He was possibly the James
Hunt who was in Lisbon, Grafton Co., NH, in the 1830 census.
Sometime after 1860 his brother Mitchell prepared a "tree"
of the descendants of Joshua Hunt and his wife Elizabeth,
that couple appearing as the trunk, branches off the trunk
identified as their children, and twigs off the branches
identified as the grandchildren. For some strange reason
unknown, James Hunt is not shown on the tree (which is in
possession of the present writer). A mysterious Mitchell
Hunt served in the Civil War from St. Johnsbury, VT, was
listed in VT Civil War Records a couple of times as
"deserted" but stated in later records to be wounded and in
the hospital. Albert C. Chadwick's 1883 book on Soldiers
Record of the town of St. Johnsbury, VT, in the War of the
Rebellion 1861-5, questions the accuracy of the Civil War
Records, finds evidence that Hunt was wounded in the hand in
May of 1684, and presumes he was killed in the Battle of the
Wilderness, "one of the 66 soldiers from Vermont not
satisfactorily accounted for." Yet the Vermont Adjutant
General and Inspector General's Reports of 1864 and 1865
show that he enl. 7 Dec 1863 in Co. H, 2d US Sharpshooters,
at age 27 (b. abt 1836), wounded 6 May 1864, "deserted 9
Sept 1864," but the 1864 Report says "Sick in General
Hospital 31 Aug 1864" and the 1865 Report says "Transferred
to Co. H, 4th VT Volunteers 25 Feb 1865" and records of Co.
H, 4th VT Volunteers say "Sick in General Hospital 13 July
1865." He was said to be b. in Landaff, NH (abt 1836 from
age at enlistment). It is possible that he was named for
his uncle Mitchell Hunt (as was Mitchell M. Hunt of Troy),
and possibly a son of James Hunt who is the only son of
Joshua Hunt of whom further records have not been
i. Mitchell Hunt, b. 20 July 1812, by family records m.
Fanny Crowell, and had son Franklin C. Hunt. A family
"tree" prepared by Mitchell Hunt some time after 1860 shows
him with a wife Fanny C. and son Franklin L. Hunt. He was
prob. the Mitchell Hunt shown at Nashua, Hillsborough Co.,
NH, in the 1850 census, the only Mitchell Hunt in the NH
census of that year. He died at Goshen, NH, 12 Feb 1895 at
age 83 (NHVR), buried at Newport, NH. His son is shown by
NHVR as Frank L. Hunt, b. Newport, NH, abt 1861, died single
at Goshen, NH, 4 Jan 1881, aged 19 yrs, 3 mos, 27 days.
Mitchell was prob. named for James Mitchell, a pioneer
storekeeper in the Bath-Ryegate area who probably befriended
his parents at some time. The coincidence of the names
Leonard and Worcester and James and Mitchell given to four
sons of Joshua Hunt seems to have no other explanation and
this is the first time the names (except for the common name
of James) appear in the Hunt families of New England.
8. Zebulon Hunt, b. July 1759, may have come with his parents to Ryegate around 1773. He is said to have fought at Bunker Hill with his father and his brothers Joshua and Moses, but this is questionable. By testimony in his Rev. War Pension File (S38857) in the National Archives at Washington, DC, and summaries thereof in NH Rev. War Records, he enl. in Feb. 1776 in NH in Capt. Samuel Young's Co. in Col. Timothy Bedel's Regt. "raised for the defense of American liberty and for repelling every hostile invasion thereof" and served until Dec. 1776 when he was discharged at Mt. Independence. In fragmentary service records in tape files at the National Archives, Zebulon appears on a list dated at Isle Aux Noix (in the Richelieu River a short distance above the VT border at Lake Champlain) 24 June 1776, engaged 8 March 1776. (June 24, 1776 was in the middle of the retreat from Canada following the failure of the Montgomery-Arnold invasion of Canada. Isle Aux Noix was then crowded with ill and wounded soldiers and a "hell-hole" of pestilence and disease--this must have been quite an experience for a lad then barely sixteen.)
Zebulon next appears when he enlisted at Bath, NH, in a company formed by Capt. Nehemiah Lovewell in a regiment raised for an invasion of Canada and was paid for a period of 1 month, 10 days, starting 3 Feb 1777. He is shown on a payroll dated at Newbury, VT, 16 March 1778 for period February 3, 17__(77?) to March 31, 17__(77?--the payroll forms were pre-printed sheets in which the dates were to be filled, the last two digits often not filled in; the differences in dates are confusing; his prior service in 1776 is found on a return dated at Haverhill, NH, 1 May 1777).
Zebulon later appears in Timothy Barron's Company in another of Bedel's Regts., appointed 18 April 1788 to April 1, 1779. He is found on a roll dated at Haverhill, NH, in July 1778 "appointed 10 April 17__ to April 1, 1779." He appears on another roll dated at Newbury, VT, 3 Dec 1778 "appointed 1 Dec 1778 for four months and discharged 31 March 17__," presumably 1779, but it is difficult to reconcile a discharge date in 1779 with a roll dated in 1778.
Zebulon's pension application was based solely on service with Young's Company in 1776. The later service in 1777 and 1778-9 was not mentioned. The claim was allowed. On 27 May 1820, he testified at Bath, NH, that he was a cooper by trade, had in his family (at that time) a wife fifty-seven years of age (no name given), and children Nathan 20, Zilphia 18, and Moses 15. His pension was continued. On 23 April 1836, Zebulon Hunt "of Caledonia Co., VT," testified that "he lost his wife last fall and his daughter resides in Danville, VT, and he wishes to spend the remainder of his days with her." The application for transfer was signed by mark. John Vance of Danville, VT, certified to Zebulon's identity and the transfer was made as requested. (John Vance was husband of Abigail Hunt, "the daughter in Danville," who he m. at Peacham 18 Dec 1803.) His remaining days were not long because he died 21 June 1839 at age 79 years, 11 mos, and was buried in the Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery, a memorial marker of the Hannah Morrill Whitcher Chapter, DAR, by his grave. An adjoining stone is "in memory of Luthroran, wife of Zebulon Hunt, who died 13 Nov 1837 at age 75 yrs, 2 mos, 23 days.
It seems reasonably certain that the farm of Zebulon Hunt was high on the mountain road to Lyman, identified on a map of Bath in the 1965 book "Historical Notes of Bath, NH, 1765-1965," but that portion of the road is now abandoned and only a few cellar holes mark the spot where this and other homes existed in the early days of Bath. Presently huge power lines cross this portion of the old road, the lines running over the mountain and across the Ct. River into Vermont.
Of the wife and children of Zebulon Hunt, only scattered records have been found, none of them complete. The identity of his wife as Lucy Whittlesey was provided by Mrs. Mildred P. Bailey of West Hartford, CT, whose late husband Albert Bailey was descended from Zebulon Hunt. Lucy was probably the sister of the Silena and Elizabeth Whittleseys who m. Zebulon's brothers Daniel and Joshua. Children and descendants of Zebulon Hunt:
a. Lucinda Hunt, b. 2 Sept 1782, m. 4 Oct 1801 Webster D.
Annis of Bath (see previous notes on Annis family). They
had at least three children, two of whom (Myron Annis and
Anna Annis) m. children of her sister Mary (Polly) (Hunt)
b. Mary Hunt, b. 20 Nov 1784, prob. the "Polly" Hunt who m.
Moses Annis of Bath 7 May 1804, and the "Mrs. Polly Annis"
in Albany, VT, in the 1860 census, and the Annis families in
Albany in 1850 and 1860 who had living with them several
unidentified Hunt boys, and intermarriages between these
Annises and Hunts in Albany, noted below.
The following information is assembled from the Annis
Genealogy and the US Censuses of Albany, VT, in 1850 and
1860. Moses Annis of Bath, NH, m. Mary (Polly) Hunt, dau.
of Zebulon Hunt. They removed to Albany, VT, and had
i. Lucy A. Annis, b. 2 Dec 1806, m. Joseph A. Marden
(brother of Riley Marden who m. 2d Armanda Hunt, dau.
of Chapin Hunt, son of Joshua of Ryegate). Joseph and
Lucy lived in Compton, Quebec, for several years, then
returned to Vermont and went to Wisconsin in 1884.
ii. Mary Annis m. Myron Annis of Albany, VT., a cousin
of Mary on the Hunt side, son of Webster D. and Lucinda
(Hunt) Annis. They were in Whitefield, NH in 1864.
iii. Emily Annis, m. Edward Golithar and went to
iv. Marilla Annis, m. ___, removed to Wisconsin and
then to Minnesota.
v. Martha Annis, m. Amasa T. Hunt and removed to
Wisconsin and then to Minnesota. (In the 1860 census
of Albany, VT, were Amasa Hunt, wife Martha, and sons
Nason and Andrew. The identity of Amasa Hunt is
uncertain: he and others appear to be children of
Willard Hunt, b. abt 1790-1800, who is found in Albany
in the 1830 census; in the 1850 census were Lyman R.
Hunt, age 33, Amasa T. Hunt, age 23, and living with
them were "Salmon" P. Annis, Sarah (presumably his wife
Sarah Hunt), and Mary, Semantha, and Willard,
presumably Annis. The only Hunt family in Albany in
1860, in addition to Amasa, was Willard Hunt, prob. son
of the Albany pioneer Willard, and prob. brother of
Amasa. Circumstantial evidence is strong that the
pioneer Willard Hunt of Albany, VT, may have been an
otherwise unidentified son of Zebulon Hunt (he had a
grandson of the name Willard who died young and is
buried in the Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery); in any
event, it seems clear that these Albany, VT, Hunts were
prob. descendants of Daniel Hunt of Ryegate albeit
proof of the connecting links has not been discovered.)
vi. Isaac Annis, m. twice and lived in Barton, VT.
vii. Jonathan Annis, m. his cousin Anna Annis, dau. of
Webster Annis, and removed to Wisconsin.
viii. Moses Annis, m. Ardilla Fischer and moved to
ix. Solomon P. Annis, m. Sarah Hunt, sister of Amasa T.
Hunt, and went to Wisconsin about 1866.
x. William K. Annis, m. Samantha Hunt, sister of Sarah,
and lived in Albany, VT (He is prob. the William K.
Annis, Veterinarian, in Westfield, VT, in 1887.)
xi. Aaron H. Annis, m. a Miss Cleveland of Randolph,
VT, and moved to Wisconsin.
xii. Ephraim Annis, "ran away and never heard from."
c. Abigail Hunt, b. 20 Nov 1784, twin of Mary, m. John Vance
at Peacham 18 Dec 1803. She was the "dau. of Danville" with
whom her father chose to live his last days. They appear to
be the parents of the Hannah W. Vance who m. Edward S. Hunt
of Wolcott, VT, 4 April 1833 and settled in Danville, VT;
also possibly parents of the Jane S. Vance who m. 5 Feb.
1849 at Danville, George Hunt, son of Nathan Hunt below.
d. Lydia Hunt, b. 30 Dec 1786, m. 23 Nov 1809 at Bath Reuben
Abbott, son of Ezra Abbott who was brother of the William
Abbott, pioneer at Bath who m. Mabel Whittlesey, the prob.
sister of Lydia's mother. The Newbury, VT, History says
that Reuben died in Canton, ME, and "from his recollections
in 1869, many of the earlier incidents in this volume are
given." His recollections apparently did not include the
name of his wife and children, if any. The compiler of this
volume visited on 1 July 1972 a little abandoned cemetery on
a wooded knoll just off the now-abandoned mountain road from
West Bath to Lyman, below the old Zebulon Hunt place. Among
the few partially-legible stones (the place was then part of
a cow pasture with the cows wandering freely through what
was left of the cemetery) was the following:
Nancy Maria (?), adopted child of Mr. Ruben and Lydia
Abbott, died aug. 30, 1826 (?) ae 1(0) ? years, 7 mos,
e. Martha Hunt, b. 27 Jan. 1790, m. 29 Aug. 1811 Jabez
Bailey who was b. 11 Jan. 1781, son of Major Asa and Abigail
(Abbott) Bailey. Abigail was sister of the Ezra Abbott
whose son Reuben m. Lydia Hunt, above. Major Asa Bailey was
b. 24 May 1745 at Salem, NH (some records incorrectly say
Methuen, MA) and m. 1st Abigail Abbott, dau. of Dea. James
Abbott, at Haverhill, MA, 15 April 1767. Asa Bailey served
in the Rev. War and settled at Landaff, NH (adjoining Bath)
where (presumably) his 17 children were born. Asa was a
"black sheep" of the Bailey Family and his infidelity and
mistreatment of his wife Abigail was memorialized in the
published memoirs of Abigail who died 11 Feb 1815. Asa
removed to Washington Co., PA, then called Whitestown, where
he was reported to have married again and died.
Alfred Poor in his "Travels Starting Sept. 21, 1861" (as
recorded in the Hazeltine Papers at the Pennsylvania
Historical and Genealogical Society Library in Philadelphia)
gives the following information obtained by conversation
with the widow of William Gray Bailey, a son of Jabez and
Martha (Hunt) Bailey. Mr. Jabez Bailey died in Lisbon, NH,
in Oct 1855 at age 70, and his widow now (in 1861) resides
in Bethlehem, NH, with her 2d husband Dr. Sweetzer. Her
i. Nancy Bailey, m. Benj. Howland, resided in Bath
where seven children were born, then moved to Landaff
and back to Bath. Her children were: Martha who m.
Wm. Cameron, Isabella who m. Robert Petree, Israel
(then unmarried), Andrew (then unmarried), Julia (then
unmarried), Hibbard (then unmarried), Clara who was b.
ii. John W. Bailey, m. Emily Howland, sister of
iii. Betsey Bailey, m. Ira Howland.
iv. William Gray Bailey, m. Susanna ___, died before
1861 and Susanna m. 2d Jason Leach.
v. Israel Bailey, m. Jane Hunt, dau. of Daniel and
Charlotte (Lang) Hunt, cousins (see below). They
resided in Concord, NH, and had children: Hinman C.,
Maryetta, Solon, Marshall Henry, and a son who died
vi. Jackson Bailey, died unmarried.
vii. Amos Bailey, m. Fanny Young of Royalton, VT, and
removed to Illinois.
viii. Lydia Abbott Bailey, m. Ezra Dexter of Franconia,
ix. Jonas Bailey, m. Caroline Whiting of Boston, MA.
x. Powers Grant Bailey, m. Maria Hill, from England,
and removed to Canada.
f. Sarah Hunt, b. 9 Nov. 1791, prob. the Sally Hunt who m.
Levi Hitchcock of Westfield, VT, 28 April 1819.
g. Anne Hunt, b. 12 Nov 1793, may be the Anna Hunt who m.
Richard Lang at Bath 1 Jan. 1834.
h. David S. Hunt, "who moved to Haverhill." NFI.
i. Daniel Hunt, b. 13 March 1796, m. 28 Feb 1819 Charlotte
Lang, dau. of William Lang, and sister of Susan Lang who m.
Daniel's cousin Chapin Hunt, son of Joshua of Ryegate. They
lived a long time in Bath, where about twelve children were
born, and removed to Concord, NH. Charlotte died 28 Nov
1868 and Daniel m. 2d a widow Mrs. Morrison (Manchester City
Records), and died 24 Aug 1882. Various fragmentary, and
differing, records have been found on his children. The
following from the family records of Mrs. Mildred P. Bailey
of West Hartford, CT, are the most complete in the number of
i. Jane S. Hunt, b. 16 April 1820, m. 30 Dec 1847
Israel Bailey, son of Jabez and Martha (Hunt) Bailey,
above. They were living in Landaff, NH, in 1847, per
Landaff town records. Jane died 2 May 1871 and Israel
died 3 July 1909. See their children in descendants of
Martha (Hunt) Bailey, above.
ii. Albon (Albion) Hunt, b. 23 Sept 1823 at Bath, NH,
m. at Bath, NH, or Cambridge, MA (prob. the latter,
records at both places) 26 Nov 1851 Jane Mitchell, dau.
of Roger and Jane (Hoffman) Mitchell of Cambridge. She
was b. 2 Nov 1822 (at Cambridge, MA, as one source
says, or at Hill, NH, as the birth record of her son
Woodbury says). Bath records show the births of two
sons, no names given, to Albon Hunt on 8 Oct 1854 and
28 Nov 1855. Vermont Vital Records show the birth in
St. Johnsbury 30 Oct 1857 of Woodbury E. Hunt to Albon
Hunt, b. Bath, and Jane, b. Hill, NH, residents of St.
Johnsbury. Woodbury Hunt would appear to be the source
of much of the information on the descendants of Daniel
and Charlotte Hunt in the files of Mrs. Bailey and it
is unfortunate that further details on the descendants
of Albon Hunt were not provided. Albon was apparently
not long in St. Johnsbury because he is found in
Landaff, NH, town records in 1858 (the record saying
"Eaton Heirs") albeit that does not necessarily mean
that he was living in Landaff. It is presumed that he
moved to Concord, NH, and died there 20 July 1912 and
Jane died 16 Nov 1897.
iii. Mary L. Hunt, b. 21 Feb 1826, living unmarried at
Salem, NY in 1910 and at Hopkinton, NH, in 1911.
iv. William L. Hunt, "of East Concord, NH, farmer," b.
23 Jan. 1828. Wyman says he m. thrice but had no names
for wives. The first m. is prob. that of Wm. L. Hunt
of Bath to Catherine P. Holt of Concord, NH, int. publ.
13 Dec. 1852, in Bath Town records. Incomplete records
in the collection of Mrs. Bailey (above) give his first
wife's name as Kate Holt, no further information on
other wives or children. William died 13 Feb 1892.
Mrs. Walter Greene (?), Jewett Rd, Rt. 1, Concord, NH,
was said (about 1910) to have been a dau. of William L.
Hunt, but NFI.
v. Sherburn L. Hunt, b. 13 Sept 1829 at Bath, died 21
Sept 1851, unmarried, buried in Old Bath Meetinghouse
vi. Martha B. Hunt, b. 21 Aug 1831, died 10 Apr 1832,
buried in Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery.
vii. Chester H. Hunt, b. 29 June 1834, died 20 March
1839, buried in Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery.
viii. Curtis R. Hunt, "of Suncook, watchman, single"
according to Wyman, b. 12 Sept. 1836. Incomplete
family records say Curtis m. Olive Morrison and died 17
ix. Willard C. N. Hunt, b. 21 March 1838, died 17 March
1839, buried in Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery. (Note
in reference to the mysterious Willard Hunt of Albany,
VT, associated with the Annis families and daughters of
x. Ellery J. Hunt, "of Camden, NJ, photographer," in
1871 according to family records, b. 12 Aug 1840, m. 23
Jan. 1870 Minnie Ferguson, died 30 Dec 1890, his widow
was living at Wildwood, NJ, in 1910.
xi. Ellen Hunt, b. 12 Aug 1840, twin of Ellery, died 31
March 1846, buried in Old Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery.
xii. Julia C. Hunt, b. 26 Feb 1848, m. 26 Aug 1868 the
Rev. George C. Moorehouse, son of Franklin and Lucia
(Holabird) Moorehouse of Shelburne, VT. Julia died 14
April 1911 at Salem, NY. Had dau. Helen C. Moorehouse,
b. Mechanicsville, NY, 17 Dec. 1873 and died unmarried
at Middleburgh 5 July 1890.
j. Aaron Hunt, b. abt 1799, m.25 Oct 1825 at Ryegate Susanna
Ingalls, at which time he was said to be "of Newbury, VT"
where he is reported in the 1830 census, was in Bath, NH, in
the 1840 census, and is presumed to have moved soon after to
the area of Lowell, MA. Little has been found on his family
except for what is shown in Wyman, VVR, and obituaries of
his son Horace found Haverhill, MA, Public Library.
i. George Lesly Hunt ("of Lowell" per Wyman) m. Huldah
Clough. From VVR, George and Huldah (Clough) Hunt had
son George Merrill Hunt, b. Salem, NH, abt 1857, living
at Magog, Quebec, when he m. Sarah Graves at Newport,
VT, 6 Sept 1886.
ii. Walter Miles Hunt ("of Boston" per Wyman), m. 6 Aug
1851 Harriett Varnum Tenney and had children: Paul
Miner Hunt b. 27 Jan. 1853; Harriett Hunt b. 5 April
1855 and died the next day; William Foran Hunt b. 23
Oct 1856; Walter Miles Hunt b. 6 Oct 1858.
iii. Horace Welles Hunt ("of Lowell, m. Sarah
Woodward, per Wyman, but see her name as Rosetta and
further details assembled from obituaries in the
Haverhill, MA, Public Library). Horace W. Hunt was b.
at Bath, NH, abt 1834, presumably came to the area of
Lowell with his parents and siblings sometime after
1840, became a farmer at Windham, NH; served in Civil
War in Co. B, 7th NH Vol, was at St. Augustine, FL, 11
July 1863 and participated in General Gilmore's
expedition against Morris Island and Fort Wagner which
resulted in the siege of Charleston, SC, in the summer
of 1863. In the battle Horace was severely wounded in
the arm, which resulted in hospitalization and
honorable discharge 30 Dec 1863. He returned to
Windham but removed to Salem, NH, in 1869 where he was
a farmer for some 20 years. The last 15 years of his
life were spent in Haverhill, MA, (64 Race St.) and he
died at the home of a daughter in Haverhill 13 April
1923 at age 89 yrs, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery at
Salem, NH. Horace m. Rosetta M. Woodward, dau. of
James and Mersilvia Woodward of Halifax, VT. Rosetta
died abt 1905. They had ten children, eight still
living in 1923 and identified as follows in obituaries
on file at the Haverhill, MA, Public Library:
Sarah J. Hunt, m. ___ Smart, living in San Jose,
CA, in 1923.
Emma S. Hunt, m. ___ Woodbury, living in Fresno,
CA, in 1923.
Lincoln H. Hunt, of Salem, NH, in 1923.
Horace E. Hunt, of Salem, NH, in 1923.
Martha E. Hunt, m. ___ McGrath, of Haverhill, MA,
Otis A. Hunt, b. Salem, NH, 22 July, 1870, settled
in Haverhill, MA, where he was a charter member of
the Carpenters Union and in the contracting
business for some 55 years; died at Haverhill, MA,
7 April 1953. He m. Florence Harris who was b. at
Salem, NH, 22 June 1883, dau. of Herbert and Mary
(Woodbury) Harris. Florence died at Haverhill 25
June 1954, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery at Salem,
NH. Had children: Benjamin Hunt, of Warner, NH,
in 1954; Otis Hunt, Jr., born at Haverhill 26 June
1904, was in the contracting business and served
in the Navy SeeBees in the South Pacific in WWII;
returned to Haverhill, MA, and continued in the
contracting business until his death 22 March 1954
while on a job, buried in Linwood Cemetery at
Haverhill, MA., m. Marie Antoinette Gouldreault
and had dau. Corinne Hunt who m. ___ Saunders and
had children Claudia and Marcia Saunders; Horace
W. Hunt of Haverhill, MA, in 1954; William B.
Hunt, Chief of the Haverhill Fire Dept. in 1954;
John H. Hunt, of Marlboro in 1954.
Charles C. Hunt, of New York (City?) in 1954.
Mabel F. (or S.) Hunt, of Haverhill in 1923.
iv. Edwin Ruthven Hunt, "of Lowell."
v. Elizabeth Gates Hunt, m. 18 Oct 1857 William Bass of
vi. Morris Ingals Hunt, died 14 Jan. 1851 at age 23
yrs, 7 mos, 15 days.
vii. Mary Sutherland Hunt, m. at age 21 Armory H.
Shattuck, int. publ. 1 Sept 1857.
viii. Ann Sutherland Hunt, died 27 Feb 1857.
ix. Minerva Gates Hunt, m. Henry Everest.
x. Mehitable Lang Hunt.
xi. Martha Lang Hunt.
k. Nathan Hunt, b. 29 July 1800 (gravestone gives date of 30
July), m. at Bath 1 Aug 1823 Harriett Ricker (Wyman gives
her name incorrectly as Mehitable, but the name on her
gravestone is Harriett). Nathan died in Bath 12 March 1884;
Harriett, b. 4 Aug 1801, died 31 Jan. 1886, buried with
husband in Bath Village Cemetery with their dau. Lucretia
and her husband Orris P. Rollins. Wyman lists six children
of Nathan and others have been identified in local records:
i. George Hunt, who is prob. the George W. Hunt of Bath
who m. Jane S. Vance of Danville, VT, and had dau.
Eliza Jane Hunt b. 28 May 1850.
ii. David Hunt, who is prob. the David S. Hunt, b. abt
1826 who m. Mary M. Bedell at Bath 30 Nov 1854 when he
was 28 and she was 21. Buried in Horsemeadow Cemetery
at North Haverhill, NH, David S. Hunt (1826-1901) and
Mary M. Bedell (1830-1878), His Wife, along with Ida M.
Hunt (1855-1902), their daughter. Also in the
Horsemeadow Cemetery are graves for Bertram Hunt, a
wife and prob. brother. One was a WWI Vet from VT,
died in 1918, presumably in WWI; not otherwise
identified and not known if related to David Hunt and
iii. Moses Hunt. Wyman said "was married" but NFI.
iv. Adeline Hunt, b. 21 June 1831, died 1 Feb 1832 at
age 7 mos, 8 days, identified on gravestone as dau. of
Nathan and Harriett Hunt.
v. Franklin Hunt, b. abt 1832 (age 18 in 1850 census
when he was living with parents in Bath). Wyman shows
him as "single" in 1861-3.
vi. Lucretia Hunt, b. abt 1829 (age 21 in 1850 census),
m. 31 Dec 1864 Orris T. (or P.) Rollins who was b. 7
June 1830. Lucretia died 12 June 1885 at age 56, Orris
died 4 March 1908, both buried with her parents in
cemetery at Bath Village.
vii. Eliza Hunt (per Wyman, not listed with family in
viii. Amanda Melvina Hunt, b. abt 7 June 1834, died 25
Sept 1848 at age 13 yrs, 11 mos, 18 days, buried in Old
Bath Meetinghouse Cemetery.
ix. Hattie (Harriett) E. Hunt, b. abt 1838 (age 12 in
1850 census), m. 20 July 1865 Robert J. Hibbard who was
b. North Haverhill, NH, son of Ezekiel Bailey Hibbard
and Esther Johnston, dau. of Col. Robert Johnson (this
family described in detail in Newbury, VT, History). No
x. Merrill N. Hunt, "soldier son of Nathan," b. abt
1843, m. 28 May 1861 Frances S. Cassan of Haverhill,
NH, died 29 Aug 29 1862 at age 19.
l. Zilpha S. Hunt, b. abt 1803, died 1827 at age 24.
m. Moses A. Hunt, b. abt 1806, died 25 April 1827 ae 21
(drowned in Connecticut River at the mouth of the Ammonoosuc
River when a raft broke up).
9. Moses Hunt, b. abt 1761, appears on record of Town Returns of Epping, NH (where his presumed older brother Samuel lived) on a list dated 25 April 1782 of men who were enlisted for "three years or more during the war for the Parish of Epping." Moses appears on rolls of Captain Benjamin Whitcomb's Company of Independent Rangers, roll dated 25 June 1777, on a roll dated 11 Nov 1777 at Saratoga for period 25 June to Nov 1777, and he appears on a roll of Nov 1778. In his pension application of 7 Aug 1829, Moses Hunt, then of Jay, VT, age 68, stated that he enlisted in March of 1777 in NH for the war, served under Captain Aldrich (since General Aldrich) of Westmoreland, NH, and Major Benjamin Whitcomb until the war closed. Moses returned to Bath, NH, where he had m. in May of 1780 Ruth Dodge, dau. of John Dodge for whom Dodge Falls on the Conn. River was named, and settled at the foot of Hunt Mountain (named for him) in Lyman, NH, in the part which became Monroe in 1854 when Lyman was divided along the top of the mountain ridge which separated the eastern and western parts of the town. Moses cleared his farm and raised eleven children, all born in Lyman. Several of his children followed the northern migration along the Bayley-Hazen Military Road to Jay and Troy, VT. His dau. Hannah m. Ezra Johnson and moved to Troy where she lived the rest of her life. His sons Nathan and Appleton were two of the pioneer settlers of Jay, VT. Moses and Ruth followed soon after and lived in a house built for them in Jay by their son Nathan. Moses died 4 Aug 1843 and Ruth died 11 April 1844. Children:
a. Hannah Hunt, b. 4 May 1782, m. at Bath 26 Nov 1808 Ezra
Johnson, bro. of Thomas Johnson whose dau. Caroline m. Henry
Hunt, son of Leonard Hunt of Bath, NH, and Troy, VT (see
above). Hannah and her husband settled in Troy and
presumably died there after 1844 when she is mentioned in
the court settlement of her mother Ruth (who is mentioned in
the court settlement as "the widow Hannah sometimes called
Ruth"--the incorrect reference is to the mother Ruth).
b. Mary Hunt, b. 3 Nov 1783, per listing of children in her
mother's pension application; not found among compilations
in local histories of children of Moses and his children,
presumably died young.
c. Silena Hunt, b. 18 Oct 1784, and presumably named for the
wife of Moses' brother Daniel; m. Samuel West, bro. of
Stutson West who m. Silena's sister Sarah. Samuel West was
tax collector in Lyman, NH, in 1815. They had dau. Jane b.
1811 who m. Samuel Smith and had seven children, described
further in the History of Monroe, NH.
d. Moses Trussell Hunt, usually called Trussell, b. 30 Sept
1786; m. 30 Apr 1815 Martha Willard, dau. of Levi Willard,
died 29 Aug 1825, and buried in Wilder Cemetery in
Lancaster, NH. Martha died 22 (?) Sept 1822 at age 24,
buried with her husband. Memorials for three other Hunts in
the Wilder Cemetery are presumed to be for their three sons
of whom nothing further is known: i. Franklin W. Hunt, b.
abt 1817, "died in Indiana 27 Jan. 1892 at age 74 yrs, 11
mos, 10 days"; ii. Hamilton P. Hunt, died 27 Jan. 1824 at
age 5 yrs, 4 mos, 25 days; iii. Hubbard Hunt, b. abt 1821,
"died in Indiana 6 May 1895 at age 74 yrs, 4 mos, 12 days."
These are prob. all the children; the obituary of Martha
says she left three young children, not named.
e. Joan (Jane) Hunt, b. 25 Nov 1788, m. ___ Gibbs, died
f. Sarah (Sally) Hunt, b. 28 Apr 1791, m. Dec 1815 Stutson
West, settled in Danville, VT, where Stutson died 11 Dec
1874. Widow Sarah died at Lyndon, VT, 2 Nov 1876, buried
with husband in Danville Cemetery. Had 11 children.
g. Samuel Hunt, b. 17 April 1793, m. 17 Dec 1818 Johanna
Buffum, dau. of John and Joanna (Barney) Buffum. Samuel was
a volunteer soldier in the War of 1812 and lived a long life
in Lyman, NH, in the portion which became Monroe, his home
identified on a map in the Monroe History. Wife Johanna
died 19 Aug 1868 and Samuel died 1 Jan. 1885, both buried in
cemetery at North Monroe, NH. Samuel appears to have once
owned property in Troy, VT, where his son Samuel Perry Hunt
settled and became one of the leading citizens of Troy.
Samuel and Johanna Hunt had children:
i. John Buffam Hunt, b. 14 Oct 1819, m. 1st 26 May 1845
Sarah Burnham, dau. of Ezekial and Mary Burnham, b. at
Thornton, NH, 6 Oct 1825 and died at Lowell, MA, 14
Sept 1850. John m. 2d 21 March 1852 Lucy Ann Silver,
dau. of Hills J. and Abigail Silver. John died at
Lowell, MA, 4 Aug 1907, John had four children (John
William Hunt, Arabella Hunt, Frank Silver Hunt, and
Lucy Ellen Hunt) of whom further details and
descendants can be found in the History of Monroe, NH.
ii. Martha Willard Hunt, b. 19 Sept 1822 (presumably
named for the wife of Samuel's brother Moses), m. 30
Oct 1845 Richard Moore, b. 5 Aug 1815, son of Richard
Rogers and Lucy (Scarrett) Moore of Monroe. Richard
died 16 Feb 1888 and Martha died 13 Aug 1896, both
buried in cemetery at North Monroe, NH. They had nine
children and many descendants on whom details can be
found in the History of Monroe.
iii. Samuel Perry Hunt, b. 22 May 1825 at Lyman, NH, m.
Martha Ann Gilpin, dau. of Charles and Abigail
(Livingston) Gilpin of Westfield, VT. He settled in
North Troy "abt 1840" per some histories, but prob.
later (some evidence that he was in Lowell, MA, for
awhile before settling in VT). Samuel Hunt was an
active leader in the community until his death 9 June
1892. He had four children born at North Troy who
produced a long line of descendants, some still living
in northern Vermont. Children:
Charles Perry Hunt, b. 9 (?) June 1855 at Troy, m.
6 July 1881 at Mansonville, Quebec, Addie Amelia
Meigs, dau. of Harley Sanderson and Emily (Scott)
Meigs. Charles Perry Hunt was featured in
Jeffrey's Successful Vermonters (1904) which gives
his date of birth as 19 June 1855 and has a
glowing summary of Charles Perry Hunt and his
family in Jeffrey's usual ingratiating style.
Charles died 15 April 1938 and widow Emily died 24
Feb, 1939, both buried in North Troy Cemetery. Had
children: Charles Perry Hunt, Jr., b. 19 April
1882, died 22 Dec 1890; Maude Ethel Hunt, b. 24
April 1884, m. 17 June 1908 George Buchanon
Douglas, died 15 June 1957 at North Troy (had
children Kenneth Charles Douglas, Donald George
Douglas, and Robert James Douglas); Oliver Hazard
Perry Hunt, b. 18 Feb 1894, m. 1 Dec 1915 Anna
Gertrude Goodwin, died 17 Apr 1950 (had children:
Frederick Oliver Hunt, Margaret Helen Hunt,
Reginald Deane Hunt (presently living in VT and a
member of the Board of Directors of the
Genealogical Society of Vermont); Carlton Perry
Hunt; Bertram Oliver Hunt; Barbara Alice Hunt (who
m. 1st John Winston Lavers and 2d Bruce Arden).
Ella Frances Hunt, b. 6 June 1856, m. 27 Nov 1878
Frank Stevens Elkins, son of Curtis, Jr. and Susan
(Boswell) Elkins. Frank died at Troy 8 Oct 1911
and Ella died 15 July 1939; Had children Leon,
Alice, and Susan b. at Troy.
Emma J. Hunt, b. 5 May 1859, died 15 Sept 1870.
Alice A. Hunt, b. 17 Sept 1864, m. 1st 25 Oct 1887
Charles H. Willard, son of John and Harriett
Newell (Pillsbury) Willard and m. 2d Harvey Paige.
iv. Eliza L. Hunt, b. May 1828, m. Nathan Scarrett
Moore, bro. of Richard who m. Eliza's sister Martha.
Eliza died 2 Oct 1854 after having dau. Ann Elizabeth
Moore (b. 1852, died 1868). Nathan Moore had two more
wives and a dau. Ella J. Moore, b. 28 April 1867, who
m. "Carl" Hunt (Carlos, son of Solomon Sherburne Hunt,
above, and grandson of Worcester Hunt.)
v. Arvester Hunt, b. July 1829, died 29 June 1855.
vi. Johanna A. Hunt, b. 11 April 1835, died 24 March
1844, buried in her brother Samuel's plot in North
Troy, and memorialized on her brother's monument with
her name spelled Joanna.
h. Appleton Hunt, b. 3 July 1795, m. Elsy Upton of Bath 29
Jan. 1817; removed to Jay, VT, abt 1823 where he and his
brother Nathan and cousin Eli Hunt were among the pioneer
settlers; removed to Danville, Shipton Twp., Quebec, where
he lived the rest of his life, "farmer at Shipton, died 21
July 1853," per records of the Cong. Ch. of Danville,
Quebec. Part of family returned to Troy, VT, where widow
Elsy died 6 Oct 1870, buried in an old abandoned cemetery at
South Troy. The 1830 census of Jay, VT, shows the household
of Appleton Hunt to include him and his wife, a female
between the ages of 15 and 20, and four male children, the
oldest between the ages of 5 and 10 and the other three
younger than age five. All of his children have not been
identified, but included the following (not in chronological
i. Ruth Hunt who m. Aaron Willey of Shipton, Que.,
17 Dec 1841, both being minors and requiring their
ii. Elsie, b. at Shipton, who m. at Troy, VT, 4
Dec 1857 George Little of Monroe, NH, and died
iii. Mary Jane Hunt, b. 15 Feb 1834, who m. Albert
Mason of Monroe, NH, and died 1 April 1906.
iv. Lyman Hunt, enl. for Hartford, VT, 8 Aug 1862
in Co. H, 11th VT, Inf., promoted Corporal and
killed 9 Dec. 1862 by accidental gun shot while on
guard duty at Washington, DC, buried in cemetery
at North Monroe, NH.
v. Albert Hunt, b. "Danville, Que." (per VVR, but
prob. at Jay, VT) 11 Jan. 1826, lived at various
places in Canada and VT, m. Elsie (or Emma) E.
Barnard at Ripton, VT, 10 May 1874, died in
McIndoes, VT, 30 March 1906, buried in cemetery at
North Monroe, NH. Albert had daughter Mary Jane
Hunt b. at Ripton 15 Dec 1878 who m. James L.
Aldrich at Middlebury, VT, 14 Dec 1896.
i. Anna Hunt, b. 2 April 1797, m. David Clough; both died at
j. Elizabeth (Betsey) Hunt, b. 22 May 1799, m. Osburn Allen,
died in Moira, NY, in 1837. Osburn (or Osborn) Allen moved
to Northern NY in 1825 and located at Fort Covington, later
in the hotel and shoe business in Rochester, NY, where he
died in 1848. They had four children.
k. Nathan Hunt, b. 12 March 1801, purchased from agents of
John Jay land in Jay, VT, in 1828 and settled there along
with his brother Appleton and cousin Eli Hunt. They were
among the first settlers of Jay before the town was
organized on 29 March 1828 at which time Nathan was elected
constable and collector, also hayward and petit juror.
Nathan m. 1st 26 March 1832 Lydia Chapin of Westfield, VT,
who died at Westfield in April 1853. He m. 2d 28 Feb 1863
Susan Barnes at Troy, VT, and died at Jay in 1878. No
accurate record of his children has been found. The
"Marcus" Hunt who m. Mary "Puchey" at Newport, VT, and had a
son Luther M. Hunt, b. Stanstead, Que, abt 1874, is
identified in Troy Town Records as son of Nathan Hunt.
(Luther M. Hunt was a RR brakeman at Newport, VT, when he m.
Edith M. Smith at Newport 11 Sept 1895 and had a dau. Jessie
Edith Hunt b. at Newport 25 March 1900.) This "Marcus" was
prob. the Marcellus (or Marseilles) Hunt, b. abt 1838, who
enl. in the Civil War for Derby, VT, and was in Westfield,
VT, in the 1860 census. Marcellus Hunt is shown by VT Civil
War Records to have enl. at age "age 21" 22 April 1861 for
Derby, VT, in Co. D, 3rd Regt., and re-enlisted 21 Dec.
1863, promoted corporal, promoted sergeant 14 May 1864,
transferred to Co. E 25 July 1864, discharged 16 May 1865
for wounds received at Cold Harbor, VA 3 June 1864. He was
in action during the major battles of the Civil War
including Antietam, Fredericksburgh, Gettysburgh,
Wilderness, until disabled at Cold Harbor. With such a
distinguished history of Civil War service, it is surprising
that so little can be found on Marcellus Hunt. In the 1860
census he is listed as Marseilles Hunt, living in Westfield,
VT, with the Hodgekins family, along with a "Mascal" Hunt,
age 15, who was prob. his brother. This Mascal Hunt is
prob. the same shown as Maschil Hunt "of Troy" who enl. "at
age 18" 1 Aug 1862 in Co. K, 10th Regt, promoted sergeant 12
Dec. 1862, wounded 19 Sept 1864, mustered out 22 June 1865.
He went through the Wilderness campaign and was prob.
wounded at Winchester, VA. Nothing further has been learned
of this Maschil Hunt.
A mysterious "Wooster" Hunt is mentioned in Troy records who
was prob. the Chester W. Hunt, farm laborer, age 19, b. VT
(abt 1841), living with family of Wm. and Margaret Niles in
the 1860 census of Newport Town, VT. He is shown in
Hamilton Child's 1883-4 Gazetteer of Orleans and Lamoille
Counties as a farm laborer at Newport Center. He is
obviously the same who m. Betsy Farrar and had three
children identified in VVR for Newport, and is found buried
with wife in the cemetery at Bath Village, NH: Chester W.
Hunt, Feb. 13, 1843-June 23, 1922; Betsy F. Hunt, his wife,
May 30, 1843-May 12, 1920; George L. Hunt 1871-1945. His
children can be identified from VVR as follows:
Dennison M. Hunt, age 21, b. Canada (abt 1867, 1866
from gravestone) m. Nora "Benware" (Benway) at Newport
25 Oct 1888. He appears to be the same shown as "Dana"
Hunt, b. Potton, Que, with wife Nora Benway, b.
Standbridge, Que, who had son, no name given, b. at
Derby, VT, 29 Jan. 1890, and also the "Daniel" Hunt, b.
Canada, with wife Nora Benway, who had dau. Grace Hunt
b. at Newport 1 May 1893. He appears to be the Denison
M. Hunt (1866-1936), with wife Martha A. Hunt (1875-
1944), and (prob.) son Walter C. Hunt (Dec. 31, 1905-
June 4, 1920) buried in the cemetery at Bath Village,
NH. Their graves are in a different part of the
cemetery from the presumed parents Chester W. and Betsy
Hunt, but the connection appears reasonably certain,
although there is question about the name of Dennison's
wife shown as Nora in VT records, but the name on her
gravestone as Martha--possibly a 2d wife?
Hattie Lucene Hunt, age 25, b. Newport, m. Bert William
Loungeway at Newport 11 Aug. 1896.
George L. Hunt of Lisbon, NH, age 29, b. Newport (abt
1872, 1871 per gravestone), was prob. the son of
Chester Hunt b. at Newport 21 Aug. 1871. He m. Nellie
M. Sargeant at Concord, VT, 3 Sept 1909, and apparently
died in 1945 (per gravestone), buried with his parents
at Bath Village Cemetery.
In the 1860 census, Nathan Hunt was living with the family
of George and Augusta Lord (the latter, b. ca. 1835, may
have been a dau. of Nathan). From the above recitation, the
children of Nathan Hunt would appear to be Marseilles
(Marcellus-Marcus) Hunt, Maschil Hunt, possibly Chester W.
Hunt, and possibly Augusta, wife of George Lord. There may
also have been others.
l. Isabel Hunt, b. 15 Nov 18__, m. Thomas Whitcomb and was
living in Dunkirk, NY, on 24 May 1854 when she was granted a
portion of the Rev. War pension due her mother. She and
husband are reported to have died at Dunkirk, NY.
Shaftsbury, Bennington Co.
SETH HUNT 1-1-3-0-0
This would be Seth Hunt, Sr., of Woodbury-Roxbury, CT, or a son of the same name, possibly the elder Seth albeit no evidence has yet been found that he was temporarily in Vermont. Seth Hunt, b. at Woodbury, CT, 4 March 1735 (but abt 1732 from his death at Roxbury, CT, 8 Jan. 1828 "at age 96") was one of five sons of John Hunt (abt 1695-abt 1780) and his wife Thankful (Galpin-Terrill) of Woodbury, CT, a portion of which was made the town of Roxbury. Thankful Galpin, dau. of Benjamin and Rebecca (Brown) Galpin, was b. 1706, m. 1st Timothy Terrill who died in April 1727 and she m. 2d John Hunt whose ancestors have not been discovered. Timothy and Thankful had a son Timothy and daughters Emma, Ann, and Olive who (the daughters) appear to have assumed their stepfather's name of Hunt. Emma m. in 1765 Isaac Hurd; Ann m. ___ Stoddard; Olive m. David Leavenworth. The date of John's death has not been discovered, but prob. abt 1780 because his Will dated 3 July 1771 was probated in Woodbury, CT, 18 Aug 1780. His Will mentions wife Thankful (named executor), sons John, Seth (to whom he left his dwelling house), Simeon, Gideon, and daughters Ann, Olive, Em, and Rebecca (the first three, his stepdaughters). Widow Thankful died at Roxbury 25 March 1782. Her Will mentions her sons Seth Hunt, Timothy Terrill, John Hunt, Simeon Hunt, Gideon Hunt, and daughters Eunice Castle, Ann Stoddard, Olive Leavenworth, Emm Hurd, and Rebecca Stoddard; also her granddaughter Thankful Hunt, dau. of her son John.
Seth Hunt, b. at Woodbury, CT, 4 March 1735, died at Roxbury, CT, 8 Jan. 1828 "at age 96." He m. Mary Irish, dau. of David Irish. His Will was brought to Woodbury Court by Truman Hunt, mentions wife Mary, sons Truman, Seth, and Ransom, daughters Martha Blakeslee, Thankful Pearce, Anna Squier, daughter Sarah's children Erastus, Daniel, and Truman Dickson, and daughter Polly and her sons and daughters (daughter Polly and her children not otherwise identified). Son Truman appears to have been in Roxbury-Woodbury at the time of his father's death in 1828 but nothing further has been learned of him. He is possibly the Truman Hunt "of Rupert, VT" who m. Sarah Porter at Pawlet, VT, 15 Aug 1799. In Rupert in the 1800 census were Simeon Hunt (possibly the brother of Seth, above) and Seth Hunt (possibly the son of Seth Hunt, above, who m. Booth Castle (1760- 1819) of whom nothing further has been learned. Son Ransom was found in Shaftsbury in the 1800 census and removed soon to what is presently Otego, Otsego Co., NY, which was originally called Huntsville after Ransom Hunt. Details on Ransom Hunt and his descendants are provided below.
Ransom Hunt of Shaftsbury, VT, and Otego, NY
Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt has brief mention of Ransom Hunt and some of his family, identifying his parents as Seth and Mary (Irish) Hunt, ancestors not further known. William Cutter's 1912 Genealogy and Family History of Central New York, Vol.1, has similar information but goes astray in identifying the father of Seth as a John Hunt of Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY, when the parents of Seth were a John and Thankful (Galpin-Terrill) of Woodbury, Ct., of a different family and possibly no relation to the John Hunt of Hillsdale, NY. Considerable information on Ransom Hunt can be found in the 1907 History of Otego, NY, by Stuart B. Blakely, items as follows:
Huntsville was named in honor of Ransom Hunt, a prominent pioneer who did much to advance the interests of the little settlement. (P.24)
Abram Blaklee and Ransom Hunt, both from Bennington, Vt., were double-brothers-in-law. They are said to have come to the town in 1799, to choose a location, when Blaklee built his frame house, and then to have returned for their families. He (Blaklee) was a peddler and a harness-maker...He had 4 daughters...He is said to have come to Vermont from Danbury, CT, with Ransom Hunt from Roxbury, CT. (P.65) [The house referred to is still standing on Averill St. where it was moved in the 1880s or 1890s; it has recently been improved and renovated..1989.]
The log tavern of Ransom Hunt, possibly the one previously used by Elijah Smith and Samuel ?Ydw, stood a little south of the present Otego House [Note: now home of Frances Hall], was bought along with land, from Gouldsbrow Banyar, chiefly. In 1807, Ransom Hunt built a two-storied frame hotel, which he kept for over 30 years. Hunt's Hotel was the center of a large sphere of influence, and here all kinds of meetings were held. At the head of Otsdaws Ravine, Hunt built one of the first saw-mills in town, which, with a distillery near, was sold to Ephriam Sleeper. He erected another saw-mill on "Saw Mill Hill" (back of George Sherman, Jr.'s house). The small grist mill which he built on the site of Jennings' Mill was replaced by a second which he raised in a snowstorm on 8 June 1816. The present grist mill here was built by Follett and French about 1850. [The building was burned in May 1980 while being used as an antique shop.] (P. 67)
Among those listed as Otego men who became prominent citizens of the State (NY) is Ransom Hunt, member of the Constitutional Convention of 1821 and Harvey Hunt, Member of Assembly from Otsego County in 1843. (P.125)
From the Minutes of the first town meeting of the Town of Huntsville: At the first town meeting in the town of Huntsville held in the house of Ransom Hunt April 30, 1822, in conformity to an Act passed April 12, 1822, for the erection of the said town of Huntsville. (P. 126)
The first grist mill in town was erected by Ransom Hunt. (P.133)
Page 138 lists expenses of Town of Huntsville incurred at Ransom Hunt's, concerning elections.
Page 143 records Hunt's conversation with an Indian concerning the location of a peat pond on the flat near the river on the flat near the Borden ice-houses.
Page 144 tells of a fight on Saw Mill Hill after the raising of Hunt's Mill. The fight was to settle differences between the Yankees and the Dutch settlers.
The following is a condensed genealogy of Ransom Hunt and his known descendants. Ransom-3 Hunt, b. 1768 in Woodbury-Roxbury, CT, m. Sarah Blaklee (also found as Blakelee), removed to Shaftsbury, Bennington Co., VT (where he is found in 1800 US census), removed with brother- in-law Abram Blaklee to what became Otego, NY (originally named Huntsville, after Ransom Hunt) where he became a prominent citizen; presumably died there but his date of death has not been discovered. Wife Sarah was b. 1768 and died 3 May 1848 (according to Cutter, op.cit.). The following have been identified as his children:
Children of Ransom and Sarah (Blaklee) Hunt:
l. Ransom-4 Hunt, a Baptist Minister at Otego according to Wyman (who had no further information) and likewise according to Cutter who says he m. Mehitable Follet and had four children: Seth, John, Susan, and Jane.
2. Byram, b. 8 Aug. 1791, was also a Baptist minister "moved
to the vicinity of Knoxville, PA and was the father of "ten
children whose descendants are still living there" (according to
Cutter in 1912). He actually settled in Brookfield, PA, and had
12 children. See further below.
3. Russell, who settled in Corning, NY and was father of
four children (according to Cutter).
4. Ann, m. Mason Hughston of Otego, NY and had nine children
(according to Cutter).
5. Laura, m. Obadiah Blaklee of Otego, NY; had no children.
6. Harvey, b. 3 Jan. 1808, m. 1st 5 March 1827 Louisa Scofield who died in 1843 and m. 2d Wealthy Birdsell. Had six children by lst wife and four by 2nd. See further below.
Byram-4 Hunt (above), b. 8 Aug. 1791, prob. at Roxbury, CT, removed with parents to Bennington Co., VT, and then to what became Otego, NY; m. 1 Oct.1815 Mehitable Weller at Otego, NY. Became a Baptist Minister at Brookfield Twp., Tioga Co., PA, and had 12 children b. between 1816 and 1839, identified in various censuses through 1850.
l. Son, born and died in 1816.
2. Huldah, b. 1818.
3. Amanda, b. 1820.
4. Daniel W., b. 28 April 1821, m. l Oct. 1843 Sally Ann
Wakelee, had children: Juliette (Julia), 1848;
Angenette Ann J.), 1853; John B., 29 Jan. 1857.
5. Cordelia, b. 1823.
6. David B., b. 29 Dec. 1825, m. Harriet ___; had dau.
Catherine b. 1849; Was a Baptist minister.
7. Edwin J., b. 20 Jan. 1828, m. Nancy Jane ___(in
Brookfield, Tioga Co., PA, in 1900 census).
8. Mercy, b. 1829.
9. Eliza A., b. 1831.
10. Mary Ann, b. and died in 1834.
11. Maria T., b. 1836.
12. Seth, b. 1839, died 1843.
Harvey-4 Hunt (above), b. 3 Jan. 1808 in Otego, NY and died there 30 Nov. 1888. Following data are found in Cutter, op.cit. m. 1st 5 March 1827 Louisa Scofield who was b. 22 Jan. 1808 in Troy, NY and died in 1843; m. 2d Wealthy Birdsell who was b. Otego, NY in 1812, dau. of Michael and Wealthy (Webster) Birdsell, died 5 Nov. 1889. Harvey was a farmer and lawyer, served 13 years as weigher in the Customs House in New York City; served as Supervisor and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Otego for several years; served two terms in the State Legislature as representative from Otsego Co, 1841-42. Had 10 children, six by first wife and four by second. Children:
l. George W.
2. Theodore L., residing (in 1912) in Otego.
3. Ira Wallace, living (in 1912) at Neanah, Wisconsin.
4. Helen A.
6. Albert, living (in 1912) in Binghamton,NY; m. Adelaide
Bates, had children: Harvey A.; William B.; Maud; and
-----By second wife:
7. Dr. Dwight B., physician at Otego, NY (in 1912).
8. Dr. William B., physician in New York City (in 1912).
9. Eva; died in infancy.
10. James B., b. 25 March 1846 at Otego, NY, learned the
trade of wheelwright and wagon-maker in Otego until 1890
when he went to Cortland, NY to work for the McGraw concern
as a blacksmith; after 12 years, set up his own wagon mfg.
business in Cortland until Jan. 1911 when he bought a mfg.
plant in Homer, NY and reorganized the Homer Wagon Co. of
which he was president (in 1912); member of Vesta Lodge No.
255, Odd Fellows of Cortland and a noted singer in his times
Strafford, Orange Co.
SOLOMON HUNT 1-3-5-0-0
Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Hunt Family Genealogy (p. 359) has notes on Solomon Hunt and his children of Strafford and Norwich, VT, but could not identify his ancestors. He was probably related to the pioneer Simeon Hunt of Norwich, VT, (whose ancestors are known, see Norwich) but research to date has not been able to identify him among the families of the Lebanon- Coventry, CT, Hunts to which he is prob. related. Considerable information is available on his family through census and VVR which add to the sparse notes in Wyman.
From Wyman, undistributed branch of family record from C. H. Hunt of Hubbard and Hunt of Chicago, Illinois, April 11, 1862:
Solomon Hunt of Norwich, Vt. (see in Strafford in 1791 census),
b. Jan. 16, 1749, wife Lucy ___, b. July 29, 1754 (probably the
Lucy Hunt, age 71, wife of Solomon Hunt who died at Norwich Aug.
23, 1825, another record in VVR reading April 23, 1825, age 70).
1. Jacob Hunt, b. Feb. 8, 1778 (twin).
2. Samuel Hunt, b. Feb. 8, 1778 (twin). (Probably Samuel Hunt of Norwich, see further in VVR below.)
3. Anne Hunt, b. Jan. 7, 1780. (See m. to Joseph Morrill of Strafford, Vt., Dec. 5, 1799.)
4. Nabby Hunt, b. March 22, 1783. (Probably the Nabby, sister of Samuel Hunt, who m. Reuben Hunt of Norwich and Fairfax, Vt., q.v.)
5. John Hunt, b. Sept 8, 1784 (twin--but see birth date of John in VVR for Strafford as Sept. 18, 1785). Had son Joseph A. Hunt, printer, who m. Sept. 15, 1855 Catherine Morrison of Boston, MA.
6. Molly Hunt, b. Sept. 8, 1784 (twin--but question, see above on John).
7. Lucy Hunt, b. Aug. 5, 1786. (See birth at Strafford, q.v.)
8. Polly Hunt, b. April 15, 1787. (See birth in Strafford April 15, 1788 and m. to Nathaniel Morrill at Strafford April 27, 1806.)
9. Enoch Hunt, b. Jan. 30, 1792 (twin). (See birth in Strafford Jan. 20, 1792.)
10. Burleigh Hunt, b. Jan. 30, 1792 (twin). (See birth in Strafford Jan. 20, 1792.)
11. Solomon Hunt, b. Feb. 29, 1794; m. Harriet Hopkins, daughter of Elias Hopkins. (See Harriet Hunt of Strafford who m. 2d Clark Corser at Sharon, Vt., March 15, 1863--prob. widow of Solomon.) (See birth of Solomon in Strafford Feb. 28, 1794.) Had son Charles H. Hunt, Esq., of Chicago firm of Hubbard and Hunt.
12. Joseph Hunt, b. Dec. 2, 1795, probably the Joseph Hunt who drowned at Barnet, Vt. May 3, 1829 leaving a family. (See birth in Strafford Dec. 1, 1796 and m. to Philomela Boardman in 1821-- who was widow in 1830 census.)
13. Sarah Hunt, b. June 2, 1798.
The following are the data in VVR on these families:
Family and Descendants of Solomon of Strafford and Norwich
Lucy Hunt, wife of Solomon Hunt, died at Norwich Aug 23,1825
at age 71. Another card says "Mrs. Hunt, age 70, died April
Samuel Hunt of Norwich m. Polly Wilder at Norwich Dec. 10,
1806. Samuel Hunt, carpenter and joiner, died at Norwich
March 1861 at age 82. Polly Wilder Hunt, wife of Samuel
Hunt, died at Norwich Aug. 27, 1867 at age 83. Another card
says "Mary Hunt, widow, age 83 yrs, 3 mos, daughter of Abel
Wilder, died at Norwich Aug. 27, 1867." The following are
shown as children of Samuel and Polly Hunt:
1. Marianne Hunt, b. Aug. 29, 1808. Another card shows her
death Aug. 29,1808.
2. Marian, b.c.1809, died at Norwich April 9, 1823 at age
3. William Hunt, b. July 5, 1810 (twin); died July 6, 1810.
4. Sophronia Hunt, b. July 5, 1810 (twin), m. George
Washington Alger at Norwich Dec. 10, 1829.
5. George Hunt, b. Oct. 25, 1812; died April 27, 1813.
6. Adaline Hunt, b. May 6, 1814; m. Harry Russ at Norwich 13
7. Charlotte Hunt, b. ?, m. Henry Hutchinson at Norwich in
8. Child, no name (b.c.1827), died at Norwich May 25, 1832.
Joseph Hunt of Norwich m. Philomela Boardman at Norwich
December 9, 1821. Had children:
1. Ruby Ann Hunt, age 18, died at Norwich Nov. 16, 1841.
2. Child, no name, "of Widow Hunt", died at Norwich May 20,
3. Burleigh W. Hunt, farmer, b. Norwich, son of Joseph Hunt,
died at Norwich Dec. 2, 1897 at age 70 yrs, 10 mos, 2 days.
Sarah Hunt m. Nathaniel Boardman at Norwich March 10, 1825.
Family and Descendants of Abel and Elizabeth (Cressey) Hunt
Still another early Hunt Family was in Strafford prior to the Rev. War. This was Abel Hunt of Hopkinton, NH, son of Jonathan and Miriam (Trussell) Hunt and nephew of Daniel Hunt, the pioneer at Ryegate, VT, q.v. Abel had son Moses b. at Strafford 19 Jan. 1774 and dau. Catherine b. at Strafford 8 April 1775. Abel died at Hopkinton, NH, and his son Moses subsequently settled a brief time in Tunbridge, VT, and removed to Strafford, and died in Bridesville, OH, in "Jan. 1840" (per VVR, but 1839). The following is found on this family in VVR at Tunbridge and Strafford, to which is added data found on his son Moses in Ohio.
Catherine, dau. of Abel and Elizabeth (Cressey) Hunt, b. at
Strafford 8 April 1775.
Moses Hunt, son of Abel and Elizabeth (Cressey) Hunt, b. at
Strafford 19 Jan. 1774; died at Bridesville, OH, "Jan.
1840," recorded at Strafford, VT. Children of Moses and
Judith (maiden name not shown but subsequently discovered as
1. Elizabeth Hunt, b. 31 March 1795 at Tunbridge.
2. Abel Hunt, b. 27 Aug 1796 at Tunbridge.
3. Syntha (Cynthia) Hunt, b. 21 Sept 1798 at Strafford.
4. Judith Hunt, b. 6 June 1800 at Strafford.
5. Catherine Hunt, b. 14 June 1801 at Strafford.
6. Hannah Hunt, b. 26 Nov 1803 at Strafford.
7. Eunice Hunt, b. 18 Oct. 1807 at Strafford.
8. Moses Hunt, b. 5 Aug. 1809 (see further below).
Elizabeth Hunt of Strafford m. John Burrows (?) at Strafford
1 Jan. 1811 (possibly the dau. of Moses, above).
An autobiography of the son Moses Hunt was published by the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society (Vol. 24, #3) with data as follows:
Moses Hunt (1809- ), b. Orange Co., VT, son of Moses Hunt
(1774-1839) and Judith Roberts (1773-1866); in 1812 moved to
Northampton, MA, with parents. "Father could not give us
children advantages as he was only a day laborer...the
children were obliged to live out in various Hampshire Co.
(MA) families..." In 1833 (son Moses) moved to "nr
Brecksville, Cayahoga Co., OH, to make my fortune." He m.
27 May 1834 Emeline Dewey, b. 1811 in Hampshire Co., MA,
dau. of Charles P. and Cynthia Dewey. In 1837 they brought
his parents to Ohio. Moses Hunt died in 1839 in Ohio and
mother Judith returned to MA where she died at the home of
one of her other children. Moses and Emeline had three
children; one died in infancy and the others were:
Chauncey P. Hunt, b. 1835; m. 2d in 1866 Harriet S.
Sarah Emeline Hunt, b. 1835, m. Louis T. Rust.
Thetford, Orange Co.
SAMUEL HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
The identity of this Samuel Hunt has not been discovered. A
beautiful Cong. Church was built in Thetford on Thetford Hill in
1787. The records of this church (shown in VVR) have:
Samuel Hunt died at Thetford 25 Nov 1786.
Samuel Hunt b. at Thetford 14 March 1797.
Mrs. Hunt died at Thetford 28 March 1809 at age "80 or 89".
No Hunts were found in Thetford in the 1800 census and no other Hunts appear in Thetford until much later. The dates do not show a coherent story. There is a hypothesis that a young couple, Samuel Hunt and wife, were in Thetford in the 1791 census, had a son Samuel b. posthumously in 1797 after the father died in 1796 (not 1786), and the mother died in 1809 at age 30 or 39 (instead of 80 or 89). The original church records have not been examined to see how the dates appear in the original. In any event, this Samuel Hunt family remains a mystery
Townshend, Windham, Co.
ISAAC HUNT, Junr. 1-0-0-0-0
This Isaac Hunt appears alone in Townshend in 1791 but no clue to his ancestry or what became of him has been found. His appearance appears to be casual. No Hunts were found in Townshend in the 1800 census or thereafter and none appears in local Histories or Vermont Vital Records.
Wardsboro, Windham Co.
RICHARD HUNT 1-5-3-0-0
Thomas Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Hunt Family in a "Schedule of Old Army Service" (p. 379) makes reference to "Richard Hunt of Windham, Co., VT, of New York Line, who died in 1833 at age 83" (b. abt 1750). Hunt Family History, op.cit., says private in a MA unit, b. 25 March 1752, died 12 March 1835, wife Elizabeth Warren. He was originally from Dudley, MA, bapt. 10 May 1752, son of Ephraim-4 (William-3, Ephraim-2-1 of Weymouth, MA) and Miriam Spear of Braintree, MA. Census and Vermont Vital Records provide considerable information on his family and some of his descendants. This information is provided below.
1800 Census of Wardsboro: Richard Hunt, age over 44; Female
age over 44 (wife Elizabeth); Female, age 26-44; Male age
16-25; Male age 16-25; Male age 10-15; Male age 10-15;
Female age 10-15; 2 females age 0-9.
1830 Census of Wardsboro: Family of James Hunt (son of
Richard): Male age 70-80 (prob. father Richard); Female age
70-80 (prob. mother Elizabeth); Male age 40-50 (prob.
James); Female age 40-50 (prob. wife Judith Marsh); Male age
20-30 (prob. son Reuben); Female, age 15-20 (prob. dau.
Cynthia); Female age 10-15 (prob. dau. Artimiscia); Female
age 10-15 (prob. dau. Marceline); Male age 5-10 (maybe the
James who m. Sally Sherwin).
Vermont Vital Records:
Richard Hunt, husband of Elizabeth, died at Wardsboro 12
March 1835 at age 83. (Wyman says year 1833, but gravestone
in South Wardsboro Cemetery also says 1835.)
Elizabeth Hunt, widow, wife of Richard Hunt, died at
Wardsboro 14 Feb 1838 at age 80. (Buried with husband and
son James, the latter's wife Judith, and the latter's son
Reuben and his wife Adeline in South Wardsboro Cemetery.)
Sally Hunt m. Ebeneezer Marsh at Wardsboro 26 May 1799.
"Cincey" Hunt m. Benjamin Jones at Wardsboro 1 Jan. 1805.
William Hunt m. Polly Clark at Wardsboro 11 Sept. 1808.
Laurinda Hunt of Wardsboro m. Timothy Kidder at Wardsboro 16
Betsey Hunt of Wardsboro m. Samuel Burvitt at Wardsboro 5
James Hunt of Wardsborough, m. Judith Marsh 4 Aug 1805,
reported at both Grafton, VT, and Wardsboro, VT.
James Hunt, husband of Judith Hunt, died at South Wardsboro
1 July 1855 at age 74.
Judith Hunt, wife of James Hunt, died at Wardsboro 29 Jan.
1846 at age 64.
Children of James and Judith Hunt:
1. Elizabeth Warren Hunt, b. 3 Apr 1806, died 17 Dec
2. Reuben Marsh Hunt, b. 24 Nov 1809, m. Adeline Allen
at Wardsboro 18 Oct. 1832, died at Wardsboro 3 March
1871 at age 6l yrs, 8 mos. Widow Adeline died at
Wardsboro 8 Feb 1896, ae 81 y, 9m (per gravestone).
They had son Edgar Orlando Hunt b. 16 Sept 1835 and m.
Eunice O. Moore at Newfane, VT, 22 March 1870.
3. Cynthia Hunt, b. 9 Oct. 1812, m. John Rice, Jr., of
Dover, VT, at Wardsboro 24 June 1835.
4. Artemiscia Hunt, b. 16 March 1817, m. Liberty Wilder
at Wardsboro 16 Oct 1838.
5. Marceline Hunt, b. 18 Nov 1819.
6. James Hunt of Wardsboro m. Sally Sherwin at Grafton,
VT, 9 June 1850. (Not identified as son of James and
Judith but seems probable that he was the youngest son
shown in the 1830 census.)
Wells Town, Rutland County
WILLIAM HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
He is probably the same William (with wife) shown in the 1800 census, William then age 26-49, wife then age 26-49. Nothing further has been learned of them and they are not mentioned in Vermont Vital Records.
The History of Wells, VT (George F. Pember Wood, 1955, p. 62) says "William Hunt m. a widow Pratt of Hartford, NY, and came to Wells. He was b. in England but very early expoused the cause of independence and served in the Continental Army during the entire War of the Revolution. He received a pension. They have no descendants."
William Hunt may or may not have been born in England. Old Histories and Biographies have often referred to a person as "coming from England" when the people who were writing did not know the ancestors, which in some cases have been traced back through several previous generations in America. His pension file (not examined) may provide further information but it appears he left no issue.
One Daniel Hunt and his wife (2d) Hannah Belding had two daughters born at Wells (Phileny 1 Oct 1805 and Sally Bishop Hunt 5 Sept 1809). This Daniel m. Hannah Belding of Essex, VT, 6 Dec 1804. He was the son of Gideon Hunt (1743-1826) of Woodbury- Roxbury, CT, b. 1768, m. at Roxbury 27 Feb 1791 Esther Goodrich. They had sons Harry (in Georgia, VT, in 1830 census, moved from there to Belmont, NY, and then to Cornwell, VT, and New Haven, VT, in 1840; had a large family), Harvey, and Daniel. The parents seem to have separated (with or without divorce) because Esther m. 2d at Georgia, VT, Nathan Foote, Jr., in 1803, and Daniel m. 2d at Essex Hannah Belding. Daniel served in the War of 1812 and died while visiting his son Harry in Georgia, VT, in 1814.
In the 1830 census at Wells were Amos Hunt, his wife, and two young children. He was a desc. of one John Hunt of Glocester, RI, and the youngest son of John and Europe (Comstock) Hunt of Uxbridge, MA. The father died when Amos was an infant, his mother m. 2d the husband of her deceased sister and moved with him to Danby, VT. Amos lived variously at Danby, Dorset, and Wells, VT, m. twice, and removed with a large family to Westmore, VT, where he died and is buried. The late Franz Hunt, Editor and Publisher of the Newport Express and Standard and the late Wally Hunt of Barton, VT, were among his descendants.
There is no relation of these latter families to the pioneer William Hunt of Wells, but the data are provided here in case anyone should wonder. Westminster, Windham Co.
JASANIAH HUNT 1-0-1-0-0
This couple is listed in Westminster in the 1791 census but nothing further has been learned of them. There were no Hunts in Westminster in the 1800, 1810, or 1830 censuses. It appears that they removed soon after 1791 to Canada because in 1822 a "Jaazaniah" Hunt of Westminster m. Rebecca Dickinson at Westminster 15 Jan. 1822. Under the same name he died at Westminster March or Nov 17, 1870 (two cards in VVR with different dates), at age 72 yrs, 1 mo, farmer, b. in Canada (abt 1798), and husband of Rebecca. They had a child, no name or sex given, who died as an infant at Westminster 25 Feb 1835. They also had a son Jason S. Hunt, Teamster, b. Westminster (abt 1825), son of Jason R. and Rebeccah Hunt, who died at Rockingham 14 Dec. 1872 at age 47 years. The Lydia Hunt of Westminster who m. John Hodgeman at Westminster 9 March 1843 may have been a dau. of the younger "Jasaniah", as may also have been the Jacob Hunt who had a wife Merab Ann who died at Westminster 8 March 1858 at age 38, and the Seldon J. Hunt who had a wife Josephine and a dau. Lucy R. Hunt b. at Westminster, 28 Aug 1857. Other "mysterious" Hunts appear in Westminster records after 1850 who may or may not have any relation to the pioneer Jasaniah Hunt.
The name Jazaniah (various spellings) was rare in the Hunt families. Only one of this name appears in Wyman's voluminous 1862-3 Hunt Family Genealogy: this was Jazaniah, b. 21 Oct 1768, son of Ebeneezer and Deliverance (Newton) Hunt of Paxton, MA. Wyman had no further information on Jazaniah and he might be the Jazaniah who was briefly in Westminster, moved up to Canada (where he had a son of the same name who returned to Westminster).
Whitingham, Windham Co.
THOMAS HUNT 3-2-3-0-0
This is obviously the same Thomas Hunt who appears in Bennington, albeit the family composition is somewhat different. Although associated longer with Whitingham than Bennington, because of the alphabetical arrangement of this presentation his story is told at Bennington, q.v.
Woodford, Bennington Co.
JOSEPH HUNT 1-2-4-0-0
This appears to be the same Joseph Hunt who shows up in the town of Bennington in the 1800 census. The composition shown for the family is consistent and no further record of Hunts in Woodford is found in the 1800, 1810, or 1830 censuses nor in Vermont Vital Records or town histories. On this assumption, the story of Joseph Hunt of Bennington is shown below, with the caveat that the two are not proved to be the same.
Joseph Hunt of Hardwick, MA, Bennington & Fairfax, VT
Wyman's 1862-3 Genealogy of the Hunt Family (page 68, et. al.) has the trail to and beyond Joseph Hunt of Bennington and some of his descendants, which is shown below, supplemented by data drawn from Vermont Vital Records and other records.
Joseph-5 Hunt (John-4 of Hardwick, MA, Isaac-3 of Sudbury, MA, Isaac-2 of Concord, MA, William-1 of Concord), son of John and Mary Hunt of Hardwick, MA, and brother of the Samuel Hunt of Pawlet, q.v., was b. 8 Dec. 1759 (per Wyman), m. Betsey Fay who was b. Hardwick 2 Aug 1761, dau. of Daniel Fay of Westboro and Hardwick, MA. (who was a Lt. in Abercrombie's Army in the French and Indian War). Elizabeth (Betsey) Fay m. Joseph Hunt at Hardwick, MA, 16 May 1779 per record of the Fay Family in the History of Barnard, VT. He is prob. the Joseph Hunt found in Woodford, VT, in the 1791 census and the same shown in Bennington in the 1800 census, his household in 1800 shown as Joseph, age 26-44, Female age 26-44, Female age 16-25, Female age 10-15, Female age 0-9 and two Males ages 0-9. Wyman says Joseph died 10 Jan. 1810, but he appears to be the Joseph who died at Fairfax, VT (where some of his children settled) 4 Jan. 1811 "at age 45" per VVR. The data are not consistent and the age at death may be incorrect. Betsey "Grosvenor" Hunt, "wife of Joseph," died at Fairfax 27 Aug 1841 at age 80 (this is consistent with the birthdate of Betsey (Fay) Hunt; the name of "Grosvenor" is a puzzle and may have been a middle name, or a 2d husband of whom nothing has been found--Betsey had two daughters by the name of Charlotte and the 2d is shown by Wyman to have m. a Grosvenor. Had children:
1. Charlotte Hunt, m. ___ Rugg and died in 1852. (The 11th child of Joseph and Betsey Fay Hunt was named Charlotte, 2d, a peculiar circumstance which may mean an error in Wyman or that the 2d was b. after the 1st had married and left the family circle.)
2. John Palmer Hunt, b. 8 Jan. 1783, settled at Fairfax, VT., and m. there 12 June 1806 Alice Wilkins. He died at Fairfax 13 or 14 May 1859 (VVR) and wife Alice died 21 Nov 1852, both buried in cemetery at Sanderson Corners, Fairfax. Had children:
a. Norman Hunt, b. abt 1811, died 11 April 1813 at age 2
yrs, l mo.
b. Franklin Hunt, b. abt 1812, m. 1st 15 Nov 1834 at
Fletcher, VT, Elizabeth (also found as Lois and Louise)
Chase who died at Fairfax 8 Aug 1864. He m. 2d Lucia Mears
at Cambridge, VT, 2 Nov 1864, died at Milton, VT, 25 Nov
1878 at age 68. His widow Lucia was living in 1882-3 on Rt.
41 in Fairfax, per Hamilton Child's Gazetteer of Franklin
County. Had children:
i. Edson O. Hunt, b. at Fletcher, VT, abt 1838, m. 1st
at Fairfax Polly M. ___ prob. before 1860 (when they
were living with his parents in 1860 census), m. 2d abt
1885 at age 47 Ida M. Fields. Edson Hunt was listed in
Child's Gazetteer in 1882-3 as a farmer on Fairfax Rt.
42, dairy with 14 cows and 160 acres. He died at
Fairfax 14 Oct. 1896 at age 58 yrs, 9 mos, 14 days. By
his first wife he had children: Lillian (m. Elmer K.
Lamb at Fletcher, VT, 19 June 1883); Nelson J. Hunt (m.
1st at Fairfax 16 Dec 1882 Nettie E. Conner and m. 2d
at St. Albans 2 Apr 1890 Hattie R. Dunbar and had
children Maurice and Olin); Maurice Hunt (b. abt 1840,
died at Fairfax 27 March 1869 at age 29, parents not
identified but believed to be brother of Edson whose
son Nelson named a son Maurice); Nettie M. Hunt (m.
William B. Bellus ? at Fairfax 18 March 1884.
c. Heman Hunt, b. 23 Apr 1814, m. at Fairfax 10 March 1839
Mahala Safford who was b. 6 Jan. 1820, descended from
Erastus Safford, Rev. War soldier, per family records. Heman
died at Fairfax 8 Nov 1870 at age "62 yrs, 8 mos" (per VVR,
inconsistent with date of birth). Child's 1882-3 Gazetteer
of Franklin County shows widow Mahala living on Rt. 30 in
Fairfax with a farm of 136 acres. Had children:
i. Henry H. Hunt, b. 25 Jan. 1840, living with parents
in 1850 and 1860 censuses, died "at Fairfax" 13 Apr
1863 at age 23 (VVR). Henry H. Hunt enl. 7 Aug 1862 at
age 23 in Co. K, 11th VT Inf. Regt., promoted Cpl. 2
Feb. 1863, died of disease 13 Apr 1863 (Vt. Civil War
ii. Ellen G. Hunt (also shown as Ella), b. April 1841,
m. Reuben L. Dewey at Fairfax 18 Dec 1883 at age 41.
iii. Louisa C. Hunt (also shown as Louise), b. 4 Apr
1845, died single at Jericho, VT, 29 May 1899.
iv. Regina (Rogene A., Regine, Roann), b. 21 Apr 1847,
living with parents in 1870 census.
v. John J. Hunt, b. 13 Nov 1852, m. 1st at St. Albans
18 Aug 1880 ___ Wilson, m. 2d at St. Albans 16 Sept
1885 Anna Holyoke. Had children (possibly others):
Flavilla M. Hunt, b. 28 Jan. 1888, and John Henry Hunt,
b. 5 July 1896.
vi. George H. Hunt, b. 27 Dec 1857, m. 13 Nov 1888 at
Fairfax at age 31 Ellen Grigor who was b. 25 Aug 1863,
dau. of Richard and Rose Grigor of Cowansville, Quebec.
Had children: Heman G. Hunt who died young; Harry R.
Hunt (b. Swanton, VT, 18 Sept 1898, m. at Montpelier,
VT, 22 Dec 1923 Ruth B. Butler who was b. 25 Feb 1898,
dau. of Guy Butler, living in St. Albans in 1972 and
had son Richard L. Hunt, b. at St. Albans and living in
Long Beach, CA, in 1972).
vii. Mary Hunt, died at Fairfax 15 Aug 1862, age 7
mos, 22 days.
?viii. "Jepe" Hunt, b. abt 1865 who was living with
family in 1870 census, age 5, appears to be another
d. Joseph Hunt, 2d, b. abt 1823, m. at Fairfax 12 Apr 1843
Maria Sanderson, m. performed by Joseph Hunt, JP, presumed
to be his uncle Joseph. Alfred Poor's Travels Starting Sept
21, 1861, as recorded in the Hazeltine Papers 14:94 (on file
at the Pennsylvania Historical Society Library in
Philadelphia) relates visiting with families in Fairfax and
the inter-relationship between the Hunts, Stickneys,
Sandersons, and Learneds of Fairfax, noting:
Lucy Stickney, b. Feb 1784 m. Amos Sanderson of
Fairfax; had 12 children of which #9 Jane m. William
Hunt and #ll, Maria, twin of Mary who died young, m.
Joseph Hunt, cousin of William.
Apphia Stickney, b. Feb. 1786, m. Asa Learned and
settled in Fairfax. Among their children were Celia
Learned who m. Ira Hunt, brother of William, "son" (s/b
Cousin) of Joseph who m. her cousin Maria above.
Wyman says Joseph Hunt had children Mary and Rogene; nothing
on them in VVR, but Mary is found with her parents in the
1850 census of Fairfax, age 5, or b. abt 1845. They also
had a son Almon, b. abt 1848, who died at Fairfax 20 Apr
1850 at age 2 yrs, 1 mo, l day. Nothing further has been
found on this family. They are not in the 1860 census of
e. John P. Hunt, Jr., m. ____ and had dau. Ellen according
to Wyman. No record of this family found in census or VVR.
f. Almira Hunt, prob. same who m. Joseph Robinson, 2d, at
Fairfax 1 Nov 1831.
g. Louise Hunt, m. William Stoddard at Fairfax 4 March 1838.
h. Alice Hunt, b. ca. 1820-25 per 1830 census.
i. Diana Hunt, prob. same who m. Purmont Tabor at Fairfax 1
j. Sarah Hunt, prob. same who m. Henry Dodge at Fairfax 2
3. Fanny Hunt, m. David Hendricks and settled in Michigan.
4. Joseph Hunt, b. Bennington, VT, m. at Fairfax 8 Jan. 1809 Polly Wilkins (VVR), She died 2 April 1838 and Joseph m. 2d at Fletcher, VT, 11 Dec 1838 Pauline Buck, dau. of Nathan Buck. Joseph died at Fairfax 28 Apr 1850. Widow Pauline ("Perlina, age 44") was living alone in the 1850 census of Fairfax and died at Fairfax 10 July 1863 or 11 July 1868 (two conflicting records in VVR). Wyman has a brief note of the family of Joseph and Polly and gives names of four children--Ira, William, Truman, and Ursula. The 1830 census shows seven children in the household of Joseph Hunt. Further records have been found on son Ira and William and possibly dau. Ursula. Children:
a. Ira Hunt, b. abt 1810, m. at Fairfax 17 Feb 1833 Celia
Smith Learned, dau. of Asa and Apphia (Stickney) Learned,
and cousin of Maria Sanderson who m. Joseph Hunt, 2d, above,
son of John Palmer Hunt (VVF and Alfred Poor's Travels). Ira
died at Fairfax 1 Sept 1885 at age 75 yrs, 5 mos (two cards
in VVR--one says "married" and the other says "widowed"; one
gives mother's name as "Patty", the other says "Nettie").
Children, per census and VVR:
i. Emily M. Hunt, b. abt 1835, with family in 1850
census but not found in 1860.
ii. Edwin W. Hunt, b. abt 1838, m. m. Armida Safford
and died at Fairfax 19 Aug 1857 at age 19 yrs, 8 mos, 6
iii. Sophronia (Sophia E.), b. abt 1842, prob. same who
m. H (or N) Delos Bailey at Fairfax 23 Oct 1862.
iv. Adelia (Delia), b. abt 1850 (age 7 mos in 1850
census), prob. same who m. H. D. Kendall at Fairfax 17
Feb 1869 at age 19.
b. William J. (or I.) Hunt, b. at Fairfax abt 1820, m. Jane
Sanderson, dau. of Amos and Lucy (Stickney) Sanderson,
sister of Maria who m. his cousin Joseph Hunt, 2d. William
died at Fairfax 26 March 1873 at age 52 yrs, 7 mos. Children
of William Hunt:
i. Polly Ursula Hunt, b. 4 Nov 1841. With family in
1850 census but NFI.
ii. Joseph Nelson Hunt, b. 14 Oct 1843, shown as Nelson
Hunt in 1850 and 1860 censuses, died at Fairfax 20 Dec
1861 at age 18 (VVR shows as "J. Nathan" Hunt).
iii. Erick Almon Hunt, b. 23 May 1845, m. Helen F. ___,
found in 1870 census of Fairfax, but NFI.
iv. Herbert W. Hunt, b. abt 1848, m. Ida V. Marks at
Fairfax 25 Aug 1873 at age 25. He is shown by Child's
1882-2 Gazetteer of Franklin Co. as farmer with 50
acres on Rt. 43 in Fairfax.
c. Truman Hunt, according to Wyman, and may be one of the unidentified children of Joseph and Polly in the 1830 census of Fairfax, but no further information found.
d. Ursula Hunt, per Wyman; prob. the Ursula Hunt of Fairfax who m. Sylvester L. Wilson at Cambridge, VT, 3 July 1849.
5. Betsey Hunt.
6, Daniel Fay Hunt, b. 29 Jan. 1791, "of Ridgeway, NY, per Wyman," m. 1st Nov 25 Nov 1811 Abigail Bachelder, dau.of Aaron and Sally Bachelder of Sutton, MA (m. at Fletcher, VT, per Wyman, no record in VVR). Abigail died at Ridgeway, NY, 6 May 1852 and Daniel m. 2d 23 Sept. 1856 Clarissa A. Dean, b. 28 Feb 1814 at Florida, NY, dau. of Bethuel and Margaret (Phillips) Dean. Had children by first wife:
a. Daniel F. Hunt, b. 14 May 1813, "of NY State" per Wyman,
m. 1st 8 Nov 1839 Tryphosa Ann Greenman who was b. 10 Dec
1818 in Yates, NY. From records of a descendant, Tryphosa
died 11 April 1890 and Daniel m. 2d in 1892 Samantha
(Greenman) Butcher and died in 1905. Children:
i. William Gardner Hunt, b. 24 March 1840, served in
Civil War, m. 1st Margaret Allen and m. 2d Sarah Allen.
ii. Daniel Wesley Hunt, b. 14 July 1841, died 9 July
iii. Elenora Amelia Hunt, b. 7 June 1843.
iv. Ada Medora Hunt, b. 30 July 1845.
v. Olive Rosalia Hunt, b. 19 July 1847.
vi. Fay Wesley Hunt, b. 28 Feb 1855, died 30 Dec 1855.
vii. Burt Alonzo Hunt, b. 5 Aug 1858.
b. Sally Thwing Hunt, b. 28 March 1816, m. Sept 1841 Stephen
Wells of Armada, MI (per Wyman). Sally (also known as
Sarah) died in MI 20 Sept. 1846.
c. Aaron Batchelder Hunt, b. 3 April 1818, "of Ridgeway, NY"
per Wyman, m. 27 March 1861 Hannah Phillips of Florida, NY.
From records of descendants, also m. Sarah M. Groat and died
in 1904. Had children Sarah and Abbie.
d. Charlotte Hunt, b. 20 Oct 1820, m. in 1836 John Robinson
of Armada, MI, died 2 Apr 1853.
e. Joel Hunt, b. 3 Feb 1823, died March 1823.
f. Betsey Hunt, b. 24 Dec 1824, m. 15 Dec 1840 Jos. Ellison
"of "Armada, NY."
g. Susan Pratt Hunt, b. 4 July 1827; died 19 Oct 1841.
h. Hannah Bachelder Hunt, b. 16 June 1831; m. John Mears of
Ridgeway, NY. From records of a desc.of her father, she
"lived all her life at Ridgeway, NY, and had children."
i. Abigail Hunt, b. 21 May 1834; m. 23 Feb 1858 Lewis
Phillips of Florida, NY.
7. Polly Hunt.
8. Son (no name given).
9. Elijah Hunt, b. 30 July 1796, "of Granville, Ohio" per Wyman; m. 1st 24 Feb 1816 Chloe M. Pratt of Rutland, VT, who died 8 Jan. 1819. He m. 2d 24 Sept 1820 Rhoda Hellyer who was b. in MA. He had two children by first wife and six by second wife. From War of 1812 Pension Records, Elijah was a Pvt in Capt. Henry Mead's Co., volunteered 10 Sept. 1814. On 24 March 1871 he was a resident of Newark, Licking Co., OH. Had children:
a. Benjamin P. Hunt.
b. Chloe Hunt.
By second wife:
c. Susan F. Hunt, b. 9 July 1821, m. the Hon. Judge S. L.
Richmond "of Lacon, Illinois" per Wyman.
d. Truman H. Hunt, b. 3 Jan. 1823.
e. Elizabeth Hunt, b. 22 March 1825; m. S. D. Hopkins of
f. Sara Ann Hunt, b. 20 Aug 1826, died at age 4.
g. Joan Hunt, b. 28 Nov 1827; m. J. S. Wyeth of Tuscola,IL.
h. Elijah Hunt, b. 10 Oct 1829.
10. Susan Hunt, m. 15 June 1823 Welcome O. Pratt at Bakersfield, VT.
11. Charlotte Hunt, 2d, m. William Grosvenor.
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