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Anna Hunt (Richards)

Birthdate: (27)
Birthplace: England, (Present UK)
Death: 1653 (22-30)
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Richards, II and Wealthean Richards (Loring), Accused Witch
Wife of Ephraim Hunt, I
Mother of John Hunt; Captain Thomas Hunt and Col. Ephraim Hunt
Sister of Thomas Richards; Mary Hinkley; Joseph Richards; Benjamin Richards; John Richards and 7 others

Managed by: Scott Christopher Swingle
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About Anna Hunt (Richards)

  • Anna Richards Hunt
  • Birth: Nov. 1, 1626
  • Death: unknown
  • Anna was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Anna died about 1650, probably in Weymouth, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Her husband Ephraim have 3 more children by his second wife, Ebbett. The first of those 3 children, William, was born in 1655. You made his memorial already.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Richards (1596 - 1650)
  • Welthian Richards (1600 - 1679)
  • Spouse:
  • Ephraim Hunt (1610 - 1687)
  • Children:
    • Thomas Hunt (1648 - 1721)*
    • Ephraim Hunt (1650 - 1713)*
  • Siblings:
  • Mary Richards Hinckley (1620 - 1659)*
  • John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
  • Anna Richards Hunt (1626 - ____)
  • Alice Richards Bradford (1629 - 1671)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 64356378
  • From:


  • Anna Richards
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: unknown
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas R. Richards (1596 - 1649)
  • Wealthian Loring Richards (1594 - 1679)
  • Siblings:
  • Anna Richards
  • Thomas Richards (1618 - 1650)*
  • Samuel Richards (1619 - ____)*
  • Joseph Richards (1621 - ____)*
  • John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
  • Hannah Richards (1630 - 1651)*
  • Robert Richards (1631 - ____)*
  • Mary Richards (1632 - 1659)*
  • James Richards (1632 - 1680)*
  • Samuel Richards (1633 - ____)*
  • Joseph Richards (1635 - 1651)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 79570271
  • From:




  • RICHARDS, Alice
  • b. 16 JUN 1627
  • d. 12 DEC 1671 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: HUNT, Ephraim
  • b. 1610 Lee, Buckinghamshire, England
  • d. 22 FEB 1686/7 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Children:
    • HUNT, John
    • HUNT, Thomas
    • HUNT, Ephraim
    • HUNT, William
    • HUNT, Enoch
    • HUNT, Joseph b. 18 MAY 1660 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. d. 18 JAN 1716/7 Milton, Norfolk, Mass.
  • From:


  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents by Pope, Charles Henry, 1841-1918
  • .... etc.
  • Mr. Thomas, one of the original colony of Dorchester, [Bl.] frm. May 18, 1630. Propr. Rem. about 1639 to Weymough. [L.] Owned a mill in com. with Henry Waltham; in his absence, his wife Welthia (Welthiann,) adjusted partnership matters before Gen. Court 28 (11) 1640. Selectman, 1643.
  • Will prob. 28 (11) 1650. Wife Welthian; sons John, James, Samuel Joseph and Benjamin; daus. Mary, Anne, Alice and Hannah. [Reg. VII, 232] The dau. Hannah d. at Boston 10 (9) 1651. The widow's will dated at Boston, 3 July, prob. 4 Nov. 1679, beq. to children John, James; to Thomas, Alice, Hannah, William, Mercy, John, Samuel, Melatiah, Mary and Sarah Bradford, children of William Bradford of Plymouth Colony and my daughter Alice, deceased; to Samuel, Thomas, Jr., Bathsheba and Mehetable Hinckley, Hannah Glover, Melatiah Crocker, Sarah Bacon and Mary Wiborne, ch. of Thomas Hinckley of Plym. Col. and my dau. Mary, dec.; to Ephraim and John, son of Ephraim Hunt and my late dau. Anne; to children of these granchildren; to the poor of Boston; to Harvard College; to Sarah Leverett, widow of our late honored governor; to each of the overseers of the will.
  • .... etc.


  • Captain Ephraim HUNT was born about 1610 in Lee, Bucks, Eng. Savage II:500: Says Ephraim administered his faus. estate in 1652 who was probably deceased in England. Calls him of Rehoboth 1644, eldest son of the first Enoch, b. in Eng. at Wendover. Savage thinks he had children by wife Sarah at Rehoboth, then removed to Weymouth and there by w. Ebbet or Ebbot had probably several others. see other sources. The United Ancestries give his wife as Anna Richards and his birthdate, which Savage does not mention???
  • Ephraim was possibly married twice, being Anne Richards above, mentioned in will as wife of Ephraim and she late deceased. He was living in 1644 in Rehoboth, MA.(1489) He died on 22 Feb 1686/87 in Weymouth, MA.(1490) this is the likely death record as the date or birth and his age at death coincide. Was named executor of the estate of Joseph Shaw, Weymouth 1653. Earliest Wills On Record, Suffolk Co, Ms.; NEHGR 5:303.
  • The will of Thomas Richards of Weymouth was made at the house of Thomas Loring, in Hull, Mass., 17 December, 1650, and was proved 28 January, 1652/1. Bequests were made to his wife; to son John, who is away from home; to son James; to son Samuel; to sons Joseph and Benjamin, both under twenty-one years of age; daughters mary and An and Alce and Hannah; shall have halfe so much as my sonnes; all alike” but Mary is to have ?10 more than the others; “to Brother Thos Loringe.” Son John, Thomas Loring and Nicholas Baker are to see that the will is carried out.
  • On 18 and 25 January, 1650/1, the goods at Weymouth, Mass., and Boston were inventoried.
  • On 28 January, 1650/1, the inventories were sworn to by Mrs. Richards. An account rendered by her mentions debts due to “mr ffermace of Plimouth,” to Thomas Hinckley, to Ephraim Hunt and to Captain *Standish of Duxbury.
  • Will of Wealthian Richards, wife of __________
  • to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, “Sons to Ephraim Hunt Senr of Weymoth, & my late daughter Anne”, ?5 apiece; To “the daughter of Mary Wiborne abovesd five pounds, & to her Son ten pounds”; to the son of Hannah Glove, ?;5; to John Bradford’s two children, ?5
  • Duxberry MA Vital Records:
  • [p. 17] John Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born october ye 6th Anno Domini, 1734
  • Judah Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born November ye 18th Anno Domini, 1737
  • Mary Hunt ye Daughter of John Hunt & Esther his wife was Born November ye 28th Anno Domini, 1741
  • Samuel Hunt ye Son of John Hunt & Deborah his wife was Born January ye 24th Anno Domini. 1746/7
  • John Hunt must have married 2nd? Deborah Soule: only Child of Ichabod Soul One tenth part to Gideon Soule one tenth part to Jedediah Soule One tenth part . to Ruth Soule one tenth part to Else the wife of Barnabas Perry one tenth part to Deberah Hunt one tenth part and you are to assign & Set of the Same by meet & bownds So that, Each of Said heirs may hold their parts or Shaers as aforesaid in Severalty & you are to make return hereof under your hands & upon your Oath unto my Selfe as Soon as you Can Given under my hand & the Seal of ye Court of Probate the 7th deay of august Anno Domni 1750* . . . Deborah Hunt wife of John Hunt one tenth part,
  • [20:79] “Samuel Ring of Kingston” made his will 3 May, 1768. Bequests were as follows:
  • To “wife Ruth Ring the use & improvement of one half of my house, & out-houses & Lands, so long as she shall remain my widdow . also …. one half of my personal estate free, & clear”
  • To “my son George Ring …. twenty shillings in furnace ware, together with what I have heretofore given him”
  • To “my three daughters namely Grace Bradford, the wife of Samuel Bradford, Lidia Ripley the wife of William Ripley Jr Elizabeth Hunt, the wife of Samuel Hunt the other half of my personal estate equally to be divided between ‘em.”
  • [From the original will] “Thomas Boney Senr Shoomaker liveing in Duxburrough” made his will 2 January, fig, and signed it by a mark. Bequests were as follows:
  • To “wife Mary Boney all my housses & Landes in Duxburrough as also all my Cattell & all my houshold stufe …. During her naturall Life & if annything remaine of the movables My Will is that they be desposed of by her a Mongst my Children as shee thinkes fit.”
  • To “my Sonne Thomas Boney all My housses & Lands in Duxburrough after his Mothers Deceas”
  • “my Beloved wife Mary Boney” to be sole executrix. The witnesses were: Samuel Hunt and Rhodolphus Thacher.
  • “Mr Rhodolphus Thacher” and Samuel Hunt made oath to the Will, 1 May, 1693, before William Bradford, Esq., at Duxbury, and it was allowed. [The will was also recorded, 1: 146.] Parents: Enoch HUNT and Elizabeth UNKNOWN.
  • Children were: Thomas HUNT, William HUNT, Enoch HUNT, Joseph HUNT.
  • He was married to Anne RICHARDS.(50) . . . to Ephraim Hunt and John Hunt, “Sons to Ephraim Hunt Senr of Weymoth, & my late daughter Anne”, ?5 apiece;
  • Children were: Major Ephraim HUNT, John HUNT.
  • From:


  • New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg.1854
  • Enoch Hunt, the immigrant ancestor, was in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1638, when he was admitted a freeman there. He was a first settler of Weymouth, Massachusetts. According to a deposition, July 2, 1688, made by Jonas Humphrey, aged about sixty-eight, and Robert Randall, aged about eighty, both of Weymouth, Enoch and his oldest son Ephraim, a blacksmith, lived in Titenden, Parish of Lee, about two miles from Wendover, county Bucks, England, for some time and then came to Weymouth ; they said that Enoch returned to England after a time, while Ephraim remained in America. Enoch also was a blacksmith. He had twenty-two acres of land in Weymouth. He married (first) in England. He married (second) Sarah, daughter of Widow Dorothy Barker, who in 1652 was wife of John King, of Weymouth, and gave by will, June 14, 1652, household goods to daughter, Sarah Hunt. On November 18, 1652, at a county court held at Boston, Ephraim was made administrator of his father's estate.
  • Children by first marriage : Ephraim,
  • Pg.1855
  • mentioned below; Peter. By second marriage : Sarah, born July 4, 1640.
  • ( II) Ephraim, son of Enoch Hunt, was born in England in 1610, and came to America with his father. He was buried February 24, 1687, and on his gravestone is the following inscription : "Here lyeth Buried ye Body of Ephraim Hunt aged about 77 years deceased ye 22d of February 1686-7." The inventory of his estate amounted to five hundred and two pounds, and included house and orchards, twenty-three acres in lower plantations, five acres salt marsh on back river, and fifty acres near Cedar Swamp. He married (first) Anna Richards, and (second) Ebbett Brimsmead. His first wife was daughter of Thomas and Welthean Richards, and her three sons inherited a large amount of property. His second wife was sister of William Brimsmead and administered on his estate. Her will was dated April 23, 1708, and in it she mentioned her son William, of Martha's Vineyard, her son Joseph with whom she remained for many years, and his two sons and three daughters, and also William, son of her son William. She died September 9, 1712, and her will was proved January 2, 1713. Children of first wife: John, born 1646; Thomas, 1648; Ephraim, mentioned below. Children of second wife: William, 1655; Enoch, 1658; Joseph, 1670.
  • (III) Ephraim (2), son of Ephraim (1) Hunt, was born in 1650, died in 1713. In 1690 he served as captain in the Canada Expedition. In 1736 a grant of land called Huntstown was deeded to his heirs, settled in 1742 and incorporated in 1764; it is now called Ashfield. In 1706-07 he was colonel in the expedition at Groton against the Indians, and he also served in other affairs. His estate amounted to two thousand two hundred and ninety-eight pounds. He married Joanna, daughter of Dr. Alcock and granddaughter of Dr. Richard Palgrave. of Charlestown. Massachusetts. On her gravestone in the old burying ground at Acushnet Village, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is the following inscription : "Here lieth interred the body of Joanna, wife of ye Hon. Ephraim Hunt, Esq., late of Weymouth, youngest daughter of Dr. John Alcock, late of Roxbury, who died March ye 20, 1746, in ye eighty-seventh year of her age". Children : John, born December 11, 1679, died young; Rev. Samuel, February 8, 1681 ; Joanna; John, buried September 4, 1761 : Peter, born March 8, 1690; William, March 14, 1692 ; Ebenezer, April 6, 1694; Thomas, May 6, 1696; Elizabeth, 1697; Sarah ; Mercy ; Ephraim, mentioned below.
  • (IV) Ephraim (3), .... etc.


  • Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of ..., Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg.1160
  • Enoch Hunt, the immigrant ancestor, married (first) in England; married (second) Sarah, daughter of Widow Dorothy Barker, who in 1652 was wife of John Kinh, of Weymouth, and gave by will, April 14, 1652, household goods to her daughter, Sarah Hunt. Enoch Hunt was admitted freeman at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1638. On September 18, 1652, at a county court in Boston, power of administration on estate of Enoch Hunt, not yet administered, was granted to his son Ephraim. His daughter Sarah married Matthew Pratt, who was deaf and almost without power of speech, while she was deaf and dumb also. In a deposition of Jonas Humphrey and Robert Randall they say that Enoch Hunt came from Tetenden, in the parish of Lee,
  • Pg.1161
  • about two miles distant from Wendover; blacksmith. They said that Enoch and his son Ephraim both moved to New England and dwelt for some time in Weymouth, and Enoch returned to England, while Ephraim remained at Weymouth and had several sons. Enoch Hunt owned twenty-two acres of upland and salt marsh. Children by first wife: 1. Ephraim, born 1610, mentioned below. 2 Peter, mentioned below. By second wife: 3. Sarah, born July 4, 1640; married Matthew Pratt.
  • (II) Ephraim, son of Enoch Hunt, settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was a refugee from the disastrous field of Marston Moor, and his right name was Colonel Sir William Hunt, but to conceal his identity, after his arrival in this country, he changed his name to Ephraim. He was regarded by the party in power as a "malignant," a name given to all Royalist of sufficient note to be considered dangerous by Cromwell. At the siege of York, Colonel Hunt had been the hero of the day, and the dignity of knighthood was conferred upon him by Prince Rupert. At the battle of Marston Moor, the tide turned and Colonel Hunt fled to America, where he died February 22, 1686, forty years after he left England. He married an heiress, Anna Richards, and their three sons were the progenitors of the Hunts in this country.
  • (II) Peter, son of Enoch Hunt, .... etc.


  • Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A ..., Volume 2 By William Richard Cutter, Edward Henry Clement, Samuel Hart, Mary Kingsbury Talcott, Frederick Bostwick, Ezra S. Stearns
  • Pg.1136
  • (I) Enoch Hunt, immigrant ancestor, was from Titendon, in the parish of Lee, two miles from Wendover, Buckshire, England. He was an early settler in Rhode Island and was admitted a freeman in Newport in 1638. He was a blacksmith by trade. He removed
  • Pg.1137
  • to Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he was living in 1640. He was a town officer in 1641, and had a case in court in 1641. He died before 1647, when his wife's lands are mentioned in deeds of abutting tracts. Administration was granted to his son Ephraim, November 18, 1652. The homestead consisted of twenty-two acres on the Plain at Weymouth, bounded by lands of Richard Sylvester, John Upham, Mr. Gouer, and west and north by the highway and the sea. He married (first) in England, name of wife unknown. He married (second) Dorothy Barker, widow, who survived him and married (third) John King, of Weymouth in 1652. Her will dated June 14, 1652, was proved October 21, 1652. Children: Ephraim, mentioned below; Peter, born in England, settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts; Sarah, born at Weymouth, July 4, 1640.
  • (II) Ephraim, son of Enoch Hunt, was born in England, about 1610, and came to Rhode Island and later to Weymouth with his father.
  • He was a blacksmith by trade. He gave a letter of attorney, December 5, 1646, for the collection of property in Beaconsfield, Buckshire, England, formerly of John Hunt, of Winchmore Hill, in Agmondsham parish. Perhaps this John Hunt was his grandfather. Ephraim settled in Weymouth, and married Anna, daughter of Thomas and Welthea Richards, of Ebbett Brinsmead, England. She was a sister of William Richards, of Weymouth. Her will dated April 23, 1708, proved September 9, 1712, mentions her son William, of Martha's Vineyard; son Joseph, with whom she lived for many years, and others. She died September 9, 1711. Edmund Soper Hunt, in his "Reminiscences", says that Ephraim Hunt was a knighted cavalier of Prince Rupert's troops and that his real name was Colonel Sir William Hunt, He was a refugee from the disastrous field of Marton Moor, and changed his name to avoid detection. He received his knighthood after the siege of York, in which he distinguished himself. He died February 22, 1686-87, and is buried near the Soldier's monument in Weymouth, on Burying Hill. Children: John, born 1646; Thomas, 1648, Ephraim, 1650, William, 1655; Enoch, 1658; Joseph, mentioned below.
  • (III) Joseph, son of Ephraim Hunt, was born in 1670, died January 18, 1717-18. He married Margaret ---- . She died July 4, 1750. Children: Margaret, born April 29, 1694; Joseph, mentioned below; Alexander, January 15, 1698; Martha, February 2, 1700; Jane, July 29, 1704; Brinsmead, October 7, 1708; Mary, August 12, 1712. They lived in Milton, Massachusetts.
  • (IV) Joseph (2), .... etc.


MARY AND JOHN, Thomas Chubb, Master. She sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, with one hundred and forty passengers from the counties of Somerset, Dorset, and Devon under the patronage of the Reverend John White. She arrived at Nantasket 30 May 1630, and all the passengers settled at Mattapan which was renamed Dorchester. There is no list of the emigrants, but the following persons are believed to have come in this ship according to evidences from contemporary authorities. All settled at Dorchester, MA.

THOMAS RICHARDS, of Pitminster, Somerset, England, Mrs. Welthian Richards, John Richards, James Richards, Mary Richards, Anne Richards, and Alice Richards.

(The Planters of The Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640, page 90)

She is mentioned as deceased in her mother's will.

01 Apr 1694 mentioned as deceased in the will of her brother John.

(A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Several Ancient Puritans Vol 3, page 9)


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Anna Hunt (Richards)'s Timeline

November 1, 1626
England, (Present UK)
November 1, 1626
Pitminster, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
Age 19
Age 21
Weymouth, MA, USA
Age 23
Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 26
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)