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Ralph Hunt, Sr.

Also Known As: ""London" Ralph"
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Newtown, Long Island, New York
Place of Burial: Newton,Long Island,Queens,New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hunt, Col. and Ciceley Hunt
Husband of Elizabeth Hunt, of Newtown and Ann Elizabeth Jessup
Father of Anna Phillips; Mary elizabeth Combs; Captain Ralph Hunt, III; Captain John Hunt; Mary Hart and 2 others

Managed by: Phillip Bryan Pence
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About Raph Hunt, of Middleburrough

Immigrated from England to New York c.1652, established a home in Newton (now Queens), Long Island which was where La Guardia airfield now stands.

Was instrumental in drivng the Dutch from Manhattan Island (Governor Stuyvssand) and as a result was appointed one of the first two magistrates under English rule. Later commissioned as Lieutenant by English Governor Driscoll on April 21, 1665.

Raph Hunt of Middleburrough was born in 1613 at London, England.2 He was the son of Thomas Hunt and Cicely Paisley.2 Raph Hunt of Middleburrough immigrated to America arriving 1652. He married Elizabeth Jessup, daughter of John Jessup and Joanna Kerrich, in 1652.2 Raph Hunt of Middleburrough was entrusted, along with John Burrows, John Coe, Edward Jesup, and Elias Bailly, with the estate of Mr. Wood, and the keeping of Mary Wood until she turned fifteen, being now five, on 11 January 1662 at Middleburrough, Long Island, New York.3 He was appointed as a fence viewer on 18 September 1663 at Newtown, Long Island, New York.4 He sold stock on 2 March 1666 at Newtown, Long Island, New York.5 He was a planter on 5 November 1667 at Newtown, Long Island, New York.6 He sold John Fosicer (?) of New Utrecht, land on the north side of Newton, 6 acres on 5 November 1667 at Newtown, Long Island, New York.6 He died on 26 February 1676/77 at Newton, Long Island, New York, at age 64 years.

There are various guesses (easily found online) about the ancestry, origin, and wife of Ralph Hunt. I do not yet accept any of them yet as likely enough to merit inclusion here.

"Ralph Hunt of Long Island produced a prolific line of Hunts which had many outstanding people of national significance in the development of the U.S."

"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."

In Riker's "Annals of Newtown" we find the name of Ralph Hunt among a party of Englishmen who emigrated to Long Island in 1652. He was also one of the party who purchased Middleburg in 1656, his share of the purchase being one pound. January 7, 1662-3, he was chosen one of seven men to conduct the affairs of the town. In 1663, he, with other leading men, was denounced for resisting Dutch authority, aiding to form a junction with the Connecticut colony.

In February, 1663-4, he was chosen, with six others, in the name of his majesty, Charles II, to town office in Hastings (the new name of Middleburg), for the ensuing year. In 1664 he was admitted as a freeman of the colony of Connecticut, and was chosen a surveyor to view the "Indian reserved lands," which the town was to purchase. April 21, 1665, he was commissioned lieutenant of the military in Newtown (the new name of Hastings), by Governor Nicholl, and from November, 1666 to April, 1668, was the town overseer.

December 4, 1666, he was a freeholder of Newtown named in the list, and the same year was also "overseer" of Edward Jessop's will. January 4, 1666-7, he was one of the eleven land holders who agreed to enclose their lands in a single field for cultivation. March 1666-7, after having been appointed by the town to get a draught of boundaries, he became one of the patentees of "Newtowne, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, upon Long Island." April 2, 1667, he was chosen constable. About 1668, his house and barns, with all his effects, were destroyed by fire, together with the corn which he had collected for rates. January, 1667-8, he was chosen permanent surveyor, and in 1670 elected town overseer.

In 1671, the first church edifice in Newtown was erected on a "gore" of land appropriated for the church by Ralph Hunt. The site is at the corner of Main street and Jamaica Road, the corner house recently owned by Peter Duryea.

The site is at the corner of Main street and Jamaica Road, the corner house recently owned by Peter Duryea.

On September 6, 1673, he was sworn to office as a "Shepen," or magistrate, upon the reinstating of Dutch authority. He died early in 1677, and his biographer gave a glowing tribute to his high character and usefulness as a man and citizen.

His will: "It is my will to have my son Edward sole executor, and he is to give to his other three brothers as they come of age, their portions by equal divisions." "As for my daughter Mary, I doe give her two cows, six sheep, and the feather bed I now lye on." "As to my daughter Anna's three children I give to each of them a sheep." This will of mine being writ when I had my perfect memory, although very sicke and weake. Captain Betts and John Burroughs I do desire to be overseers with my son-in-law Theophilus Phillips." Dated January 12, 1676/7. Witnesses, Edward Stevenson, John Hayter, Thomas Morell.

Codicil January 13, 1676/7, "my daughter Anna shall have as good a portion with that she hath already as any of the rest of my children. And as for the red coat she now has in possession, it is to be valued and one-half given to my daughter Mary."

Witnesses, Joseph Burroughs, Edward Hunt. Administration granted to son Edward February 26, 1676/7.

Penn. Register of Colonial Dames, p. 221: "Ralph Hunt, Newtown, Long Island, Lieut. under Gov. Nicholls in 1655". Will recorded at Hall of Records in N. Y. Will admitted to probate Feb. 26, 1676/7.

"settled in Long Island and bought land in Middleburg (which became Hastings, and then Newtown), in 1652."

The earliest information on Ralph Hunt is his arrival on Long Island near Manhattan Island in an area governed by the Dutch in 1652 "among a party of Englishmen". Some have added "came from England" but that is something not yet established as of 1985. For a meaningful and accurate treatise on this Ralph read Mitchell Hunt's "An Evaluation of the Consuelo Furman Manuscript" 1985. Copies available from LDS. His will dated Jan12 1676 codicil 13 Jan 1676-7, administration granted 25 Feb. 1676-7 to his son Edward as sole executor with Captain Betts and John Burroughs as overseers. He died at Newtown Long Island. Will could be in Hall of Records as stated above. When he came to America is a matter of speculation in spite of other speculative dates published in other genealogies.

Lewis D. Cook of Philadelphia, PA has made the most thorough examination and documentation yet found on the descendants of Ralph Hunt of Long Island. Work extending through the period 1940-1970, with an unpublished manuscript and two other volumes of supporting information filed with the Pennsylvania Historical Society Library in Philadelphia.

THE NAME OF HIS WIFE and where and when they were married has not been found with reliability although there are different versions of her name as Ann, some saying Jessup. (Furman gives her name as Elizabeth Jessup, which is questionable and inconsistent with other dates on the Jessup family) (NOTE: She had a daughter ANNA.) Wife Not mentioned in husbands will. of 1676/77.

"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."

see also:

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~huntpage/ralph0001.htm :

Some say he is the son of Richard.

Other Hunts who landed in the (northeast) New World:

from ( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~huntpage/index.html )

Bartholomew of Rhode Island

Edmund of Duxbury, Massachusetts

Edward of Amesbury, Massachusetts

Enoch of Weymouth, Massachusetts

John of Gloucester, Rhode Island

Jonathan of Northampton, Massachusetts

Ralph of Long Island

Robert and William of New Jersey

Thomas of New York

William of Concord, Massachusetts

John of Woodbury and Roxbury, Connecticut

from http://www.bklyn-genealogy-info.com/Queens/history/newtown.html

Middleburg was now in allegiance to King Charles II. In the ardor of their

loyalty the citizens discarded the former name of the settlement, and adopted

that of Hastings, after a town in Sussex, England. The people of Hastings were

filled with apprehension on account of an agreement between Stuyvesant and

Connecticut, by which the jurisdiction of both provinces over the English on the

west end of Long Island was suspended, and these towns therefore were left

without a head. They thereupon entered into a combination to manage their own

affairs, and on the 4th of February 1664 they met for the transaction of

business. They drew up and signed a compact, in which they set forth the grounds

of their allegiance to England, with their determination to defend to any

extremity the interests of their royal master, King Charles II. The inhabitants,

with few exceptions, signed this instrument, and proceeded to ballot for a

president for the ensuing year. Captain John Scott received their unanimous

vote. Town officers were elected, consisting of a clerk, constable, and five

townsmen. The latter were John Burroughs, Ralph Hunt, John Ramsden, Samuel Toe

and John Layton. Richard Betts and John Coe were appointed magistrates. But

Scott’s authority was brief. Connecticut, jealous of his proceedings, sent a

company of soldiers to arrest him, and he was thrown into jail in Hartford.

Scott’s magistrates were deposed, and others appointed.

12 JAN 1677 Will written.

_FA2: 26 FEB 1677 Will proved. Note:

James Riker, Jr., The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York; D. Fanshaw, 108 Nassau-Street, New York, 1852, p. 85.

Ralph Hunt was a useful citizen, as the records abundantly prove. He served long as a town surveyor, and as an overseer; and during the reoccupation by the Dutch, held the office of schepen, or magistrate. He died early in 1677, leaving sons Ralph, Edward, John, and Samuel, and daughters Ann and Mary--the former then the wife of Theophilus Phillips. Of the sons, Ralph and Samuel settled in Jamaica. John was a magistrate in Newtown for some years, and left a son Ralph, and perhaps others. Edward became a man of estate, and died in Newtown in 1716, having five sons, and as many daughters--to wit: Edward, born February 4th, 1684; Richard, Ralph, Thomas, Jonathan, Sarah, Martha, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Abigail. The two sons last named continued in Newtown, but Edward and Richard settled in Hunterdon county, New Jersey. Of some one branch of this family, early transferred from Long Island to New Jersey, was Oliver Hunt, the grandfather of Col. George W. Hunt, of White Pot. ___________________________________

Francis Bazley Lee, ed., Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey; The Lewis Publishing Company, New York & Chicago, 1907, p. 68.

Ralph Hunt settled on Long Island in 1652. On January 9, 1663, he was one of the seven patentees to whom a grant of land was made by Governor Richard Nichols (who was at one time also governor of New Jersey), on which Newtown was afterwards built. He was previously manager of the affairs of the Indian town of Middlebury, L.I. In 1664 he is recorded as a freeman of Connecticut. On 21st April, 1665, he was commissioned by Governor Nichols as lieutenant of militia of Newtown. On the 16th September, 1673, under resumption of Dutch authority, he was sworn in as a "schepen," or magistrate, by the Lord Commandel and Military Tribunal. In 1667 he was appointed permanent surveyor of Newtown. In 1671 he deeded a gift of the tract of land upon which his church in Newtown was built. He was a man of note, and the ancestor of many distinguished people. He was the son of Colonel Thomas Hunt, whose ancestor was Thomas Hunt, a colonel in Cromwell's army. ___

Elizabeth Jessup was born in 1628 at Newton, Long Island, New York.1 She was the daughter of John Jessup and Joanna Kerrich.1 Elizabeth Jessup married Raph Hunt of Middleburrough, son of Thomas Hunt and Cicely Paisley, in 1652

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Raph Hunt, of Middleburrough's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
August 31, 1621
Age 8
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 37
Queens, Queens, NY, USA
Age 37
New Netherlands
Age 39
Long Island
Age 43
Newton, Kings County, New York, United States
Age 45
Newton, New York, United States
Age 47
Newton, Long Island Co, NY
October 12, 1664
Age 51
Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States
February 26, 1676
Age 63
Newtown, Long Island, New York