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Thomas Hunt, "The Immigrant"

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Death: October 6, 1694 (75-83)
Rye, Westchester Co., NY
Place of Burial: Hunts Point, Bronx, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Hunt and Wife of Richard Hunt
Husband of Cicely Hunt
Father of Sarah Ferguson; Mary Davenport; Thomas Hunt; Joseph Hunt; Josiah Hunt and 3 others
Brother of John Hunt and Edward Hunt
Half brother of Ralph Hunt and Thomas Hunt

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About Thomas Hunt, "The Immigrant"

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THOMAS HUNT was born c 1615 at Keyston, Hunts or Northants, England. He married Cicely Clark . He died circa 1695. His estate was probated on 27 Feb 1694/95 at New York City, New York (Thomas Hunt Descendants, Manuscript, December 1936, Copy in possession of Everett Hunt, Santa Barbara, New York, p 50.). From Mitchell Hunt The Early Hunt Families of Vermont: 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.

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. (Thomas is found in Stamford CT in 1660 - ejh) 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." .....

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.


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ID: P633 Name: Thomas Hunt _APID: 1,7831::348861 1 _APID: 1,7831::348862 1 Sex: M Probate: 27 FEB 1695 New York City, New York 2 Birth: ABT 1615 in Keyston, Hunts or Northants, England Will: 06 OCT 1694 Westchester County, New York 3 Death: ABT 1695 Note: From Mitchell Hunt The Early Hunt Families of Vermont: 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. (Thomas is found in Stamford CT in 1660 - ejh) 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." .....

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.]

[Frank J. Doherty, in "The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York," has added to our understanding of the descendants of Thomas Hunt. His thorough and well documented research resulted in many corrections and additions to this family. Contact: Frank J. Doherty, 181 Freedom Road, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. E-mail: FdohertysATaolDOTcom]

[John G. Hunt in 1936 published a comprehensive compilation of the descendants of Thomas Hunt - see bibliography. This was a helpful guide to many of the families.]

Where differences are noted among the compilations, these are mentioned in the body of the descendancy. OBJE: FILE: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=44deb4ee-e7a6-4613-a6f9-1d747bccc245&tid=45716669&pid=633 FORM: jpg Title: WILL OF THOMAS HUNT OBJE: FILE: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=91edd855-9054-4fd0-b288-1d6d949cbf1a&tid=45716669&pid=633 FORM: htm Title: Thomas Hunt of New York OBJE: FILE: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=1d6286fd-c459-4251-8233-939c1eadb3a6&tid=45716669&pid=633 FORM: htm Title: Thomas Hunt Sr - Will OBJE: FILE: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=ff3f4332-3a63-4630-ace3-b52344f3b2b2&tid=45716669&pid=633 FORM: htm Title: Origin of Thomas Hunt

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Marriage 1 Cicely Clark b: 1619 in Kinstead, Northants, England Married: Children Has Children Thomas Hunt b: ABT 1639 in New Haven, Connecticut Has Children Abigail Hunt b: aft ca 1640 Has Children Joseph Hunt b: 06 NOV 1642 Has Children Josiah Hunt b: BET 1648 AND 1650 in Stamford, Connecticut Has Children John Hunt b: Abt 1650e in Stamford, Connecticut

Sources: Repository: Name: Ancestry.com Note:

Title: New York, Genealogical Records, 1675-1920 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc Page: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (quarterly-1932) - Extracts; Publication Place: New York; Publisher: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; Page Number: 363 Repository: Name: Copy in possession of Everett Hunt California

Title: The Descendants of Thomas Hunt, Sr., Who Deceased at the Grove Farm, Westchester, New York, February, 1695, compiled by John G. Hunt, Arlington, Virginia, December1936, Record Type: Manuscript, Subject: Thomas Hunt Descendants, Location: Various genealogic Author: John Griffiths Hunt Publication: December 1936 Page: p 50 Repository: Name: Copy in possession of Everett Hunt California

Title: The Descendants of Thomas Hunt, Sr., Who Deceased at the Grove Farm, Westchester, New York, February, 1695, compiled by John G. Hunt, Arlington, Virginia, December1936, Record Type: Manuscript, Subject: Thomas Hunt Descendants, Location: Various genealogic Author: John Griffiths Hunt Publication: December 1936 Page: p 48

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Thomas Hunt, "The Immigrant"'s Timeline

1608
October 9, 1608
Mereworth, Kent, , England
1615
1615
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
1630
1630
Age 15
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1637
1637
Age 22
England
1642
November 6, 1642
Age 27
1642
Age 27
West Farms, Westchester , New York
1649
1649
Age 34
Stamford, Connecticut Colony
1650
1650
Age 35
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
1656
1656
Age 41
Probably Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)