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William Hunt

Birthplace: Rancocas, Burlington County, Province of New Jersey
Death: September 09, 1772 (39)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom (Small Pox while traveling in England )
Place of Burial: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Hunt
Husband of Sarah Hunt and Sarah Hunt (Mills)
Father of Ruth Hinshaw; Thomas Hunt; Ann Baldwin; Uriah Hunt; Isaiah Hunt and 12 others
Brother of Margaret Esther Beals; Nathan Hunt; Thomas J. Hunt; Catharine Thornburgh; Abner Hunt and 9 others
Half brother of Margaret Esther Beals

Occupation: Quaker Minister
Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...
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About William Hunt

William Hunt, minister and religious traveler, was born at Rancocas, N.J., the son of William and Mary Woolman Hunt. After the death of his parents when he was very young he was reared by an aunt in Maryland. As a lad he was accepted by the Friends Meeting that he attended regularly in the company of this aunt.

Hunt moved to North Carolina when he was about eighteen, presenting his certificate to the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends in present Alamance County. In 1733 he married Sarah Mills at the Cane Creek Meetinghouse and settled near New Garden (Guilford College). When a monthly meeting was established at New Garden in 1754, he and his brother Eleazar were among the charter members. The same year he was recommended to become a minister.

It was the custom of Friends ministers to make religious visits to other meetings, whether in their immediate vicinity or in other parts of the colonies or in foreign countries. Often such visits would keep the clergymen away from home and family for years. On 18 Oct. 1770 Hunt, accompanied by his nephew Thomas Thornbrugh, left New Garden to travel through eastern North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, and Nantucket, Mass. On 4 May 1771, Hunt and Thornbrugh boarded the ship Mary and Elizabeth out of Philadelphia for London. They were at sea only twenty-three days, a very short journey for sailing vessels.

In England the two were received at most of the meetings and were housed in the homes of many illustrious Quakers. Leaving England they went to Scotland, Ireland, Holland, and back to England. Hunt was called an eminent minister and was received as a "worthy zealous Friend with a good gift." He became ill with smallpox in August 1772 and died the following month; he was buried in the Friends Burial Ground at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

William Hunt's reputation in North Carolina is somewhat overshadowed by that of his son, Nathan, also a minister and a traveler in religious service, but best known as one of the founders of New Garden Boarding School (later Guilford College).

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William Hunt's Timeline

September 9, 1733
Rancocas, Burlington County, Province of New Jersey
February 22, 1754
Guilford, North Carolina, United States
October 14, 1754
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
October 16, 1756
Guilford Co, New Caledonia
October 26, 1758
New Garden, Rowan, NC, United States
February 26, 1760
North Carolina, United States
October 30, 1760
Orange County, North Carolina
October 30, 1760
Guilford County, North Carolina, United States