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The Hunt family of
Some say that this Ralph Hunt came to America in 1635 at age 22. Never
proven. Penn. Register of Colonial Dames, p. 221: "Ralph
Hunt, Newtown, Long Island, Lieut. under Gov. Nicholls in 1655". We
have no problem with this. Will recorded at Hall of Records in N.
Y. Will admitted to probate Feb. 26, 1676/7.
Descendants of Ralph Hunt
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
other speculative dates
published in other genealogies.
Fletcher, a descendant of Ralph Hunt,
recenty sent a passenger list of the ship "Primrose" that sailed from
Virginia, July 27, 1635 with 138 on board. One of the
was a Ralph Hunt aged 22. Perhaps
this was our Ralph Hunt and provides the proof of when and how he
arrived??? - Copy of Passenger
'Primrose' - London to Virginia, July 27, 1635 originally
discovered by Dr Allan Mortensen
of Ripon WI. (another Ralph Hunt descendant).
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unpublished manuscript and two other volumes of supporting information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.
Mitchell J. Hunt of Willow Grove PA has refined and corrected this
material in March 1990.
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.
Acknowledgements: Mitchell J. Hunt provided much encouragement and
support and corrections. His scholarly compilations are found in most
major genealogical libraries. The late Sanford B. Hunt generously
provided Hunt researchers with access to his extensive files for years,
both on and off the internet. Sandy has contributed most of the
Jonathan of Northampton information found on this page. Thanks to you