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Hugh Gunnison (1610 - 1658)

Hugh Gunnison
Born in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1638 in New Englandmap
Husband of — married 15 Mar 1647 in Boston, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 48 in Kittery, York, Mainemap
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Hugh Gunnison migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Hugh Gunnison[1] was born about 1612 (based on estimated date of marriage), origins unknown.

He emigrated in 1635 based on the date of admission to the Boston church. He resided initially in Boston, but removed to Kittery in 1651.

He was an innkeeper and vintner. He was admitted to the Boston church 22 Mar 1635/6 called "servant to our brother Richard Bellingham;" his wife, Sarah was admitted 15 May 1647.

He was one of 58 Boston men disarmed for supporting Anne Hutchinson and Rev. John Wheelwright, but signed the petition 22 Nov 1637 to have his name removed.

He married first by 1637 Elizabeth ____; she died in Boston 25 Jan 1645/6.

A 2009 Register article makes the case for her being Elizabeth Kilbourne, daughter of Thomas Kilbourne and Francis Moody.[2]

He married second by 15 May 1647 Sarah (Tilley) Lynn, daughter of William Tilley and Alice Frost Blower, and widow of Henry Lynn. She married by 1 Jul 1661 John Mitchell, and later Francis Morgan.

He died between 15 Sep 1659 and 31 Mar 1660.

Inventory of his estate was not taken until 4 Nov 1718.


By his first wife:

  1. Sarah, b Boston 14 Feb 1637/8
  2. Elizabeth, b Boston 25 Apr 1640. Was she the "grand-child Elizabeth Geneson" named in the 1650 will of Francis Moody Kilbourne?
  3. Deborah, b Boston Oct 1642

By his second wife:

  1. Hester, bp Boston 20 Feb 1647/8
  2. Joseph Gunnison, b Boston 31 Mar 1649; named in a deposition 27 Jan 1679/80.
  3. Elihu Gunnison, b Boston 12 Feb 1649/50; m1 in Dover 10 Nov 1674 Martha Trickey; m2 by 1690 Elizabeth (Ingersoll) Skillings
  4. Sarah, b abt 1653; m1 by 1673 Lewis Tucker


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H, Boston, MA: NEHGS, p 173
  2. Ernest H. Helliwell III, "Was Elizabeth2 Kilbourne the first wife of Hugh Gunnison of Boston and Kittery," in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) 163 (Jan 2009): 16-18 link for subscribers

See also:

  • George W. Gunnison, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Hugh Gunnison of Boston, Mass..., Boston 1880.
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Brown - Duncan and associated families : Kittery, Maine : Piscataqua and New Castle, New Hampshire. Page 50.

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Think this is his baptism

First name(s) Hugh Last name Gonyson Sex Male Birth year - Baptism year 1609 Baptism date 02 Mar 1609 Place Harlaxton Father's first name(s) William Mother's first name(s) - County Lincolnshire Country England Archive Lincolnshire Archives Record set Lincolnshire Baptisms Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records Subcategory Parish Baptisms Collections from England, Great Britain


posted by Ann Browning
How do we know the baptism is for the same Hugh?
posted by S (Hill) Willson
edited by S (Hill) Willson
I don’t but it is an educated guess I suppose. I can only find one High with surname Gonyson/Gunnison/Genison plus variants. Right timeframe, seems to be a Lincolnshire centred surname but it’s only a possibility. I’ll see if jo can get a couple of wills which are filmed but you need to go to a FHC as they are locked on Family Search.

Hopefully one might mention High.


posted by Ann Browning
Lissa posted a comment on Elihu Gunnison Jr. -40, (His son's profile) "Can trace he is a Jr. father was Elihu but translated as "Hugh". Can we make a comment on this page about it or change the Suffixes on the other profiles. It is very confusing. Especially with documentation usually being one off. Is there any documentation that can be added confining Swedish church records.
posted by Kaylinn Stormo
edited by Kaylinn Stormo
Thanks for pointing this out, Kaylinn. After reviewing the sources, I've removed the "Jr" from his son Elihu's name. There is also no evidence that Hugh was from Sweden. (But I want to check the 2011 update by Anderson.)
posted by Jillaine Smith
The 2011 update by Anderson is about the identity of Hugh's second wife, and says nothing about Hugh's origins. What is the source of Gunnison's Swedish origins?
posted by Jillaine Smith
There was a post on here earlier today from someone, posted in 2013 bout Swedish sources as well. I am not seeing it now and did not write the persons name down. Maybe Lissa can help us out.
posted by Kaylinn Stormo
On a previous research project I saw Swedish church records with the name Elihu and could have been misspelled as Hugh. I have seen other records refer to his son as II.
posted by Lissa (Rosa) Debrees
Lisa, Could you please provide the Swedish sources. I know you worked hard changing the suffixes. I am changing them back for now since there are no sources provided.
posted by Kaylinn Stormo

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