William Hunt

William Hunt (1657 - 1694)

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William Hunt
Born in Cheshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 6 Apr 1687 in Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, British Colonial Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
Profile last modified 2 Aug 2019 | Created 25 May 2011
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William was a Friend (Quaker)

William Hunt was born in 1657 [1] at of Chester, England. He married Margaret Person, daughter of Lawrence Person and Elizabeth _____ on 6 Apr 1687 at Burlington MM, Burlington, New Jersey. [2]He died on 6 Sep 1694 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried after 6 Sep 1694 at Friends Yard, Philadelphia (Historic Philadelphia), Pennsylvania. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. II Pennsylvania New Jersey by William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas Worth Marshall compiler (page 234).

Most Hunt genealogies indicate that Jacob Hunt is the immigrant. However, this is a note from Martha Wallenhorst of Prodigy on 5/9/92: "Jacob Hunt is not William's father. That is a mistake that most every Hunt book in our line has made. Everyone knows that his father came from Abington MM. But everyone assumes that it is either Abington MM in Lancashire, England, or from Abington Grove farm outside of Boston. This was a prosperous farm but never owned by a Hunt. It was part of the Quincy Estates.

The Abington that William's father came from still exists. It is the Abington MM in Abington, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He came to that meeting from Chester Co., England, possibly with his bride to be.

His name is William Hunt, he married 6-April-16870's Margaret Person (Pearson) dau. of Lawrence and Elizabeth Person. Margaret came to the new world with her brother Thomas on the ship Endeavor in 1683. She was born in Pownell Fee twp., Chester Co., England, and came to this country as a Quaker. They married in Burlington MM, Burlington Co, NJ. William died 6-Sept-1694 in Philadelphia. He is buried in the Friends yard in 'Historic' Philadelphia.

The misconception that Jacob was his father started over 125 years ago when Mrs. Hunt published her husbands genealogy and stated that the only known Hunt to come to these shores was a Knight of England who was disgraced on the field and fled to the new world. He changed his name to Ephraim Hunt and married. 'From this issue came a son Jacob who had a son Jacob who was the personal artist to General George Washington during the French and Indian War'. This Jacob had issue and his son had issue Jacob. This Jacob had issue of 14 children.

Yes, this Jacob had a William but this William married a Coffin from Nantucket and had no William in his issue. All of his children have been traced by other sources with the majority of them staying in Mass and upper NY. There is no firm connection between the two families.

The genealogy should read: William Hunt m. Margaret Person (Pearson);


  • Robert m. 4th month 15 day 1708 to Elizabeth Woolman Payne
  • Mary m 8th month 5 day 1713 Caleb Shreave Elizabeth m 9th month 3 day 1718 os John Harvey (John Hervy).
  • Sarah m 2nd month 6 day 1719 John Gibson. William b. 1690 Bucks Co. PA d 1781 m 2nd month 14 day 1720 to Mary Woolman.
  • Hannah m 8th month 3rd day 1720 Jonathan Shreeve.

All were married Burlington MM, Burlington Co. NJ[3]

Children of William Hunt and Margaret Person were as follows:

  1. Robert Hunt was born at England. He married Elizabeth Woolman , daughter of John Woolman and Elizabeth Borton, on 15 Jun 1708 at Burlington MM, Burlington, New Jersey.
  2. Elizabeth Hunt was born at of, Burlington, New Jersey.
  3. Mary Hunt was born at of, Burlington, New Jersey. She married Caleb Shreave on 5 Oct 1713 at Burlington MM, Burlington, New Jersey.
  4. Sarah Hunt was born at of, Burlington, New Jersey. She married John Gibson on 6 Apr 1719 at Burlington MM, Burlington, New Jersey.
  5. Hannah Hunt was born at of, Burlington, New Jersey. She married Jonathan Shreeve on 3 Oct 1720 at Burlington MM, Burlington, New Jersey.
  6. William Hunt was born in 1690 at of Radnor, England. He married Mary Woolman , daughter of John Woolman and Elizabeth Borton , on 14 Apr 1720 at Burlington Meeting, West Jersey.


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBMM-G89 : 11 February 2018, William Hunt, 06 Feb 1657); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 844,552.
  2. Marriage Record Name: William Hunt Marriage Date: 1687 Marriage Date on Image: 1687 Marriage Place: Burlington, New Jersey Spouse: Margaret Pearson Event Type: Marriage Monthly Meeting: Burlington Monthly Meeting Historical Meeting Data: Search for this monthly meeting in the 'Quaker Monthly Meetings Index' Type (Orthodox or Hicksite): Orthodox Yearly Meeting: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Meeting State: New Jersey Meeting County: Burlington SAVE Cancel Source Citation Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Marriages, Births and Deaths, 1677-1765; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR-PH 55 Source Information Swarthmore, Quaker Meeting Records. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
  3. (Henshaw Vol.1).
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI): 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s: 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Arrival
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900: 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Marriage
  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. II Pennsylvania New Jersey by William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas Worth Marshall compiler (page 234). Lists children and spouses.

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Hunt-16461 and Hunt-1019 appear to represent the same person because: Hello, this is first step in a multi-generational merge. same name, similar birth info, same spouse name (in process of merge) , son Robert in process of merge, grandson Robert in process of merge. same death info. Thank you for reviewing, Teresa (WikiTree Arborist)
posted by Teresa Downey
Objections to disconnecting these highly unlikely parents?
posted by Anne B
I'm baffled by the parentage listed here. Neither William nor Elizabeth (Best) Hunt were in England in 1660, Elizabeth would have been in her fifties, and William is not given as their child in the list provided in the will mentioned on the Hunt page. Can anyone explain this?
posted by Kevin Nauta
Hunt-7016 and Hunt-1019 appear to represent the same person because: Clearly duplicates, not sure why Hunt-1019 give est. DOB as 1635, since the bio of the same profile says ca. 1760. A good bit of data and sourcing is available on this family here:


Needs more research, but these 2 are clearly duplicates. Please merge.

posted by Phillip Rich
Hunt-4652 and Hunt-1019 appear to represent the same person because: This is probably the same man. Date differences in both cases are just wild guesses, and it appears that the truth is most likely somewhere in between the claimed range 1635 - 1660. No tree conflcts. Thanks!
posted by Steven Mix

William is 21 degrees from Danielle Liard, 12 degrees from Jack London and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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