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Stephen Hunt (1750 - 1829)

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Stephen Hunt
Born in Bedford, Bedford, Virginiamap
Son of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 23 Dec 1779 in Bedford, Bedford, Virginia, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bedford, Bedford, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 30 Oct 2018 | Created 27 May 2011
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Stephens mother is not Anne Henson. She is most probably Mary[1] listed in the Bible records. In 1780, Posted Bond for for Thomas, imprisoned as a Tory then administered the Estate of Thomas Hunt.

Disputed Parentage

As to Stephen, most researchers point to him being Thomas's son. I think the jury is out on this still as Stephen may actually have been a brother or cousin or... He is not mentioned in the Jackson Family bible along with the "Hunt 14".

Original copies are available for several documents signed by a Thomas Hunt of Bedford, VA; these signatures can be used to link records that would otherwise be difficult to confirm were of the same person. Thomas signed with a unique paraph type flourish that looped around and under the "t" in Hunt. This type of flourish can be found in documents relating to the lands south of the Staunton River as well as court records pertaining to Toryism, showing these were from the same person. Also, they demonstrate Thomas resided in the area from a period from at least 1771 through 1795. However, a signature for a Thomas that appears alongside Stephen Hunt - who is often cited as a son of Thomas - does not contain the flourish and appears otherwise to be from a 2nd person; this along with the lack of documentation linking the two suggests that Stephen is not related to the Staunton River Thomas Hunt. - Doug Hunt

As to Stephen's supposed mother being Mary? In the margins of the jackson Family bible there is a note saying that Thomas was married to Mary prior to Anne Henson. Even the fact that Ann's last name is Henson is questionable.

Anne Hunt has DNA ties to Sharon. Sharon has a triangulated match [citation needed] to one of Anne's Descendants. "I...think that my Mary Hunt was a sibling to Stephen Hunt. I also think they were related to:

Absolom "Ab" Hunt William "Wat" Hunt

I have gone over and over the records and it does not support that Absalom and Wat were children of John and Eliz Mary Tyus. That is incorrect. William Walton lived 1779 South side of Staunton and wanted to form a new county. In 1782 William Hunt lived South of Stanton River and signed a petition to divide Bedford. At the present time I’ve penciled in the possibility that Mary descends from William Hunt." - Sharon


Stephen's Will

Stephen Hunt, Bedford County, Virginia, signed 20 April 1827 (Loose Paper Drawers)

I Stephen Hunt Senr of Bedford County State of Virginia do hereby make my Last Will and Testament in manner and form [form] following that is to say. 1. I desire after my debts are paid, my wife Rebecca Hunt have peaceable possession on the Tract of Land I now live on for and during her natural live[sic] for her support also one horse, one cow & calf 3 head sheep, 3 head hogs, one Bed and furniture one loom, one Table 3 chairs One cotton wheel and all necessary plantation tools.. and after her decease to be [sold?] and equally divided among my children herein named the residue of my parishable property sold at my decease and divided as above directed To Wit. Mary Semonas[sic], John Hunt, Charity Bird, Elizabeth Black, Jacob Hunt, Stephen Hunt, James Hunt, Katherine McBride, Margaret Morriss, Obediah Hunt, Sally Oneley[sic], Benjamin Hunt, to them and their heirs forever. 2. I give to my wife Rebecca Hunt all & every part that she brought with her when I intermarried her together with all the Interest she had in her Mothers Estate to her heirs and her heirs to enjoy forever.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 20th day of April 1827 his Stephen (X) Hunt (seal) mark Signed, and Seal in the present of William Ore Jinken Oxely Benj Musgrove

NB. I give one third part to my wife above named of the money that may be coming for [Benj or Bet - page torn] at my decease his Stephen X [torn] ____________________________ Notes: 1. Will in Bedford County Circuit Court, Bedford, VA, in Loose Paper Drawers under "H". (sent by Karen Owens, Archivist)

2. Transcribed by William M. Hunt with original spelling, punctuation, & repeated words retained. WMH additions, questions, or uncertainties in [brackets].

3. Daughter as Sally "Oneley", was spelled Oxley per other records.

4. "Semonas" was an attempt to spell "Simmons" or "Semones"(?).

5. Although unrecorded this will evidently went through probate proceedings, based on the following actions. Stephen Hunt Sr. didn't nominate any Executors in his will, but his sons Stephen & Benjamin named as "Adminrs." proves they had qualified in Court at an earlier date to settle the estate.

Additions: "Agreeable to an order of Bedford, March Court 1829 - appraisement of Stephen Hunt estate 26 March 1829, Returned to Court May 27, 1829 and ordered to be recorded. Test. Ro. C. Mitchell CBC" [Bedford County VA, Will Book 7, pp. 161, 162]

"Surveyed & Platted for Stephen and Benjamin Hunt, Adminrs. of Stephen Hunt, dec'd, the land belonging to said Estate viz begin'g at pointers on Anthony's Ford near Headen's Grocery house, Musgroves line, containing 1921/2 acres.

signed: John N. Kasey, 4 April 1829." [note: this has the plat drawn on it] [Bedford County VA, Survey Records, No. 3, part 3]

"Court allotted Dower of Rebecca Hunt in the lands of her Deceased husband Stephen Hunt, & ordered to be recorded May 27, 1829." Bedford County VA, Will Book 7, pp. 166, 167. Submitted for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Bill Hunt.[3]


  1. Jackson Family Bible, The source of the list of 14 siblings we call “The HUNT 14″ is a page found pasted into a Jackson Family Bible, This Bible was owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, TN. A brief background and account was provided by Mr. William M. Hunt, renowned family history researcher and historian, on 15 November 1986.[1] [2]

See Also:

  • Hunt Paper 1, unpublished, [4], Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden.
  • "Hunt Paper 2", unpublished, [5]. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden..
  • Personal papers and notes of Eunice L. Hunt, Family Biographical Information, unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
  • WikiTree profile Hunt-1095 created through the import of Foster Family Tree.ged on May 27, 2011 by Ferrell Foster. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ferrell and others.
  • Source: S2154715033 Repository: #R3198678162 Ancestry Family Trees Publication - Provo, UT, USA, Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. [6], Repository: R3198678162[7].

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