William was born about 1733, probably the son of William and Mary (Woolman) Hunt. The Memoirs of William and Nathan Hunt, edited by Enoch Lewis, editor of the Friends Review, states that William was orphaned at an early age with his father passing away when he was twelve and his mother even earlier. Lewis believed William was born in Pennsylvania but whether his parents were among the emigrants from the southern part of Pennsylvania that removed to North Carolina "is uncertain." Later research published in 2011 by Roger D. Hunt The History of the Hunt Family indicates that William would be the son of William Hunt and Mary Woolman and letters of William the younger are addressed to his "relations" the Woolmans.
He was a Quaker minister, and began his ministry at the age of 20. In 1752 he settled near New Garden, Province of North Carolina. Cane Creek MM records that he married Sarah Mills in 1753. He traveled to Virginia, the Carolinas, then in the New England states. He visited England on a religious tour of Europe and, while there, contracted small pox and died in 1772. He was buried in the Friends burial ground at Newcastle-on-Tyne. A cenotaph monument was erected at New Garden Friends Burial Ground, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.
The original Quaker record (image at Ancestry) from the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting (Alamance, North Carolina) shows them "left at liberty" to marry at the meeting of 1 Sep 1753. At the meeting of 6 Oct 1753, Quakers assigned to attend the marriage reported it had been "orderly accomplished." So the marriage took place between those two dates, but the exact date is unknown. I have used the second date (reported accomplished), but have marked it as uncertain for the above explained reasons.
Note that Alamance is currently in Alamance County, but that county was formed in 1849 from the western third of Orange County. At the time of their marriage, it was still Orange County.
An alternate marriage date/place was also given on one merged profile (April 6, 1753, Cane Creek, Mitchell, NC). The Quaker records above prove this to be an error.
From Hinshaw, v. 1, p. 503 (New Garden Mtg, p. 20):
Father: William Hunt
Mother: Sarah Hunt (d. 7-14-1778, p. 73)
Uriah b. 10-14-1754, (d. 8- 1-1781, p. 73)
Isaiah b. 10-16-1756
Nathan b. 10-26-1758
John b. 10-30-1760
Eleazar b. 11-12-1762
Margaret b. 1-18-1765
Hannah b. 1-26-1767
William b. 2-11-1769
Death & Burial
The profile with the New Jersey birthplace also gave his place of death as Northumberland, England, again with no supporting source (see below).
LATER: Place of death was apparently in England. A memorial stone (image at Find a Grave) was erected by his descendants in 1935. The information on the stone, and the two duplicate memorial pages on Find a Grave, confuse the issue of exactly where in England he died, and where he was buried.
One page says he died at Tyne and Wear, England. Tyne and Wear is an English county (the Tyne and the Wear are rivers), but it wasn't established until 1974. That may be correct at present, but wasn't at the time of his death. Tyne and Wear includes the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It states that he was buried in the Friends burial ground at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Note that Newcastle upon Tyne was once part of Northumberland (first paragraph, this section), but not since 1400 (Wikipedia).
The second page gives his burial place as Quaker Burial Ground, Barking, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England. This seems unlikely since London is nearly 300 miles (500 km) south of Newcastle upon Tyne. The bio section of this page also states that he was buried in Newcastle-on-Tyne, contradicting the data entered below it.
Source: S49 Hinshaw, William Wade, et al., compilers. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 vols. 1936–1950. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991–1994. v. 1, p. 503. Source for birth date/place, parents names (no maiden name for mother). Also available online at Ancestry.com (pay site).
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA test-takers in his direct paternal line.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
The PA birthplace is marked as uncertain on Hunt-28. I'm not sure where he was born, or his exact birth date, but this William Hunt (both profiles) is the one who was a Quaker at the New Garden Mtg. in NC. His wife was Sarah (Mills?) Hunt and all of the children on both profiles can be found in Hinshaw's Quaker Records, v. 1 (NC), p. 503, with matching birth dates. Both profiles are also connected to the same wife (Mills-8).