William Hunt
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William Hunt (abt. 1690 - bef. 1746)

William Hunt
Born about in Montgomeryshire, Walesmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 14 Feb 1720 in Springfield MM, Burlington, New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 56 in Prince George's, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Aug 2009
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The origins of William Hunt, husband of Mary Woolman the aunt of well-known Quaker John Woolman, are uncertain. Claim is often made that he is the son of William Hunt and Mary Pierson. This is, in a circuitous manner, based on the claim that the elder William came not from Abington Monthly Meeting in England (though he did originally come from England) but from Abington Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania. However, the meeting in Pennsylvania was not known by this name until 1710 and the elder William was dead by 1694. (See Research Notes) For these and other reasons detailed in the profile, these undocumented parents have been detached from the profile and should not be reintroduced without primary source documentation and consultation with the Quakers Project.

Researcher Roger Hunt, writing in 2011[1], states: The first record of William Hunt in America is a Quaker monthly meeting record dated 30 March 1719 which reads: At this meeting William Hunt Late of Bybery Produced a Certificate from Radnor in Great Brittain which was Read & Accepted. This entry is found in the minutes of Abington Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania. As Rogert Hunt notes, at least five things are known from this single minute entry: 1/ William Hunt attended the Abington Monthly Meeting held on 30 March 1719 and presented his certificate from his previous meeting; 2/ William Hunt was a Quaker before he came to America; 3/ He likely arrived shortly before this date as certificates were generally recorded within a month or two of arrival so we may deduce he arrived America late 1718/early 1719; 4/ he recently lived in Bybery a preparatory meeting of Abington; 5/ his certificate was from Radnor, almost certainly the Radnor meeting in Wales.

The Radnor Monthly Meeting known at this time is Radnorshire in Wales which existence is documented by early Quaker Thomas Story in his Journal (he visited Radnor in 1717). The early minutes of the Radnor meeting are not known to have survived. The reader is referred to the extensive discussion about the extreme scarcity of the Hunt surname pre-1750 in Wales in Roger Hunt's research. Note that the county of Radnorshire ceased to exist (and became part of Powys) after the 1974 government restructuring of counties.

He married Mary Woolman 2 May 1720.[2] The marriage is also found in the minutes of the Mount Holly Monthly Meeting.[3]

A deed uncovered in the Maryland State Archive signed by William on 25 Oct 1746 coupled with the transfer certificate of his daughter where he is deceased dated 27 Nov 1746 pinpoints his date of death between these two documents and places his death in Prince George's, Maryland. Specific citations will be added. T Stanton

Research Notes

It may be read that references to Abington MM which are thought to be Abington MM in England actually meant Abington MM in Pennsylvania. However, Abington MM meeting was not know by this name until 1710. What is now Abington MM was known as:[4] TACKONY & POETQUESINK UNTIL 1685
DUBLIN 1687 - 1710/06/24
ABINGTON (ORTHODOX) 1710/07/21 - 1944


  1. The History of the Hunt Family, 2011
  2. Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. Burlington and Rancocas Monthly Meetings Minutes, 1681-1747
  3. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Mount Holly Monthly Meeting
  4. QuakerMeetings.com "Monthly Meetings in North America: A Quaker Index"
  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume II, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, by William Wade Hinshaw , Thomas Worth Marshall, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Michigan 1938. Page 234.

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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 or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with William:

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There appear to be some issues with this profile and the familial connections with it. Quakers and Pennsylvania projects are having a look. The father of the son William attached here died when William was 12 which was about 1745 and his mother died before his father. The Hinshaw citation on this profile does not appear to pertain to this man and a few links are no longer valid. If any of the PMs want to jump in on the research please reply to this Comment. Thanks for your help. T Stanton, Quakers Project.
posted by T Stanton
Apologies, the Hinshaw citation is there--the second one for a person with the same name.
posted by T Stanton
Any updates? Thanks, appreciate it.
posted by David Hunt Jr.
Thanks for the note, David, as this had fallen off my radar. I went back and updated this profile to the most current research. There are some other fanciful origin theories I haven't even touched on here as the origins prior to his arrival America seem quite clear based on his transfer certificate alone. Do we need to look at anything else here? I have not delved into any of the profiles attached as children. I'm still looking for the Maryland deed citation--may have to ask for some help in relocating that as I'm not finding it in my notes.
posted by T Stanton
Hunt-7018 and Hunt-29 appear to be the same person. Hunt-1019 is the father of 7018/29.
I approved the merge of Hunt-29. Now we are waiting on the other managers. So let’s merge-please.
posted by Anonymous Black
Hunt-7018 and Hunt-29 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same wife
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
7018 and 29 need to be merged. Same person, same wife, same child.

This page and this link http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~huntpage/robert%20hunt0001.htm#id71 both state that William was born in England, So why does the entry say he was born in New Jersey?

posted by [Living Wolf]
7018 and 29 need to be merged. Same person, same wife, same child.
posted by [Living Wolf]
Hunt-11653 and Hunt-7018 are not ready to be merged because: Many differences
posted by Carol Miller
Hunt-11653 and Hunt-7018 appear to represent the same person because: Please evaluate these two children with same given name and similar/close birth to same parents. One is unsourced, needs sources and merging if duplicate, or removal if incorrect parent(s). Thank you.
posted by Lisa Franklin RN, BSN
Significant research and sourced data shown here:

Rootsweb William Hunt

posted by Phillip Rich

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