Thomas Hunt

Thomas Hunt (abt. 1613 - 1695)

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Thomas Hunt
Born about in Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1639 in New Haven, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Grove Farm, Westchester, New York Provincemap
Profile last modified 22 Sep 2019 | Created 7 May 2012
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From indentured servant to patented owner
of a notable estate in 28 years

Disputed Parents

Thomas Hunt, son of Richarde Hunt, was baptised 18 Apr 1613 at Pilton, Northamptonshire, England.[1] Richard Hunte was married at Pilton, Northamptonshire, to Dorothy Swales on 08 March 1606.[2] Richard Hunte apparently died a poor man,[citation needed] and thus, it is not surprising that his son Thomas would become an indentured servant.

But it seems even more likely that he was Thomas Hunt (son of Tho Hunt) baptised 14 Feb 1612/3 at Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire.[3] Titchmarsh is even closer to Keyston than Pilton is. There’s a burial 8 Jun 1619 at Titchmarsh for Thomas Hunt;[4] it could be either father or son. If it was immigrant Thomas Hunt’s father, it could explain why he became an indentured servant. Thomas Hunt who was buried in June 1619 is most likely the father, because the youngest child of this family was baptised in February 1618/19. Like Pilton, Titchmarsh is close to Keyston, Thrapston, Sudborough, and Islip (mentioned in John G. Hunt).[5]

Thomas is a common name in this Hunt family, but it appears Thomas the immigrant doesn’t have any children or grandchildren named Richard or Dorothy. This too makes it more likely that the immigrant was Thomas Hunt (Jr.) of Titchmarsh.

The existence of these two records doesn’t mean that immigrant Thomas Hunt’s father was either Thomas Hunt of Titchmarsh or Richarde Hunt of Pilton. However, it very interesting to note that Edward Jones of Titchmarsh appears in an 1639 apprenticeship record at Boston. There are no similar records of anyone coming to New England from Pilton.

Note: Northamptonshire is the neighbouring county of Huntingdonshire.


Thomas Hunt, the “Immigrant,” was born about 1613-1615, in the vicinity of Keyston, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire), England.[6][7][8] Other birth place possibilities are the neighbouring towns of Thrapston, Sudborough, and Islip, all in Northamptonshire, England.[5]


Thomas Hunt immigrates in 1639 from England to the New Haven Colony as an indentured servant to William Leete of Keyston.[7] William Leete lived at Keyston, Huntingdonshire after his marriage to Ann Pain in 1636.[9] Leete and company sailed from London, England about 20 May 1639 and arrived at Quinnipiack, Connecticut between the 6th and 10th Jul 1639. They settled at New Haven, about 16 miles away.[10] (Thomas Hunt’s name does not appear in ships’ passenger lists, or Anderson’s The Great Migration Directory, 2015.)[11] Thomas is admitted to New Haven "on sufferance," probably because he is a strong supporter of the Church of England.[5][7][8] William Leete goes on to serve as Governor of the Colony of New Haven from 1661 to 1665 and Governor of the Colony of Connecticut from 1676 to 1683.[12]


Thomas Hunt marries Cicely Clarke about 1639 at New Haven, Connecticut.[5][8][13] One otherwise well-sourced narrative mentions, without giving an "authority", a different maiden name for Cicely: "Pasley".[14] Thomas Hunt’s wife, Sisely, signs a deed 9 Apr 1691.[15]

Sycillie Clark arrived in Boston on the ship Planter in 1635, at age 16, with the Tuttle family, with whom she moved to New Haven Colony in 1639. Since the Tuttles came from Ringstead, Northamptonshire, it seems that Sycillie was from there as well, and may have been a servant to the family.[16]


Following is a timeline for Thomas and Cicely Hunt:[5][7][8]

1 Mar 1643 - Goodman Hunt and his wife are banished from the New Haven Colony because of their friendship with William Harding, a local sawyer who had been banished by an earlier court for his lewdness.[5][17]

"Goodman Hunt and his wife for keepeing the councells of the said Willaim Harding, bakeing him a pasty and plum cakes, and keeping company with him on the Lords day, and she suffering Harding to kisse her, they being onely admitted to sojourne in this plantation upon their good behavior, was ordered to be sent out of the town with one moneth after the date hereof, yea in a shorter time, if any miscaryage be found in them."[17]

Mr. Harding himself is convicted of

“ a great deale of base carryage and filthy dalliances with divers yong girles, together with his inticeing and corrupting divers servants in this plantation, haunting with them in night meetings and juncketting, etc."[17]

Soon after 1 Mar 1643 - Thomas and Cicely Hunt are residing in Stamford, Connecticut.
1652 - Thomas first appears on record at Rye, New York.
1658 - The family moves to Newtown, now Elmhurst, in the New York City borough of Queens.
1660-61 - The family is still in Newtown, and Thomas is found in records of Stamford in 1660.
1663 - The family returns to Westchester in Connecticut (which later becomes part of the borough of the Bronx, New York City), where Thomas and his son Josiah are among the founders of St. Peter's Church.[7] That same year, Thomas is made a “freeman” of Westchester by the Connecticut general court (Westchester at that time was claimed by Connecticut).[18]
1663 - Thomas Hunt is listed as a "freeman" at Rye.
1664 - Thomas Hunt is elected representative of Rye.
1665 - Thomas Hunt is at court, vs. Pomoquecee Indians in an action of taking a canoe.
1670 - Thomas is at court again, when he accuses "in the behalf of the town" a woman, Harryson, of being a witch, which is eventually ordered off.

Grove Farm

In 1652, Thomas Hunt purchases fifty morgen of land, known as Throckmorton's Neck from Augustine Hermans, who had bought it from the original owner, John Throckmorton. Under Hunt’s ownership, it becomes known as Grove Farm. This property, appoximately 106 acres, is patented to him by Governor Richard Nicholls of New York, 4 Dec 1667.[7]

Thomas Hunt’s home at Grove Farm.

In 1668, Thomas Hunt Jr. purchases his father-in-law, Edward Jessup’s, share of the West Farms Patent from Edward’s widow, Elizabeth.[14][15]

On 18 Aug 1688 Thomas Sr. deeds 100 acres of land to his son Thomas.[19][20] That land has since become known as Hunt's Point, now part of The Bronx in New York City.[14]

Children of Thomas Hunt and Cicely Clarke

Thomas and Cecily had at least one daughter and four sons:[7][8][15]

  1. Abigail Hunt, aft abt 1640- ; m. John Pinckney
  2. Thomas Hunt, 1640-after 1705
  3. Josiah Hunt, abt 1648-1732
  4. John Hunt, abt 1650-
  5. Joseph Hunt, abt 1652-


Thomas Hunt dies 8 Feb 1694-5.[5][8][15] He is buried in the family burial ground at Hunt's Point, The Bronx, New York.[21]

Hunt family burial ground.

Thomas Hunt Jr. came in possession of half the lands in West Farms by marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Jessup.[15] This property is held by his descendants for one hundred and sixty years. On the extremity of Hunt's Point is the ancient burial ground of the family. It is made famous by being the last resting place of poet Joseph Rodman Drake.[21]

Last Will and Testament

Thomas made his will on 6 Oct 1694 at Grove Farm, Throgs Neck, Westchester County, New York. In this will, proved on 27 Feb 1694-5 at New York City,[21][22] are mentioned four sons: Thomas (the eldest), Joseph, John, and Josiah; a daughter, Abigail Pinckney; a granddaughter Abigail, the child of Thomas; and three chlldren of Josiah: grandson Josiah, to whom he bequeaths the Grove Farm; and granddaughters Abigail and Martha.[15][21]

Thomas Hunt left his Grove Farm to his grandson Josiah who left it to his son Jacob who died without heirs and title passed to Jacob's brother Caleb and then to Caleb's son Gilbert, who died without children leaving a Will which authorized his mother, brothers, and unmarried sisters to live on the farm for 12 years after which it was to be sold and the proceeds divided. The property was sold by Gilbert's brother Marmaduke in 1760, and then purchased in 1775 by John Ferris who was married to Marianne (usually seen as Miana or Myana) Hunt.


As noted in the comments section, Y-DNA results are now available and show that this Hunt family is part of Haplogroup I-M253. Source: Group 027, line 14:

Research Notes

Suggestions of connections to a Thomas Hunt, prominent in Shrewsbury, Shropshire[23] are not evidenced by any persuasive sources.

Some sources show Cicely's maiden name as Pasely, but research has produced no evidence of a Cicely Pasely or any other name variations. It has been noted that Thomas came to this country as an indentured servant, and Cicely may also have been a servant. Both people Thomas and Cicely were associated with lived in New Haven by 1639. Circumstantial evidence makes the Hunt Clark marriage a likely scenario. It is a known fact that Thomas married a woman named Cicely.


  1. FreeReg : Baptism entry Thomas, son of Richarde Hunt, 18 Apr 1613 : accessed 20 Sep 2019] and Baptism record on Photograph of record : Subscription site $
  2. FreeReg : Marriage entry Richard Hunte and Dorythye Swales
  3. FreeReg : Baptism entry Thomas, son of Tho Hunt, 14 Feb 1612/3 : accessed 20 Sep 2019]
  4. FreeReg : Burial Entry Thomas Hunt, 8 Jun 1619
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Hunt, John G. Origin of the Families of Hunt, Fowler, Barnes, Kirke, and Embree, of Westchester, N.Y., and of Hunt, of Charlestown and Northampton, Mass. pp. 63-5. [ New England Historic Genealogical Society. The New England historical and genealogical register. Vol. 113. Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1959.
  6. Jones, Howard L. Early Westchester Families. Orlando, Florida. 1953. pg. 125. This is a bound volume of carbon copies of a thick typewritten manuscript.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Mackenzie, Grenville C. Families of the Colonial Town of Philipsburgh. Photocopies of individual pages available from Westchester County Historical Society. Mackenzie Index : Hunt, pp. 340-55
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Descendants of Thomas Hunt Thomas Hunt : accessed 14 Sep 2019
  9. Leete, Joseph, 1831-; Anderson, John Corbet. The family of Leete. Blades, East & Blades, Printers. London, 1906. William Leete, pg. 162
  10. Steiner, Bernard Christian, 1867-1926. A history of the plantation of Menunkatuck and of the original town of Guilford, Connecticut : comprising the present towns of Guilford and Madison. Steiner. Baltimore. 1897. pp. 26-8
  11. Anderson, Robert Charles. The great migration directory : immigrants to New England, 1620-1640 : a concise compendium. Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
  12. William Leete, Wikipedia [William Leete]
  13. Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD. 1985. pg. 404
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Leggett, Rev. Theodore A. and A. Hatfield, Early Settlers of West Farms, Westchester County, NY, (New York, 1913, privately printed), pp. 26-9; pg. 131.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Jesup, Henry Griswold. Edward Jessup of West Farms, Westchester Co., New York, and His Descendants. Priv. print. for the author by J. Wilson. Cambridge, Mass. 1887. pg. 378...
  16. Hotten, John Camden (editor). The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. London: John Camden Hotten, 1874. pp. 47-9
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 New-Haven Colony; New Haven (Conn.); Hoadly, Charles J. (Charles Jeremy), 1828-1900. Records of the colony and plantation of New-Haven, from 1638 to 1649. Printed by Case, Tiffany and Company. Hartford. 1857. pp. 81, 84.
  18. Savage. Genealogical Dictionary, Vol. II, pg. 501.
  19. Pelletreau, William S. (William Smith), 1840-1918. Early wills of Westchester County, New York, from 1664 to 1784. A careful abstract of all wills (nearly 800) recorded in New York surrogate's office and at White Plains, N.Y., from 1664 to 1784. F.P. Harper, New York, 1898. Thomas Hunt, pg. 389
  20. Theresa Hall Bristol, "Westchester County, N. Y., Miscellanea", 285.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Pelletreau, William S. (William Smith), 1840-1918. Early wills of Westchester County, New York, from 1664 to 1784... F.P. Harper, New York, 1898. Thomas Hunt Sr. Of Grove Farm, pg. 15
  22. Recorded for Josiah Hunt, Will of Thomas Hunt 1694: Courtesy of Robin Assenza. Thomas Hunt, 1694.
  23. For example in, Bolton, Robert, 1814-1877. A history of the county of Westchester, from its first settlement to the present time. Printed by A.S. Gould. New York. 1848. Hunt of Hunt’s Point, pp. 523-4
  • See also:
Family History: The DeVoe, Josselyn, and Related Families Thomas Hunt : accessed 14 Sep 2019
Family Central Family History Services Thomas Hunt and Cecily Clarke : accessed 14 Sep 2019


  • Sara V Mosher, September 2019
  • WikiTree profile Hunt-3199 created through the import of Tom Roland Family Tree.ged on May 6, 2012 by Tom Roland. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Tom and others.
  • The WikiTree profile Hunt-4837 was created by Eowyn Langholf through the import of Smith_Schooley.ged on Jun 29, 2013.

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This is perhaps a bit off subject but wondered how many knew that we are distantly related to Lucille Ball? If I remember correctly it is through Thomas Hunt's son Joseph. Lucy's mother was Desiree Hunt. She's something like an eighth cousin, which may explain why I never received a Christmas card from her.
posted by Richard Hunt

I am now even more convinced of a Titchmarsh connection for our Hunts. Dorothy Tuttle (of the Tuttles connected with Cicely Clarke-Hunt) was married to James Bill (of Ringstead), whose father Robert Bill was born at Titchmarsh. This clearly shows a connection between Ringstead and Titchmarsh. Thomas Hunt very likely knew Cicely Clarke before they left England.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
After doing more research, I decided to detach Richard Hunt and Dorothy Swales as his uncertain parents. Instead I have created a profile for Thomas Hunt of Titchmarsh and attached him as the uncertain father. Especially when I found that there was a 1639 apprenticeship record in Boston for an Edward Jones of Titchmarsh. But there are no known immigrants to New England from Pilton. This also would explain why Thomas Hunt the immigrant had no children or grandchildren named Richard or Dorothy.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Turns out, I’m related to Governor William Leete. Will be working on his profile next.
posted by Sara Mosher
Thanks for clarifying that source, Ken. Luckily, I found a free source. We can’t say for sure if Richarde Hunt or Thomas Hunt is father of immigrant Thomas Hunt. I’ve added Disputed Parents to his profile.
posted by Sara Mosher
Hi Sara,

The primary source is a photograph of the 1613 baptism for Thomas Hunt at Pilton, Northamptonshire (currently listed as Source 4). The only place I could find it was behind a pay wall: Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812 for Thomas Hunt Pilton Parish Registers 1569-1812:

posted by Kenneth Kinman
Please show primary sources for parents, and Thomas’ date and place of birth.
posted by Sara Mosher

I have created a profile for Richard Hunt of Pilton and attached him as the "uncertain" father of Thomas Hunt. Information about Richard Hunt and Dorothy Swales can thus be added to that profile. By the way, they were married at Pilton on 08 March 1606.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
Thanks Richard,

Thomas Hunt (baptized 1613, Pilton, Northamptonshire) is most likely the immigrant ancestor, and being from a poor family, he became an indentured servant to William Leete of Keyston (just 5 miles away). I have added this information to the biography.

posted by Kenneth Kinman
I couldn't ever find any evidence of Hunt's in Keyston but did find a Thomas Hunt who was born in 1613 in Pilton, which is not too far from there. His parents were Richard and Dorothy Swales who I believe were married about 1607. This Thomas had five or six siblings, none of which survived into adulthood. The only mention I could find of Thomas was his birth, no death was mentioned so he appears to have left the area. Richard died according to church records, "a poore man".
posted by Richard Hunt

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