Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt (1569 - 1608)

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Rev Robert Hunt
Born in Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 9 Mar 1597 in Bredin, Canterbury, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died in Jamestown, James City, Virginiamap
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Robert was born in 1568. Robert Hunt ... He passed away in 1608. [1]

Education: Oxford, Trinity College.[6]

"Appointed to the Vicory of Reculver, Kent, England, January 18, 1594, resigned 1602".[2] He was also the Vicor at Old Heathfield in Sussex prior to his joining the Jamestown expedition.[3]

Rev. Robert Hunt was the Anglican Chaplain of England of the expedition which founded Jamestown, Virginia on April 29, 1607, in what became the United States of America in the state of Virginia. Rev. Hunt dedicated the new land to Jesus Christ and to preaching the Gospel in the new land and throughout the world. Before sailing to America, he resided in Sussex, England where he was Vicar of the parish church of Heathfield.
Rev. Robert Hunt sailed with his fellow colonist aboard the ship Susan Constant.
Jamestown Church, James City, Virginia
The Island (which in its great period was a peninsula) is rich in religious shrines, for, in addition to the tower and ruins of two churches --one of which in the seventeenth century almost became the first of our American cathedrals because of a king's gratitude for the Old Dominion's loyalty--there are: the Robert Hunt Shrine; the Memorial Cross dedicated to those buried (possibly 1609-10) on the "Third Ridge"; countless other graves; various religious objects discovered near the church and now exhibited in the Visitor Center; and the wattle-and-daub church in the reconstructed James Fort at the Festival park on the mainland.


A Vicar in the Church of England, was chaplain of the expedition that founded, in 1607, the first successful English colony in the New World, at Jamestown, Virginia.[4]

When I first went to Virginia, I well remember we did hang an awning (which is an old sail) to three or four trees to shadow us from the sun. Our walls were rails of wood, our seats unhewn trees till we cut planks, our pulpit a bar of wood nailed to two neighboring trees. In foul weather, we shifted into an old rotten tent..."

That is how Captain John Smith described the first church services of the Virginia company. The settlers arrived at the new world on April 29. "The nine and twentieth day, we set up a cross at Chesepeake Bay, and named that place Cape Henry." Reverend Robert Hunt led them in a service there.

The company did not settle ashore just yet. "Until the 13 of May they sought a place to plant in; then the council was sworn, Master Wingfield was chosen president, and an oration made, why Captain Smith was not admitted of the council as the rest." They decided to settle in Jamestown. On that Sunday, May 13, 1607, Robert Hunt led them in church services.

Under Hunt, the group continued to have daily prayer morning and evening. He preached them two sermons each Sunday, and they partook of communion every three months.[5]

See also The Reverend Robert Hunt on the National Park Service Website

Jamestown Rediscovery Video of Robert's Grave

Finding Reverend Robert Hunt Published on Jul 28, 2015 This short film explores the historical, archaeological, and forensic evidence behind the discovery of Robert Hunt, the first reverend at Jamestown. Reverend Hunt arrived with the first group of colonists in May of 1607, and he was by all accounts well respected in the colony. He passed away in early 1608 at Jamestown, and his remains are believed to be those found in the north end of the chancel in Jamestown's first church. To learn more please visit and to see a digital model of the burial site.



  1. Rev. Stephen Hunt (m. unknown) Rev. Stephen Hunt's daughter Elizabeth Hunt (m. Henry Rose)
  2. Angelica Hunt (m. Ambrose Cobbs)
  3. Thomas Hunt


Husband of Elizabeth (Edwards) Hunt ~ married March 09, 1597, Bredin, Canterbury, England


  1. Thomas Hunt (b. ca. 1594 - d. 1666)
  2. Elizabeth Hunt (b. ca. 1602 - d. unk.)[6]

Find a Grave has another child attributed to Robert and Elizabeth, however there were only two Children as evidenced by his Will and numerous other sources. There is also no evidence that either of his children made their way to the Colonies, therefore claims of an American descendancy is sketchy.

See also: Biography "Who was Rev. Robert Hunt?" at Jamestown Rediscovery.


"He made his Will 20 Dec 1606 in anticipation of his embarkment on the voyage to Virginia...mentioning a brother Stephen, a wife Elizabeth, son Thomas who was not yet 21, and a dau. Elizabeth" [7] His will, probated in July 14, 1608, is the only documented evidence of his death.[8]


  1. Entered by Maureen Henigan, Friday, December 13, 2013.
  2. The Genesis of the United States: A Narrative of the Movement in England, 1605-1616, which Resulted in the Plantation of North America by Englishmen, Disclosing the Contest Between England and Spain for the Possession of the Soil Now Occupied by the United States of America, Volume 2, p. 929, by, Alexander Brown, Houghton, Mifflin, 1890 - United States.[1]
  3. [2]
  4. Robert Hunt, Wikipedia article
  5. Robert Hunt Planted Church at Jamestown by Dan Graves, MSL [3]
  6. All family information taken from the Find a Grave post, Find A Grave Memorial# 19155100, Rev Robert Hunt, May, 1608, Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, USA.[4]
  7. The Hunt Families of Vermont, The Early Hunt Families of America, by Mitchell J. Hunt, [5]
  8. Find A Grave Memorial 149915094
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #149915094, Rev. Robert Hunt, Jamestown Original Burial Ground, Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, USA.
  • Burial:

Jamestown Historic Anglican Church Cemetery Jamestown James City County Virginia, USA Plot: Chancel Grave "A"

"Beneath the church where Pocahontas was married are the graves of the founders of the first permanent British settlement in America.""
"four skeletons unearthed in the chancel of Jamestown’s historic 1608 church—where Pocahontas married John Rolfe—are the remains of Reverend Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Captain William West."
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 28, p.277, Robert Hunt, Stephen, Leslie, Sir, 1832-1904, Published 1885, New York Macmillan. [7]


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On 28 Jan 2019 at 19:29 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

Is this picture actually the well known Captain John Smith? Please check this out. Thank you, Renee

On 26 Sep 2018 at 16:01 GMT Loretta (Leger) Corbin wrote:

He also had a son named William born about 1599

On 30 Jan 2018 at 20:45 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:


Freespace transcript only 2 children as mentioned in profile. Seemed to think his wife might not remain faithful to him

On 23 Oct 2017 at 14:58 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Hunt-12874 and Hunt-5519 appear to represent the same person because: Similar data, but refer to the following change note - Stormy Knight edited the data for Anonymous Hunt. (No proof found that Robert is father of William.)

On 3 Aug 2017 at 00:36 GMT Stephanie (Gray) Carmon wrote:

Hunt-12294 and Hunt-5519 appear to represent the same person because: Same death, same wife, edit the birth date

On 16 Feb 2016 at 22:30 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

Hunt-5519 and Hunt-9255 are not ready to be merged because: Awaiting more source data for Hunt-9255

On 16 Feb 2016 at 19:54 GMT Anonymous (Hudson) Anonymous wrote:

Hunt-5519 and Hunt-9255 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person

On 1 Aug 2015 at 23:31 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:


This fellow has gotten some great press in the last few days. A few of the Southern Colonies folks, myself included, have stopped-by to do some updating.


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