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Thomas Hunt (abt. 1594 - 1655)

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Captain Thomas Hunt
Born about in Heathfield, Sussex, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Virginia Colonymap
Husband of — married 29 Mar 1641 in Accomack County, Virginia Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Northampton, Virginiamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 8 Sep 2019 | Created 13 Dec 2013 | Last significant change: 8 Sep 2019
19:58: Ellen Gustafson edited the Biography for Thomas Hunt (abt.1594-1655). [Thank Ellen for this]
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Thomas Hunt’s parents are uncertain., and much of this biography is questionable.

According to J Mitchell Hunt, Thomas is mentioned in his father's Will, "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" [1]

Hunt goes on to say, Robert Hunt had, as evidenced by his Will, only the one son Thomas and there is no evidence that this Thomas or any of his descendants (if any) ever came to America.[2]

Thomas Hunt married the widow of Robert Drake, Joan Gawton. "They had one son, Thomas. By an uncertain marriage he also had one daughter, Frances (wife of Edmund Bibby and Nathaniel Wilkins). He recieved a patent for 50 acres of land in Accomack County, Virginia, in 1636."[3]

Thomas Hunt arrived in Jamestown on the second supply ship in September 1608, possibly 14 years of age. In 1614 age 20, he was the Captain of one of the ships led by Captain John Smith, 1580-1631, (#1936) son of George and Alice (Richards) Smith.

Thomas Hunt was on one of one of the ships led by Captain John Smith (of Jamestown Pocahontas fame, who returned to England and devoted his energies to promoting the development of New England, often called the "Admiral of New England") in an exploration of the New England coast in 1614.

When Smith started back to England on the return trip he told Hunt to stay behind for awhile and pick up from the Indians a load of fish, skins, and other items to bring back. Hunt went beyond these instructions and lured a number of Indians aboard the ship and sailed with them to Spain where he sold them in the slave market at Malaga. Among the Indians was Squanto, who was later to return to Plymouth Colony and become the "Savior" of the Plymouth Colony in 1621. Nothing further has been learned of Capt. Thomas Hunt, though it is believed that he was discredited in England by his actions in kidnapping the Indians and thereafter had difficulty obtaining commissions.

It is nice to romanticize that Capt. Thomas Hunt was the son of the Rev. Robert Hunt of Jamestown, that upon his return to England Capt. John Smith looked up the son of his "old buddy" Robert Hunt and enlisted Thomas in his exploring expedition of the New England Coast. But that is the stuff of the movies and not history or genealogy. The identity of Capt. Thomas Hunt has not been found and there is no evidence that he or descendants (if any) ever settled in America.[4]


  1. The Hunt Families of Vermont, The Early Hunt Families of America, by Mitchell J. Hunt, [1]
  3. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, (4 vols), p. 92, by Douglas Richardson.[2]

Originally Created by: Georgia Girl. Added: 16 Dec 2012. Find A Grave Memorial 102242828


Thank you to Maureen Henigan for creating Hunt-5520 on 13 Dec 13. Click the Changes tab for the details on contributions by Maureen and others.

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On 8 Sep 2019 at 14:43 GMT Ellen Gustafson wrote:

According to the J Mitchell Hunt entry from Freepages, see source, Thomas may never have been in Jamestown, or may have arrived later. These sources are not reliable.

On 25 Sep 2018 at 05:07 GMT Terri (Wahlberg) Crowell wrote:

Hunt-12605 and Hunt-5520 appear to represent the same person because: I'm quite certain these are the same person

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