||John Hunting migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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John Hunting was born in Thrandeston, Suffolk, England in 1602. 
John Hunting was baptized 24 January 1601/2 in Thrandeston Parish, Suffolk, England, son of William and Margaret (Randolfe) Hunting. His parents were probably living there at the time and later settled in Hoxne, about 4 miles to the east. [See father’s profile.]
John married in 1624 in Wramplingham Parish [about 18 miles to the north across the Waveney River in the county of Norfolk] Esther “Hester" Seaborne.
He is said to have served as ruling elder of his church and to have been a man of decided opinions, often in the saddle, visiting people, encouraging them and disseminating ideas, thus absent from home a great deal.
The family sailed to Massachusetts arriving in Dedham in the Spring [or Summer, see below] of 1638. The name of their ship is not known. He was admitted freeman in 1639.
Soon after arriving in Dedham, John joined seven other townsmen (John Allin, Ralph Wheelock, Edward Allin, John Luson, John Frary, Robert Hinsdell and Eleazar Lusher) in establishing the Dedham church.
John's house lot was in the center of town near the meetinghouse. Present Church Street runs lengthwise through the lot today. He purchased the lot on 28 Aug 1638 from John Coolidge, a Watertown man who never moved to Dedham. He built or enlarged his house in 1644 when he was granted by the town "seaddar & pine” for 2000 boards. In 1648 the house was a little below the town average, however, in 1677, his house was 13th in value in a list of 77 houses.
As well as serving as ruling elder, John for many years held the responsible position of town selectman. As the town lands were distributed, he received numerous tracts in what later became Needham, Wellesley, Westwood, Wrentham, etc.
In 1661/2 "Elder Hunting requested to catechisinge the youth in the towne ... youth to attend at the Elders house once a fortnight after lecture…”
Esther died in Dedham 4 May 1676. In her will written four months earlier 4 Jan 1675/6 (proved 12 Feb 1684/5) she stated that she wished the £45 due her from the estate of her brother Francis Seaborne "in old England" be paid within six months after the decease of her husband and distributed as follows: £20 to John Jr., £10 to son Samuel of Charlestown, and one fourth part of £15 each to "daughter Mary Buckner of Boston ... the children of my Daughter Ware ... daughter Hester Fisher of Dedham ..(and).. Hester Peck the daughter of my son in law John Peck of Rehoboth." Francis Seaborne had died in Hingham, county Norfolk, England, just west of Wramplingham, in 1656 leaving his "sister Hannah, now wife of John Hunting living in New England," £45 to be paid within twelve years of his wife's death. She also noted that her husband "should have the full use and improvement of all the premises as longe as he doth live" and signed the will with her 'S' mark. John signed his 'IH' mark to a statement giving his free consent to the will. For a copy of the entire will see Dedham Historical Register, Vol. 7 p.34-37.
His will was written in 15 Dec 1684 and presented in Suffolk Co. Massachusetts 26 March 1691. He mentioned that he gave his wife permission to write a will (1675/6) to dispose of her property. He confirmed her legacies, and mentioned his brother Francis Seaborne left her money. He then makes bequests to son Samuell living in Charlestown; eldest son, John, of Dedham; daughter, Mary Buckner, widow in Boston and her daughter Mary White; son-in-law Robert Ware Senr.., in right of his first wife Margaret, daughter of John; daughter Hester Fisher of Dedham; son-in-law John Peck of Rehoboth and his daughter Hester Peck in the right of his first wife Elizabeth Peck, daughter of John. An inventory was taken 11 June 1689 fixing the date of his death around 1689.
In 1892, TD Huntting claimed, without evidence, that John was born in 1597. The parish of Wetheringsett, Suffolk, has been suggested as his English home. While the Hunting surname occurs there, no record of John has been found.
In the will of his wife Hester, dated 4 Jan 1675/6, proved 12 Feb 1684, she makes a bequest of estate given to her by her brother Francis Seaborne in 'ould England'. Francis' will was found in Hingham., co. Norfolk, dated 12 Mar 1655, proved 30 Apr 1656, and makes a bequest to his sister Hester nor or late the wife of John Hunting living in New England."
The 28 Jun 1624 marriage of John Hunting and Hester Saburne was found in the parish records of Wramplingham, co. Norfolk, six miles east of Hingham. Ralph Wheelock, also of Dedham, may have been he who married Rebecca Clark 17 May 1630 also in Wramplingham.
Summer 1638: John Hunting, wife Hester, and five children arrived in Massachusetts and settled in Dedham. When the church was formally gathered, Hunting was made ruling elder.
Five children born in England
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