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John Huntley (1624 - 1676)

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John Huntley
Born in British Islesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Englandmap
Husband of — married about (to before ) in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married in New London, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lyme, New London, Connecticut Colonymap
Huntley-137 created 21 Mar 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 14 Sep 2017
14:09: Peggy (Berntson) McMath edited the Biography for John Huntley. (Data doctor: Fixed minor errors in wiki mark up language for 'ref' tag.) [Thank Peggy for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Categories: English Immigrants to America | Massachusetts Bay Colonists | Lyme, Connecticut.


Parents of John

The two well documented studies for John both conclude that "the ancestry of John Huntley, who was in Boston as early as 1640 and settled in Lyme, Connecticut about 1660 is still in question."[1] Virgil Huntley had the same conclusion and confirmed it when I, Phil Smith, spoke to him in 2013.[2]


John Huntley was born 1622-1626 in the British Isles. He came to Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony prior to July 1647 as he was in the business of shipping fish to the Barbadoes. His first wife, name perhaps Sarah, died in Boston of smallpox about 1650. He was at Salem, Massachusetts about 1650 as Richard Smith, in Ipswich Quarterly, Court Records, made a deposition stating "Jno Huntley being at the Iron Works." In 1659, he was listed as a cooper, when he signed a deed to Philip Curtis at Roxbury, Massachusetts.[2]

He married Jane (maiden name unknown) about 1651. She died prior to 1669, in Lyme Connecticut. [2]

John Huntley migrated to Lyme, Connecticut, by 1665. On 12 July 1665 he shared in the fourth division of land at Lyme, receiving 71 acres "for his lott" and an additional 20 acres "for his calf pasture land."[3]

Jane Huntley apparently died before 3 June 1669, when John was married for the third time in New London, Connecticut, to Mary (Hand) Barnes, divorced wife of Charles Barnes and daughter of John and Alice (Gransden) Hand of Long Island. John and Mary were convicted of fornication before marriage and while she was still married to her former husband and were assessed a fine of £10.[2] It would seem that the case was handled after their marriage when it was obvious that Mary was expecting their child Sarah born in late 1669 or early 1670.

The only mention of John in public life was his participation in the New London-Lyme riot, when he and many of his neighbors protested the boundary line between Lyme and New London on 12 March 1671/2.[1][4]

John died on 16 November 1676 at Lyme, Connecticut.[5][2][6] He was survived by his widow Mary and his six children, who were named in his will.[4]

His widow Mary presumably died in Lyme prior to 5 July 1687. [2]


John and his first wife had no known children.[2]

Children of John Huntley and his second wife Jane were:

  1. Moses Huntley, born 1 July 1652 in Boston and baptized at Roxbury on 27 October 1657.[3]
  2. Aaron Huntley, born in Boston on 15 April 1654;[2] baptized at Roxbury on 27 October 1657.[3]
  3. Elizabeth Huntley, baptized in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1657; married John Lewis.[2][3]
  4. Mary Huntley, baptized at Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 3 December 1660;[3] married John Smith, son of Richard and Joanna (Quarles) Smith.[7]

Children of John Huntley and his third wife Mary were:

  1. Sarah, born 1669 or 1670.[2]
  2. Alice Huntley, born about 1673.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Judith McGhan. John Huntley and Some of His Descendants in Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 1 Genealogical Publishing Com, 1983 - Connecticut -p. 223 and following. (Google eBook)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Virgil W. Huntley. John Huntley, Immigrant of Boston & Roxbury, Massachusetts and Lyme, Connecticut 1647-1977 and some of his Descendants. Author: Books I, II, III. 1978, 1993, 1996. Vol 1. p. 6,7. Material from the books used with written permission of the author. Collection of Phil Smith.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Alice Huntley, page 262
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alice Huntley, page 263
  5. John Huntley Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
  6. Alice Huntley, page 263, citing Lyme Land Records.
  7. Virgil Huntley qualified his statement about this marriage with the word "perhaps" (Huntley, Vol. 1, page 7).
  8. Alice Huntley, page 264

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Note on Sources

The material in both Virgil Huntley's work and the work of Judith McGhan is almost the same. McGhan's work is available on-line.


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