Location: Bedford County, Virginia Colony, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina
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This is a Study to collect together in one place everything about the "Hunt 14", the 14 children of Dr. Thomas Hunt of Bedford County Virginia, their connection to Thomas and Thomas's origins. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying the origins of the "Hunt 14" and how the lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.
Who Are the "Hunt 14"?
Original Source for Thomas Hunt and "The 14"
Pasted in a Jackson Family Bible owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, TN is a list of 14 Hunt siblings; this list was transcribed by Esli S. Jackson in 1859 but originally recorded around 1830 in Franklin County, GA. The only known direct family reference to Thomas Hunt as being the father of these 14 siblings comes through an account of this bible, described by William M. Hunt of Fairport, NY: Family genealogist Jewell Eubank had copied the list after the bible was discovered by researchers in 1959; she stated at the time there was a note in the margin stating "Thomas Hunt of England was the father." However the note was not found by William M. Hunt when he reviewed it in 1985. When questioned, she said it may have been written on a scrap of paper, but to date the note has not been found.
The birthplace of the siblings is documented through the Revolutionary War pension application of Esli Hunt, the 3rd son, who testified as being originally from Bedford County, VA.
Father, Dr. Thomas Hunt
Children mentioned in association with Land Records
Thomas Hunt lived south of the Staunton River along a branch of Merrymans Run close to Hale's Ford. There are three distinct tracts of land associated with Thomas; the first and largest at 530 acres is presumed to be his main residence....The second track for 304 acres was surveyed in 1774 and granted to Thomas Hunt in 1780. However, it was quickly sold to Benjamin Clardy in 1783, son-in-law of another neighbor John Boothe. Notably, the sale was disputed in court by Clardy due to the fact that Ann Hunt would not agree to relinquish her dower in the land, though the case was eventually dismissed. The third track for 300 acres was surveyed by Thomas in 1785 but also transferred to John Hook by 1788; there is little evidence that either of these tracts were ever occupied by Thomas or his family. - Doug Hunt
The John Hook Papers, Duke University
...John Hook was a wealthy merchant who operated several stores in the area and was involved in the tobacco trade through the James and Robert Donald Company. It is notable that Hook kept detailed records of his business which are still available, archived at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University. - Doug Hunt
There are several references to Thomas Hunt in these records, including descriptions in land inventories, entries from daybooks, debt obligations, and ledgers from Hook's store at his Hailsford Plantation. Additionally, these records provide several key links to the 14 siblings. "Dr." Thomas Hunt, Joel, Jesse, Uriah, and Benjamin all are listed with accounts at John Hook's Hailsford store
|John Hooks Store.|
Thomas Hunt's Signature
Original copies are available for several documents signed by a Thomas Hunt of Bedford, VA; these signatures can be used to link records that would otherwise be difficult to confirm were of the same person. Thomas signed with a unique paraph type flourish that looped around and under the "t" in Hunt. This type of flourish can be found in documents relating to the lands south of the Staunton River as well as court records pertaining to Toryism, showing these were from the same person. Also, they demonstrate Thomas resided in the area from a period from at least 1771 through 1795. However, a signature for a Thomas that appears alongside Stephen Hunt - who is often cited as a son of Thomas - does not contain the flourish and appears otherwise to be from a 2nd person; this along with the lack of documentation linking the two suggests that Stephen is not related to the Staunton River Thomas Hunt. - Doug Hunt
- Jackson Family Bible, The source of the list of 14 siblings we call “The HUNT 14″ is a page found pasted into a Jackson Family Bible, This Bible was owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, TN. A brief background and account was provided by Mr. William M. Hunt, renowned family history researcher and historian, on 15 November 1986. 
Documented Links Between Thomas and "The 14": When looking comprehensively at the available records for Thomas in Bedford, VA, strong evidence can be assembled that suggests he is the related to the 14 siblings:
- Jesse is recorded as security for Thomas in 1778 in his answer to the complaint against him by the Commonwealth [Bedford County Court Order Book]
- Thomas & Jesse Hunt are paired together in petition for division of the county in 1779, and again in 1785 for the final petition (along with a Thomas Jr. on a separate page) [Virginia Legislative Petitions]
- Thomas & Benjamin Hunt appear separately as witness to Will of Joel Meador in 1793 [Franklin County Will Book]
- Thomas & Benjamin Hunt appear separately as witness to bond Rusher & Boyd to Hook in 1793 [John Hook Papers, Box #5]
- Thomas, Joel, Jesse, Uriah, and Benjamin are all documented with accounts at John Hook's store in Hailsford (adjacent to Thomas' land) between 1785 and 1790 [John Hook Papers, Boxes #54, #61, and #62]
- Jesse and Uriah are recorded in the Hailsford account book together in 1785 providing "waggonage" for Ben Clardy and John Booth, neighbors of Thomas Hunt [John Hook Papers, Box #61]
- Jesse mentioned in Asa Holland's Hailsford account, 1786; The Hollands were neighbors to Thomas Hunt in the Hale's Ford area [John Hook Papers, Box #62] - Doug Hunt
What are the theories for Dr. Thomas' Origins?
- He immigrated from England to Virginia.
- He is related to Ralph Hunt of Lunenburg, VA
What does the DNA say?
- A current list of DNA testers (on WikiTree) who have a genealogical paper trail to Dr. Thomas Hunt appears on his profile under DNA Test Connection.
- Hunt DNA Project Scroll to Group 147, "The Hunt 14" siblings.
- What could be done to help with DNA? Find more direct male line descendents of the Hunt 14 ask them to test for at least 37 markers at FTDNA.
Possible DNA link to another Hunt Family in Bedford?
- "I...think that my Mary Hunt was a sibling to Stephen Hunt. I also think they were related to:
- "I have gone over and over the records and it does not support that Absalom and Wat were children of John and Eliz Mary Tyus. That is incorrect. William Walton lived 1779 South side of Staunton and wanted to form a new county. In 1782 William Hunt lived South of Stanton River and signed a petition to divide Bedford. At the present time I’ve penciled in the possibility that Mary descends from William Hunt." - Sharon
Two of these kits, at 111 makers, display 4 differences or mutations between Thomas and John, sons of Dr. Thomas. Of the total kits for the Hunt 14 only two have confirmed snp's. It would be great to have any of these testers, if we could find who they are, to do further downstream snp testing.
|'Group||Surname||Paternal Ancestor Name||Origin||Haplogroup|
|Group 078. RALPH HUNT of Long Island, NY||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Jonathon Wiseman Hunt||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||John Hunt||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||Ralph HUNT bet. 1620-1630 England? -1677 Newtown,||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||Ralph HUNT of Long Island, NY||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||Ralph Hunt b 1620 and||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||Ralph Hunt, 1613 - 1676 (Long Island, NY)||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||Daniel Hunt, 1776, Huntsville, Rowan County, N C.J||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 084. NATHAN F. HUNT, b 1812 and d 1882||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Nathan F. Hunt, b 1812 and d 1882||England||R-M269|
|Group 090. ZIBA HUNT||NO DNA Match|
|Group 093. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Colin Hunt, Edward Anthony Hunt||Australia||R-M269|
|Group 096. THOMAS HUNT b c1802, d. 1858 Tockenham, Wilts||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Thomas Hunt b c1802, d. 1858 Tockenham, Wilts||England||R-M269|
|Group 102. THOMAS HUNT, b. 1530, England||NO DNA Match|
|Group 105. THOMAS HUNT born c. 1700||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Thomas Hunt, born c. 1700||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Hunt||Abraham Hunt, b.1613 and d.1673||England||R-M269|
|Group 108. WILLIAM HUNT, ca 1785, Leicestershire, Eng.||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||William Hunt, Ca 1785, Leicestershire, Eng.||England||R-M269|
|Group 114. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 117. HENRY HUNT, Sr. 1705 Surry Co, VA -1751 Granville Co, NC||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||James HUNT, Sr. 1732 VA -1805 Robertson Co, TN||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||James HUNT, Sr. 1732 VA -1805 Robertson Co, TN||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||James Hunt, b 1732 d 1800||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 120. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 123. THOMAS HUNT b 1787 NC and d 1858 TX||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Thomas Hunt Sr bn 1787 North Carolina||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 126. HUNT - No Lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 127. HUNT, Brackett, Deveny (Devinney and variations), Veazey||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Absolam Hunt bn 1760 maybe NC||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Brackett||Thomas Brackett, b1803 Rutherford Co. , N.C.||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||William Wat Hunt bn 1770 NC||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|DeVinney||Felix Deveny b 1805; d 1860-1870||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Veazey||John Veazey b 1640 d.1700||England||R-M269|
|Veazey||John Veazey, 1647 - 1700||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Group 129. JOHN ENIAS HUNT of Marlboro Co, SC||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||John Enias Hunt, 1839, Marlboro Co, South Carolina||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||John Enias Hunt - b1839 Marlboro County, SC||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 132. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 135. HUNT/BAYNE/BEAN||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Samuel D Hunt||United States||R-M269|
|Group 138. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 141. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Charles Sharpe b.1825 Ixworth, Suffolk||England||R-M269|
|Group 144. THOMAS HUNT, 1581-1662, England||NO DNA Match|
|Leonard||Thomas Hunt, 1581-1662, England||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Group 147. "The 14" HUNT siblings||US|
|Hunt||John Hunt, b. 1773 and d. 1850||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||John Hunt, b. 1773 and d. ca.1850||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||Esli Hunt, b.1759 and d. 1837||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||Esli HUNT 1759 Bedford Co VA -1837 SC||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||Thomas Hunt, b. 1762 d. 1826 Washington CO. TN||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||Elias M. Hunt b. 1818 and d. 1875||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 150. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Germany||R-M269 - Tested only 20 Markers - 3 diff. @ this level|
|Group 153. JOHN HUNT, b 1749, England?||NO DNA Match|
|Johnson||Bentie/Buster/Bertie R Hunt, b. 1871, KY||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Hunt||John Hunt, b 1749, England?||England||R-M269|
|Group 156. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Arthur Hunt, b. 1888||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 159. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 162. HUNT - No lineage information submitted||NO DNA Match|
|Group 165. RALPH HUNT of VA||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Ralph Hunt, b. Feb 1613/14, Eng., d. Dec 1675, VA||England||R-M269|
|Hunt||James HUNT b. 1703 VA||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Group 168. FRANCIS HUNT, b.c 1732 unknown location||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Francis Hunt, b.c 1732 unknown location||England||R-M269|
|Group 171. JOHN HUNT b. ? d. 1789 Granville (now Vance) Co, NC||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||John HUNT b.? d. 1789 Granville (now Vance) Co, NC||England||R-M269|
|Group 174. JOB HUNT, Abt. 1740||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Job Hunt, Abt. 1740||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Group 177. WILLIAM L HUNT of GA||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||William L HUNT 1811-1872 GA||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Group 180. THOMAS HUNT, b. Halesowen, Worcs. 1802 d. 1860s||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Thomas Hunt, b. Halesowen, Worcs. 1802 d. 1860s||England||R-M269|
|Group 183. GEORGE HUNT b. 1814 NY & d. 1877 in Wabash Co, IL||NO DNA Match|
|Group 186.||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||Mr. Samuel Hunt||England||R-M269|
|Group 190. WILLIAM KINCHEN HUNT b. ca 1777(?) - 1843||NO DNA Match|
|Group 192. GEORGE HUNT b. c.1839 Mohill Leitrim Ireland||NO DNA Match|
|Hunt||George Hunt b.c.1839 Ireland||Ireland||R-M269|
|Perdue||John Perdue, b. 1685 and d. 1730 Henrico VA||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Fitzpatrick - T075577||Richard Fitzpatrick b. circa 1792? Freemount, Cork||Ireland||R-M269|
|Hall||James Lee Hall AL5575359,2/26/71 Huntsville AL||England||R-M269|
|Broome||John Broom b. 1763||United Kingdom||R-M269|
|Beaubien||Jules Trottier b1535 Maine, France d Perche, Fr||France||R-M269|
|Watson||John Watson abt 1782 to abt 1830||Scotland||R-M269|
|Graham||Archie Graham, Ireland||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Shelton||Ralph Shelton SR of Middlesex Co, VA||England||R-M269|
|Edinger||Benjamin Franklin Edinger Birth FEB 1846 • Ohio, U||Unknown Origin||R-M269|
|Nicholaas||Barney SMITH, 1763-1828||United States||R-M269|
|Strait||Abraham Strait, b. circa 1730||Germany||R-M269|
Misattribution of Dr. Thomas Hunt of Bedford, Virginia to the Westchester, NY Hunt Family
When I first found WikiTree (2011) it was because I was searching the internet for my line of Hunts, via Esli Hunt, Sr. I stumbled into a HUGE mess here on WikiTree. Dr. Thomas Hunt of Bedford County Virginia had 20 something children and about half of them were from Westchester, NY.
I spent quite a while doing the research needed to determine what had happened (well after my initial excitement that Dr. Thomas' origins had been solved - NOT). It seems that someone somewhere, with very good intentions I am sure, had connected Dr. Thomas with a fella named Thomas Hunt who may or may not share a birth year with Dr. Thomas Hunt of Bedford County, Virginia.
The first clue? The children and the two very divergent locations - A Thomas Hunt might have been the father of these 20 something children, but he could not have managed to do it both in Virginia and Westchester, NY during the time frame.
Current documentation shows that Dr. Thomas Hunt lived, worked, was arrested and detained, in Bedford County Virginia. This Dr. Thomas Hunt is not the Thomas Hunt of Westchester, NY. Dr. Thomas Hunt of Virginia married an "Ann". This Ann does appear in documents but without a last name. In most Hunt, VA, Family histories she is noted as "she is presumed to be Ann Henson."
Note to place on affected profiles: Please see notes about misattribution/mixup of the NY and VA Hunt Families. There is NO genetic connection between these two families
To see more about this, please see Origins of the Hunt 14, the children of Dr. Thomas Hunt of Bedford County, Virgina. Please contact me if you have profiles that are affected. Thanks! - Mags Gaulden 16:22, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
- ↑ Jackson Family Bible, The source of the list of 14 siblings we call “The HUNT 14″ is a page found pasted into a Jackson Family Bible, This Bible was owned by Mrs. Wilkes of Springfield, TN. A brief background and account was provided by Mr. William M. Hunt, renowned family history researcher and historian, on 15 November 1986. 
- ↑ Original source for Thomas Hunt and 'The 14", Doug Hunt, email October 28, 2018
On 11 Apr 2019 at 13:13 GMT Howard Waldrop wrote:
On 18 Oct 2018 at 18:53 GMT Howard Waldrop wrote:
Group 147 is the "Hunt 14". I know nothing about the details of yDNA test results. If an expert analyzed results and compared this group to other Hunt yDNA groups, what would that comparison indicate if anything? Is the there a yDNA expert at Wikitree who would undertake such a comparison?
On 18 Oct 2018 at 18:44 GMT Howard Waldrop wrote: