Robert Hunt

Robert HUNT (1565 – 1616) was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather, in both the Shaw line and the in the Miller line.  (See his great grandson Thomas BROWNE for details of the double ancestors)

Robert Hunt - Coat of Arms

Robert Hunt was born 1565 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, His parents were Thomas HUNT and Alice POLLARDE. He married Jaine FYSHER 16 Feb 1590 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Robert died 31 Dec 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Jaine Fysher was born 1569 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.  Her parents were William FYSHER and [__?__]. Jaine died Jan 1603 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Children of Enos and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Hunt Jul 1593 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England Mar 1596
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
2. Susan Hunt Jan 1599
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
3. Robert Hunt Feb 1603
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
4. William Hunt 27 Jan 1605
Yorkshire, England
Elizabeth Best
1631 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass.
Mercy Hurd
Oct 1664
17 Dec 1667
Marlborough, Middlesex, Mass
5. Enos HUNT c. 1605 Halifax, Yorkshire, England [__?__] Oct 1677 Marlboro, Mass.
6. Prudence Hunt 1608
Halifax, Yorkshire, England

I don’t have documentary evidence that Enos and William  Hunt were brothers, but it seems pretty clear that they were separate men and lived near each other in Concord and Marlboro, Mass.  They’re mixed up in so many genealogies, so at least this way we can separate their children


4. William Hunt

William’s first wife Elizabeth Best was born in 1607 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.   Her parents were John Best(1587 – 1607 and Jane Robinsone (1587 – 1607)  Elizabeth died 27 Feb 1661 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

William’s second wife Mercy Hurd was born xx She first married Thomas Brigham abt. 1640. Next she married Edmund Rice second 1655. Finally, she married William Hunt Oct/Nov 1664.

He emigrated in 1635 from Yorkshire, Freeman 2 Jun 1641, first settler of Concord Mass, 1641. He removed to Marlborough, Mass.   His will Dated Oct 21, 1667, was proved Dec 17, 1667.

William was a pioneer of Concord, Middlesex, Mass, originally called "Musketaquid"

2 May 1635 –  William and Elizabeth (Best) Hunt and their children set sail for America with the Peter Bulkeley Company (Puritans). The Rev. Peter Bulkley had been a lifelong friend of William Hunt.

Aug 1635 – Peter Bulkeley Company landed in Boston, remaining there one month to obtain grant from government for incorporation of land at new settlement at Musketaquid (now Concord, Massachusetts).

Rev. Peter Buckley was a life long friend of William Hunt

Peter Bulkley (1583 –  1659) was an influential early Puritan preacher who left England for greater religious freedom in the American colony of Massachusetts. He was a founder of Concord, and was named by descendant Ralph Waldo Emerson in his poem about Concord, Hamatreya.

He was admitted to St. John’s College at Cambridge University at the age of sixteen, where he received several degrees. At one point he was even a Fellow of St. John’s.  After finishing his education, Bulkley succeeded his father as rector of Odell, 1610-1635.  During this time Bulkley followed in his father’s footsteps as a non-conformist. Finally in the 1630s there were increasing complaints about his preaching and he was silenced by the archbishop for his unwillingness to conform with the requirements of the Anglican Church.

In 1633, Charles I reissued the Declaration of Sports, an ecclesiastical limitation on allowed recreational activities, with the stipulation that any minister unwilling to read from the pulpit should be removed, and Bulkley’s sentiments, along with others in the Puritan movement, were against it. In 1634, Bulkley refused to wear a surplice or use the Sign of the Cross at a visitation for Archbishop William Laud. For this infraction he was ejected from the parish, at least temporarily.

Within the year he emigrated to New England, coming aboard the Susan and Ellen in 1635. He was ordained at Cambridge, Massachusetts in April 1637, and “having carried a good number of planters with him into the woods”, became the first minister in Musketaquid, later named Concord. He was “noted even among Puritans for the superlative stiffness of his Puritanism”.

He was known for his facility in Latin with both epigrams and poetry, with Cotton Mather praising the latter.  As a writer, his book of Puritan sermons titled The Gospel Covenant, or the Covenant of Grace Opened, published in London in 1646, in which he appealed to “the people of New England,” that they might “labor to shine forth in holiness above all other people”, and evoked the City upon a Hill of John Winthrop. To historian Moses Coit Tyler, the “monumental book … stands for the intellectual robustness of New England in the first age.”  It is considered one of the first books published in New England.

Bulkley served as moderator at a 1637 synod called in Cambridge due to what Emerson called the “errors” of Anne Hutchinson. According to tradition, a council of Indians considering attacking the town of Concord held off because “Bulkley is there, the man of the big pray. (This occurred during King Philip’s War in 1675/76, after Peter was dead, and refers instead to his son Rev. Edward Bulkley.)

In 1643, he was the author and the first signer of a petition sent to Governor John Endecott in favor of Ambrose Martin, who was fined for speaking negatively towards the Puritan church and consequently met significant financial hardship.  Bulkley died in Concord.

1635 William built four room home at Punkatasset Hill.
—-: Son William died at Musketaquid (Concord, Massachussetts).

2 Jun 1641 – William took Oath of Fidelity, became freeman.

1644-  Several members of the Peter Bulkeley Company left the settlement and returned to England or removed to other settlements, finding that the climate at Musketaquid was too harsh for them. William stayed and bought the cleared lands of some of those who left.

1659 –  William acquired more land from members of the settlement who left after the death in 1659 of Reverend Bulkley.
1664, Oct/Nov: William married a widow, Mercy (Hurd) Brigham Rice.
1664: William moved to home of his new wife at Marlboro, Massachussetts.
1667, Oct: Willliam Hunt died

In the will of Robert Best, he gives part of his estate to the children of his “Cousin”, William Hunt. Robert was at Sudbury, Mass, early date, no issue. ‘

In William Hunt’s will, he calls Samuel his eldest son. Ann (Hannah) birth date either Dec 12, 1640, or Feb 12, 1640/41. She was the youngest daughter of William. In the will of Richard Hunt of London, Jan 30, 1643/44, he mentions brothers William and John; sisters Helen, Jane, Elizabeth and Ann. In the Yorks vitals at LDS: Richard Hunt born Oct 26, 1578 to Johne Hunt.

The following is a copy, verbatim et literatim, of the will of William Hunt,
now on file at the office of probate, in Cambridge: —

‘october the 21 1667.

I WILLIAM HUNT of Marlborough in New England being weake in body but thanks be to god in pfect memory doe resigne and giue my soule into the hands of almighty God; and doe dispose of my Worldly estate as followeth revoakeing al or any former will or wills whatsoever.

Item: I doe giue doe give and bequeath to Mercy hunt my wellbeloved Wife all my Cart and plow Irons hear at Marlborough one spade also one bedsted & cord one paire of Curtians & valionts, one Chest, one Cubord, two Cushion stools, two Ioynestools, three Cushins, two frying pans, one peuter flaggon, one peuter bowle, one peior of Tongs, three smale peuter plates, one winnowing sheete, one forke, one little keeller, two hand pigine pails, one booke, one fine sheet;

Item: I doe give and bequeath vnto my Eldest Sonn Samuell hunt my dwelling house in concord with barns and other buildings belonging to yt alsoe six ackors of land and the orchard adioyning to It, alsoe four ackors of land purchased of Joshua Edmuns, alsoe a piece of land by estimation about eight ackors adioyning to the northwest end of the land of Isaake hunt, alsoe apeice of land by estimation twenty ackors, adioyneing to a peice of land in the possession of John heale upon the est and the twenty score upon the west, alsoe ten ackors of medow near to the dwelling house lying upon the riuer, alsoe, elevene ackors of medow cald brooke medow, alsoe five ackors of medow cald Josephs medow, alsoe twenty ackors of land in the twenty score, also one hundred thirtie eight ackors of land in my second devision; alsoe fiftye ackors of land at brooke medow, alsoe the one halfe of Iudson’s lot,

Item: I doe give and bequeth to my sonn Samuell hunt my best peuter dish one peuter cullender one table carpet one Cushin one ould bedsted in my house in my hous at Concord.

Item: I doe give and bequeath vnto my sonn Nehemiah hunt twenty five ackors of land on which his hous standeth called Iudson’s lot, alsoe thirtye ackors being my great lot eightene ackors of which I purchast of Mr. Peter Buckley, also one hundred eight & eight ackors of land cald second devision, alsoefive ackors of medow cald the bounds medow, alsoe elevne acors of medow cald Wigwam medow, alsoe five ackors of medow within the thirtie ackors cald my great lot, alsoe four acors of land adioyneing to his barne being purchased of Waltor Edmuns; alsoe given to my sone Nehemiah hunt one featherbed & boulster the best bedd two pillowes one pilowbeer two cours sheets & one coverlit one bed cord one cushine one peior of andiorons, one smale ketle one owld bible two other books one bushell meassur.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonn Isaake hunt seven ackors of land with a hous upon it purchased of Baptist Smedley & Joshua Edmuns alsoe two ackors of medow more or less lying in my second devision, alsoe twenty ackors of upland in the twenty scores, alsoe fiftye ackors of land in second devision already laid out and bounded, alsoe sixteen ackors of the lot purchased of Walter Edmuns running ouer the great hill alsoe two ackors of medow lying within the second devision of Jeams blood alsoe a little peice of medow purchased of John Smedley, alsoe I doe giue and bequeath to my sonn Isaake Hunt one feather bed & boulster two pilloues one red rug one blankit one pillow beer one fine sheet, alsoe the best bedsted in my hous at Concord one great ketle, one sword an belt one Iron Calibo, in my hous at Concord.

Item: I doe giue and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth barns two oxen in the hands of hinry Kearlye of lanckastor with the rent due for them from the said kearlye one old kow and two year old heifer alsoe one cuberd cloath one Cuberd Cushin & bed valients all of the same work alsoe one smale Cushin alsoe I doe give to her Child one morter & pestle;

alsoe my will is that the rest of my peuter not disposed of an a brass scumer be equally devided between my two sonns nehemiah & Isack hunt, alsoe my will is that al that right in the villag belonging to any of my lands in concord be equally devided between my three sons Samuell, Nehemiah & Isack hunt; alsoe given to my sonn nehemiah hunt one winscote chest, alsoe to his daughter one owlde trunke;

alsoe my will is that my sonn Isack shall have that peice of land cald everels lot, also my will is that my sonn samuel hunt should make a deed of salle of that eighteen ackors of land that I soald to Joseph lampson, I say that my will is that my sonn Samuel make the said deed to Joseph lampson and take twenty shillings ay year (?) for four years, and at the end of that aid term to take possession of the said land in cass the said Joseph doe faile to pay fifteen pounds which is the som of the purchase of the said land to be deliuered in the bay in marchentable wheat beife or porke: alsoe I doe giue unto my sonn Samuel that kow or the prise of the kow that is in the hands of goodman bemen at lanckestor which by agreement is four pound ten shillings, further in lue of the owld cow and heifer willd to my daughter barns I doe bequeath to her four pounds ten shillings in the hands of Jeremiah Rogers & four pound five shillings in the hands of Josiah Whitcume both of lanckestor;

alsoe to my sonn Samuel I doe bequeath one two year owld heifer for his sonn William Hunt, alsoe to my sonn Samuel my best Cloath suit & coat and the rest of my cattell not disposd to be devided between my two sonns nehemiah and Isack hunt equally and they to bear the Charg of my funerall and to pay three bushels of wheat to my three ouerseeors, alsoe I doe apoint my three Sonns to be my lawful executors;

and my beloved frinds Luke Potter thomas Browne & thomas bateman to be my ouerseeors in witnes wherof I haue herevnto set my hand

WILLIAM HUNT. [& a seal.

Signd and seald in the presents of

Children of William and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
i. Nehemiah Hunt Jun 1631
Mary Troll
1 Jun 1663
Concord, Mass
6 Mar 1716/17
Concord, Mass
ii. Samuel Hunt 1633
Elizabeth Redding
3 Jan 1656/57
Ipswich, Mass
16 Feb 1705/06
Ipswich, Mass
iii. William Hunt 1635
Concord, Middlesex, Mass
Concord, Middlesex, Mass
iv. Elizabeth Hunt c. 1637 John Barron
1 Apr 1664
Marlborough, Mass
18 Aug 1704
Concord, Mass
v. Hannah Hunt 12 Feb 1639/40
Concord, Mass
John Brundish
c. 1660 Rye, Westchester, NY
27 Dec 1714
Rowley, Mass
vi. Isaac Hunt 1647 Mary Stone
14 May 1667
Concord, Mass
12 Dec 1680

Children of William and Elizabeth

i. Nehemiah Hunt

Nehemiah’s wife Mary Troll was born 8 Dec 1643 in Sudbury, Mass. Her parents were John Troll and Katherine [__?__]. Mary died 29 Aug 1727 in Mass.

ii. Samuel Hunt

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Redding was born 1630 – Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Redding and Agnes (Annis) [__?__] Elizabeth died 16 Feb 1706 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Elizabeth’s father Joseph was admitted to Boston church as member #95, which would be in the winter of 1630/31. He removed to Cambridge in 1632 and Ipswich in 1637. Joseph’s association with John Bosworth, Anthony COLBY and Garrett Haddon implies that he may have been a servant of Simon Bradstreet and may have come from the vicinity of Horbling, Lincolnshire.  (See Anthony COLBY’s page for details)

27 Mar 1660 – Samuel Hunt and Joseph Reding sued Henry Walker for debt.

10 May 1660 – In testimony presented at Ipswich court, “Joseph Reddins” spoke of a lot which had in the past lain in common with John Lea’s. Annis Readding deposed on 23 Sep 1678 that “the land in controversy [between Thomas Borman and Samuel Hunt] was her husband’s and hers for thirty years”

29 Mar 1664 – At Ipswich Court Joseph Redding stood surety for Samuel Hunt, who had challenged the authority of the officers of the town train band.

Nov 1668 – John Potter deposed “that he heard Goodman Redings desire deponent’s father to let his son Hunt have the sheep”.

In his will, dated 15 Dec 1673 and proved 30 Mar 1675, Joseph Redding of Ipswich bequeathed to “Agnes my beloved wife” during her life his entire estate; after her decease to the “children of my daughter Hunt,” both those living and those that may be born.

8 Mar 1674/75 – The inventory of the estate of Joseph Redding was taken and totalled £353 4s. of which £201 was real estate: “the house and housing, homelot etc, £90”; “six acres aerable land at Labor in Vain, £45”; “four acres marsh at Labor in Vain next fits, £30”; “one acre and a half marsh and thatch next the creek, £9”; “six acres and three acres marsh at Plum Island, £18”; “one acre and a half pasture at Hart Break Hill, £9”.

By insisting in his will that, after the decease of his wife, his property should go to his daughter’s children (and not to his son-in-law), he undoubtedly had in mind the times that he had had to bail his son-in-law out in the past, and did not trust his judgment.

29 Sep 1674 – “Anne Reading, aged about seventy years, deposed that [Obadiah] Wood [Ann HUNT’s brother-in-law] frequented the company of Mary Talbot from the time she came to live with deponent’s son Hunt

As late as 1693 the estate of Joseph Redding was being disputed among his grandchildren, the children of Elizabeth (Redding) Hunt

iv. Elizabeth Hunt

Elizabeth’s husband John Barron was born 1635 in Waterford, Ireland. His parents were Ellis Barron and Grace [__?__]. John died 1 Jan 1692/93 in Groton, Mass.

John’s father Ellis Barron (1605-1676) was born in Waterford, Ireland and was a descendant of the Palentine barons of Burnchurch, of the Irish Hose of Offaly, County Kilkenny. Ellis Barron married in Ireland to Grace (maiden name and ancestry sought) and they had 5 children in Ireland. Ellis Barron brought his wife and 5 children to Massachusetts Bay Colony in about 1640. They soon settled at Watertown, Massachusetts. They had 3 more children at Watertown, Massachusetts. He was a Freeman there 02 Jun 1641.

After Grace Barron died at Watertown, Massachusetts in about 1650, widower Ellis Barron married second at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1653 to widow Hannah Hammond (married first in about 1636 to Timothy Hawkins who died at Watertown in about 1651; they had 3 children there) and they continued to live at Watertown, Massachusetts where Ellis Barron was a constable in 1658, and a selectman 1668, 1669, and 1673. Ellis Barron’s will was written 26 Oct 1676, his estate inventory was L139, and his will was proved 19 Dec 1676.

v. Hannah Hunt

Hannah’s husband John Brundish (Brondig) was born 1633 – Essex County (Essex). His parents were John I Brundish/Brundage and Rachel Hubbard. John died 2 Oct 1697 – Rye, Westchester, , New York

John was one of the original founders of Rye NY, served as the clerk of the town for over 30 years and deputy to the Genearl Cout in 1677 and 1681.  Connecticut and New York both claimed the area, but in these early days, the colonists considered themselves to be under the protection of Connecticut. Connecticut formally ceded Rye to New York in 1683 as part of a boundary agreement, cementing the Connecticut Panhandle.

He was a representative to the General Court at Hartford, was selected to lay out new land areas, and was a church warden. He was referred to as “Stout Old John” Brundage. He died intestate at Rye; his estate was inventoried at 73 Pound Sterling for chattels and 220 Pound Sterling in land and housing. His four sons filed articles of agreement on the distribution of the estate, including provision for their mother.”

vi. Isaac Hunt

Isaac’s wife Mary Stone was born 1642 in Framingham, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were John Stone and Anne Rogers. After Isaac died, she married 30 Nov 1681 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Mass to Eliphalet Fox (b. 15 Aug 1644 in Concord, Mass – d. 15 Aug 1711 in Concord). Mary died 17 April 1702 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass.

5. Enos HUNT (See his page)


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6 Responses to Robert Hunt

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  2. R Byard says:

    Jane Fisher couldn’t have died in 1603 if she had children born after that date.

  3. kkkeithhh says:

    amazing information. LOVE IT

  4. Heather Bradley says:

    I believe Samuell and Nehemiah were born in Nottingham. Worth further research, see parish records both of which are available on Ancestry.
    Nehemiah Hunt Christening 6 Jan 1632, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng.
    Samuell Hunte Christening 10 Apr 1631, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng.

  5. Vera Moore says:

    Other sources have that Hannah Hunt, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Best), married Daniel WHITE, son of Peregrine White. I think there is a lot of confusion; some say they are two different woman, but yet in genealogies they have named the same parents! Other’s have that Hannah married both men, but dates of children born collide between the two husbands. I am a maternal descendant of Daniel White m. Hannah Hunt through son Joseph White m. Elizabeth Dwelly.

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