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Richard HUNT

Richard HUNT

Male Abt 1701 - 1771  (~ 70 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 970 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Richard HUNT 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1701  Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • (assumed from baptism)
    Baptised 18 Jun 1701  All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • ** I am not certain that I have the correct baptism and parents for Richard **

      Richard appears not to have been baptised in Lenham, and unfortunately no age was given for him in the burial register, so working out which of a number of possible Richards he was is difficult.

      So far I am relying on sources I can view from home, i.e. data transcribed on websites and on KFHS CDs, and in just a few cases images of PRs; there may well have been more Richard HUNTs at present unknown to me. Besides parishes for which no records are currently online, there is also the problem of legibility. Some baptisms in Wichling in the eighteenth century are illegible, at least in the images of the PRs available on the FindMyPast website, and I found I couldn't read all the entries when I looked at the microform in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives some years ago. There could well be other parishes whose registers pose similar difficulties and this Richard's entry may thus be obscured.   

      Looking at the trees of others I have seen dobs ranging from 1693 to 1702. A number of trees show Egerton. Egerton is a parish neighbouring Lenham (one of no less than 9 to do so), and quite a number of events there involved Lenham folk, so at first glance it seems quite likely.

      My preference would be for Richard's parents to be called Richard and Mary: his first two children named after his wife's parents, then a Mary, then 2 named after himself and his wife. Why the Mary? - in the absence of other evidence I'd guess his mother. So why not his father next? - I'd guess because he shared the name Richard. But things aren't always this neat so none of those attached or listed below can be ruled out. 

      The Egerton 'Hunt' family
      A Richard Hunt was baptised in Egerton in 1793. In some ways this one seems a good fit, but can almost certainly be ruled out. He had brothers John and Robert and a sister Ann, all names he gave to his children. The John is the right age to be the John who, like Richard, had a family in Lenham, and with whom Richard's family seem to have been connected. (It seems to be John's grandson William (son of William) who named a son Basil, a rare name but much used in Richard's family).
      In addition Egerton is close to Lenham, and the Egerton registers show many entries of Lenham folk.
      The only Hunt entries besides of those of Richard HUNT and Ann WILLIAMSON and what appears to be their immediate family are the marriage of Bethulah in 1691  - she was baptised in Lenham in 1671 and the baptism of a James in 1723; his siblings were all baptised in Lenham. As it can be easier to understand families with a diagram I have added this Egerton Richard and his family as I believe it to be - this is the Egerton Richard's page.
         
      The trouble with this Richard being the one who was baptised in Egerton in 1693, is that
      1. There were 2 marriages of 1 or 2 Richard Hunts in Egerton itself in the early 1720s.
      2. While this Richard's marriage could be another marriage of the Egerton Richard, this Richard was shown as a bachelor on the marriage licence when he married.

      While it is possible that the Egerton-baptised Richard moved to Lenham and another Richard moved to Egerton, it seems far more likely that the Richard baptised in Egerton was the one who married there, and that he married there twice. First wife Ann STEED to whom a Richard was married in 1721 to Ann STEED  died in childbirth the following year, with the baby dying a few months later.  Though this would have left Richard free to marry Isabella in 1726, a Richard, and again this one seems the best candidate,  married one Mary BREECHER in Egerton in 1723 . Richard and Mary had three children baptised in Egerton, a son George baptised Sep 1723  and then, after a gap when they may have had children elsewhere, two daughters, Mary baptised in 1730 and Elizabeth baptised in 1733. The Ann buried in Egerton in 1740/1 was probably Richard's mother; there is no sign of the family in Egerton PRs after this, no burial or (other) marriage for Richard, wife Mary or his children. With that gap between the baptisms it is possible that Mary also died fairly soon after the marriage, another Richard and Mary moving to Egerton and having daughters there, and that the Egerton-baptised Richard married Isabella after being widowed a second time, this seems highly improbable based on the Egerton events, and even more so given that the marriage licence described him as 'bachelor' (according to Cowper). A quick look using online resources and I haven't found Richard, Mary and family. Finding them elsewhere might give the evidence that would allow them to be definitely ruled out. Although there were children of a Richard and Mary(s) baptised in Biddenden soon after this, the first had been 1723/4 and looking at the Biddenden marriages it seems clear this was a different Richard - there were marriages of 1 or 2 Richards to a Mary in both 1723 and 1731 in Biddenden (KFHS CD 24) 

      A Lenham family: William and Margaret
      The first place to look for someone is clearly where the family subsequently lived. So could Richard have been a son of William who married Margaret Younge in Lenham on 21 Jan 1679? I guess this couple be the origin of the father William I have seen for Richard on some trees. They (William and Margaret) had a son Thomas bapt Lenham 26 May 1688 and a daughter Anna in 1689. Margaret "'the wife of William Hunt" was bur in Lenham 22 Jul 1694. So what happened between 1679 and 1688? It seemed probable they had children elsewhere and I have found 2 to partially fill the gap were baptised in East Peckham in 1679 and 1685; since there are no other signs of a William and Margaret and family in the East Peckham PRs it seems reasonable to suppose it was the Lenham Wm and Margaret, especially as these years when they had children in East Peckham fit with no entry for William in Lenham Churchwardens accounts. The datesof known children leave gaps when they could have had more children in another parish, or whose entries are illegible, so could have had a son Richard (I haven't seen the registers for East Peckham or Lenham so don't know if there are illegible entries at this time). However, I have not yet found any and the names used in the family Margaret and Thomas are not amongst those used by this Richard when naming his children, and William was not used until his fourth son. I suspect this couple were not the parents of this Richard. Again, I have added William and Margaret to my tree with their family so it can be seen easily: William's page.

      A Leeds (Kent) family
      Another possibility for this Richard is one born in Leeds in 1702.
      Where did I get this info? - not on KFHS (CD 16)
      KFHS CD 16 does show that there was a Wm & Mary who had children bapt there 1688-1694, incl a William and a John - 1692
      However, there was a Richard marr in Leeds 1734, bach, no parish given for him or his bridge. If there was a Richard baptised there in 1702 I guess this was most likely his marriage.

      A Cranbrook family
      There was a Richard baptised in Cranbrook in 1695 - son of Thomas and Judith. There is no marriage of a Richard in Cranbrook, and no clear burial. A pauper Richard HUNT was buried in 1720, but thiscould be an older Richard HUNT. (It's clear there were earlier Richards; I have not tried to put the Cranbrook family together). Thomas and Judith had children Judith, Thomas, Richard and William - no sign of a John. My (this) Richard didn't give the names Thomas or Judith to his children; I don't think this is this Richard. (Info from KFHS CD02/07 and CD 12)

      The Maidstone family: the one now shown on this website
      This fits in having a son John as well as Richard. The names of the parents and siblings are amongst those given by this Richard to his children. The brother John is the right age as given by the burial register. Maidstone PRs have no entries which could be the families of Richard and John there, so it appears they probably left the town.
      Unfortunately (for learning more about my ancestors) there is no marriage for the parents in Maidstone, neither is there a baptism for the father (two Johns who by the date could be him both appear to have died young). This though does point to this not being a well established Maidstone family, which probably increases the liklihood of two sons settling in Lenham.     

      Elham
      A Richard Hunt, son of Thomas and Mary in 1706, the year that Richard's wife was baptised. Could this be him? Possible, but unlikely given the distance (about 24 miles) from Lenham and that Richard did not name a son Thomas I think this one unlikely and haven't looked at the family in any detail.   

      Is this a clue?
      In 1688 in Wychling an Edward Hunt married Susanna Hope of Ulcombe.  In 1761 Richard's son Richard marr a Sarah Hope of Ulcombe - is there any connection here? It was probably the same Edward who married Ann Brisely of Stallesfeild in Jan 1689/90.
    Gender Male 
    Will
    • Ref PRC17/98/435, on microfilm in Canterbury Cathedral Archives
      The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury
    Occupation Carpenter 
    • According to his will and burial register entry
    Died Apr 1771  Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • (assumed from burial)
    Buried 24 Apr 1771  St. Mary’s Church, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • KFHS transcript (CD 25)
      1771 Apr 24 Richard HUNT senr carpenter
    Person ID I603  All | Teresa's direct ancestors
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2018 

    Father John HUNT,   b. Est 1665,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth,   bur. 8 May 1709, All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Married
    • No marriage of a John and Elizabeth in Maidstone to fit this couple prior to 1692. A John HUNT did marryan Elizabeth SPRINGAT in Maidstone in Jan 1695/96 (John was of Sutton Valence, Elizabeth 'otp'). Was John widowed and remarried another Elizabeth ? I suspect not, that it was simply another John and Elizabeth as there isn't a burial of an Elizabeth in Maidstone or Sutton Valence, 1692-1695/6. (I thought there might be baptisms of children of John and Elizabeth in Sutton Valence to confirm this, but there aren't)

      A John and Mary had children in Maidstone at a similar time. This cannot be an earlier marriage of the same John as there was some overlap in the dates (the baptisms of the children of John and Mary were 1687 to 1695/6).
    Children 5 children 
    Family ID F6417    |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella BECON,   b. Abt 1706, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Feb 1771, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1724/25  All Saints’ Church, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 21 Feb 2013):
      Under "Marriages" and "1724" - "Richard Hunt & Isabella Beacon both of Lenham _ _ } Feb: .5" - I think that the dot that appears before the 5 is all that remains of a '1', which agrees with information I was given regarding the marriage licence.
    Marriage License 15 Feb 1724/25  Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Shows Richard HUNT of Lenham, bachelor and lsabella BEACON, of the same parish, spinster could marry at Lenham or All Saints, Canterbury. Licence issued Feb. 15, 1724.
    Children 12 children 
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F452    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1701 - Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 18 Jun 1701 - All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Feb 1724/25 - All Saints’ Church, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarriage License - 15 Feb 1724/25 - Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Elizabeth HUNT - 1726 - Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Richard HUNT - Abt 1732 - Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - William HUNT - 1744 - Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - Apr 1771 - Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Apr 1771 - St. Mary’s Church, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Wills (transcripts)
    The will of Richard Hunt (c.1699 - 1771)
    The will of Richard Hunt (c.1699 - 1771)
    (a 5 x great grandfather of mine)

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Maidstone (All Saints’ Church) Parish Reigesters (KFHS transcribed data), Kent Family History Society, accessed 21 Apr 2014), Baptism of Richard HUNT. (Reliability: 3).
      1701 Jun 18 Richard S of John and Elizabeth HUNT

    2. [S106] Canterbury Marriage Licences - 5th series (images on KFHS CD 18), Joseph Meadows Cowper F.S.A., editor, (Canterbury, Kent: Cross and Jackman, 1905.), 251. (Reliability: 3), 20 Apr 2014.
      "Hunt, Richard, of Lenham, ba., and lsabella Beacon, s. p., spr. At L. or All Saints, Cant. Feb. 15, 1724."
      PDF p.70