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This book may be 'considered as a continuation and development of a
" Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington Family", published in 1863, by the
Rev. E. B. Huntington. It has not been thought necessary to specify in the
text the numerous passages copied from that work with little or no change.

The preparation of the present volume began with the election of Samuel
Gladding Huntington as Historian in 1907. He collected much material for
this book, but was, unfortunately, unable to continue and complete it. The
secretary of the Huntington Familj Association, Richard Thomas Huntington,
has given much time and labor to it, and Samuel Huntington of Plainfield,
I^. J. has also assisted in preparing the work for the press.

The attempt has been made to trace and record all the descendants of
Simon Huntington, whatever surnames they may bear. In some cases, how-
ever, data which might properly have been included in this book were omitted
because they are contained in other genealogies to which reference is made.

Complete success in such an undertaking is impossible, approximate
accuracy and completeness being the best that can be hoped for. It will not
therefore be surprising if this book fall into the hands of persons who discern
errors and defects in it. If this should be the case it is earnestly requested
that the correct information be sent to the Secretary of the Huntington
Family Association.

The numbers used in this book to designate individuals and show their
ancestry, are thus explained. The figure 1 . which begins every series, refers
to Simon, the common ancestor. The next following numbers denote the sons
of Simon in the order of their birth respectively; 1. 1. for William, 1. 2. for
Christopher, 1. 3. for Simon, and 1. 4. for Thomas.

In like manner the subsequent numbers show in each case that the person
designated was a first, second, third, or later chUd. Thus 1. 1. 1. 7. is the
combination for William, the seventh child of John 1. 1. 1. who was the oldest
child of William 1. 1. the oldest child of Simon 1. Similarly 1. 2. 4. 12. means
the twelfth child of the fourth child of Christopher, the second child of the
original Simon, viz: Jeremiah whose oldest child, again, has the numbers 1. 2.
4. 12. 1. and so on.

The character *, prefixed to names in the lists of children, is used to in-
dicate the parent of a child or children mentioned later in this book.

Meetings of the Huntington Family.


The first meeting of the Family was held in Norwich Town on September
3, 1857. An account of the meeting, and of the jjreliminary action which
brought it about, is contained in " A Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington
Family," published by the Rev. Elijah B. Huntington in 1863.


In accordance with a vote i)assed at the first meeting, the second was held
fifty years later, September 3, 1907, in the First Congregational Church,
Norwich Town, Conn. The program of the meeting was as follows:

1. Organ Voluntary, Miss Mary Avery.

2. Reading from the Scriptures, . . Rev. Henry S. Huntington.

3. Prayer, ...... Rev. Henry S. Huntington.

4. Address of Welcome, Rev. George H. Ewing, Pastor of the Church.

5. Soprano Solo, "The Lavender Girl," . . . Miss Louise Pratt.

6. Reply to Welcome Rev. John T. Huntington.

7. The Huntington Hymn, written by Mrs. John W. James, daughter of

Ralph Huntington of Boston, and sung at the first Family Meeting.

8. Reading of Psalm CXLVIL

9. " English Ancestry of Margaret Baret," a paper by Mr. George S. Porter.

10. Address, Rev. George W. Huntington.

11. Address, " Our Early Ancestors," . Samuel H. Huntington, m.d.

12. "The Historic Homes of Norwich Town," a paper by Frederick Putnam


13. Soprano Solo, " Absence," Miss Louise Pratt.

14. Address, " The Significance of Our Gathering,"

Rev. Fr. James O. S. Huntington.

15. Open Discussion, and Formation of the Huntington Family Association,

the Committee of Arrangements for the meeting being authorized to
appoint a Board of Control, or Executive Committee, having power
to fill vacancies in its number, and thus to be self-perpetuating. It
was also voted to hold the next Family Reunion ten years later, but
this was later changed to five years by a vote taken by mail.


The third Family Reunion was held on Sept. 6th and 7th, 1912, in the
First Congregational Church, Norwich Town. There was a preliminary
luncheon at the General Jabez Huntington House which was kindly placed


at the disposal of the Committee as a headcjuarters for the meeting of 1912, by
the owner Thomas Huntington, who resides in London, Eng., and the after-
noon session was held at 3 p. M. with the following program, the Rev. John T.
Huntington, the President, presiding.

1. Reading of the Scriptures, .... Rev. George H. Ewing.

2. Prayer, ...... Rev. George Wilson Huntington.

3. Address of Welcome, . . . Hon. Frederick Jabez Huntington.

4. Address, " The Preciousness of a Lasting Friendship," Rev. John T.


5. Music.

6. Address, "The Uses of Old Families in the Republic," Hon. Huntington


7. Music.

8. Address, " The Present Status of the Huntington Family," Mr. Samuel

Gladding Huntington, the Historian of the Family.

9. Business Session for Appointment of Committees.

In the evening of the same day a banquet was held at the Wauregan
House. Prof. John Bates Clark presided and made the opening address.
Speeches, some of them quite informal, were also delivered by Rev. James O.
S. Huntington, Henry Strong Gulliver, Secretary R. Thomas Huntington,
Robert W. Huntington. Jr., and Prof. Ellsworth Huntington, and in conclusion
one verse of Old Hundred was sung.

On Saturday Sept. 7th, a business meeting was held at 9 a. m., Prof.
Ellsworth Huntington j^residing. Reports of committees were received, a con-
stitution was adopted, and the following officers were elected.

President, Rev. Fk. James O. S. Huntington,
First Vice President, Prof. John Bates Clark.
Second Vice President, Prof. Ellsworth Huntington.
Third Vice President, Hon. Huntington Wilson.
Historian, Mr. Samuel Gladding Huntington.
Secretary, Mr. R. Thomas Huntington.

The business session having been concluded, the following program was
carried out. Prof. John Bates Clark presiding.

1. Prayer, ...... Rev. David Crosby Huntington.

2. Historical Address, " Five Huntington Congressmen," Rev. Henry Strong


3. Music, ..... Prof. Herbert Yerriugton, Organist.

4. Address, "The Fine Virtue of Clannishness," Prof. George Huntington.

5. Singing the Huntington Hymn.

The Association then adjourned to meet in 1917.

Following the adjournment there was another very pleasant luncheon at
the Gen. Jabez house. Many of the family also went on an excursion to New
London by steamer, leaving at 2 p. m.


With iiiiK'li regret, it has been decided !U)t to inelude in this vohune any
of the able and interesting addresses delivered at the Family Reunions above
mentioned. This conclusion has been reached in order to keei) down the size
and cost of the book. The genealogy is necessarily more voluminous than
that contained in the Memoir of 1863. ■

The following is the

Constitution of the Huntington Family Association.


The name of this organization shall be the Huntington Family Asso-


The object of the Association shall be to promote fellowship among
the descendants of the Huntington settlers in America; to help one another in
living up to the best that has come down from our ancestors ; and to collect
and preserve the records and traditions of the Huntington family.



Membership in the Association shall be open to any descendant of Simon
Huntington and Margaret Baret, to any other person bearing the name of
Huntington who shall be approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive
Committee, and to the husband and wife of any of the persons above men-


Section 1. Each member of the Association shall pay to the Secretary-
Treasurer an initiation fee of one dollar, and a membership fee of one dollar
at the beginning of every second year beginning with the year of initiation.

Sec. 2. Membership in the Association shall lapse unless the payment is
made within six months of the time when notice that the fee is due is sent out
by the Secretary, but may be restored by vote of the Executive Committee on
the payment of back dues.

Sec. 3. The payment of ten dollars at one time shall constitute the
payer a life member, not subject to the payment of future dues. The income
only of life membership fees shall be used for current expenses of the Asso-




Reunions shall be held once in five years, at a time and place to be desig-
nated by the Executive Committee.



Section 1. The ofEcers of the Association shall be a President, a first,
a second and a third Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, and an Historian,
whose duties shall be those which ordinarily appertain to these offices.

Sec. 2. Election of officers shall be bj- ballot, and the candidate re-
ceiving the higher number of votes for each office shall be declared elected.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of a nominating convention of three mem-
bers appointed by the Executive Committee, to furnish to the Secretary a
written list of one or more candidates for each office. Nomination of can-
didates for office may also be made by any member of the Association, pro-
vided such nominations be submitted in writing to the Secretary before
the time of election. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to present to
the Association a list of all the candidates nominated for office, whereupon
officers shall be elected in the manner prescribed by Section 2 of this Article.

Sec. 4. In case any office becomes vacant by death or otherwise, the
Executive Committee shall have power to fill it.

executive committee.

The affairs of the Association shall be entrusted to an Executive Com-
mittee, consisting of the officers already named. This committee shall meet at
the call of the President or Secretary. It shall have full power in all respects
during the interval between reunions, except that it shall not incur indebted-
ness in excess of the receipts from fees or other sources, nor shall it pledge the
Association to any new policies without the vote of the Association.

This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the members
present at any Reunion.




Simon Huntington, the Puritan Immigrant.

Our knowledge of his ancestry is derived from a report of investigations
made by Gustav Anjou, a genealogist, for Henry Edwards Huntington.
(1. 3. 6. 7. 6. 2. 2. 4.)

One Thomas Huntington, of whom nothing else is known with absolute
certainty, had three children born in England (perhajjs in Hempstead)
Richard, Thomas and Elizabeth. Richard, the oldest child, born about 1460,
married in 1498 Alice, daughter of Simon Loring, of Little Sampford, and had
five sons, Robert, Christopher, born Dec. 18, 1500, John, Simon, (who died
young,) and Richard. Christopher, the second of the sons of Richard,
married, April 7, 1537, Elizabeth, daughter of George Bailey, (or Bayley,) of
London, and had issue George, born Jan. 9, 1538, and seven other sons and
one daughter. George married, Aug. 5, 1580, Anne, daughter of Robert
Fenwick, and had issue (1,) Margaret, born May 11, 1581; married Jan. 27,
1607, Joannes Spencer; (2,) Samuel, born Feb. 16, 1582, an officer In the
army of King Charles the First; (3,) Simon, born Aug. 7, 1583, our ancestor •
(4,) George, born June 2, 1585, and married, Jan. 15, 1609, Marie White-
wood; (5,) Andrew, born Jan. 18, 1587, and married, June 1, 1609, Elizabeth,
daughter of William Rockwell; (6.) Robert, born March 6, 1589. Thus the
descent of our common ancestor is traced back through four generations.

Simon Huntington was probably married once before his marriage with
Margaret Baret, June 21, 1627. though of this it is impossible to speak with
certainty. Margaret Baret was the daughter of Christopher Baret, who was
Mayor of Norwich, England, in 1634 and 1648, and died in August, 1649.

The church records of Roxbury, Mass., contain the earliest record of the
Huntington name known in New England. It is in the handwriting of Rev.
John Eliot, the pastor of that ancient church. It is a "record of such as
adjoined themselves unto the fellowship of this church of Christ of Rox-
borough, as also of such children as were born unto them under the holy
covenant of this church, who are most properly the seed of the church." This
is the record of Margaret Huntington.

Margaret Huntington, Widow, came in 1633. Her Husband died

BY the way of the Small Pox. She Brought

— — -^ Children with her.

This is practically all that is certainly known of the progenitor of the
Huntington Family in America. The rest is tradition, inference and con-

Margaret Huntington, the widow, married Thomas Stoughton in 1635
or 1636, and moved with him to Windsor, Conn. He was prominent in the
early history of that settlement, and died there March 25, 1661.

12 huntington genealogy.


* 1. William.

* 2. Cheistopher, ^orn probably in the Spring of 1628.

* 3. Simon, born in 1629.

* 4. Thomas.

5. Ann, all that is known of her is what is found in the letter of Peter
Baret, printed in the "Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington
Family," published in 1863.

William 1, 1.

and his



1. 1.

William Huntington.

With respect to the 2)arentage of William the evidence is meagre. How-
ever the letter of Peter Baret to Christopher Huntington, dated April 20,
1650, is of some importance. This letter was published in the "Genealogical
Memoir of the Huntington Family" of 1863. In it the writer, a brother of
j\Iargaret (Baret, HuntingtonJ Stoughton, directs the division of the sum of
about £140 between her children, Christopher, Simon, Thomas and Ann, and
the investment of Thomas' share until he should " come to be capable to em-
ploy it." William is utterly ignored, which plainly suggests that he was not
nearly related in blood to the Barets. Rev. E. B. Huntington drew this in-
ference, and said that the letter " suggests that William is more jM'obably a
brother than a son of Simon." With all due respect it must be said that in
this he went too far, as William might well have been a son of Simon by a first
wife, who died before his marriage to Margaret Baret. According to our in-
formation, Simon was about forty-four years old when he married Margaret.
Marriages entered into at that age were more often second than first marriages.
Thus of 37 first marriages of men of the second, third and fourth generations
of the Huntington Family, being all those in which we know the ages of the
husbands, only nine of those husbands were over tliirty, only one over
thirty-five, and all were under forty. Their average age was slightly under
twenty-six. The average age of the husbands in the seven second marriao-es
of those generations was about forty-one. The report of Gustav Anjou the
genealogist to Henry Edwards Huntington, fl. 3. 6. 7. 6. 2. 2. 4.J before-
mentioned, gives the names of four brothers of Simon Huntington, but no
William among them.

Thus there seems to be more reason for supposing William to have been
a son of Simon than a brother. If, at the time of the immigration, he was a
boy from ten to eighteen years of age, he would naturally have come with the
rest of the family. But before very long his rising feeling of independence
might impel him to strike out for himself. So, apparently, he did not go to
Connecticut with Margaret and her children, but is found in Salisbury, Mass.,
as early as 1640.

His descendants have been heretofore classed as descendants of Simon,
and there is no reason for a change in this respect, although we may greatly
doubt if Margaret Baret was their ancestress.

At a general meeting of the freemen of Salisbury, on the 26th of 10th
month in 1642, it was ordered that thirty families should remove to the west
side of the Powow river, the dividing line between Salisbury and Amesbury.
William's was probably one of the families who then crossed the river and
became one of the pioneers in the new settlement of Amesbury, then called
" Salisbury New Towne." He, however, retained possession of his share in
the old Salisbury, as he was recorded as " townsman and commoner," there, on


the third of twelfth month, 1650. He also paid the tax for the support of the
Rev. Wm. Worcester, who was pastor over the first church in Salisbury, down
to his death, in 1662. He married Joanna Bayley, a daughter of John Bayley
who came from Chippendale, Eng., in the ship "Angel Gabriel" and was
wrecked in the terrible storm off the coast of Pemaquid, Aug. 15, 1635. He
was a great grandson of George Bayley (or Bailey,) the great grandfather of
Simon Huntington. He went from Salisbury to Newbury, in 1650, and died
there in 1651. This relationship is fully shown by the recorded names, and
the will of John Bayley, sen ; in which he provides that his son John shall pay
certain legacies. In compliance with this provision, in 1652, John Bayley, jr.,
of Newbury, made a deed, in which he gave to the above Joanna and her two
children, a lot of land on the Merrimac. Tradition makes AVilliam Hunting-
ton a religious man, and that he was a man of enterprise, and of a thoroughly
English spirit is evinced by his occupancy of that exposed outpost of the
English settlements of that day — opposition to French encroachments being
the mainspring to the settlement of that frontier town. The residence of AVm.
Huntington, in l(!85-6, is given in the " Hoyt Family," as next to Thomas
Hoyt. This was in Pleasant Valley, on the banks of the Merrimac, where the
river is a half mile wide, and altogether a beautiful place. A part of this
family possession had not in 1843 been alienated, being then in the possession
of Mrs. Davis, (1. 1. 1. 7. 1. 1. 3. 8.).

The following minutes were copied from the Salisbury Town Records,
and help to indicate the character and position of William Huntington.

1653-4, 1st month. One acre and ninety-two rods, his share of the Beach
Common. Being one of the sixty-two persons of the division of the meadow
toward Merrimac river, and the great Creek toward Merrimac river's mouth
and the Barberry Meadow, he drew lot No. 55.

1654, 1st month. He is enrolled as one of the present inhabitants and
commoners of the New Town.

1658, Oct. 29. He is recorded as drawing land by lot, and he was one of
the thirteen to whose children 500 acres of land were given. His son John is
mentioned as the child to inherit his share.

1660, 10th month. " A towns shiep is grantied to Willi Howntinton for
his son."

1661, He was one of the twenty-five to whom lots were laid out at the
Lion's mouth.

1662, April 1. He drew 120 acres of land; and in March, 1662-3, thirty
acres, " West of pond near Children's Land."

New Town, 11th month 18th day, 1663. He drew lots, "between Hamp-
tonshire and Powow river," and in 166 7, 12th month 18th day, he drew lots in
four places.

In 1664 Wm. Huntington bought of John Hoyt, sen., a lot of land adjoin-
ing his own on Merrimac river.

He died about the year 1689.


The deed of Joshua (xoldsinith and Mary, his wife, dated Marcli •24th,
168!) or 1690, indicates that William Huntington was dead at that date. See
record of Mary 1. 1. 3.


* 1. John, born on Sabbath, the last week in Aug. 1643.

2. James, died on the fifth day of the twelfth month, 1646. He was

probably the second son, and died in infancy.

3. Mary, born May 8, 1648, in Amesbury, and married on the 14tli

day of the 6tli month, 1667, Joshua Goldsmith. They probably
had no children.

A bond from Jeremiah Davis, son of Mary, (1. 1. 1. 2.) dated Dec. 3,
1720, and acknowledged May 22, 1723, formerly in possession of Enoch Hunt-
ington, of Amesbury, says : " Am holden and firmly bound unto my honored
grandfather, John Huntington, and my Aunt Mary Gouldsmith, widow ; " the
bond pledging her maintenance during her natural life.

Joshua Goldsmith and his wife Mary, sold " for and in consideration of
valuable satisfaction in hand, already received jn land and other good pay, of
John Huntington, and for other good and lawful motives us thereunto induc-
ing, do sell, &c., unto the abovesaid flohn Huntington, one-third part of the
housing and lands, being the contents of, specified in a deed or gift, under the
hand and seal of Jno. Bailey, of Newbury, in the County of Essex, formerly
given and granted by the said Bayley unto our mother, Johannah Huntington,
and to John and Mary, her two children, bearing date the 4th of the eleventh
month, 1652 ; as also all right, &c., to all lands, goods, &c., belonging to our
.father, William Huntington, now deceased; this dated 24 day March one
thousand six hundred eighty-nine or ninety, re-affirmed or acknowledged and
yielded up the right of dower, March 1, 1692-93."

1. 1. 1.

John Huntington, born in Amesbury, on the Sabbath the last week in
Aug. 1643; married Dec. 25, 1665, Elizabeth Hunt; married, second, about
1686, Elizabeth Blaisdel. He died about 1729.

He had a seat assigned him in the first Congregational meeting house
built in Amesbury, and the records show that he was on terms of good will
and intimacy with the first Pastor of that church. He was at one time
constable of the town, and appears to have been a man of character and


1. Hannah, born Aug. 16, 1666, and died Aug. 17, 1666.

2. Mary, born Nov. 5, 1667, and married Mar. 24, 1687, Abraham Joy.

She married again Mar. 5, 1689, Jeremiah Davis.


* 3. Elizabeth, born in or about 1669.

4. Hannah, born Nov. 19, 1671, and married William Chandler, Nov.

29, 1692.

5. Sarah, born Nov. 1, 16 72, and died young and unmarried.

6. Susannah7 born Feb. 4, 1674, and married Dec. 20, 1699, Andrew


* 7. AViLLIAM.

* 8. Samuel.

9. Deborah, born Sept. 22, 1687, and married Jan. 8, 1713, Edmund

1. 1. 1.3.

Elizabeth (Huntington) Hoyt, born in Amesbury, in or about the
year 1669; married May 22, 1689, Lieutenant Thomas, son of Thomas and
i\Iary (Brown) Hoyt, of Amesbury, ]Mass. He was a farmer and a man of
note and influence. She died Jan. 29, 1721-2. Her grandchildren, as entered
in the " Hoyt Family Gen." are fifty-three in number, all of the name of Hoyt ;
her great grandchildren of the same name are 121, and her great great grand-
children are 142.


1. John, born July 25, 1689, and married Sarah Barnard.

2. Jacob, born June 19, 1691, and married Joanna Ring.

3. Mary, born Aug. 15, 1693, and married John Lancaster.

4. David, born Mar. 12, 1695-6.

5. Sarah, born May 4, 1698, and married Joseph Bartlett.

6. Timothy, (Lieut.) born June 24, 1700; married Sarah Challis.

7. Elizabeth, born Mar. 4, 170] -2.

8. Thomas, born Jan. 18. 170.3-4, and married Ruth Barnard.

9. MiCAH, (Lieut.) born Jan. 18, 1704.

10. Daniel, born Jan. 23, 1707.

11. David, born Oct. 27, 1709, and married Mary Quinby.

1. 1. 1.7.

William Huntington, born in Amesbury, , , and

"intended marriage" Dec. 11, 1708, and married Jan. 27, 1708-9, Mary,
daughter of Richard and Mary (Fowler) Goodwin. He is probably the
William who again "intended marriage" Oct. 23, 1725, and married Dec. 19,
1725, as second wife, widow Mary Colby. He was executor of his father's will.


* 1. John, born Jan. 5, 1709-10.
2. Lydia, born Apr. 6, 1711.


3. Mary, born Jan. 13, 1712-3.
•1. Sarah, born Nov. 3, 171(;.

5. Elizabeth, born Jan. 15, 1716-17, and married Nov. 8, 1739,

Andrew Whittier,

6. Dkboraii, born Jan. 17, 1717-8, and married June 23, 1739,

Thomas Homan of Danvers, Mass.

* 7. William, born Nov. 5, 1719.

* 8. Timothy, born Aug. 3, 1721.

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