Lewis Hunting

Hunting family had long journey here—then and now

November 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Historical Society hears tale of emigration  by BETH ALTENA Virginia Cox was the speaker at a recent Rockford Area Historical Society meeting at the Rockford Community Cabin. Arriving from Virginia, where she resides, Cox also attracted other out-of-area relatives from her Hunting family as she shared the history of Huntings through the years. Virginia said she loved growing up in Rockford and hearing stories of the family. She has a book about the settling of Pine Plains, New York, where the Huntings traveled to from Long Island. Prior to living in Long Island, the original Hunting emigrants came from Suffolk County, England. “I have spent over 20 years doing genealogy,” she told the audience. Cox has used historical societies, cemeteries and family histories to trace the movement of Huntings through time. She attributes much of her good luck to the Mormons, who keep excellent records. She traced a coat of arms for the family back to a Morgan Hunting, and found a letter from1894 from a Josephene Hunting asking why the family didn’t have a motto—having one for a family used to be the norm. In Suffolk County, she found Roger Hunting, whose son, John, wanted to come to America. He ended up in Dedham, Mass., outside Boston. He had a wife and six children and organized the Church of Dedham. One of John’s sons was also John, and he had a son named Nathanial, who graduated from Harvard in 1693. He moved to East Hampton where he became a reverend, replacing a reverend who had served for 50 years. He himself served for 50 years and was replaced by a successor who also served for 50 years. This coincidence Cox found quite interesting—that in 150 years a church had just three reverends. While reverend, Nathaniel was the first to keep records of marriages and births within his church—an important historical note. It is also of interest to remember that at that time the country was under British rule. When Nathaniel became a reverend, he was paid 60 pounds of silver a year and a parsonage in which to reside. That parsonage would stay in the family for the next nine generations—a total of 229 years. When Nathaniel died, his widow turned the parsonage into […]