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John Huntley, immigrant ancestor

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

The earliest record of my branch of the Huntley family in America was one written in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, on July 12, 1647. John Huntley signed as a witness for Power of Attorney for Thomas Bayes. He did the same for Thomas Foster the following year.

Another record, dated May 1, 1648, shows John Huntley shipped a load of fish to Barbados in the ship "Welcome", sailed by John Allen. Some speculate that this may indicate he was related to William Huntley, who lived in St. Philip's Parish in Barbados and died there in 1679. Barbados had been claimed by the English in 1605.

John's first wife appears to have been named Sarah. Her name was found on a petition signed in 1649. Another record shows a Sarah Huntley died of small pox about 1650. Sometime soon after, he left the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and a 1650 deposition given by Richard Smith states that John Huntley was "at the Iron Works in Salem". [Ipswich Quarterly Records]

John appears to have married second to a woman by the name of Jane about 1651. By 1657, he was living in Lyme, New London, Connecticut.

Much research in an attempt to identify his parents and birthplace is included in the book dedicated to John and his descendants, "John Huntley, immigrant of Boston & Roxbury, Massachusetts and Lyme, Connecticut, 1647-1977, and some of his descendants", by Virgil W. Huntley, 1978. The Huntley Coat of Arms shown here, along with the information pertaining to John's life, is from this valuable source.


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