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From: "William M Hunt" <>
Subject: John Hunt of Bedford died 1777
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 11:47:29 -0500
Can anyone tell me if a certain John Hunt who died in Bedford Co., VA, in
1777 left any children at his death? If so, what were their names &
approximate birth dates? I can't establish identity for any children from
Bedford records in any time period.
The (above) John Hunt of Bedford had died before 24 November 1777, as on
that date Elizabeth Hunt and Gilbert Hunt were granted Administration on
Estate of John Hunt, deceased [Bedford Court Order Book 6, p. 134]. An
Inventory & Appraisal was returned to Court 22 June 1778 [Order Bk 6, p.
160]. One page of Appraisal shows "Dr. John Hunt". There are no recorded
wills for HUNT on file in Bedford Co. VA from 1754 to ca 1817.
9 August 1777 a John Hunt of Bedford Co. took Oath of Affirmation during the
Revolution and appears on a long list signed by William Calloway [VA State
Library, Accession #27657]. Currently I have no way of determining if he
was the identical John who died by November 24. Oath of Affirmation would
suggest this John was a Quaker, but that remains to be proved. I haven't
been able to find "him" in Quaker records (re: Hinshaw, Bell, or Wright).
No "Elizabeth Hunt" appears in Bedford records after 1777 (including extant
tax lists from 1782 when a widow would likely be listed) until 3 Aug. 1796
when John Adams Sr. of Bedford made his will leaving several household items
to Elizabeth Hunt [Hurt?] relationship not stated [Will Book B, pp.
189,190]. The identical items were again conveyed by John Adams Sr. via
Deed-Gift to Elizabeth Hunt, proved 22 Sept. 1796 in Superior Court, New
London Dist. of Bedford [Deed Book 1 of District Court, p. 208]. "Hunt" is
written clearly. Duplication is probably explained by Elizabeth (X) Hunt
having signed as a witness to the will, but a witness wasn't supposed to
receive via a will to prevent conflict of interest when called by the court
to prove a will.
An Elizabeth Hunt consented to marriage bond of Wm B. Lytle & Polly Hunt 23
Dec. 1799, and also to marriage bond of Thomas Aliff & Jane Hunt 21 Feb.
1803. The identities of these Elizabeth Hunts 19 and 26 years after one
John Hunt died isn't established by the bonds, since if both bonds referred
to a widow in 1777, she apparently had a Hunt daughter born after 1782 and
had never remarried.
SOME ADDITIONAL BEDFORD CO. VA RECORDS re "JOHN HUNT":
A John Hunt appeared in Bedford Court Order Book 3 in Feb. of 1768 in an
on-going suit (cause not stated) against a George Gaddy, with Hunt losing in
Aug. of 1769. Gaddy was of Cumberland County in 1762 but apparently had
moved to Bedford by 1767.
Feb. 1782: James Turner Jr. complained against John Hunt and Memucan Hunt
for a Breach of the Peace and John Hunt was held until making 100 pounds
Security for good Behavior for 1 year [Bedford Co. Court Order Book 6].
This was abridged here by me, but nothing further was stated about the
Memucan Hunt. This wasn't the John Hunt who died 5 years earlier in 1777,
but this one was then old enough to be held responsible for his own behavior
and make a bond in his own name, thus of legal age (21) or over.
6 May 1793 Bedford Marriage Bond for John Hunt & Ann Owen, Henry Sutphin
surety, consent of Owen & Mary Owen. Married by John Ayers, 9 May 1793 [Wm
W. Hinshaw, Vol. 6, Sect. 18, p. 938; + Dennis & Smith, "Marriage Bonds of
Bedford County, VA", p. 33]. This John is basically unidentified, although
it seems possible he was son of Stephen Hunt Sr. who died testate in Bedford
1827, or of an Owen Hunt, born before 1765, whose wife was a Turley, but
Owen appearing only in Franklin Co. records after 1786, i. e. on 1787 Pers.
Prop. Tax List B; a James Hunt on same list.
18 Dec.1809, a John Hunt of Bedford Co. bought 1069 acres in Bedford nr
Jumping Run from Joseph Stith of Breckenridge Co. KY, for $4000.00.
Recorded by James Steptoe, Clerk of Bedford Co. 26 Mar. 1810 [Deed Book 13,
pp. 517, 518].
23 Jan. 1817 John Hunt of Bedford Co. bought 110 acres in Bedford nr Jumping
Run from Hezekiah Meador of Bedford for $1015.00. Recorded by James Steptoe
6 Feb. 1817 [Deed
Book 15, pp. 156, 157].
Note: These records created by & for Bedford County, 8 of which were
recorded after Campbell Co. was cut off in 1782 and Franklin in 1786. -WMH
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