When William Huntington Jr. was born on 28 March 1784, in Grantham, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States, his father, William Huntington Sr., was 26 and his mother, Presendia Lothrop, was 23. He married Zina Baker on 28 November 1805, in Plainfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States in 1830. He died on 19 August 1846, in Pisgah, Harrison, Iowa, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Mount Pisgah, Union, Iowa, United States.
English (northern): habitational name from any of various places called Huntington, most of which are named with Old English huntena, the genitive plural form of hunta ‘hunter, huntsman’, + dūn ‘hill’ or tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. Some, however, may have Old English hunting ‘hunting’ as the initial element, while others may derive from the Old English personal name Hunta (genitive Huntan), perhaps with Old English connective -ing-, + tūn. The surname may also arise from Huntingdon (Huntingdonshire), which derives from the Old English personal name Hunta (genitive Huntan) or Old English hunta (genitive huntan) + dūn.
History: A prominent American family of this name were founded by Simon Huntington, who himself never saw the New World, for he died in 1633 on the voyage to Boston, where his widow settled with her children. Their descendants include Jabez Huntington (1719–86), a wealthy West Indies trader, and Samuel Huntington (1731–96), who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Collis Potter Huntington (1821–1900) was an American railway magnate. Beginning with little education or money, he made a huge fortune, some of which he left to his nephew, Henry Huntington (1850–1927), who used the money to establish the Huntington library and art gallery in CA.
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The following obituary was written by William’s son, Oliver B. Huntington. “His father’s name was William Huntington; his mother’s before marriage was Presendia Lathrop. Soon after the close of th …
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