William Hunt

1725–1790 (Age 65)
Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America

The Life of William

When William Hunt was born on 3 January 1725, in Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Hunt, was 35 and his mother, Mary Hickman, was 22. He married Sarah Fred on 25 October 1753, in Birmingham Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Edgemont, Edgmont Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 1 June 1790, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Westtown, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Hunt
Sarah Fred
Marriage: 25 October 1753
Ann Hunt
Benjamin Hunt
Mary Jane Hunt
Mary Hunt
Joshua Hunt
Rebecca Hunt
Eli Hunt

Spouse & Children

25 October 1753
Birmingham Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States


  • Ann Hunt


  • Female1756–1849Female

  • Mary Hunt


  • Joshua Hunt


  • Benjamin Hunt


+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Joseph Hunt


  • Mary Hickman




World Events (4)


Age 51

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 51

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.
1777 · Washington's Troops Spent the Winter at Valley Forge

Age 52

The winter that Washington’s troops spent at Valley Forge was horrible. Most the troops that had come in with General Washington were injured and dying already. There was little food for the soldiers. They were dying from starvation, disease, and the cold. Horses were dying and the men had to take their place in moving the supply wagons. Washington stayed with his men while all others were leaving and abandoning the struggling troops. This helped Washington gain the support, admiration, and loyalty of his troops.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a hunter, Old English hunta (a primary derivative of huntian ‘to hunt’). The term was used not only of the hunting on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars, which in the Middle Ages was a pursuit restricted to the ranks of the nobility, but also to much humbler forms of pursuit such as bird catching and poaching for food. The word seems also to have been used as an Old English personal name and to have survived into the Middle Ages as an occasional personal name. Compare Huntington and Huntley .2 Irish: in some cases (in Ulster) of English origin, but more commonly used as a quasi-translation of various Irish surnames such as Ó Fiaich ( see Fee ).3 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Hundt .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • A Brief Genealogy of the Hunts of Westtown: Genealogical and biographical records file, up to 1968, in the Chester County Historical Society; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSJ5-L9L5-Y
  • will and probate papers administered by oldest son Joshua Hunt, & Son in Law William Sharples- signed by Susanna Hunt widow
  • Quaker request to attend meeting at Ladsbury, Pennsylvania

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