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Thomas Orby Hunter

Baptism of Robert Orby Hunter in London, 19 June 1737.

Thomas Orby Hunter,
of Croyland, Lincolnshire,
born c.1714.
Must be born in America (where his father was Governor of New York and New Jersey, 1710-1719).
Descendant of Edward III.
See thepeerage and and wikitree.
His mother died in New Jersey in 1716.

His father became Governor of Jamaica in 1727. He went to Jamaica with his father and brother in 1727.
His brother died in Jamaica in 1732.
His father's will, dated Jan 1733, left him extensive property at Croyland, Lincolnshire, and at Burton Pedwardine, Lincolnshire and at Chertsey, Surrey, and property in America and Jamaica, all provided that he did not marry a certain Mrs. Sarah Kelly, widow of Charles Kelly, of Jamaica.
His father died in Jamaica, Mar 1734. He returned alone to England.
He obeyed his father's condition (or perhaps his father was simply not up to date!) and inherited the property.

He mar 1stly, 5 June 1734 to Mrs. Mary Heming [or Maria, a widow].
They mar at St. Thomas a Becket church, Warblington, Havant, Hampshire. See index.

He was member of the Spalding Society after his father, elected 10th Oct 1734.
Ancestry says that "Thomas Orby-Hunter" subscribed to the 1736 edn of Poems on several occasions, by Stephen Duck.
MP for Winchelsea, East Sussex, 1741-1759.
He was stationed at Rotterdam 1746 as deputy paymaster for the English and Dutch troops.
He bought Waverley Abbey House, Surrey 1747.
Mary died 1740-1749.
Thomas had issue by 1st wife Mary:

  1. Mary Henrietta Hunter,
    or Henrietta Hunter, "Mary Henrietta" on grave,
    born 1736 (listed as age 21 at marriage).
    She mar 23 December 1757, St.James, Westminster, to James Fortescue and had issue.
    See entry dated 30 Apr 1757 in London Marriage Bonds and Allegations. Says both are of parish of St.James, Westminster.

  2. Robert Orby Hunter,
    born 24 May 1737,
    bapt 19 June 1737, St.George's Hanover Square, London.
    See bapt entry from here.

  3. Georgiana Orby Hunter.
    Described as 2nd dau of Thomas Orby Hunter in [Mannings, 2000].

  4. Charlotte Hunter.
    She must have died since there is another Charlotte.
    She did NOT mar Sir Henry Goodricke (that is her niece).

  5. Kitty Hunter.
    She was born 24 Apr 1740 [baptism record].
    She was bapt 17 May 1740, St.George's Hanover Square, London. See entry from here.
    At the time of her elopement in 1762, the London papers said she was a little over 20.
    A 1762 letter from 10th Earl of Pembroke says "she is of age" (for purposes of receiving monetary support from him), i.e. over age 21.

    She is written as both "Catherine Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth Catherine".
    "Elizabetha Catherina Hunter" at bapt and at mar 1770.
    "Catherine Elizabeth" in will of 10th Earl and in her son's entry in [Eton College register].
    "Mrs. E.C. Clarke" in her stepmother Jacomina's will 1791.
    "Elizabeth Hunter" in picture at Wilton.

    "Elizabeth" must be after her grandmother Elizabeth Orby. May go back to Elizabeth Hussey in early 1500s. Tracing forward, Kitty's grand-daughter Elizabeth Montgomery may be after her. If so the name can be traced forward then to Elizabeth Germon who died 1932.
    "Catherine" also family name going back to Guernier.
    See her ancestors by Leo van de Pas.
    See her 5 descents from Edward III by Leo van de Pas.

Thomas mar 2ndly, 4 Apr 1749, to Jacomina Bellenden [born c.1730, descendant of Edward III].
They mar at St.Michael's church, Inkpen, Berkshire. See index. Marriage licence dated 31 Mar 1749.
Inkpen is close to his sister's house at West Woodhay (see map).
Think did NOT marry at Broughton, Edinburgh.

He was living Tickencote, Rutland, in 1754.
Lord of the Admiralty, 1756-1763:
Thomas served as a Lord of the Admiralty Nov 1756 to Apr 1763.
He was on Government business in the Low Countries 1759. A diary survives from this time.
MP for Winchelsea, East Sussex, 1760 to death. (Not replaced until 1770.)
His daughter Kitty eloped with the married Earl of Pembroke in 1762. An illegitimate grandchild Augustus Reebkomp was born in Nov 1762.
Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, was named in 1765 after him.

Thomas dies, 1769:
He died 20 Oct 1769, age c.55 yrs.
Think NOT 1768. (Date of last child, date will proved, and date replaced as MP, all suggest 1769 not 1768.)
He was bur Burton Pedwardine, Lincolnshire.
Will pr 23 Dec 1769, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Replaced as MP for Winchelsea 15 Jan 1770.

Jacomina dies, 1795:
Her will dated 20 May 1791.
She died 1795, age c.65 yrs, at her home in Bolton Street, Piccadilly (see map).
Will said she wanted to be buried at Burton Pedwardine with her husband.
However she was bur 8 Feb 1795 at St.George's Hanover Square, London.
Will pr 28 Feb 1795, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Thomas had issue by 2nd wife Jacomina:

  1. Charles Orby Hunter,
    of Croyland Abbey,
    born 19 Jan 1750 (regarded at the time as the end of 1749),
    bapt 12 Feb 1750, St.James' church, Piccadilly, London.
    See bapt entry from here.

  2. William Orby Hunter,
    born 25 Dec 1750 (in same year as his brother),
    bapt 22 Jan 1751 (regarded at the time as the end of 1750), St.James' church, Piccadilly, London.
    See bapt entry from here.

  3. George Orby Hunter,
    born 30 Apr 1753,
    bapt 10 May 1753, St.James' church, Piccadilly. See bapt entry from here.
    He was bur at Chertsey, Surrey, 2 June 1756, age 3 yrs. See burial entry from here.
    The burial register has his mother buried with him but this is an error. This error is repeated in [Green, 1879].

  4. Henry Orby Hunter,
    born 6 May 1754,
    bapt 22 May 1754, St.James' church, Piccadilly. See bapt entry from here.

  5. James Orby Hunter,
    born 8 June 1755,
    bapt 28 June 1755, St.James' church, Piccadilly. See bapt entry from here.
    He was bur at Chertsey, 27 May 1756, age nearly 1 year.

  6. Charlotte Letitia Hunter,
    born 26 Aug 1757,
    bapt 15 Sept 1757, St.James' church, Piccadilly. See bapt entry from here.
    She died 7 Feb 1770, age 13 yrs.
    She was bur Farnham, Surrey.

  7. John Orby Hunter,
    born 25 July 1769,
    bapt 18 Aug 1769, St.George's Hanover Square, London. See bapt entry from here.
    He died 30 Dec 1769, age 5 months.
    He was bur 6 Jan 1770 at St.Andrew's church, Farnham.

Baptism of Kitty Hunter, London, 17 May 1740.

Waverley Abbey House, Surrey.
Home of Hunter family after 1747.

Listing for the Admiralty in [Watson's Almanack, Dublin, 1761].
Shows Thomas Orby Hunter as a Lord of the Admiralty.
See full size.


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