Saturday, December 31, 2011

Posts of interest - 2011

As a means (an attempt) to freeze a point in time (which we know is not possible), the last post of 2011 will list the top four posts in terms of having been read (well, views, anyway). Perhaps, this will be a yearly event.

Aside: As said in Mission and Method, posts are to contribute to a theme, though there may be divergent ones from time to time. Blogs allow categories, but these are problematic since they collect and present in a time order. From time to time, there ought to be a super-post that gives a more coherent view (here is an example - Truth, Fiction, and Finance). Perhaps, that type of thing will be done more often in the coming year.

Posts of interest, as of today:

  • -- George C. Lunt (Silversmith) -- From Mar 2011. This post is linked to Wikipedia, so wiki is source for the views. George's company was a long time in existence. Too, the work that these artisans do is wonderful. The post provides a link to information about a project to identify early artisans and tradesmen. 
  • -- Great migration -- From Feb 2011. This seminal work allows one to make grounded claims. Too, though, it can be used to establish a basis from which to fill in gaps. After the start of arrivals in the early 1600s, there was a massive influx for a number of years which then ebbed for a number of reasons. This work helps us understand some of what happened. 
  • -- Henry Lunt (Mariner) -- From May 2011. Henry was a long time at sea. Too, he sailed in interesting times and with interesting people. Too, we have a portrait of Henry's son from 1805. We'll be looking at Henry again, for many reasons. 
  • --  Newbury, MA -- From Jan 2011. This town got its start about the same time as Ipswich, its neighbor (Rowley was a spin-off from Ipswich). Turns out that Newbury had a better access, than Ipswich, to ocean waters. We will have to look more closely at the founding times and the people involved. 

12/29/2012 --  Summary - 2012

Modified: 12/29/2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First year

A year ago, we started by looking at Henry and Ann and their kids. At that time, we didn't have much more to go on then the book by Thomas Simpson Lunt.

Since then, we've followed several paths. There is a whole lot more to do.

For now, let's look at the most popular post for this first year.
  • George C. (March) -- There is a link to this post from the Wikipedia page on Lunt Silversmiths which closed recently. It was an interesting post to research as the material touched upon many collateral families that had been seen before.
  • Great Migration (February) -- It was nice to see the results of this project. They are about 1/2 way done. A big benefit is that the effort scrutinizes material related to families and then does a summary based upon those things that are of value. That is, a whole lot of speculation is dropped many times when the appropriate mixture of documents is seen. As well, things that may need just a little more support are mentioned, rather than just thrown out as if there were no justification.
  • Newbury (January) -- This was done after finding out about the Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers. Of course, the area itself is interesting. Ipswich was the larger area which then split. The motivation, many times, was to have a church that was more easily accessible due to the need for getting there on time. Ipswich's History has a section about the early efforts at establishing Newbury and its close-by cities.
  • Henry and Ann (December) -- When one looks at the family tree for any Henry descendant, one finds all sort of other families, many of whom were early into Newbury. And, there are many stories to find out about. At some point, we will need to collect names of the many who are descendants, especially those from other families.
  • Henry Lunt (May) -- This post came about from finding Lunt associated with John Paul Jones. Coopers writes up an interesting side to this relationship.
This is the order as of today for all views over the year; this list can change. For instance, over the past month there were other posts of interest: Two generations, Col Pickering, and grandson Henry. In that last post, we see how other families can fill in the missing information.

In other words, good genealogy work seems to look at siblings at each generation. Too, something is added about the families into which the children married.


10/30/2011 --

Modified: 10/30/2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

George Lunt

While reading Charles Levi's book on the Woodbury family and some of their collateral families, the blogger came across a reference to a poem by George Lunt (Bloody Brook). The particular chapter of the Woodbury book dealt with the life of Peter who died, in 1675, in the Battle of Bloody Brook.

Who was George? George Lunt (ca 1803 -- 1885) was the prominent author who descended from Henry and Ann through their son, Daniel (Chapman, in process tree). George was the grandson of Henry, the mariner, that we looked at before.

George graduated from Harvard in 1824 and became a practicing attorney. As well, he was successful as a writer. Several of his poems were used at ceremonials such as one, in 1869, celebrating American Independence.


10/26/2011 -- The blogger first ran across this reference to George after reading what Charles Levi had written about Mt. Wollaston. Too much partying there, in the playground of New England, drove John Endicott crazy.

Modified: 10/26/2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ann Lunt (Oth Gen)

We don't know much about Henry and Ann before they arrived in 1634. Some think that Ann's maiden name was Hurst.

However, we can start to collect notable descendants. We have already mentioned Col. Timothy Pickering. We can add Sen. John Kerry and Alice Hathaway Lee (1st wife of Pres Theodore Roosevelt).


One interesting family tie is via Ann's second marriage to Joseph Hills after Henry died. He has Walt Disney and Ansel Adams (Spooner's description) as descendants. As well, his descendant line married into the Lunt family about 100 years later which we'll look at later.


05/30/2012 -- From whence Lunt?

09/20/2011 -- In his will, Henry used Anna. In the Great Migration, they show that Ann, Anne, and Anna were used. We'll try to be consistent here and use Ann.

Modified: 05/30/2012

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Henry Lunt (2nd gen)

There are many Henry Lunts starting with the immigrant. In this case, we're looking at the son of Daniel (1st gen) and the grandson of Henry and Ann.


Henry (2nd gen), #11 in the 1913 book, is said to have married Mary. Henry (2nd gen) lived in Newbury. It is through one of his sons that we find out who Mary was. That is, son Johnson who married Joanna Bale.

It is like this. We need to use family information, if it can be confirmed, many times to fill in the records which were destroyed or lost.


Later researchers, using such type of information from the family, say that Henry (2nd gen) married Mary Wingate. Both the Dowling and the Standish trees have her parents as John Wingate and Sarah Taylor. As well, Mary is the sister of Joshua who married Mary Lunt, who is the daughter of Henry (1st gen) the brother of Daniel (1st gen) and who is the mother of Mary (Wingate) Pickering who is the mother of Timothy Pickering.


08/30/2011 --

Modified: 08/30/2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

John Lunt (1st Gen)

So far, of Henry and Anne's kids, we have started with Mary and Priscilla.

Recently, I just ran across a connection with Bradstreet and Lunt which brings up a son, John. He married Mary Skerry whose brother, Henry, married John's sister, Priscilla.

With a fuller tree (Robinson), we can see other connections. The Skerry family had Moultons as ancestors. This family had some of the early silversmith experts.

There are many other relationships to look at. For now, consider the Bradstreet ancestors, Robert Crosby and John Pickard.


It is interesting how American families have motivated some of the work overseas. Perhaps, we can expand Lunt information someday.


We will have a major node for each of the kids.


08/17/2011 -- John, Mary, and Priscilla

Modified: 08/17/2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mary Lunt (1st gen)

There were a couple things reported for Mary, earlier: spouse of Thomas Nelson and mother of Ephraim Nelson.


We can extend the descendant tree for Mary a little further. Ephraim was her only child, but he had children with three wives. For now, here are descendants lists for each.

As with her sister, Priscilla, we'll be looking further at collateral families (Larson tree): Ephraim, Sarah, Deborah. Using one of Ephraim's and Deborah's descendants (Francis Edgar Stanley, using the Larson tree) shows all of the families involved at the mid-1800s.


02/01/2013 -- Update rootsweb references for Larson tree.

08/17/2011 -- John, Mary, and Priscilla

Modified: 02/01/2013

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Col Timothy Pickering

Most who came here were doing so for some reason related to freedom, whether of a political, religious, economic, or other nature. From the time of Henry's arrival here (1634) until the time of George III (reign started in 1760), there were twelve changes in structure in England due to several factors, such as civil war, including the four periods non-royal administration. In other words, things were unsettled.

Our effort at freedom was a continuation, in a sense. The descendants chafed that their rights would be reigned in after the long time of mostly self-administration. I say 'mostly' in that the England, for the most part, decided who was in charge, even with elections.


It might be interesting to look at Henry's descendants and their lives, in relation to the status in England. Given that we're in July, the theme of Independence might be a good start.


Who better than Col Pickering to start with? He was a descendant of Mary (Lunt) Wingate who was a grand-daughter of Henry. Mary's daughter was Timothy's mother.


Timothy was too young to have participated in the French & Indian Wars. So, he was not involved with a conflict under the Crown.

He got out of Harvard in 1763. That is about the time that the 'shadow' governmental efforts, such as the Committee of Safety, were kicking off. Timothy was drilling the Essex County militia; what would have been his opinion of those pushing to remove themselves from British ties?

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress says that Col Timothy was on a Committee of State of Rights of Colonists in 1773. During the war he served under General Washington as adjutant general.


After the war, Col Timothy held many positions under Presidents Washington and Adams. He also held political positions.

During the period of the War of 1812, Col Timothy seemed to lean more to England than France. He was involved with an effort that wanted New England to be a separate entity.


07/21/2011 --

Modified: 07/21/2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Priscilla Lunt (1st Gen)

Earlier, we listed the kids of Henry and Anne and tried to do a 2-generation expansion. In both cases, we didn't have much for Priscilla (c 1644 - 1695).

I just ran across a family site that has more information on Priscilla and on Henry Skerry who she married in 1635. Henry's sister, Mary, married Priscilla's brother, John.

Here are the descendants' list (and pedigree) for two of Priscilla's daughters.

We'll be looking to collect these types of reference from collateral families. A sufficient collection would help tell the tale.


08/17/2011 -- John, Mary, and Priscilla

Modified: 08/17/2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Domesday book

While poking around genealogy sources, one keeps running into reference of the Domesday book.

Ever wonder about the status? Here are a few links that apply.
Here is a sample reference (Palgrava) found in a memorial book.


11/05/2012 -- Domesday book and beyond: Three Essays in the early History of England (,

05/12/2012 -- Finally realized that I had fat-fingered the title. Changed to Domesday. As said elsewhere, to some, being fingered to pay more is 'doomsday' awaiting.

05/25/2011 -- Tidbits of English history.

05/23/2011 -- An interesting tidbit, that will be looked at further, is that William's effort found out that the Church owned a lot of land. Of course, this was the Church of England for whom the Pope, in Rome, took a hands-off approach.

Modified: 11/05/2012

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pastor of Presidents

In Quincy, MA, the United First Parish Church is the burial site for both John Adams and his son, John Quincy. Prior to his death, the pastor of this church was William Parsons Lunt (#1202 The Lunt family) who was a descendant of Henry and Ann through son Daniel. William was also a grandson of Henry Lunt (Mariner).

Several of William's sermons have been published (his last).

John Quincy Adams gave the address at William's funeral in 1857. In one of his roles, William had edited a hymn written by John Quincy for the Christian Psalter (1841).

William is credited with requesting the carol, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, that was written by Edmund Sears. It was first sung in 1849.


05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

Modified: 09/20/2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Henry Lunt (Mariner)

Henry Lunt (#306 - The Lunt Family) was a descendant of Henry and Anna through Daniel (#3 The Lunt Family).

He was a cousin of Abel (#318 The Lunt Family, Robinson Tree) who is featured in The ancestry of Abel Lunt 1769-1806, of Newbury Massachusetts. In 1947, Walter G. Davis (a descendant) also wrote The ancestry of Phoebe Tilton 1775-1847 Wife of Captain Abel Lunt (Phoebe's tree - McDonald).


Henry Lunt served with John Paul Jones for some years (Alfred, Providence, Bon Homme Richard) despite Henry pointing out failures in character in his superior officer.

James Fenimore Cooper chronicled the endeavors (stale) of Henry (and his kinsman, Cutting, #193 The Lunt family, who was the brother of Paul, the diarist) Lunt in his biographical look at JPJ's role in naval history.


Some nautical novels, by a descendant (Tom McNamara), featured Henry Lunt's exploits. An example is Henry Lunt & the Ranger, January 1991.


A portrait by Raphaelle Peale from 1805 is believed to be of Henry's son. Raphaelle's father did miniatures of both Henry Lunt and John Paul Jones (stale) in 1781.


08/10/2015 -- Removed and marked stale links. One was to a J.F. Cooper story. Also, there was a naval report: Daniel Lunt, essentially, told John Paul that he was mistreating his subordinates. Need to find this. [A bane of the Internet: disappearing sites/pages (many reasons- restructuring, moves, ...) create the not-found error] I did see this story back in the day (4 years ago). Here is the JFC look via Google docs.

02/06/2015 -- Walter G. Davis wrote the Ancestry of Abel Lunt.

03/05/2013 -- Comment received in late Feb, 2013, moved to post on Henry's journal. Also, note that Walter G. Davis, the genealogist, was a descendant.

05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

05/08/2011 -- Will collect further mentions of Henry Lunt (Yorkshire history - stale).

Modified: 08/10/2015

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paul Lunt (Patriot)

Lieutenant Paul Lunt (#192 The Lunt Family) was a descendant of Henry and Ann, through son Daniel (#3 The Lunt Family), from Newburyport who lived in the 18th century. He had a diary of the Revolutionary War period from May to December of 1775 that was published in Boston in 1872. The diary is available on-line at the Internet Archive.


Here is a sample pedigree chart for Paul from rootsweb.


There is an interesting bit about the weather of March 1779 on page 19 considering that everyone in New England has fresh memories from this year's storms.


05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

05/08/2011 -- Paul was the brother of Cutting who served with Henry under John Paul Jones.

Modified: 09/20/2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mary (Wingate) Pickering

There will be connections from many families to Henry and Ann and different ways to group these, such as by generation.

For example, Henry and Ann Lunt were grandparents of Mary Wingate (#34 The Lunt Family) who, being the wife of Rev Timothy Pickering, was the mother of Timothy Pickering (Larson tree). Mary's daughter, Elizabeth, was the great-grandmother of John Lowell Gardner I (Larson tree). Also, in Mary's descendants list are Robert Charles Winthrop, Jr. and John Kerry (descendants).


Mary's grandfather, John Wingate, is on the list of royal gateways.


Timothy was a Harvard graduate from Salem, MA. He held several positions including Adjutant-General, Secretary of War, Secretary of State under both Washington and Adams, and U.S. Senator.


02/01/2013 -- Update rootsweb references for Larson tree.

08/30/2011 -- Update on Henry (2nd gen) son of Daniel (1st gen).

07/05/2011 -- More on Col. Timothy.

05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

Modified: 02/01/2013

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

George C. Lunt (Silversmith)

As we look at the time between the start of the Great Migration and the present, there are many things that will demand attention. For instance, there are historic events, and people, to consider. Too, Henry's tree will become entangled with many other families. The number of families mentioned in the Index suggests this.

As well, there can be many stories told about the early times. The middle times give us several major conflicts that we need to look at; we have already mentioned Henry Lunt and John Paul Jones, as one example of many. For the current times, a look at the breadth of influence will always be of interest.


We have a good example with Lunt Silversmiths which got its current name in 1935.

George C. Lunt (#1655 The Lunt Family), who was a descendant of Henry through his son, Daniel, was born in Newburyport, MA in 1864. George's grandfather was Silas (Baker-James tree) who was a descendant of Capt. John Cutting.

George apprenticed at the factory (stale), which is in Greenfield, MA, and took ownership from A. F. Towle (Anthony Francis) in 1902. A. F. had taken over the factory from William Moulton (IV - Gault tree) a member of the Moulton family in the 1880s.

William Moulton (I) and his brothers arrived in 1637. The grandson, William (III), was the first confirmed silversmith (c 1742), however the Moultons had worked in metals from the beginning.

Hence, George picked up a 200-year old business.


This is a cursory look that we expect to expand further.


08/10/2015 -- This is the most popular post. We will be checking links. Replaced stale pointer with this: Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen.

04/20/2011 -- There is an effort to identify early artisans and tradesmen (stale). 

Modified: 08/10/2015

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great migration

Some may know of this project, but here is a link to the Great Migration study that is looking at New England, and all of the families that arrived, from 1620-1640.

Henry Lunt has 3 1/2 pages (Vol IV, I-L, pg 365).

... [09/20/2011 -- removed damaged text]


08/10/2015 -- Removed link to the GM books (will recover, at some point).

09/20/2011 -- After some more research, we'll compare the information in this study with that provided by Thomas S. Lunt in his 1913 book. There seems to be some differences that bear a closer look.

09/20/2011 -- Most likely the text was left damaged while editing. How? Something gets accidentally highlighted, then an edit macro (keyboard driven) takes effect, with a garbled results. The lesson: more careful proof-reading on a regular basis.

Modified: 08/10/2015

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

North (east and central) Essex County

As we look at Henry, Ann, and the family, we will need to include the northern area of Essex County (note the dragon -- ca 1812). The sister blog centers itself on the southern end of the county.

The original settlement point for Henry and Anna was Newbury. Two daughters married into families in adjoining towns, Elizabeth in Amesbury and Mary in Rowley.

Over hundred years later, in 1764, Newburyport was split out of Newbury. The author, Thomas S. Lunt, says that he descended from seven generations of Lunts who lived in Newburyport.

The eastern boundary of this area is Plum Island which is shared by Newbury, Rowley, and Ipswich. Captain John Smith was there in 1616.


The following is a list of web-accessible information about northern Essex County.


05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

01/18/2011 -- 2/5ths of Plum Island is owned by Ipswich, MA which we'll look at, with its central Essex County mates, as many related families settled there.

Modified: 09/20/2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Two generations

Henry and Ann arrived early (1634), in the Newbury area. The descendant tree from these two will be large and contain relations to many families. Fortunately, a lot of these families have researched their history both here and before the movement across the waters.

Like the Mayflower group, with their list for three generations, we can start with Henry's and Ann's kids and carry this forward a couple of notches as a means to identify gaps.

In the below list, we'll start first with information from Thomas S. Lunt's book about spouses and children. There may be pointers to work done already, for some, but only as an example (meaning, of course, to be verified). Also, the pointer may be only to partial information. At some point, the goal is to pull this data together, hopefully with a full tree that includes both genders' offspring. That is, for each generation, fill in the information for all siblings, to the extent possible, of course.

01/14/2012 -- Sarah's husband, John, (descendants - Larson) was a grandson of Rev. Stephen Bachiler. One of her offspring is Alan Bartlett Shepard.

08/30/2011 -- Update on Henry (2nd gen) son of Daniel (1st gen).

08/10/2011 -- More info about Mary Lunt.

06/08/2011 -- More info on Priscilla Lunt.

05/09/2011 -- According to Henry's Will, his wife was Anna.

03/22/2011 -- George C. Lunt and Lunt Silversmiths.

02/22/2011 -- Added information about Sarah, from the Great Migrations project (several volumes).

01/18/2011 -- Changed descendants for Skipper (Henry, Henry). Had used his grandson, Samuel. Added descendants for Samuel (Henry, Henry).

Modified: 01/14/2012

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Newbury, MA

Henry Lunt was one of the original founders of Newbury, MA. Some of the other families were mentioned in the last post.

The following list mentions some information (web accessible) about the area:
  • Historical Society of Old Newbury -- the Society dates back to 1877. The town just celebrated its 375th birthday.
  • US Gen Web -- this site provided by Essex County has a collection of information related to Newbury.
  • The Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers -- was founded in 1927 and offers membership to descendants of those on this First Settlers list. Henry is in red due to being a first proprietor.
  • -- a copy of the book by Joshua Coffin, A sketch of the history of Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury, from 1635 to 1845. Joshua mentions Stephen Bachiler passing through Newbury on the way to Hampton, NH.
  • Owns 2/5ths of Plum Island, along with Rowley and Ipswich.
  • ...
We will update this list with additional information from time to time.


05/17/2011 -- Nice writeup about Stephen Bachiler.

01/10/2011 -- The Winthrop Society has a passenger listing by some of the ships.

01/09/2011 -- Newbury, MA is in Essex County.

Modified: 05/17/2011