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