14 May 2010

Christopher Huntington (ca 1631-1691) Descendants

Simon Huntington, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England and sailed for New England in 1633 with his wife and children, but was taken ill and died on the voyage of smallpox. His widow, Margaret (Barrett) Huntington, settled with her children first at Roxbury, Massachusetts, where she married (second) 1635-36, Thomas Stoughton of Dorchester. They removed to Windsor, Connecticut, and settled there. Margaret was probably born in Norwich, England. Practically nothing is known of Simon Huntington. Even his name was a mystery to the early genealogists of the family. Children: William, settled in Salisbury about 1640; Thomas, settled in Connecticut; Christopher, mentioned below; Simon, settled in Norwich, Connecticut; Ann, mentioned in a letter written by Peter Barrett to his sister, Margaret (Barrett) Huntington.

(II) Christopher, son of Simon and Margaret (Barrett) Huntington, came to New England with his mother, and lived at Windsor. He married there in 1652, Ruth, daughter of William Rockwell. He removed to Saybrook, and in the spring of 1660 was one of the founders of Norwich, and was one of the patentees of the town in 1665. He died in 1691. Children: 1. Christopher, born 1653; died at Saybrook. 2. Ruth, born April 13, 1653 (probably twin), died young. 3. Ruth, born April, 1658, died March 26, 1681. 4. Christopher, born November 1, 1660; the first male child born in Norwich; married (first) May 26, 1681, Sarah Adgate; (second) Mrs. Judith (Stevens) Brewster, widow of Jonathan Brewster, who was great-grandson of Elder William Brewster. 5. Thomas, born March 18, 1664. 6. John, March 15, 1666, mentioned below. 7. Susannah, August, 1668; married Captain Samuel Griswold. 8. Lydia, August, 1672. 9. Ann, October 25, 1675; married Jonathan Bingham.

(III) John, son of Christopher and Ruth (Rockwell) Huntington, was born in Norwich, March 15, 1666, and died in 1696. He married, December 9, 1687, Abigail Lathrop, born May, 1668, daughter of Samuel Lathrop and granddaughter of Rev. John Lathrop, the first minister of Scituate, Massachusetts, who was imprisoned in London two years and finally released in 1634. Her father removed to Norwich in 1648, and was constable in 1691; children: Abigail, born February 19, 1689; John, April 20, 1690, mentioned below; Hannah, born March 25, 1693-94, married John Hunt; Martha and Deborah, twins, born December 9, 1696.

(IV) John (2), son of John (1) and Abigail (Lathrop) Huntington, was born April 20, 1690, and died June 2, 174-. He removed to Tolland early in the settlement of that town. He married in 1723, Thankful Warner, of Windham, who died July 14, 1739. Children: John, born February 22, 1726, mentioned below; Thankful, March 16, 1727; Samuel, July 11, 1728, died in the French war; Andrew, born October 1, 1732; Deborah, born May 21, 1736.

(V) John (3), son of John (2) and Thankful (Warner) Huntington, was born in Tolland, Connecticut, February 22, 1726, and was accidentally killed by a fall under a cart wheel on the road from Hartford to Tolland, March 23, 1774. He was a farmer in Tolland, and married Mehitable Steele, born June 6, 1733. Children: John, born May 11, 1749; married, 1783, Rebecca Newell; Thankful, born July 23, 1750, died October 29, 1750; Mehitable, January 24, 1752; twin daughters, born and died November 15, 1753; Elisha, December 17, 1754; William, September 19, 1757; Hezekiah, December 30, 1759, mentioned below; Deborah, November 21, 1762; Samuel, March 23, 1765, married Sally Howard; Abigail, March 29, 1767; Ruth, May 12, 1769; Thankful, October 3, 1771; Mara, October 27, 1774; died August 3, 1777.

(VI) Hon. Hezekiah Huntington, son of John (3) and Mehitable (Steele) Huntington, was born in Tolland, December 30, 1759. He studied law with Gideon Granger of Suffield, and with John Trumbull, afterwards judge of the superior court, and was admitted to the bar at Hartford in 1789. He established himself at the practice of law in Suffield in 1790, and soon attained eminence in his profession. In 1806 he was appointed by Jefferson attorney for Connecticut, holding the office until 1829. He was a member of the general assembly in several sessions from May, 1802, until October 1805. In 1801 he was appointed a commissioner under the bankrupt law of the United States, and held the office about two years. In 1813 he removed to Hartford, where he resided the rest of his life. He died in Middletown, May 27, 1842. Mr. Huntington was a man of great ability and was very popular. He married, in Suffield, October 5, 1788, Susan Kent, born September 20, 1768. Children: 1. Henry W., born August 16, 1789; graduate of Yale 1811; married Helen Dunbar. 2. Julia Ann, born December 10, 1790; married, October 12, 1814, Leicester King, a merchant of Bloomfield, Ohio, where she died January 24, 1849; children: i. Henry W. King, born September 24, 1815, died November 21, 1857; ii. Julia A. King, born November 7, 1817; iii. Susan H. King, born July 6, 1820, died 1837; iv. Leicester King, born July 26, 1823; v. David King, born December 24, 1825; vi. Helen D. King, born November 19, 1827; vii. Hezekiah King, born August 3, 1829; viii. Catherine B. King, born July 8, 1832. 3. Horace Augustus, born May 9, 1792; married, 1817, Maria Evans, and became a merchant in Natchez, Mississippi, where he died of yellow fever December 9, 1819. 4. Samuel Howard, born December 14, 1793; mentioned below. 5. Hezekiah, born October 28, 1795; married (first), June 26, 1825, Sarah Morgan, who died April 16, 1847; (second), Catherine B. Sumner; was a publisher and the president of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. 6. Susan Lyman, born January 14, 1798; married, October 21, 1833, Rev. J. B. Cook, a Baptist minister of Binghamton, New York; had Susan Kent Cook, born December 26, 1837. 7. Francis Junius, born December 3, 1802; married, September 1, 1833, Stella Bradley Bull, daughter of Michael Bull; was a publisher in Hartford and New York City.

(VII) Hon. Samuel Howard Huntington, son of Hon. Hezekiah and Susan (Kent) Huntington, was born in Suffield, December 14, 1793. He graduated from Yale College in 1818, and was admitted to the bar. He began practice in Hartford, and was successful from the start. In 1829 he was clerk of the state senate. He was judge of the county court and on the establishment of the court of claims in Washington, District of Columbia, he was elected the chief clerk. He was for many years a warden of Trinity Church. He died at his residence on Summer street, Hartford, February 4, 1880, aged eighty-six years. He had been a man of remarkably vigorous health all his life; a man of good habits and warm hospitality. At the age of eighty-five he walked erect, with a lighter step than many young men. Several weeks before his death 629 he wrote an article published in the Hartford Times, concerning the location of a railway crossing. Though his health was at the time failing, the article showed that his mind retained its wonted vigor. He married (first), October 25, 1825, Catherine H. Brinley, who died July 21, 1832, aged twenty-six, daughter of George Brinley, of Boston. He married (second), Sarah Blair Watkinson, who died April 26, 1876, daughter of Robert Watkinson. Children: Catherine Brinley, born January 1, 1837; Maria Champion, December 27, 1838; Robert Watkinson, December 3, 1840, mentioned below; Samuel, December 17, 1842; Henry Kent, March 27, 1844; Sarah Blair and Elizabeth A., twins, November 30, 1847. Elizabeth A. married Charles J. Cole (see Cole family).

(VIII) Colonel Robert Watkinson Huntington, son of Hon. Samuel H. Huntington, was born December 3, 1840. On the breaking out of the civil war he was a freshman in Trinity College. He enlisted in General Hawley's company, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and in September, 1861, was appointed a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was in the service continuously until the fall of 1899. On June 21, 1864, he was promoted to the rank of captain. He was senior Marine Corps officer at Samoa, and was on board the "Trenton." After the destruction of the ships in the hurricane there of 1887, he was in command of the marine forces on shore which laid out the encampment, etc. On October 24, 1889, he was promoted to major, and February 2, 1897, to lieutenant-colonel. During the Spanish war he was in charge of a battalion about six hundred and fifty strong. They sailed on the "Panther," and were encamped in Florida for some time. On reaching Guantanamo Bay, they were landed on Friday, June 10, under cover of a war-ship, and all day Saturday and until Sunday forenoon the Spanish forces on land kept up a bushwhacking fight, killing four men and wounding several. Entrenchments were thrown up in spite of the opposition of the enemy, their attack lasting a week, being made chiefly at night. The landing was of great value, and "Camp McCalla," as it was named, became famous in American history. One of the results of the landing was to secure for the blockading squadron a safe anchorage and a smoother sheet of water for coaling. It was an important move, executed with judgment and skill. For meritorious service, Col. Huntington was promoted to the rank of colonel. He was retired from active service January 10, 1900. He married (first), November, 1865, Jane Lathrop Trumbull, great-granddaughter of Jonathan Trumbull. She died March 3, 1868. He married (second) in 1879, Elizabeth S., daughter of General Amiel Whipple, who was killed at the battle of Antietam. Children of first wife: Robert Watkinson and Rev. Daniel Trumbull, both further mentioned hereafter. Child of second wife: Eleanor Sherburne, married William Randall Sayles.

(IX) Robert Watkinson Huntington, son of Colonel Robert Watkinson and Jane Lathrop (Trumbull) Huntington, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, November 9, 1866. In early boyhood, after the death of his mother, he went to reside with his grandfather, Judge Samuel Howard Huntington, at Hartford, and after graduating from the Hartford high school he entered Yale University, taking his bachelor's degree with the class of 1889. At Yale he affiliated with several college societies, including the Scroll and Key. In November, 1889, he entered the service of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company as an errand boy in the home office at Hartford, and perceiving the possibilities open to him he determined to accept that line of business as his life work, fully determined to reach the top round of the ladder ere his ambition should be satisfied. From the most humble post in the service he rapidly advanced through the various grades, including the exacting position of actuary and the highly responsible office of secretary, and in 1901 he was chosen president of the company, thus reaching the goal of his ambition in the unusually short period of twelve years. Twenty years ago the assets of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company amounted to $1,960,482.49, its 7302 policies amounted to $9,333,410; January 1, 1910, its assets amounted to $8,871,702.22, and its insurance in force to $44,568,663. Mr. Huntington is connected as director and trustee with some of the strongest financial institutions in Hartford. He is a fellow of the Actuarial Society of America; is a member of the Hartford Club and the Hartford Golf Club; and of Trinity (Protestant Episcopal) Church, of which he is a vestryman. In politics he is independent.

In his youth Mr. Huntington made good use of his opportunities for an unrestricted indulgence in manly sports, particularly hunting and fishing, thereby developing an exceptionally strong physique, which has enabled him to preserve intact the buoyancy and spirit of youth, in spite of the numerous cares and responsibilities incumbent upon his position.

May 5, 1906, Mr. Huntington married Miss Constance Alton Willard, of Lexington, Massachusetts; their children are: Robert Watkinson, born July 2, 1907; Mary Willard, born March 15, 1909.

(IX) Rev. Daniel Trumbull Huntington, son of Colonel Robert Watkinson and Jane Lathrop (Trumbull) Huntington, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, August 4, 1868. He was graduated from Yale with the class of 1892, and after studying for a year at the General Theological Seminary in New York he entered the Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Connecticut, completing his course there in 1895. He was ordained a deacon in June, 1895, and became a priest of the Protestant Episcopal church in April, 1896. Immediately after his ordination as deacon he entered the foreign mission service under the auspices of the Episcopal board, and in the following September began his labors at Hankow, Central China. From February to June, 1896, he was in charge temporarily of the Boone School at Wuchang, and was subsequently engaged in mission work in Shasi, Hsinti and Hankow. He is now stationed at Ichang.

Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY, USA: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.

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