Sunday, March 1, 2020

Happy 355th Birthday Grandfather Samuel Huntington,
Can you imagine, a descendant, 11 generations removed from you, knowing that today is your birthday? I feel certain that your would be shocked by the amount of information we know about you so many years later.

I've just returned from Salt Lake City, Utah and RootsTech 2020, a convention gathering of thousands of Genealogy and Family History enthusiasts and professionals from around the world. In noticing on my Legacy Family Tree Software calendar report that today was your birthday, I thought about all of the services represented at RootsTech that I have used to discover more about your life story.

The Huntington Family began meeting to discuss their family history in Norwich September 3, 1857.  That lead to the publication of The Huntingon family in America: a genealogical memoir of the known descendants of Simon Huntington from 1633 to 1915, including those who have retained the family name, and many bearing other surnames published in 1915. This book is available online from a variety of sources.

Their research states that you were born in Norwich on March 1, 1665 in Norwich, Connecticut the son of Deacon Simon and Sarah (Clark) Huntington. Deacon Simon was born in Norwich, England May 6th 1629. He came to New England with his parents Simon and Margaret (Baret or Barrett) Huntington in 1633. The elder Simon died of smallpox enroute and was either buried at sea or at the mouth of the Connecticut River.

I use to research and build family trees. They have collected billions of records including a database that they've built entitled US, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 the orginal source comes from Clarence A. Torry's "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in 2004.

You could help us with one problem. Many genealogists think that Mary's father is the John Clark who married Sarah Treat. Others believe Mary to have been the daughter of William Clark of Wethersfield.

Our records show that you and Mary are the parents of eight children: Elizabeth who married Moses Clark. Samuel who married Hannah Metcalf, Caleb who married Lydia Griswold, Mary who died young, Rebecca who married Joseph Clark, Sarah about whom we only know her birthday, John who married Mehitable Metcalf, sister of his brother Samuel's wife,  and Simon who married a Sarah, surname unknown.

You served as a military officer and were entered in the rolls in Norwich as Lieutenant. Your service impressed the people of Norwich and you were granted a parcel of land at Trading Cove Brook, "by the fathers to be laid out by measure, 30 or 40 rods wide, the length of his father's land."
I wonder if you would recognize your land on this map from July 1892.

Norwich, Connecticut Sanborn Insurance Map 1892
Library of Congress
You relocated to Lebanon in 1700.  In 1710, the citizens of Lebanon appointed you to a commission trying to resolve a dispute over the location of a new meeting house. As far as we know, you lived the rest of your life in Lebanon.

Headstone for Lt. Samuel Huntington from the Old Cemetery
at Lebanon, New London County, CT from Find A Grave Mem. #46073474
photo by Brett, used with permission
As you can see, it is difficult if not impossible to decifer the words chiseled on the stone. Not to worry. I discovered the inscription on your headstone at American Ancestors, the on line site for the New England Historical Genealogical Society. Since 1845, this organization has built a comprehensive resource library for family history research and has become the largest Society of its kind in the world.

"Here Lyes ye Body of Leiut Samuel Huntington, Geneleman, Who Died May ye 19, 1717 & In ye 52nd Year of His Age."
from Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
this collection is from the Connecticut State Library
and can also be found on 
We've also found your Probate Packet containing 1 bond, 2 inventories, 2 distributions, 1 account of Administration, 18 receipts and 1 miscellaneous item. Theses were deposited in the Connecticut State Library under provisions of the Public Act 1909 Chapter 175 and were added July 23, 1912. I've included a photograph of the first page of your inventory. I wonder if you would feel accomplished or embarassed by the number of items listed. What would you think of the valuation of your items?

Love your 9th great granddaughter,

My descent from Lt. Samuel follows:
his daughter Elizabeth Huntington married Moses Clark
their son James Clark married Ann Gray
their son James Clark married Anna Lyman Tiffany
their son James Clark married 2nd Parnel Champion
their son John Champion Clark married Lydia Hornell
their daughter Mary Elizabeth Clark married Charels Shepard Newton
their daughter Helen Brown Newton married Frederick Naaman Cone
their son Charles Newton Cone married Hazel Bynon Allen
their son Charles Newton Cone, Jr. married Betty Lorraine Werst
they are my parents and there are two more generations

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