I have been researching my Hunter surname for over twenty years and when I first
started I would visit the Family History Center in Mesa, Arizona, and head right
for the Genealogy Publications, and to this day I can hardly wait to add my Hunter Ancestral Tree Book.
There are several Genealogy Magazines I enjoy reading, and my favorite is Going
In-Depth. I just can’t seem to find enough about researching Scottish Roots and
the following is a great educational resource:
In Search of Your Scottish Roots
“The Genealogical Gems Held at the National
Library of Scotland”
Thomas Orby Hunter
born c.1714, must be born America,
descendant of Edward III,
of Croyland, Lincolnshire.
His mother died 1716
His father became Governor of Jamaica 1727. He went to Jamaica with
his father and brother 1727.
His father’s will, dated Jan 1733, left him his father’s 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
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 married 1stly, 5th June 1734, by licence, at St. Thomas a Becket, Warblington,Havant, Portsmouth, to Mrs. Mary Heming [or Maria, a widow].
He was a member of the Spalding Society after his father, elected 10th Oct 1734.
He was MP for Winchelsea, East Sussex, 1741-59 and 1760-70.
He was stationed at Rotterdam 1746 as deputy paymaster for the English and
He bought Waverley Abbey House, Surrey 1747.
Mary died pre-1749.