- I am researching the descendents of Major General Sir Robert Hunter, (1664-1734.The first govenor of New York. and later Govenor of Jamaca.I believe that Thomas Hunter, who married Ann Leech on 18th June 1787 at St Helena, may have been a descendant. I would be interested to learn who his parents were and what was his status on St Helena.Their son Thomas Mongomery Hunter born, 19 Feb 1794 on St Helene, married Phoebe Elizabeth Soloman on the island bon 15th Oct 1823.The name Montgomery has connections with the Orby Hunter family.Brian Hunter
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- Hello Diana:Greetings on a beautiful spring day, in Lincolnshire:Thank you for replying to my posting. It was a pleasure to hear of your connection with, your ancestor Ann Leech, of St Helena. ( What a co-incidence! )The Ann Leech I refered to in my message was the daughter of Richard Leech and Jane Bagley. of St Helena.I believe that , her husband, Thomas ( Orby) Hunter, born 1770 was the son of Sir Thomas Orby Hunter, bart.MP for Winchelsea and a Lord of the Admiralty, but I have not found any documentary evidence to confirm this.Did you know that you can see the St Helena parish records on the Family Search site? Copy the following into your internet browser.Press return >Then at the bottom of the family search form enter the Batch No. 7011904Select Region Ocean Islands and Country Atlantic Islands.Do not enter anything else or it will not work.Press return. > to see an alphabetical list of records.I obtained part of the following information in this way. Let me know if you have a problem with this.St Helena PR'sThomas Hunter ( Capt in St Helena Artillery) marr. Ann Leech, d/o Richard Leech and Jane Bagley,18 June 1787.Thomas Montgomery Hunter( Lieut St Helena Artillery) s/o Thomas and Ann Hunter, bapt. 19 Feb 1792Thomas Montgomery Hunter marr. Pheobe Elizabeth Soloman, b. 20 May 1804, d/o Saul Soloman ( 1776 - 1852) and Margaret Lee, on the 15 Oct 1823.Children born on St Helena.Ann Hunter b. 15 Dec 1824Montgomery Hunter, b. 11 Feb 1827,Highland Hunter (Fem) b. 27 Nov 1827Orby Montgomery Hunter b. 30 May 1833.( Later Lieut in Ceylon Rifles)Grace Hunter b 11ct 1834I think that most of these Hunters may have left St Helene before the 1841 census, but I cannot find where they went to.I do have records of Orby Hunters in Canada and the USA at a later date, but I cannot connect them with the lines which I have researched.Do you know if there are any burial records for St Helena, on line?It would help me in my search if if I could eliminate, those Hunters who died on St Helena. (I do hope that does not sound too morbid.)I will let you know if I discover anyone connected to your Leech ancestors.Regards Brian Hunter
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- Hello Annie:
Thank you for replying to my posting.
I stand corrected. Please forgive me.
It was remiss of me to describe the St Helena IGI data on the Family
search site as parish records. To be truthful - I have admit that I
do not know the origins of the primary records. I suspect that most
of them were obtained, for religeous reasons, by representatives of
the Mormon Church, from the Bishops Transcrips and not the St
Helena Parish registers.
In this instance my main intention was to pass on, to other
researchers, a tip about the usefulness of the batch number
facility. In the case of the St Helena data, it proved helpful to me
use it to structure the family groupings in alphabetical order, thus
allowing me to identify siblings whose existance and first name
were not previously known to me.
Personally I know that I will never be able to visit the archives to
see the primary sources and I very much appreciate the the
generosity of the Church of Latter Day Saints in making this data
available to family history reserchers worldwide on microfich and on
the family Search website.