Hunt Family Ancestry

Genealogy Family Trees: Hunt , Kinney
Locations: Michigan, Bayham Elgin Ontario Canada, Little Tracadie Antigonish Nova Scotia Canada

I have been doing a major review, correcting and updating of my genealogy pages some of which I started over 30 years ago. I have focused on the direct ancestors and have not checked all the data on siblings and their descendants. I have removed many speculative ancestors which has no sources to support them. I use Wikitree to check current research. It is the most up to date research in terms of accuracy as you must put in sources. Its goal is to have one profile per person and resolve conflicting trees. Find A Grave but especially trees are riddled with errors. Errors found in are impossible to correct as trees get copied and there is no mechanism to correct an error. I am now adding to Wikitree including sources in an effort to combat the errors in Wikitree also can have errors or speculation but it it us significantly more accurate.

DNA matches. I have used a DNA symbol 🧬 to indicate where I have a match to someone who descends from that specific part of my tree.

Thomas McMinn

Photos of the descendants of Hezikiah & Hannah Kinney Hunt

Hunt Tree

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Hunt Family Tree

Hunt Name Meaning: English: occupational name for a hunter, Old English hunta (a primary derivative of huntian ‘to hunt’). The term was used not only of the hunting on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars, which in the Middle Ages was a pursuit restricted to the ranks of the nobility, but also to much humbler forms of pursuit such as bird catching and poaching for food.
Gen 5 Matterson/Madison Hunt Ann
Death 1824-1827 Gut of Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia  
Misc. Church of England Church of England

Seige of Charleston. Matterson was in the militia



Charleston, SC ca Jun 1780 to Jul 1782

Charleston fell to the British on 12 May 1780 and loyalists from other areas came there. The following are all the records I have found for Mattherson Hunt as a loyalist and they appear to be all the same person with the possible exception of the Camden Militia. Mathewson's first militia unit also lists Jonas Bedford. After that Jonas is listed as a refugee. The Camden Militia unit could be a different person as the dates overlap with the North Carolina Militia but there are several people in both lists who served first in Camden Nov-Dec then North Carolina. Matterson's entry does not say Camden is just Nov-Dec but if so all the dates make sense for one person. Otherwise there are two with one appearing no where else but the Camden Militia. They appeared to physically reside on James Island. I am unsure how many thousands of refugees but there were a lot.

They paid the militia units through the end of Dec even if they were evacuated before. During these last few months, refugees could go a number of places such as Nova Scotia, Jamaica, England, and St. Augustine. It is unknown if the Hunt family had a choice but Matterson's militia commander organized a group to go to Nova Scotia. But the Hunts went to St. Augustine and eventually from there to Nova Scotia.

British Goverment House St. Augustine

St. Augustine, FL Jul 1782 to Jul 1784

From July 12–25, a deluge of over 7,000 Loyalists from Savannah and Charleston sailed into St. Augustine. The Hunt family was amoung them. This does not count those coming by land nor the Blacks who sough refuge with the Seminoles. With the entrance to St. Augustine impeded by a notorious sandbar, which gave the port its reputation as the most dangerous of all Britain’s Atlantic colonies, it is no surprise that a significant number of these incoming refugee vessels were wrecked. Indeed, in one incident in December 1782, sixteen ships loaded with Loyalists from Charleston came to grief while trying to enter St. Augustine In another example that same month, Rattlesnake, the military escort for a fleet of at least 8 ships bringing Loyalists to St. Augustine, also ran aground and wrecked with four lives lost.

On September 3, 1783, by Treaty of Paris, gave control of East Florida back to Spain then they left St. Augustine there were 3 children.

Many refugees appeared to still hope it would remain in British hands but in Feb 1784 those hopes were dashed and evacuations really sped up. Their conditions had deteriorated as much had little assets. Jun 1784, Governor Zespedes and 500 Spanish soldiers arrived from Cuba to take over the colony although an extension of the evacuation had been negotiated. The refugees could go to a number of places such as Nova Scotia, Jamaica, and England. It is unknown what options the Hunt family had and if they did have a choice why they chose Nova Scotia.

The 3rd Christ's Church of Guysborough but original location

Guysborough, Nova Scotia Jul 1784

The family traveled from St. Augustine to Nova Scotia on the Argo where he received 350 acres in Gut of Canso Guysborough based on the size of the family.. They arrived on between 13 and 29 Jul 1784 in Halifax before going to Chedabucto (Guysborough). Governor John Parr wrote on 29 Jul 1784 from Halifax (an apparent reference to the Argo) " a Transport arriiv'd a few dys ago from St. Augustine, with 260 miserable Wretches, without a shilling, naked, destitute of almost every necessary of life."

Gen 4 Hezekiah Hunt Hannah Kinney
Birth 24 Mar 1790, 4 Oct 1790 (B) Christ Church Guysborough. Nova Scotia, Canada 1801 Little Tracadie, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death between July 1848 & 1851 Little Tracadie after 1871
Parents Matterson/Madison Hunt Ann Samuel Kinney Margaret ??Davis
Misc. Church of England Church of England



Thomas McMinn

Photos of the descendants of Hezikiah & Hannah Kinney Hunt

Hunt family and DNA 🧬

This DNA connection is via two different DNA test types, The first way I found the connection is via an autosomal match with a woman named Karna. Autosomal dna tests are the normal one done by thousands. This test tests DNA on all 46 chromosomes and the challenge is to figure out what the connection is becaseu you can't even tell if that dna came from your Mother or Father via the test results. The first thing I do is look at shared matches. My Mother's and Fther's ancestors came from complelty differnt parts of the Canada West. My Mom the south ending in southern IL and my Dad the north ending in MI.So I look at shared matches to see if the connection s on my Mom's or Dad's.;Karma had shared ancestors to a ton of my Dad's side but her tree had only cnacestors through the south. Yet nary a match to any of my Mon's relatives. Now of couse not all family trees are biologically accurate but assuming it was I looked further and saw her maiden name was Hunt. As we know Matterson and Ann Hunt come from the south beore ending up in Nova Scotia. Could Karma's family be connected to Matterson's family? I then decided to pursue this via the second type of DNA testing testing the Y-DNA test. Y-DNA test ONLY tests one of the 46 chromosmes each of us have. Its the y chromosme which only men have. We gals have 2 Xs and men one Y and one X. Why is the Y chromsme test useful? It is inherited father to son virtually identical with a mutation occuring rarely. Currently it can look at 111 segments of DNA on hte Y chromome. So how was that useful in htis case. A number of years ago Keith Hunt a direct male descneat of Matterson Hunt (see him in the tree above) took a Y-DNA test because a group tracing some Hunts in NC though Matterson might be related. It turns out they were not related and Keith had only one match in all the Y-DNA test database. The person indicated wit hthat one match never responded to my emails. But I thought it was a longshot thta Karna's family was related but it was worth a shot. Karna's father Charles agreed to do a test and there was a match!! Not perfect but close for sure. Below is Karna's Hunt tree. I will give you my analysis below that.

Gen 7 James G Hunt  
Birth 7 Feb 1765 Camden Dist SC    
Death 1859 Siloam Church Cem, Lafayette, TN 1837
Married 22 Feb 1786 Camden, Kershaw, SC  


I upped the both Keith and Charles Y-DNA test from testing 37 DNA segments to the currently testable 111 segments. With the 111 segments had 3 mutations of only a sift of one number. The purpose of the segments they test is they do not mutate fast. The challenge is determining what generation if their common answer. So based on the number of mutations the odds of James G Hunt and Matterson Hunt brothers is 72.12%. The probability that they would be at least fist counsins raises to 81.56% and second cousins 88.2%. So what next. Obviously written records need to be evaluated but autosomal matches might help. What we look to in autosmal matches of siblings of the wives and Y-DNA testing of any direct male descendants of say James Hunt b. 24 Jul 1732 or other Hunts in Karna's tree. What is not in doubt is matterson is connected to her Hunt familu.

Kinney Family Tree

Kinney Name Meaning: Scottish: reduced form of McKinney which is Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha or Mac Cionaoith ‘son of Cionaodh’, a personal name which is probably composed of the elements cion ‘respect’, ‘affection’ + Aodh, a Gaelic personal name, originally the name of the Celtic god of fire. The personal name thus probably means ‘beloved of Aodh’. Northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coinnigh ‘son of Coinneach’, an Old Irish personal name equivalent to Scottish Kenneth. Compare Kenny.
Gen 5 Samuel Kinney Margaret ??Davis
Birth US. (NH or England?) by 1772 US.
Death 9 Apr 1835 (B) Little Tracadie Antigonish Nova Scotia 1851 Little River, Nova Scotia
Burial famiy farm Little Tracadie
Misc. Farmer Church of England Church of England

Linewood Land Plots children of Samuel Kinney

Samuel Kinney Revolutionary War Service


  1. 1 Jan 1777 Enlisted Capt Olney Light Infantry Company of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Line
  2. muster rolls Rhode Island 2nd Batalion Capt Olney
    1. 1778: 1 Junn (on guard Vally Forge), 13 Jul (absent with leave), 21 Aug (Rhode Island Camp) , 9 Oct (Fort Warren) , 27 Nov , 4 Dec
    2. 1779 3 Jan, 7 Feb 16, 16 Mar (on furlough), 7 Apr (on commnad guard bots) , 2 May (on commnad guard bots) , 5 Jun ,13 Jul (Camp Barbers Heights) , 3 Aug (Camp North Kingstown) 10 Sep , 12 Oct , 10 Nov (Camp Warwick)
    3. 28 Jan (Camp Morristown On commnad)), 2 Mar , 3 Apr (sick present), 4 May , 3 June (on guard)
    4. 4 Sep 1780 desrted (Camp near Hackensack)
    5. 5 Sep 1780 enlisted Cap. Samuel Hayden's Company of the 1st Battalion, King's American Rangers
    6. 8 Sep 1780 muster roll Rhode Island 2nd Batalion Capt Olney - listed as deserted
    7. 4 Oct 1780 muster roll Rhode Island 2nd Batalion Capt Olney - listed as deserted

Battles the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment fought in while Samuel was in it. Irronically he was in the last major battle.

  1. Battle of Red Bank (1777)
  2. Siege of Fort Mifflin (1777)
  3. Valley Forge (1777–1778)
  4. Battle of Monmouth (1778)
  5. Battle of Rhode Island (1778)
  6. Morristown, New Jersey (1779–1780)
  7. Battle of Springfield (1780)