|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1783|
South Yorkshire, England
|Death: ||May 9, 1861|
Greater London, England
Reknown Antiquarian, son of Michael Hunter (1759-1831) and Elizabeth Girdler (d 1787), grandson of Michael Hunter, ironmonger (08 Jul 1724 - 18 Jun 1771) and Rebecca Chapman (d 1767). Great grandson of Joseph Hunter of Hatfield House, 1769, great great grandson of Walter Hunter of Hatfield House, buried May 31, 1719. Husband of Mary Hayward married Dec 25, 1816. Father of Evan-Haynes, Mary-Cassandra, Francis-Lestock, Henry-Julian and Sylvester-Joseph.
His father was by trade a Cutler and the family lived in a house on the north side of New Church Street an area now occupied by the Town Hall.
Joseph Hunter was a Unitarian Minister and antiquarian best known for his publications - ‘Hallamshire', ‘The History and Topography of the Parish of Sheffield in the County of York' and the two-volume ‘South Yorkshire (a history of the Deanery of Doncaster)', still considered among the best works written on the history of Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
Educated at Attercliffe, he later studied theology at New College in York, becoming a Unitarian Minister in Bath in 1809. He never again lived in Sheffield or South Yorkshire
though he often returned to the County in the course of his researches.
His early interest in antiquarian studies covered a wide field and this interest became his professional career when, in 1833, he was appointed a sub-commissioner of the Records Commission and moved to London.
In 1838 he became an Assistant Keeper of the Public Records and is particularly remembered for his work in classifying the Exchequer records. He was Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries.
Joseph never lived in Sheffield again but returned to visit during his research, and was dear friends with Nathaniel Shiercliffe of Ecclesfield, Sheffield.
He died in 1861 and is buried at St Mary's - Ecclesfield Parish Church in the city of Sheffield.
Michael Hunter (1759 - 1831)
Elizabeth Girdler Hunter (1761 - 1787)
Joseph Hunter (1783 - 1861)
Michael Hunter (1784 - 1785)*
Ebenezar Fletcher Hunter (1786 - 1788)*
Michael Hunter (1821 - 1898)**
Saint Mary's Parish Church Ecclesfield
Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield
South Yorkshire, England
Plot: Plot 3, grave 1125
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Record added: Oct 12, 2010
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