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Virginia DeLancey Kearny Hunt
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1861
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1897
Queens County
New York, USA

The youngest child of General Philip Kearny and his second wife, the former Agnes Maxwell, Virginia DeLancey Kearny was the wife of Lt. Ridgely Hunt, USN. Unlike her French-born siblings Susan and Archibald, Virginia came into the world at Bellegrove, Kearny's opulent country estate in present-day Kearny, NJ. Her father, the North's most aggressive fighter during the early years of the Civil War, named her after the Southern state of Virginia, which had an ambience he enjoyed despite his fierce opposition to the cause it embraced. Ironically, he was killed there less than 10 months after her birth. When she was seven years old, her mother married the distinguished Admiral John E. Upshur, USN, a widower with several children. Virginia subsequently grew up in the American naval community, and like her older sister, Susan Watts Kearny, married a naval officer from a prominent family. Her bridegroom was the son of William Henry Hunt, US Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Garfield and Arthur, and their wedding took place in Washington, DC, on the eve of her 25th birthday. Sadly, she would not celebrate many more. A Gilded Age socialite and mother of two, she died suddenly on Long Island at the age of 35. Following a private funeral, she was entombed in the family vault of her great-grandfather, John Watts, alongside her famous father and young brother Archie, both of whom had predeceased her in in 1862. At the time of her death her survivors included her husband of ten years, their children Ridgely Hunt, Jr. and Virginia Livingston Hunt; her mother Agnes Maxwell Kearny Upshur, and her sister Susan Watts Kearny Selfridge. Although General Kearny's body was later transferred to Arlington National Cemetery, this downtown Manhattan churchyard is the final resting place of numerous Watts, De Lanceys, Kearnys, De Peysters and others in his ancestral tree. 
Family links: 
  Philip Kearny (1815 - 1862)
  Agnes Maxwell Upshur (1833 - 1917)
  Ridgely Hunt (1854 - 1916)
  Ridgely Hunt (1854 - 1916)*
  Susan Watts Kearny (1842 - 1843)**
  Diana Kearny Powell (1844 - 1904)**
  John Watts Kearny (1845 - 1933)**
  Susan Watts Kearny Selfridge (1856 - ____)*
  Archibald Kennedy Kearny (1858 - 1862)*
  Virginia DeLancey Kearny Hunt (1861 - 1897)
*Calculated relationship
Trinity Churchyard
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Jul 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74208574
Virginia DeLancey <i>Kearny</i> Hunt
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- bob tarte
 Added: Sep. 1, 2016
In remembrance.
- Nikita Barlow
 Added: Aug. 2, 2011

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