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Capt Judkins Hunt, Sr

Prince George County, Virginia, USA
Death Dec 1817 (aged 69-70)
Devereux, Hancock County, Georgia, USA
Burial Shoulderbone, Hancock County, Georgia, USA
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Capt. Judkins Hunt, Sr., served as Capt. of the Revolutionary War in the Sussex Co., VA Militia in 1777.

Son of Thomas Hunt, II and Frances Ann (Harper) Hunt

Husband of Martha (Batte) Hunt ~ married December 26, 1769, Brunswick Co., VA

Brunswick County Marriages ~ 1750 - 1853

Martha Batte was the "ward" of her brother William Batte (III), bond: Robert Rivers and the witness was William Atkinson.

Capt. Judkins and Martha (Batte) Hunt, Sr. had 7 children and they were:

1. Elizabeth Hunt (m. Rev. Myles Greene)
2. William Hunt (m. Elizabeth Bass)
3. Judkins Hunt Jr. (m. Unity Hancock)
4. Sarah "Sallie" Hunt (m. Dr. John Rivers, Sr.)
5. Mary "Polly" Hunt (m. William Wallace, Sr.)
6. Nancy Hunt (m. Capt. Allen J. Greene, "War of 1812")
7. James Hunt (m. Nancy Harrison Mitchell m. 1st., John J. Smith and 3rd., Anderson H. Kendrick)

In 1757, Judkins Sr. was left 581 acres of land (in all) in Dinwiddie Co., VA. by his father, Thomas, (Will Book A, pg 138, and probated 21 Sept. 1759, Dinwiddie co.) and two Negroes: Moses and Patty (see below) and all stock that shall be left on plantation at the death of his "Mother-in-Law" (this was his step-Mother, Athaliah Keziah Avent Hunt), "if she should live till he arrive to age 21 and should go to housekeeping and marry". Judkins Hunt was still a minor when listed in his father's will and it was his father's wish from him to be bound to a "Joyner." In Thomas' Will (1757/1759) he leaves salves Moses and Patty to his son Judkins Hunt. Judkins who died in 1817 (will dtd.: 1817; pro.: 1818) in Hancock Co. Georgia, named Moses in his Will and stated "I wish Moses to live where he pleases, as he is an old man and has been a faithful servant". Moses Johnson was the same salve given to his mother, Frances Ann Harper by her father, William Harper, Sr. prior to his death.

At the age of about 29 years of age, Capt. Judkins Hunt was six feet, two inches in command of the Sussex Militia Virginia Revolutionary War in 1777.

At the age of about 40 years of age, Capt. Judkins Hunt and his family left Virginia and took the "Philidelphia wagon road" to North Carolina and South Carolina and made their home in Green County, Georgia in 1787. Hancock County wasn't created until 1793 from Greene County which was originally Washington County. They made their home on the east of Fort Creek and this is where Judkins Hunt and his family lived for the rest of their lives.

On February 27, 1792, Judkins Hunt had purchased land along the East of Fort Creek in Greene (later Hancock Co.) County from Britton and Elizabeth Rogers consisting of 350 acres with 200 lbs. sterling. In 1794, Judkins Hunt showed up on the Hancock County Tax list with his wife, five children and 27 slaves. His cabin was built on the banks of the east banks of Fort Creek, consisting of four rooms with a passage between and a cellar. It was built from oak hewn logs and port holes around each story for defense against the hostile Indians.

On March 16, 1795 the Hancock County records are showing he had conveyed to six of his daughters and sons, a "deed of gift." Three slaves to each children with the same to his son-in-law, Rev. Myles Greene and it was by then his daughter Elizabeth (Hunt) Greene was deceased. The tax digest of 1794 indicates that Judkins Hunt was the owner of twenty-seven slaves which made him the county's third largest slaveholder.

Judkins Hunt was buried next to his wife, Martha, who had predeceased him. They were buried in the family cemetery on their plantation.

Capt. Judkins Hunt's will was written in 1810 (pro.: January 5, 1818 ~ Bk. F; pp. 177-179) following the death of Martha's death and probated January 1818 in Hancock County. "Legatees: Sons, James, William, Judkins; and daughters, Mary Wallace, Sallie Rives (Rivers). The estate was divided between two of his serviving daughters and one granddaughter. The will further stated that he had already given "their legacies to my estate" to his other daughters, and to two(?) sons who had moved west to Jones County, Georgia.

In 1825, a few years after Judkins Hunt's death his son, James Hunt (1774-1855) inherited the his father's plantation and had paid taxes on 398 acres on Fort Creek and 280 acres on Sholderbone Creek. It appears that some of the Hunt descendants must have occupied the house in 1857 with many items still there. Then after the Civil War there were still carpets, saddle blankets and bedding were There is no trace of of the Hunt cabin today or where Capt. Judkins Hunt and his family are buried on the plantation.


Judkins Hunt, Sr's (1747-1817) father Thomas Hunt, II (ca. 1710/11-1759) was about 37/38 yrs of age when he was born.

All indications it appears James Hunt (m. Nancy Harrison Mitchell) and Judkins Hunt, Jr. were "twin."

The Hunt family graves are located east of Fort Creek on the Hunt Plantation. The location of burial has not been found. The Harris family cemetery is located off Hunts Chapel Road.

There were actually only three sons and they were: 1. William, 2. Judkins, Jr. and 3. James Hunt that came with his father and mother to Hancock Co., GA in 1787.

There are two article regarding the Hunt family and they are:

1. "The Hunt Family", that appears in the History of Hancock County, Georgia (Vol. II; p. 91), by Elizabeth Wiley Smith
2. "The Hunt House", The Houses of Hancock, 1785-1865 (p. 219) by John Rozier.

On September 24, 2014, Capt. Judkins and Martha (Batte) Hunt, Sr., 4th great granddaughter, Georgia Girl made a trip to Hancock County in serach of the Hunt plantation and where the Hunts were buried. Only to find probably where the Hunt plantation must have been at one time and did not find his place of burial.

This information was gathered from will and deeds and is listed by county and state.


Slaves listed in a deed of gift from Capt. Judkins Hunt, Sr. to his children and son-in-law, Rev. Myles Greene, dated 1795:

Slaves listed in will of Capt. Judkins Hunt, dated 1818:

"According to the article about the "Hunt Family", which appears in the "History of Hancock Co., Ga.", written by Elizabeth Wiley Smith it is mentioned Capt. Judkins Hunt, Sr. had over 500 slaves. I believe this to be incorrect, perhaps he owned approx. 500 acres of land both in Va. and Ga."#

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