John Hunt (Quaker exile)

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John Hunt
Born 1712
Died March 31, 1778
Frederick County, Virginia
Occupation Merchant
Spouse(s) Unknown
Rachel Tory
Children Dorothea
John Jr.

John Hunt (1712 – March 31, 1778) was one of the Virginia Exiles, who were a group of Philadelphia area Quakers that were forcibly exiled to Winchester, Virginia during the Revolutionary War.[1]

Prior to 1769, John Hunt was a London merchant and shipper dealing in tobacco and general merchandise.[2] Between 1738 and 1768, John Hunt made several voyages between London, Philadelphia and Virginia.

In 1769, John Hunt, a widower, emigrated to the province of Pennsylvania with his three children: Dorothea, Elizabeth and John.[3] The Hunt family settled near Philadelphia at Darby. John Hunt married Rachel Tory, a widow, on November 28, 1769.

Some modern writers have confused the John Hunt (1712 – 1778), who is the subject of this article, with another Quaker named John Hunt (1711 – 1729) who also lived near Philadelphia at Moorestown, New Jersey.[4] Adding to the confusion, another Quaker minister by the name of John Hunt (1740 – 1824) also lived at Moorestown.[5]


  1. ^ Gummere, p. 511
  2. ^ Historical Society of Pennsylvania "Hunt, John. Letterbook, 1747-1749. John Hunt was a London merchant and shipper dealing tobacco and general merchandise. Continued as Hunt and Greenleafe."
  3. ^ Hinshaw, p. 560: Three certificates granted to John Hunt by London meetings were received by Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on July 4, 1764; April 29, 1768 and March 31, 1769.
  4. ^ Hynes, p. 4
  5. ^ Gummere, p. 571


  • Cloud, Morgan (2003). "Quakers, slaves and the Founders: profiling to save the Union". Mississippi Law Journal, 73: 369-421.
  • Gilpin, Thomas (1848). Exiles in Virginia - account of the exile of 22 Philadelphia Quakers to Winchester, Virginia.
  • Gray Vining, Elizabeth (1955). The Virginia Exiles. (novel)
  • Gummere, Amelia Mott (1922). The journal and essays of John Woolman. New York: The Macmillan Company.
  • Hinshaw, William Wade and Thomas Worth Marshall (1936). Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers.
  • Hynes, Judy (1997). The descendants of John and Elizabeth (Woolman) Borton. Mount Holly, New Jersey: John Woolman Memorial Association.
  • Worrall, Jay (1994). The friendly Virginians, America's first Quakers. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Co., 632 pages.

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