52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #24 – Enoch Hunt

Relationship: 3rd Great-grandfather
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Enoch is an old biblical name taken from the Hebrew word meaning experienced or dedicated. My 3rd great-grandfather’s given name was Enoch and his family name was Hunt, which is quite common. That makes finding the Hunt family ancestors a bit challenging.

Enoch Hunt’s story began when he was born in 06 Apr 1808[1] to parents Ebenezer Hunt and his wife Elizabeth.[2] He was born and raised in Sussex County, New Jersey.

His father, Ebenezer, passed away 11 May 1814[3] when Enoch was only six years old. I don’t have a blog post planned (yet) about Enoch’s mother Elizabeth so this would be a good time to address her marital history. Enoch must have experienced some chaos in his young life related to her marriages.

Elizabeth was first married to a man with the last name of Tepel and had a son with him who was named Peter T. who was born around 1793.[4] Peter later adopted the Hunt surname. In is unknown when or if Peter’s father died. Elizabeth next married Ebenezer Hunt around 1795. Ebenezer and Elizabeth had William and John (possibly twins) about 1797[5] and Enoch in 1808. After Enoch passed away, Elizabeth married a man named Nathaniel Salmon.[6] There is no record of any children with Nathaniel but Enoch must have spent time in the household with Elizabeth and Nathaniel Salmon.

At the age of 22, Enoch married Martha Decker on 13 May 1830.[7] Together, they have one son, Theodore, born 25 July 1834[8] and a daughter named Keziah. Keziah’s birth date is unknown[9] but she must have been born before Martha’s death on 22 January 1837.[10] Enoch was left a widower at age 28. With young children to care for, he enters into his second marriage.

At the age of 31, Enoch married Eliza Menard.[11] They were married in 1840 most likely in New Jersey. If you thought Enoch’s mother, Elizabeth, had a blended family, his new wife Eliza Menard rivaled her on the number of children she brought to each marriage! (Since this is supposed to be a post about Enoch I will let you read up on Eliza http://wp.me/p4WHi0-35 in her own post.)

Enoch and Eliza have three children together but only their son William Henry Hunt, born 09 April 1841, lives to adulthood.[12]

By 1850, Enoch was living in Newark, New Jersey and working as a printer.[13] His household consisted of Enoch (36), wife Eliza(46), their son William(9) and Eliza’s son Lyman(11). It was unclear why they have moved from rural Sussex County to the more urban city of Newark. Most likely, Enoch was following his profession to where the work existed.

By 1860, Enoch (52) had moved to New York. He was living in Weschester County in the town of Morrisania and working as a foreman. With him in New York were his wife Eliza (50) and Eliza’s son Lyman (22).[14] Remarkably, Eliza has only aged four years since the last census ten years ago…

At some point before 1866, Enoch moved his family back to New Jersey. I would speculate that it had something to do with the outbreak of the Civil War.

When Enoch’s father Ebenezer died, Enoch became a land owner. Enoch Hunt and his wife Eliza granted 30 acres more or less to Job J. Decker for the sum of $200.00.  The land description is “of wood land bounded by land of the Morris Canal Company, Benjamin Rose decd and others and is the same land of which Ebenezer Hunt died seized in about the year eighteen hundred and thirteen since which time it has been owned occupied and possessed by his sons William Hunt (now deceased) John Hunt, and the said Enoch Hunt.”  The indenture is dated 13 November 1866[15] only eight days before Enoch’s death.

Enoch lived to see the end of the war but not too long after that. He passes away on 21 November 1866 in Andover, Sussex County, New Jersey.[16] His cause of death was listed as “cronick” on his death certificate and the information in his step-son Lyman’s pension file states that he died of a chronic inflammation of the stomach.

[1] Membership application, Marianna Hunt Wells, National no. 183172, on Ebenezer Hunt (1758-1814, New Jersey), approved 02 February 1922; National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of the Registrar General, Washington, D.C.
[2] New Jersey State Archives, State Death Registers, AF:781, no. 4, Enoch Hunt; 21 November 1866 New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.
[3] New Jersey Department of State, estate inventory 1424S (1814), Ebenezer Hunt; New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.
[4] Membership application, Marianna Hunt Wells, National no. 183172.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Sussex County, New Jersey, Deed Book T2: 67-71, Nathanial Salmon and his wife and Peter T. Hunt to Azariah Hunt, indenture, 10 Janurary 1820; Hall of Records, Newton.
[7]  Membership application, Marianna Hunt Wells, National no. 183172.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Civil War and Later Pension Files. Department of Veterans Affairs. William H. Hunt (Pvt., Co. I, 70th NY. Inf., Civil War), pension no. WC 852,451. Affidavit of Zeziah Washer taken at Jersey City, New Jersey, 02 February 1887.
[10] “Died,” obituary, Sussex Register, 06 February 1837, unknown page, right hand column; Bound newspaper stacks, Sussex County Historical Society, Newton, New Jersey.
[11] Civil War and Later Pension Files. Department of Veterans Affairs. Lyman Wood (Pvt., Co. G, 83rd NY militia, Civil War), pension no. W.C. 446,752; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Form 3-012, Affidavit of Mrs. Eliza Hunt, exhibit J, taken at Branchville Junction, Sussex County, New Jersey, 05 September 1882.
[12] Ibid.
[13] 1850 U. S. census, Essex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Newark, p. 148B, dwelling 337, family 542, Enoch Hunt; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 447.
[14] 1860 U. S. census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Morrisania, p. 309 (penned), dwelling 2126, family 2403, Enoch Hunt; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 878.
[15] Sussex County, New Jersey, Deed Book P5: 109-111, Enoch Hunt and wife to Job J. Decker, indenture, 13 November 1866; Hall of Records, Newton.
[16] New Jersey State Archives, State Death Registers, AF:781, no. 4, Enoch Hunt; 21 November 1866 New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.


2 thoughts on “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #24 – Enoch Hunt

  1. How wonderful to have come across your blog! I’m a Van Sickle researcher, and am currently looking for the ancestry of Aaron Van Sickle and his wife Naomi Decker. Their daughter, Phoebe, married Peter T. Hunt’s son, William.

    I’m aware of the great many connections between the Hunt and Decker families. It is my hope that in researching both families, I will be able to find evidence of the ancestry of Aaron and Naomi.

    If you are interested in collaborating, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (no doubt your research is well advanced of my own regarding your family line).



    • Hi Jeannie! Nice to meet you. Yes, the Hunts and Deckers have quite a few connections and I’ve been finding all sorts of ancestors while researching the Hunt line especially through some Civil War military records. I’d like to collaborate with you. I will e-mail you privately.


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