Notes for Aaron Huntley: When Aaron Huntley was three years old, his family moved from Boston, to Roxbury, Massachussets in 1657 and became members of the 1st Church of Roxbury. Aaron, along with his brother Moses, and sister Elizabeth, was baptized at the 1st Church of Roxbury on the 27, Oct 1657 by Pastor John Eliot, who eventually became known as “The Apostle to the Indians.” Aaron's sister Mary was baptised on 03 Dec 1659.
Aaron was only 14 years old when his mother died. He married Mary Champion,daughter of Henry Champion, on February 22, 1675/76 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut. Aaron and Mary lived with his parents until his fathers death when Aaron was 22 years old. Shortly afterwards, he built a house of his own in an area known as Huntley Hollow. That area is now known as East Lyme, Connecticut.
Aaron is recorded in several land records, in Land Records for Lyme, Connecticut. In Vol. 2, P 48; March 1687/88: Regarding the estate of John Huntley and Aaron Huntley; it is laid out at the cove commonly called Sunkapogusets, fifty acres of upland be it more or less with allowance for surveyors land, bounded North by Thomas Champion, East with the commons, at an ash tree marked at the Northeast corner and a black Oak tree marked at the Southeast corner, Southerly by the Smith's land, Westerly by the highway, being upon the account of their fourth division.
Lyme, CT Land Records; 25 Sep 1702: Laid out to the estate of John Huntley, deceased and taken up by his son Aaron Huntley, executor to his estate,ninety-five acres of land be it more or less, at Walnut Tree Hill, the most Westward hill, beginning at the Northward end, being in length two hundred and ten rods, in width at the Northward end 14 chains, at the Southward end 22 chains, at the Northwest cornner with a black oak tree marked on all four sides, and a chestnut stadell standing by it marked at the Northeast corner with a stadell marked on four sides, at the Southeast corner with a chestnut tree marked on four sides, at the Southwest corner with a white oak tree marked on four sides, being upon the account of the last part of the fourth division, it being in full satisfaction for the same.
Aaron served in King Phillip's War, and was given one whole soldier's right (Cedar Swamp. Lot # 50) in the town of Voluntown, CT, which he later sold to Joseph Lathrop of Norwich, CT, for L8, on 05 Nov 1716. Aaron lived on his fathers "home lot", which he later deeded to his son, David, "with my own dwelling house, orchard and meadow, bounded Westerly by the highway, (Lyme St.), Northwardly by lands of Josiah DeWolf, Eastwardly by the commons and Aoutherly by land and meadow of Mr. Moses Noyes." (Lyme, vol 4, p 119), 03 Feb 1723. John provided for both Aaron and his wife, Mary, during their lifetimes and for payments to some of his grandchildren.
Aaron worked as a Constable in Lyme for many years and also held other elective offices, being at various times Fence Viewer, Lister, Pound Keeper, Packer of Beef and Pork, and Surveyor. He was one of the Collectors Of The Minister's Rate, elected on 26 Dec 1700.
Recorded in the Lyme Land Records; Robert Perego sold a bay mare with star on forehead, marked with his own ear mark, being four years old and vantage to Aaron Huntly. This above said mare is returned to Robert Peregos and the bargain is null and void, agreed to by both parties on 01 Mar 1680 (Vol 1, P 36) At another time Aaron bought a dun-colored colt about 6 weeks old with a white blaze on the forehead from John Borden.
According to his father's will, Aaron is required to pay ten pounds each to the other heirs upon his taking possession of all the remaining estate at the death of the widow Mary Huntley. This requirement was apparently fulfilled as according to Lyme Records; Vol 3, P 153, there are two receipts dated 05 Jul 1687, and 08 Mar 1688, signed by Elizabeth (Huntley) Lewis and her husband John Lewis of New London, CT, that she had received her L10. In addition, Moses acknowledged that he had received full satisfaction of all his father, John Huntley had willed him from Aaron Huntley, executor of the estate and signed 08 Jun 1688.
Lyme Land Records, Vol 7 Pages 77&78; Aaron gave a deed to Lewis DeWolf, on 25 Jul 1739, for 12 pounds, one half of all right claim and demand to his dwelling house and home lot being estimated as 48 acres.
Aaron wrote his own Will in Lyme on 25 Jan 1741, but did not die until 25 May 1745, at the age of 91. Aaron was evidently very fond of his grand daughter, Lydia, (Ledy), daughter of his son, David, as he named her to be his executor.
This is Aaron's Willl; In the Name of God, Amen. This Twenty fifth Day of Jan, 1741, I Aaron Huntly of Lyme, New London, CT, in New England, being of sound mind and memory thanks be to God for it, yet calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament; and first of all I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it to me, and my body to be decently buried in the earth from where it came. In hopes of receiving the same again by the power of God at the general resurrection at the last day; as for such worldly goods and estate that I have not all ready disposed of where as it hath pleased almighty God to bless me with in this Life, I give and dispose of in this following maner and form; as to my sons John and Aaron Huntley the 2nd, I have given them their full portions in lands already by deeds of gift and in other goods, and as to my son Daniel Huntley deceased I have given him his full portion in lands and other goods already....Item as to my Grandafter (Grand Daughter), Mary Lattemore, the dafter (daughter), of my son Solomon Huntly deceased, I give her five shillings and also I have ordered my son David Huntley to pay her five pounds on her marriage day which is all I intend for her. As to my Daughter, Elizabeth the wife of Mathew Beckwith, deceased, I have given her all her portion already. As to my son David Huntley, deceased, I have given him several things all ready; Item, As to my daughter, Ruth, I have given her all her portion already. Item, As to my Grand Daughter Ledy Huntley, daughter of my son David Huntley, deceased for her dutyfulness, care, love, and good will, which she bares to me, I do give after my death all my estate viz; all my houshold goods and wearing apparel and everthing that I am in possession of at my death, obliging her to take care and maintain in sickness and in health her brother Simon Huntley until he shall be fit to go to some trade to serve an apprenticeship, and I do appoint my Grand Daughter Ledy Huntley of Lyme above mentioned to be my Executrix to this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other Wills made by me at any time whatsoever and I do confirm this to be my Last Will and Testament wherrreunto I have set my hand and fixed my seal the day and date above mentioned. Witnessed by; Lewis DeWolf, Elijah Huntley, and Josiah DeWolf, JR..
Harpers Magazine, Vol 52, Number 309, Page 318, Feb 1876: In describing the old Huntley house, still standing over two hundred years since being built; "Turning North from the Waite Mansion you are confronted by a quaint homestead which seems to be taking life comfortably right in the middle of the street. Venerable trees rise above it and their branches droop over it's small paned windows. It's door-step is foot worn, it's hall of entrance of a pre-Revolutionary pattern and it's wholearchitecture one sided; but it has an unmistakable air of gentility. If you enter you are plunged headlong into an antiquarian mine, panelled walls, curious cornices, enormous fireplaces. High mantels and round tables bring all your forefathers and foremothers round you in their powdered wigs and high heeled shoes. The chairs and pictures are many of them two hundred years old. You may presume before you get to it that the street ends plump against the little door yard fence. No, the street is guilty of no such impertinence. It dodges politely around the edifice and pursues it's otherwise unbending course as if accustomed to trifling obstructions."
More About Aaron Huntley: Date born 2: 15 Apr 1654
More About Aaron Huntley and Mary Champion: Marriage: 22 Feb 1675/76, Lyme, New London, Connecticut.
Children of Aaron Huntley and Mary Champion are:
+Aaron Huntley, b. 01 Dec 1680, Lyme, New London, CT, USA384, d. 26 Sep 1748, Lyme, New London, CT, USA384.