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Thomas Orby Hunter

born c.1714, must be born America,
descendant of Edward III,
of Croyland, Lincolnshire.
His mother died 1716
His father became Governor of Jamaica 1727. He went to Jamaica with
his father and brother 1727.
His father’s will, dated Jan 1733, left him his father’s extensive property at Croyland, Lincolnshire and at Burton Pedwardine, Lincolnshire and at Chertsey, Surrey, and property in America and Jamaica, all provided that he did not marry a certain Mrs. Sarah Kelly, widow of Charles Kelly, of Jamaica.
His father died in Jamaica Mar 1734. He returned alone to England.
He obeyed his father’s condition (or perhaps his father was simply not up to date!) and inherited the property.
He married 1stly, 5th June 1734, by licence, at St. Thomas a Becket, Warblington,Havant, Portsmouth, to Mrs. Mary Heming [or Maria, a widow].
He was a member of the Spalding Society after his father, elected 10th Oct 1734.
He was MP for Winchelsea, East Sussex, 1741-59 and 1760-70.
He was stationed at Rotterdam 1746 as deputy paymaster for the English and Dutch troops.
He bought Waverley Abbey House, Surrey 1747.
Mary died pre-1749.

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