Major General Jedediah Huntington Re-Visited Through Images
Updated: Jan 4
I made some updates to this old post including a removal of miniatures that I had thought were of Jedediah and his second wife Ann Moore Huntington but I am convinced they were of another Huntington couple--there were so many! Anyway, I think Sotheby's did not prove who these people were and it bugs me.
Recently, while procrastinating on my research and writing on Margaret Baret Huntington Stoughton (MBHS), 17th century Puritan immigrant, I found some fresh on-line images connected to Jedediah "Jed" Huntington--one of Margaret's many descendants and unsung hero of the American Revolution.
I spent roughly two years researching, writing and revising the article about his wife: "Faith Trumbull Huntington: An 18th Century Woman Encounters War," (Connecticut History Review, vol. 58, No. 1, Spring 2019). A highly-educated woman for her time, Faithy created four known pieces of exceptional schoolgirl needlework. Luckily, her art can be seen at the Connecticut Historical Society, the Lyman Allyn Art Gallery, and in pictorial books on American needlework such as Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840 by Susan P. Schoelwer.
One of the main ways I studied and interpreted Faith's life was through an impressive cache of correspondence between the Huntington and Trumbull families in the late summer of 1775 (during the Siege of Boston)--especially from Jed who was an excellent correspondent. As many know, she suffered a fatal depression during the beginning months of the Revolutionary War.
Thus, I am pretty well acquainted with this generation of Huntington brothers, especially Jed. He is kind of like my hero--all 5' 4" of him. In the last few years, by watching the internet, some artifacts associated with him have been revealed mainly through auction houses. Let's take a look:
Well, that's it for now! Back to Margaret's life. But, I could not pass up this opportunity to pull together images of objects connected to Jedediah (some that have re-surfaced), revealing some more clues to the VERY full life of Jed Huntington.
There is much more to learn about him (and not all is positive to a modern sensibility) but during his time, he was very important to the Continental army and winning the revolution.