I recently found a letter in a book referencing Caty's Spence's father and some of his ancestors. The book is called
History of the Hume, Kennedy and Brockman families : in three parts Washington, D.C.: Press of C. H. Potter & Co., 1916, 311 pgs. By Brockman, William Everett, p. 104 - 105.
Charleston, W. V. March 12, 1915
Mrs. Isham Estes
Dear Mrs. Estes: I am sorry not to be informed of the genealogy of most of the names that you mention, but will give you a sketch of what I remember about the Hutt family. My lineage and yours is the same to the marriage of Catherine Spence with the third Gerard Hutt, but there we separate. I am descended from one of the sons, William Spence Hutt, who married a French lady, Miss Willard. You are descended from another brother, Thomas, who married Mary Young, widow of Elliott Sturman. * * * Susie Hutt, of Neenah, Va, and Wyatt Hutt, are somewhere connected with our family. * * * I have traced our ancestry back to Col. Thomas Gerard of St. Mary's County Md. His daughter Temperance married the emigrant Daniel Hutt, of London, in 1669. He died leaving one son, Gerard Hutt, whose will in 1739 says, that his wife was Ann, and his children, Thomas, Gerard, and Daniel, and four daughters. They lived at Prospect Hill, in Westmoreland County, Va. Daniel Hutt died in 1674. I don't know how old he was, but a short time before his death he was excused from paying taxes on account of his age. Gerard Hutt died about 1739-40, and left his home, Prospect Hill, to his son, Gerard, who married Mary _____, and had several children, named in his will in 1771. We are principally concerned with his son Gerard, who married in 1760 Catherine Spence. Their children were, Mary, born 1761, and married James S. Dozier; John, born in 1763, was a gallant Revolutionary soldier, and known as "Yellow Jacket." He married Elizabeth Cockerell. Gerard (4) was born in 1765, and married Miss Robinson, first, and after her death, married Miss Demerritt. Thomas, your ancestor, was born in 1768, and married Mary Young Sturman. Nimrod, was born in 1770, married F. B. Atwell. Ursula, born 1771, married John Robinson, first, and George Rust, second. My ancestor, William Spence Hutt, was born about 1773, and married Constance Eugenia Ettienette Willard, of Paris, France. It would take some time to look up the descendants of Gerard Hutt and Catherine Spence Hutt. The father of Catherine was John Spence, and his father Thomas Spence, whose mother was the daughter of Col. Youell. Col. Youell's mother was named Ann Sturman. It has been impossible to find out the names of the wives of Gerard Hutt, Sr. and Jr. It is possible that these names are Wyatt, Throckmorton, Meredith, or Banks, as all of these seem to be connected with the family. My great-great-grandmother Dunbar, who was the daughter of William Spence Hutt, was names Liewelly Hutt, and it is a name well known in King George County, Va. * * * The Gerard family were very prominent both in Maryland, and in Lancashire, England. Col. Gerard was Lord of Clements Manor, in Maryland. I have visited the site of the Manor House on the beautiful Wicomico Bay. * * *
A. B. Baines
More research is needed, but if anyone can locate a land deed for John Spence which names his family, I have another letter which indicates this exists, and probably names Catherine as Catherine or Caty Hutt in it. Possible parents are John Spence and Elizabeth Neale.
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