George Hunt (II)

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Relationship to CFH/FCJ ...... Grandfather

Parents father: George Hunt (I), mother: Ann Garmany

Full name (as used to distinguish him unambiguously) George Hunt (1806)

Born 1806

Occupation initially a boatman, he became a publican at two public or ale houses in Upwell

Wife Ann Cambell (1815)

Married 1833 - as both Mr & Mrs Hunt (alias Garmany) and Mr & Mrs Garmany (alias Hunt)

Known children

  • Elizabeth Hunt, born 1833
  • William Hunt, born 1837
  • George Hunt, born 1840
  • Charles Hunt, born 1843
  • Martha Hunt, born 1847
  • Mary Ann Hunt, born 1849
  • Frances A (Fanny) (Hunt or Germanney or Jarmany), born 1855

Facts as we know them:

  • 1806 born in Upwell in Norfolk
  • was a boatman in his youth
  • married Ann Cambell (or Campbell) in 1833
  • was away from home for the 1841 census. His wife, Anne, and the rest of the family were living at Chadwell's Yard, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
  • 1849 living at 194 Mill End, Chatteris - or possibly Witchford - Cambridgeshire
  • 1851 living at 194 Mill End, Chatteris - or possibly Witchford - Cambridgeshire. Mr & Mrs Cambell - Ann'e parents are living with them. With the exception of the Cambells, all of the family are registered as Hunt.
  • 1858 publican of the White Hart, Upwell, registered as George Jarmany
  • 1861 publican of the Horse and Groom, Town street, Upwell
  • 1861 living at the Horse and Groom, Town street, Upwell Cambridgeshire. All of the family are registered as Germanney.
  • 1871 living at the Horse and Groom, Town street, Upwell Cambridgeshire. All of the family are registered as Germanney.
  • 1872, January, February or March saw the registration of the death of George Hunt Jarmany at the age of 66. Registered at Wisbeach, 3b 443

Discussion.

George was the one who introduced the Jarmany (or variants) into the name. There may have been other reasons, but the most probable is that he had the same name as his father, and, in his youth, both lived at the same address and had the same occupation. It would have made good sense to have found a way of distinguishing himself from his father, and what better way then to use his mother's maiden name.

The first record that we have of him using Garmany is on his wedding certificate, in 1833, however it would have made good sense to have been using the name long before that. Of course, in those times few people could write, and so it was often up to the person making the notes (taking the census, registering the marriage) how the name was spelt. They would probably rely on the pronunciation. Thus the name went, during George's lifetime, from Garmany to Germanney to Jarmany, which is how it ended up.

As already noted above, George was the grandfather of Frederick Charles Jarmany (aka Charles Frederick Hunt)

A life of George

This was a colourful life lived in turbulent and uncertain times.

He was born in 1806, just after the battle of Trafalgar, and by the age of about 12, would have been on the river, probably initially with his father. I would hazard a guess that it was in these early days that he started to use the name Garmany.

As he roamed the riverways - the constantly changing streams, and courses - he would naturally find all the local attractions. Probably including the regular festival at Upware (not Upwell). This famous fair was an attraction all round the region, in particular attracting 'gentlemen' from the University of Cambridge - of whom there are records of frequent affrays and riots. Upware is just at the end of the Burwell Lode, and it is doubtless at the festival at Upware that George met young Ann.

How rapid the wedding needed to be is questionable, Elizabeth, their first daughter, was born the same year as their marriage. They were married in St Ives, which is quite some distance from both Upwell (George's home village) and Burwell (Ann's home village). Upwell, in particular, would not have been a good choice. It was struck by a cholera epidemic in 1832 which killed 67 people in two months (total population in 1841 - 874). They settled in St Ives for a while, but George was away for the census in 1841.

Their first four children were born in St Ives, Martha was born in Mepal, and Mary Ann and Frances (Fanny) were born in Chatteris.

The residue of the family moved back to Upwell in 1858, where George became the landord of the White Hart public house. They were not there long though, because it abutted church land was sold off to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1859. Nothing daunted, the family crossed the river (Nene) to the Cambridgeshire side, where George became the landlord of the Horse and Groom.

He continued as the landlord until his death in 1872, at which time his wife took over from him.

Frederick Charles Jarmany was aged about 2, and living in Ireland, probably Limerick, when his grandfather George Hunt Jarmany died.

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