THE HUNTINGTON FAMILY is of ancient English lineage and was founded in America by Simon Huntington who had married Margaret Baret of Norwich, England.
He sailed for America with his wife and three small sons in 1633, but was stricken with the smallpox, died en route and was buried at sea. The mother and sons landed at the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and from the three sons, Christopher, Simon and Samuel, came the three branches of the Huntington family that have spread throughout America, members of which are noted for their work as legislators, jurists, inventors, educators, and artists.1
Collis Potter Huntington was a descendant of the second son, Simon, the line being as follows: Collis Potter Huntington, son of William and Elizabeth (Vincent) Huntington; grandson of Joseph and Rachael (Preston) Huntington; great grandson of John and Mehitabel (Metcalf) Huntington; great2 grandson of Lieutenant Samuel and Mary (Clark) Huntington; great3 grandson of Deacon Simon and Sarah (Clark) Huntington; and great4 grandson of Simon and Margaret (Baret) Huntington, the emigrants.2
Collis Potter Huntington was born October 22, 1821, at Harwinton, Connecticut, a small town in Litchfield County that was settled in 1731 and incorporated as a township in 1837 with a population of about 1,100. The name was de-