Sir Thomas Orby Hunter was the only son of Sir Robert Orby Hunter and his wife Lady Elizabeth Orby Hunter. He may have been born at, the ancestral family home, Crowland Abbey. The exact date for his birth cannot be found., but it is calculated to be between 1707 and 1714.
Thomas Orby Hunter was the Member of Parliament for Winchelsea and served as a Lord of the Admiralty . It is claimed that the Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, was named in 1765 after him,
In addition to Croyland Abbey . the family had property at Chertsey, and at Waverley Abbey, in Surrey,
He was member of the Spalding Society, He was elected to serve in Parliament on the 10th Oct 1734,
In 1746 he was appointed deputy paymaster for the English and Dutch troops stationed at Rotterdam.
In March 1734, he succeeded his father Robert, who left him considerable property at Chertsey, Surrey, provided that he did not marry a certain Miss Kelly,
Thomas married 3 times. 1stly, on 5th June 1734, by special licence, at St. Thomas a Becket, Havant, Portsmouth, to a widow,Mrs. Mary Heming, Lady Mary Hunter died before 1749
They had five children , no record has been found for their baptisms .
The birth order is not known for the children
THOMAS ORBY HUNTER.
MARY HENRIETTA ORBY HUNTER. â€“ 1814) She married Rt Hon James Fortesque ( 1725 - 1782) of Ravensdale Park. They had three children.
CHARLOTTE ORBY HUNTER, d. Probably died young..
CATHERINE ELIZABETH ORBY HUNTER, b. Abt. 1740. (AKA as Kitty Hunter)
GEORGINA ORBY HUNTER, b. 2nd D/o Thomas Orby Hunter; d. 10 May 1875; m. SIR GEORGE WOMBWELL BART GEORGE WOMBWELL; d. 1855.
After his first wifes death, Thomas married again on 1st April 1749 at, Inkpen, Berkshire to Jacomina Caroline Bellenden. d/o Colonel William Bellenden. and Jacomina Farmer, her mother was a daughter of the Duke of Roxburgh.
Jacomina was born at Broughton Midlothian circa 1730, and died after giving birth to her 4th child. She was buried at Chertsey, 2nd June 1756
They had four children between 1749 and 1756
Thomas Orby Hunter born 1749
Charles Orby Hunter circa 1750/51
James Orby Hunter 1755, bur at Chertsey, 27th May 1756, age c.1 year.
George Orby Hunter bur at Chertsey, 2nd June 1756, died with his mother at birth
Lastly Thomas married Marion Cunningham and had two further children:-
Charlotte Lettitia Orby Hunter, born 1757, died 1770, age 13
John Orby Hunter, born June 1769, died Dec 1769, age 6 months
Sir Thomas Orby Hunter, of Crowland died in 1769
His will was executed on 23 December 1769