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If I were to continue with the approach I have been using the several thousand descendants of Col Douglas would be lost in the crowd. This approach worked fine in using Captain William Willett as a baseline. If I use my great-grandfather, as a baseline and limit my disclosure of descendants of Col Douglas that only descend from the Hunt family and limit that to just my direct ancestors we will only have several hundred to contend with. For better than 250 years the Hunt family has intermarried with the Willett, Goffigon, and Nottingham families. Many of the given names are repeated over and over and care must be taken to distinguish each individual. At times this problem was recognized during the lives of the people and Senior and Junior were used to differentiate people. Sometimes we find the letters OP after a name. OP becomes Old Plantation and distinguishes that person as living on ground that represents the first colony on the Eastern Shore. I recall an ancient family-that of Wilkins and on particular Wilkins wrote BS after his name.-This becomes Blacksmith.

To give my presentation harmony I shall now present my Hunt line from the founder, Thomas Hunt, Gent. down to Washington Hunt and I shall number each generation, connecting many of the Willett. The Hunt line shall serve as an index as there are about nine separate connections. 

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