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Frank B. Russell genealogical collection

Identifier: MSS 0538

Scope and Contents

The Frank B. Russell Genealogical Collection contains 1 linear foot of documentation on the Hunn family of Massachusetts and Delaware, along with Sipple, Calvert, Kitchen, and Walker branches, dating back to the seventeenth-century colonial period. Ten looseleaf binders originally housed this collection of photocopies and mimeographs of primary and secondary sources. All of the material from the binders has been rehoused in folders with the order of the papers preserved. The collection came to the University of Delaware in 1991 as a gift of Frank B. Russell.

Russell collected copies of original documents such as land records and wills, and copies of court, probate, marriage and death records available from various historical societies. Excerpts from genealogical publications, state histories and county histories also appear. Most of the information has multiple copies spread throughout the collection. Each of the original binders also included variations on the applications to the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, featuring different ancestors. Handwritten notes by the compiler also appear.


  • Creation: approximately 1630-1991


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce isrequired from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical / Historical

The Hunn genealogy began with George Hunn (d.1640), a tanner in Boston, Massachusetts. His son, Nathaniel I (1626/7-1704), was a shoemaker who moved from Boston to Wethersfield, Connecticut. Nathaniel Hunn’s son of the same name (1650-1677) married Priscilla Kitchen (1647-1721) and they lived in Salem, Massachusetts. He served in a unit during King Philip’s War and was killed in the battle at Blackpoint. Priscilla was a Quaker of Salem, Massachusetts, whose family met with frequent persecution due to their outspoken religious beliefs. Her father was a merchant and constable (though he was eventually removed from office because of his faith) and her brother, Robert Kitchen, also made his living as a merchant. The Kitchen family had ties to the early administration of Harvard through Priscilla’s second husband, George Bowers, and her brother’s wife. Bowers was also a Quaker and moved Priscilla and her children by her first marriage to Kent County, Delaware. Priscilla’s third marriage to John Curtis produced one child, a daughter Ruth, who married her cousin, William Rodney, the uncle of Caeser Rodney. Caeser was one of Delaware’s delegates to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Many of Priscilla’s descendents became prominent in Delaware politics and business, and United States politics. Priscilla and Nathaniel’s son, Nathaniel Hunn III (1676-1718), married Mary Walker (1683-1707) whose grandfather was Thomas Heathered (1638-1695), a Delaware Quaker in whose home Priscilla and her daughter Sara were both wed. Nathaniel III and his wife had a daughter Mary (1706-1774), who married Waitman Sipple II (1702-1762).

The Sipple family genealogy begins with Garrett Sipple ( 1723) of Northampton County, Virginia, who later moved to Kent County, Delaware. Garrett Sipple eloped with Mary Calvert (b. ca. 1656), the daughter of Christopher Calvert (ca. 1610-ca.1682), an immigrant to Accomack County, Virginia. It is suggested though not confirmed that this Christopher Calvert may be the nephew of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, who established the colony of Maryland. Garrett and Mary’s son Waitman Sipple (1675-1772) was a wealthy landowner and member of the Duck Creek meeting. His son, Waitman Sipple, Jr., was married in the Duck Creek meeting to Mary Hunn, the daughter of Nathaniel Hunn III and Mary Walker.

  • Gen I: George Hunn (d.1640) m. Ann
  • Gen II: Nathaniel Hunn I (1626/7-1704) m. Sarah Keene (d. 1665)
  • Gen III: Nathaniel Hunn II (1650-1677) m. Priscilla Kitchen (1647-1721)
  • Gen IV: Nathaniel Hunn III (1676-1718) m. Mary Walker (1683-1707)
  • Gen V: Waitman Sipple II, Jr. (1702-1762) m. Mary Hunn (1706-1774)
  • Gen VI: Bowers Furbee (1720-1781?) m. Anna Sipple (1732-1785)
  • Gen VII: Waitman Furbee (1750-1835) m. Margaret Craige (1750-1832)
  • Gen VIII: Nathan Joseph, Sr. (1779-1859) m. Margaret Furbee (1786-1859)
  • Gen IX: Norvell A. Joseph (1828-1905) m. Jacyntha Keys (1828-1899)
  • Gen X: Charles Alonzo Smith (1854-1919) m. Lenore Ann Joseph (1859-1897)
  • Gen XI: Joseph Parks (1880-1950) m. Aouda Smith (1878-1967)
  • Gen XII: Frank B. Russell m Roberta Parks (b. 1912)
  • Gen I: Christopher Calvert (ca. 1610-ca.1682) m. Elinor S. (b. ca. 1635)
  • Gen II: Garrett Sipple ( 1723) m. Mary Calvert (b. ca. 1656)
  • Gen III: Waitman Sipple (1675-1772) m. Lydia Lysonby (ca. 1685-1760)
  • Gen IV (Gen V of HUNN branch): Waitman Sipple II, Jr. (1702-1762) m. Mary Hunn (1706-1774)
  • Gen I: Thomas Moore (d. ca. 1636) m. Ann
  • Gen II: Joseph Grafton (d.1682) m. Mary Moore (d. 1674)
  • Gen III: John Kitchen (1619-1676) m. Elizabeth Grafton (1622-ca. 1678)
  • Gen IV (Gen III of HUNN branch): Nathaniel Hunn II (1650-1677) m. Priscilla Kitchen (1647-1721)
  • Gen I: Thomas Heathered (1638-1695) m. Anne (1648-before 1695)
  • Gen II: Richard Walker (d. 1684) m. Anne Heathered (1662-1741)
  • Gen II: (Gen IV of HUNN branch): Nathaniel Hunn III (1676-1718) m. Mary Walker (1683-1707)

O’Gorman, Ella Foy. Descendants of Virginia Calverts, 1947.“Priscilla Kitchen, Quakeress of Salem, Mass., And Kent County, Del., and Her Family.” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. CVI. Boston: New England Genealogical Society, 1952.Derived from the collection.


1 linear foot


The Frank B. Russell genealogical collection incorporates documentation on the Hunn family of Massachusetts and Delaware, along with Sipple, Calvert, Kitchen, and Walker branches, dating back to the seventeenth-century colonial period.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank B. Russell, 1991

Related Materials in this Repository

MSS 0321 Rodney family papers

MSS 0383 Ezekiel Hunn, Jr., letters to Lydia Hunn

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Vess, October 2006. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, July 2017.

Finding aid for Frank B. Russell genealogical collection
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2017 July 19
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