I found this on RootsIreland. It's missing the maternal first name, but the last name matches. Of course, this could always be an older child born to the Hunter family and then deceased in childhood--sometimes those names are given to later children, especially if it is a significant name in the family.
Name: John Hunter
DOB: October 19, 1844
Date of Baptism: November 16, 1844
Father: James Hunter
We don't have a marriage record for James Hunter and Sarah Ann Godfrey, so we don't currently have information on their parents' names. However, their death records give us an approximate year of birth.
"Ireland, Civil Registrations Death Index, 1865-1958" on Ancestry.
James Hunter, died July-Sept. 1889 (matches date given in will index of June 24, 1889.
Registration District: Coleraine
Death Age: 78
Year of Birth: circa 1811
FHL film #: 101595
Sarah Ann Hunter, died Jan-March 1897
Registration District: Coleraine
Death Age: 75
Year of Birth: circa 1822
FHL film #: 101599
I found an actual copy of James Hunter's will on the PRONI (public records of Northern Ireland) website. Here are the main points:
- the will is dated 10 March 1889, and James identifies himself as being "of the Townland of Park in Co. of Antrim
- James bequeaths all of his property to his wife Sarah Ann Hunter while she lives, and then to his son John Hunter after his wife's death. His wife and son John are his two executors
- he bequeaths to his daughter Mary Ann Hunter the sum of 300 pounds to be paid yearly at 10 pounds per year
- he bequeaths to his son Thomas Hunter 400 pounds to be paid yearly at 16 pounds per year
- he bequeaths to his son Hugh Hunter "50 acres of perpetuity in the Townland of West Park" where he is to build a home and offices
- he asks his family to live together for as long as possible, and asks his wife to provide for his grandson Stewart Hunter
- if any of his children are to die, their portion shall go to their siblings, except if his daughter is to die her portion should go to her son if living, and if he is not living it should go to her brothers--I'm not clear if this means that she has a son or only that she might one day have a son
- witnesses are Hugh McFadden and, James McAfee
- James signs with a mark (i.e. he cannot sign his name)
- he identifies himself as being of "The Park Priestland Bushmills C. antim Ireland"
- he names his mother, Mary Ann Hunter, and leaves her 50 pounds
- he leaves 10 pounds each to his Aunt Annie Hunter and his Uncle Hugh Hunter
- he leaves 5 pounds to his Uncle Thomas Hunter
- he leaves the residue of his money to his Uncle John Hunter
Here is a will which sheds light on the family of Sarah Ann Godfrey, the wife of James Hunter. It was written by her brother John Godfrey, and it names a number of siblings, including Sarah Ann. The will is dated May 19, 1879. Main points include:
- he identifies himself as being "of Ballymacombs in the Parish of Ballyscullion in the county of Londonderry, Farmer"
- he leaves the bulk of his estate, including property, to his nephew John Godfrey of Ballynease, the second son of his brother Rowley Godfrey when he comes of age
- if John Godfrey should die before he comes of age, he leaves the estate to John's brother Thomas Godfrey (Thomas would also be a nephew of John Godfrey's)
- he leaves his "beloved sister Sarah Ann Godfrey Hunter" 2 pounds a year for 12 years
- he leaves his sister Martha Godfrey Huston 40 pounds to be paid over 3 years, and then 2 pounds a year for 5 years
- he leaves his sister Elizabeth Godfrey McCullough 2 pounds yearly for 12 years
- he leaves his sister Hessy Godfrey Morrison 40 pounds to be paid over 3 years, then 2 pounds a year for five years
- he leaves his sister Nancy Godfrey Johnston 5 pounds
- he leaves his sister Mary Ann Godfrey Crawford 5 pounds
- he leaves his niece Mary, daughter of his brother Rowly, 20 pounds when she comes of age
- he leaves several ministers in the area money to buy "Tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars"
- he names his brother Rowley Godfrey of Ballynease and William Bruce Junior of Mullaghboy executors
This will gives us the name of many of Sarah Ann (Godfrey) Hunter's siblings, which hopefully will help establish her parentage. With these names, we can look for birth or marriage records for this family. This is what I have located so far from RootsIreland:
On February 8, 1853, Nancy Godfrey of Ballynease marries Samuel Johnston of Magherafelt, occupation clerk. The marriage takes place at the Parish/District of First Bellaghy, Co. Derry. The grooms's father is Samuel Johnston, farmer, and the bride's father is Thomas Godfrey, also a farmer. Witnesses are James Steele and Robert Johnson (sic).
On June 1, 1861, Martha Godfrey of Ballyneese (sic) marries William Houston, also of Ballyneese, a farmer. The marriage is recorded in the Magherafelt Registrar's Office, Co. Derry. The husband's father is Robert Houston, a farmer, and the bride's father is Thomas Godfrey, also a farmer. The witnesses are Archibald Haw and Nancy Johnson. (see above)
On January 13, 1865, Rowley Godfry (sic) of Ballynease, farmer, marries Eliza Stewart of Ballymacpeake. The wedding takes place in First Bellamy, Co. Derry. The husband's father is Thomas Godfry, a farmer, and Robert Stewart, a farmer. Witnesses are Robert Stewart and John Adams.
On May 28, 1866, Hester Godfry (sic) of Ballynease marries Robert Morrison, a farmer, of Harvey Hill. The wedding takes place in First Bellaghy, Co. Derry. The groom's father is Hugh Morrison, a farmer, and the bride's father is Thomas Godfry (sic), a farmer. The witnesses are Andrew Brady and John Godfry.
I think we can deduce that Sarah Ann Godfrey's father was a farmer named Thomas Godfrey. Too bad her mother is not named in these records.
PRONI also has a record of (but not an image, unfortunately), for the will of John Hunter's brother Hugh Hunter.
"Hugh Hunter of West Park Rathfriland county Antrim retired farmer died November 27 1953 Probate Belfast 5 May to James Hunter farmer and William McAleese shop assistant. Effects 4483 pounds 7 s."
And also for Sarah Ann (Godfrey) Hunter's brother Rowley Godfrey:
" Probate of the will of Rowley Godfrey late of Ballynease County Londonderry Farmer who died 11 August 1909 granted at Londonderry to Thomas Godfrey and William John McIntyre Farmers." The date of the grant was November 4, 1909, and the value of the estate was 507 pounds 6s. 11d.