In 1633, grocer Simon Huntington and his wife Margaret left from Yarmouth for New England, sailing on the ship Elizabeth Bonaventure. Simon died of small pox on route to America. It seems possible his sons (or grandsons – records are not clear) Christopher and Simon were one of the 12 founders of Norwich, Connecticut, which was incorporated in 1685.
Their descendent Samuel Huntington (1731 – 1796) was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He also served as President of the Continental Congress, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, and the 18th Governor of Connecticut from 1786 until his death.