Reference page 390 of "The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729," Vol. 1, edited by M. Halsey Thomas, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1973, which states: "Third-day March 15 (1698).Foggy day, at night between eight and 9 aclock it Thundered and lighten'd several times and rain'd very hard.As went into Town (Boston) about 11 aclock Met Mr. Hungerford and Cooper on Horseback, who told me the Governor wa at Barbados in Jan. last."
Sewall was a man of importance in the Massachusetts Bay area.Amongst other things, he was chief justice of the Superior Court of Judicature. That he knew Hungerford--and that Hungerford was familiar with the movements of the Governor imply a person of some stature.Note also that Mr. Hungerford was in Boston, not Connecticut--he was mobile.