Fact 1 Anne Hutchinson was famous as one of the
early colonists of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Colonies
Fact 2 When was Anne Hutchinson born? She was born as Anne Marbury and baptized
July 20, 1591
Fact 3 Where was Anne Hutchinson born? She was born in Alford, Lincolnshire,
Fact 4 Her parents were Bridget Dryden and Francis Marbury. Her father was a
deacon at Christ Church, Cambridge.
Fact 5 Anne Hutchinson was well educated at home and developed a strong interest
in theology due to the influence of her father.
Fact 6 In 1612 she married William Hutchinson and they had 15 children together.
Fact 7 They attended sermons by John Cotton and became followers of the
Fact 8 In 1634 John Cotton joined the Puritan colonies of New England and Anne
Hutchinson and her family soon followed suit
Fact 9 The family sailed to America in late 1634 with other colonists on the
Griffin, hoping for religious freedom favorable to the new ideas of Puritanism.
Fact 10 Anne Hutchinson joined the congregation of John Cotton but differences
soon emerged due to her different ideas and wish to allowed freedom of thought -
she wished to worship God as she believed was fitting but instead was governed
by the strict beliefs of the Puritans
Fact 11 Anne Hutchinson was determined to speak her mind. But Puritans viewed
women as inferior to me and morally feeble who would lead men to damnation if
allowed to form an opinion or express a thought.
Fact 12 She started a Women's club and meetings were held in her home. The women
discussed the Scriptures, prayed and reviewed sermons. Anne Hutchinson also
expressed her own views.
Fact 13 Her women's club meetings were seen as a threat to the authority of the
men in power and against the fundamental ideals of the Puritan way of life.
Fact 14 John Winthrop viewed Anne Hutchinson as a 'dissenter' and denounced her
meetings, stating that the women's meetings were "a thing not tolerable nor
comely in the sight of God, nor fitting for your sex."
Fact 15 John Winthrop was determined to silence Anne and found a legal way to
stop her. Small women's prayer groups were allowed by law, but large groups
listening to the teachings and opinions of one individual leader were considered
to be disorderly
Fact 16 In November 1637 Anne Hutchinson was arrested and placed in custody at
the house of the marshal of Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was 46 years old and
Fact 17 Anne Hutchinson was accused of violating the fifth commandment to "honor
thy father and mother" and therefore encouraging dissent against the fathers of
the commonwealth. She was also charged that her meetings tempted women to
neglect the care of their own families.
Fact 18 The court found her guilty of heresy and she was condemned to banishment
by the Civil Court
Fact 19 Anne Hutchinson and her followers left Boston in 1638 for the settlement
that had been established by Roger Williams at Providence, Rhode Island
Fact 20 Anne Hutchinson and her followers established a home in Portsmouth and
adopted a new government which provided for trial by jury and separation of
church and state
Fact 21 Anne Hutchinson and many of her family were massacred by Native Indians