Person:Elizabeth Fones (5)

Elizabeth Fones
b.21 Jan 1609/1610 Groton, Suffolk, England
m. 25 Feb 1605
  1. Elizabeth Fones1609 - Bef 1669
  2. Samuel Fones1616 -
  3. Martha Fones
m. 25 Apr 1629
  1. Martha Joanna Winthrop1630 - Bef 1655
  • HRobert FeakeAbt 1602 - 1660/61
  • WElizabeth Fones1609 - Bef 1669
m. bet 2 Nov 1631 and 27 Jan 1631/32
  1. Elizabeth FeakeAbt 1633 - Bef 1675
  2. Hannah Feake1637 - 1677/78
  3. John FeakeAbt 1638 - 1724
m. Bef 6 Aug 1649
  1. Capt. William Hallett, Jr.1648 - 1729
  2. Samuel Hallett1651 - 1724
Facts and Events
Name Elizabeth Fones
Gender Female
Birth[6] 21 Jan 1609/1610 Groton, Suffolk, EnglandGroton Manor
Marriage 25 Apr 1629 to Henry Winthrop
Marriage bet 2 Nov 1631 and 27 Jan 1631/32 to Robert Feake
Marriage Bef 6 Aug 1649 to William Hallett
Death[5] Bef 9 Jun 1669 Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Reference Number? Q5362782?

Elizabeth Fones is the principal character in Anya Seton's book "The Winthrop Woman. Some events in her life were scandalous to the Puritan society she lived in.

Elizabeth's mother, Anne, was a sister of John Winthrop, the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Her first husband was his son Henry, her cousin[6].

Elizabeth married Henry Winthrop in England prior to him leaving for Massachusetts, against the wishes of Elizabeth's father[3]. Henry Winthrop died on July 2, 1630 in a swimming accident in Massachusetts soon after arriving.

Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop emigrated on August 16, 1631 aboard the ship "Lyon" from Sandwich, Kent, England, arriving in Boston on November 2, 1631.

Elizabeth married Robert Feake bet. 2 Nov 1631 and 27 Jan 1631/32[4]. The marriage probably ended in a divorce[4] on 14 Apr 1647Citation needed. When and whether this divorce occurred has been a subject of much study.

It is believed that Elizabeth married William Hallett sometime before 6 Aug 1649, but after having given birth to his son[7].

Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake died before 1669, presumably at Halletts Cove, Long Island, New Amsterdam (now New York,) as William Hallett had remarried by that time to Susannah, widow of William Thorne[8].

  1.   New Jersey, Rockaway Library Documents, 27.
  2.   Elizabeth Fones, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

    Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett (21 January 1610 – c. 1673) was an early settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where her father-in-law (and uncle) John Winthrop served as Governor. Her subsequent behaviour would scandalize the Puritan colony.

    In 1640 Elizabeth, with her then husband Robert Feake, were founders of Greenwich CT. A fascinating historical novel of her life, The Winthrop Woman, was written by Anya Seton. The house that Elizabeth and her husband Robert built in Greenwich in 1645, the Feake - Ferris house, c1645-1689, still stands and is the Oldest House in Greenwich. The house was restored in 2018 by the Greenwich Point Conservancy.

    A 2012 biography of Fones, by Missy Wolfe, is Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America, 1610-1665.
    [Shows death in 1673 incorrectly and without citation, possibly taken from Source:Cocks, George William. History and Genealogy of the Cock, Cocks, Cox Family, which cited a court document dated 26 Apr 1674 found in State Historian's Report, p. 2:182, to say, "it may be assumed that Bess Hallett had deceased some time in the year 1673 at Newton, L.I."]

  3. Mayo, Lawrence Shaw. The Winthrop family in America. (Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Historical Society, c1948), 59-60.

    [General description of courtship and marriage to Henry Winthrop.]

  4. 4.0 4.1 "Robert Feake", in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 658.

    [See comments providing overview of research on controversial divorce from Robert Feakes and marriage to William Hallett.]

  5. New York. State Historian. Annual report of the state historian of the state of New York. (Albany, New York: Synkoop, Hallenbeck Crawford State Printers, [19--?]-), Volume 3, p. 403.

    In matter of William Hallett Pl't and Joseph Thorne Def't, attorney presented previous documents from "the Dutch time", including "The Agreem't between the man and wife the ord'r of ye Court of Sessions, 9th June 1669". on p. 393, "Joseph Thorne ... saith the Pl'ts wife is his Mother...". [From the context, it is not clear if the agreement is a marriage agreement, or separation agreement, with his second wife Susannah, but either way it suggests Elizabeth had died by this date.]

  6. 6.0 6.1 Rubincam, Milton. "A Winthrop-Bernadotte Pedigree", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 103, p. 247.

    Elizabeth Fones [#4], d/o Thomas Fones and Anne Winthrop [#3], b. 21 Jan 1609/10, d. 1668, m. (1) 25 April 1629 "her first cousin" Henry Winthrop, s/o Gov. John Winthrop, m. (2) 1632 Lieut. Robert Feake, m. (3) William Hallett.

  7. Jacobus, Donald L. "That Winthrop Woman Again!". Source:NYGBR, p. 97:131-4
  8. Source:NYGBR, p. 86:219