Elizabeth  (Fones) Hallett

Elizabeth (Fones) Hallett (1610 - abt. 1673)

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Elizabeth Hallett formerly Fones aka Winthrop, Feake
Born in Groton, Suffolk, Englandmap
Wife of — married in Englandmap
Wife of — married about in Watertown, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married about in Church-at-the-Fort, New Amsterdammap [uncertain]
Died about in New Town, New Netherlands (now Newtown Township, Queens County, New York)map
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Children of Thomas Fones and Anne Winthrop:i. Dorothy Fones, b. October 24, 1608, Groton Suffolk, England. ii. John Fones, b. 1610, Groton Suffolk, England. iii. Elizabeth Fones, b. January 21, 1610, Groton Suffolk, England; d. 1669, New York. iv. Martha Fones, b. 1611, Groton Suffolk, England v. Ann Fones, b. 1612, Groton Suffolk, England. vi. Samuel Fones, b. 1616.</ref>[1][2]

Contents

Biography

See for a biographical aketch.

Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett was born on 21 Jan 1610 at Groton Manor, Suffolk, England, at the home of her mother’s parents. Elizabeth was an early settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where her father-in-law (and uncle) John Winthrop served as Governor. Her subsequent behavior would scandalize the Puritan colony.

Anya Seton's excellent historical novel about Elizabeth, The Winthrop Woman, published by Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA) in 1958 and reissued in 2014, offers a variety of insights into Elizabeth's life in England and the New World.)

Name

Elizabeth Winthrop Fones[3]

Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop[4][5][6][7][8]

Birth

21 JAN 1609/1610 Groton Manor, Suffolk, England[5][4][3][9][8][10][11][1]

Early life

Her father was Thomas Fones, a London apothecary; her mother was Anne Winthrop Fones, sister of John Winthrop, a staunch Puritan and the eventual Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

As a young girl, Elizabeth worked at her father's shop in London. To the dismay of her family, she entered a whirlwind courtship with her first cousin Henry Winthrop and they were married on 25 April 1629, at the Church of St. Sepulchre at New Gate, London. A year later, her husband sailed for the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ship Talbot, leaving his young bride behind in England on account of her pregnancy. The baby, a daughter named Martha Johanna Winthrop, was born on 9 May 1630 at Groton Manor.

A day after his arrival in Massachusetts (on 1 July 1630), Henry died in a drowning accident when he went swimming in the North River after visiting an Indian village near Salem. Henry Winthrop was twenty-two years of age, and he left Elizabeth a widow in England. [1]

Marriages

  1. Henry Winthrop April 25, 1629, at St. Sepulchre, London, England.
  2. Robert Feake 2 DEC 1631 Watertown Middlesex Massachusetts. [5][12][3][13][1]
  3. William Hallett, Sr.

Life in Massachusetts

In 1631, she sailed on the second voyage of the Lyon to Plymouth/Salem Massachusetts. Within a year, at the instigation of her father-in-law, she married Robert Feake, a goldsmith and merchant who had migrated from London. They settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, and Elizabeth had five children by him. (Watertown was one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay settlements. It was begun early in 1630 by a group of settlers led by Sir Richard Saltonstall and the Rev. George Phillips and officially incorporated that same year.)

  • 25 July 1636 - ESTATE: Granted eighty acres in the Great Dividend in Watertown, [WaBOP 4]
  • 28 February 1636/7 - granted twenty-four acres in the Beaverbrook Plowlands, [WaBOP 7]
  • 26 June 1637 - granted forty acres in the Remote Meadows, [WaBOP 8]; granted nine acres at the Town Plot, 9 April 1638 [WaBOP 11]

Life in Connecticut

In 1640, Robert Feake and Daniel Patrick purchased the site of Greenwich, in present-day Connecticut, from the Indians. It fell for a time under Dutch authority. The act of submission was signed by Daniel Patrick and Elizabeth Feake, acting in the absence and illness of her husband, who had returned to England.

Elizabeth eventually became sole owner of the land; now known as Greenwich Point, it was then referred to as Elizabeth Neck.

Greenwich Point, Connecticut, also known as Elizabeth Neck, for Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallet
Elizabeth Neck in relation to surrounding countryside

Life on Long Island

At some point, Elizabeth ("Bess") divorced Robert and married William Hallett. (For a detailed examination of her divorce and marriage to Hallett, see “When and Where were William Hallett and Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake married?” by Will Hallett (posted on 11 Nov 2013).

Her brother-in-law, who had become governor of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr., interceded with Peter Stuyvesant, asking that he honor the agreement made between William Hallett (Feake’s farm manager) and Feake. Feake had consented to it before going to England "knowing [Hallett] to be industrious and careful." Winthrop also asked that Hallett be allowed back into Greenwich to improve the land there. [WP 5:338-39].

Stuyvesant agreed. Elizabeth wrote to her cousin John Winthrop, Jr., on 10 January 1652/3 that: "Our habitation is by the whirlpool which the Dutchmen call the Hellgate where we have purchased a very good farm through the governor's means ... we live very comfortably according to our rank. In the spring the Indians killed four Dutchmen near to our house which made us think to have removed ... yet now the Indians are quiet and we think not yet to remove." [WP 6:239]

Helle-gat or Hell gate was a narrow straight on the Sound about 6 miles north of New York. It was dangerous to shipping because of numerous rocks, shelves and whirlpools.

The story of Elizabeth Fones was told in 1958 in a powerful historical novel, The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton.

Elizabeth's personality/character as portrayed by Seton:

  • unconventional, friendly, unpredictable and innovative.
  • original, innovative, opinionated.
  • responsible, serious and reliable; strong and persistent.

Incidents in Seton’s book portray how the Puritans tried to live their religion. In the process, they showed intolerance to non-believers and non-conformists like the Quakers. She suggests that Puritans believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible whereas Quakers believed in grace and inspiration, i.e. , personal revelations of the Spirit of God. Puritans believed in simplicity and working hard; Quakers believed in living simply and in the emancipation of slaves.

Seton points out the culture clash with the Indians who thought they were selling land use and had no idea that the English settlers assumed they were buying title to land that would be theirs forever.

Death

01 FEB 1673 Newtown, Queens, New York, USA[5][8][13]
Before 1674 Missy Wolfe, in her Insubordinate Spirit: a true story of life and loss in earliest America, 1610-1665 (Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, 2012), says of Elizabeth's death, "It is thought that Elizabeth died in the early 1670's for William Hallett married [again] . . . in 1674." (p191)

Burial

Elizabeth was buried at Hallett's Burying Ground, Astoria, Queens County, New York, USA.[8]

There is an entry for her at Findagrave, which also has this to say about Hallett's Burying Ground: It is located in Astoria, Queens County, New York, USA. "Cemetery notes and/or description: This cemetery is naturally no longer in existance, as are many others in the area. Located north of Blackwell's Island, now Roosevelt Island, just south of what is called Hellsgate on the river."

Her property in 2015

"I just saw a link[14] to $18,750,000 property for sale that is located not far from Elizabeth Fones Hallett’s property in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Views of waterfront video Last May [2015] on Memorial Day, we drove down to Elizabeth Neck on Shore Road but did not secure a pass to go beyond the entrance. On beyond the entrance we could see loads of parked cars because it was a holiday on a nice warm day. You can see Shore Road on the map just above the “H” at the end of “Old Greenwich”. Her (or their) property is outlined in red, and the location of the property that is for sale is marked by the red box to the northwest, close to I-95. Shore Road was lined with mansions spaced not far apart – at least the part going down to Elizabeth Neck (now called Greenwich Point, I think, but Elizabeth’s Neck is also on the Google Map).

Land that Elizabeth owned is worth millions today.

Closer view of Elizabeth Neck:

A close-up of the land Elizabeth owned.

On the map, “Greenwich Point” appears over the point in the lower right in the map shown above. You can see the name “Elizabeth Neck” on the map shown above. The video may give you some idea of the beautiful location. Elizabeth had a good eye for a great piece of property. It is a shame she had to move to Long Island."

Research Notes

Elizabeth, on her maternal side, came from an obviously well-known family. There is no question that her maiden name was Fones or that her mother was a Winthrop. See Francis J, Bremer, John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father, (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Page: 4: 10. Elizabeth Fones was born January 21, 1610 in Groton Suffolk England, and died 1669 in New York.
  2. S979: The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert Title: The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert, Ancestors: The Tenth Generation Back, Robert Feake, Elizabeth Fones (http://wwww.otal.umd.edu/~walt/gen/htmfile/590.htm) Walter Gilbert, accessed 28 Aug 2007 Page: 3: Children of Thomas Fones and Anne Winthrop are: i. Dorothy Fones, b. October 24, 1608, Groton Suffolk, England. ii. John Fones, b. 1610, Groton Suffolk, England. iii. Elizabeth Fones, b. January 21, 1610, Groton Suffolk, England; d. 1669, New York. iv. Martha Fones, b. 1611, Groton Suffolk, England v. Ann Fones, b. 1612, Groton Suffolk, England. vi. Samuel Fones, b. 1616.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Publication: Author: Yates Publishing Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004; Repository: #R1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Author: Edmund West, comp. Title: Family Data Collection - Births Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2001; Repository: #R1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Author: Heritage Consulting Title: Millennium File Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003; Repository: #R1
  6. Family Data Collection - Deaths Author: Edmund West, comp. Title: Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2001; Repository: #R1
  7. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2013; Repository: #R4
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Find A Grave Index Author: Ancestry.com Title: Web: New York, 1660-2012 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012; NOTE Find A Grave
  9. Ancestry.com Title: Dominique Z. Delphine, CABLE-BUCHER-HAWBAKER-ULERY-KESTER-PRIEST - STAFFORD - SCANLAND-PRICE - HAPNER
  10. #S979 The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert Title: The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert, Ancestors: The Tenth Generation Back, Robert Feake, Elizabeth Fones
  11. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012; Repository: #R1
  12. 13.0 13.1 Ancestry.com Title: Dominique Z. Delphine,CABLE-BUCHER-HAWBAKER-ULERY-KESTER-PRIEST - STAFFORD - SCANLAND-PRICE - HAPNER
  13. 7 Cobb Island Drive Greenwich
  • Wikipedia Elizabeth Fones
  • Williams, Alicia Crane, Lead Genealogist. Early Families of New England (AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013) Elizabeth (Fones)(Winthrop)(Feake) Hallett
  • S978: The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert Title: The Genealogy of Walter Gilbert, Ancestors: The Ninth Generation Back, John Bowne, Hannah Feake (http://wwww.otal.umd.edu/~walt/gen/htmfile/590.htm) Walter Gilbert, accessed 28 Aug 2007 Note: Sources used within this 1. Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, 1750-1930, vol. III, pp. 39-43; "New York Monthly Meeting" 2. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 55, Jan. 1901, pp. 300-1, in an article titled "New York Settlers from New England" 3. Bunker, Mary Powell; Long Island Genealogies, Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers. Albany, NY, 1895. (as found on CD-ROM: Tracking Down Our Family Heritage) 4. Ancestry of Timothy Titus Robbins, assembled by Gayle Ellingsworth on Ancestry.com
  • Wikipedia Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett:[2]
  • Email from William F. Bedwell to Patricia P. Hickin, 19 Nov 2015.
  • Missy Wolfe, Insubordinate spirit : a true story of life and loss in earliest America, 1610-1665. Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, 2012.

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Fones-42 created through the import of Lupton file.ged on Jul 7, 2011 by Kim Ostermyer.
  • Fones-139 was created by Carolyn Lynett through the import of McCracken:Tabor Tree.ged on Dec 18, 2015.


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Images: 10
The Winthrop Woman
The Winthrop Woman


John Winthrop Jr.'s Signature
John Winthrop Jr.'s Signature


John Winthrop, a founder and governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop, a founder and governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony


Dust jacket of Anya Seton's novel about Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett
Dust jacket of Anya Seton's novel about Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett


Hell's Gate. Elizabeth and her husband Wiliam Hallett lived nearby in the 1600s.
Hell's Gate.  Elizabeth and her husband Wiliam Hallett lived nearby in the 1600s.


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Collaboration

On March 31, 2016 at 14:33GMT Carolyn Lynett wrote:

My source came from Find A Grave which listed the dod as Feb. 1, 1673. However, there were two other sources on Ancestry.com that reported the years 1672 and 1673. That's probably why I listed it as uncertain.

On March 31, 2016 at 12:03GMT Liz Shifflett wrote:

Hi Orinda! Probably marked uncertain because of the other death dates listed in the text. Looking at the citations for date of death, I don't see any I'd call definitive. Source for burial is her Find a Grave memorial, which does cite sources. If you can find those sources, you might find a source for the record of her burial.

On March 31, 2016 at 05:18GMT Orinda Spence wrote:

I am curious to know the source for the "uncertain" Feb. 1, 1673, date of death for Elizabeth and do we have a record of her burial in the Hallett group?

On December 31, 2015 at 16:11GMT Kay Wilson wrote:

Fones-139 and Fones-9 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge this duplicate profile just imported for Elizabeth Fones.



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