||Elizabeth (Fones) Hallett migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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||Elizabeth (Fones) Hallett was a New Netherland settler.|
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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.
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.)
Elizabeth Winthrop Fones
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. 
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.)
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|
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:
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.
01 FEB 1673
Newtown, Queens, New York, USA
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)
Elizabeth was buried at Hallett's Burying Ground, Astoria, Queens County, New York, USA.
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."
"I just saw a link 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  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."
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).
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