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Margaret Tyndal Winthrop (c. 1591 - 14 June 1647) was a 17th-century Puritan, the wife of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The two are remembered in part for the love-letters which they wrote to each other. Many of their letters to each other are still extant and show how they put their love of God before their love for each other.
Margaret was born into the Essex gentry: her father was a Master of the Court of Chancery, and her mother, Anne Egerton, was related to prominent Puritan clergy. As a child Margaret learned to read and write and was encouraged to “habits of study and piety.”
She was in her later twenties when she married John Winthrop on 29 April 1618. His third wife, she moved to Groton Manor in Suffolk, the estate of John Winthrop's father, and helped him manage the household when her husband was away. She gave birth to their first child a year later in a prolonged and difficult labor that almost ended her life. Yet she went on to bear John seven more children, including twin boys who died in infancy, and just two daughters, both of whom also died in infancy.
John Winthrop sailed for New England in 1630, while Margaret, who was pregnant with their sixth child, remained in England for a year to wrap up family business. "Prior to parting, the two agreed to set aside five to six o'clock every Monday and Friday to think of one another and enter into spiritual communion with each other till the time they were reunited." Their daughter Anne was born at Groton at the end of April, 1630.
A year later, in mid-August 1631. Margaret and her widowed daughter-in-law Elizabeth Fones Winthrop and their two daughters, both about 16 months old, sailed for New England together on the Lyon. A week into the voyage little Anne sickened and died. Margaret and Elizabeth arrived in New England on 2 November 1631, and Margaret was admitted to the Boston church as member #111.
She bore John two more children in Massachusetts, a boy, William, who soon died, and a girl, Sarah, of whom nothing more is heard and who probably died shortly after birth.
Margaret bore John no more children but their remaining years together seem to have been loving ones. Then suddenly Margaret sickened. She died within days, on June 14, 1647, in her mid-fifties. Although John could console himself that she had gone to a better world, they had loved each other deeply, as their letters show. No doubt he missed her dreadfully. At any rate, in December, he remarried, to a widow whose maiden name had been Martha Nowell. A year later, Martha bore him a son whom they named Joshua. John himself was in poor health and died just three and a-half months after his son’s birth. (See Bremer, John Winthrop)
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