Anne Hutchinson

How did she effect the way others see women as Preachers


Anne was born in Alford, England. She was born on July 20, 1591. She was the daughter of Francis Marbury who was a deacon in the Church of England. She died in Pelham Bay, New York in August of 1643. She, her servants, and all but one of her children were killed by Indians in 1643 after her husband had died.


Anne grew up in a church household. Her father was the deacon of the Church of England, so she learned a lot about religion. She didn't have much of an education, but she had been a natural reader and thinker. As a deacon's daughter, she studied theology. Her experience and relative education made her fit for a midwife and nurse.


Francis Marbury and Bridget Dryden were the parents of Anne. She had been the daughter of the Francis, who was the deacon in the Church of England. She grew up in an atmosphere of learning. In 1612, she married William Hutchinson who was a merchant. She had 9 children in her life.

Important Life Event

Anne Hutchinson held women's theological meeting and was ignored by other men until they began attending her meetings. The Church's denounced her theology. She was tried and found guilty for verbal attacks on the colony's ministers. She was banished. Since traveling during cold, frigid, winter was nearly impossible, the judge sentenced that she was imprisoned until spring. At the time she had been pregnant with yet another child.

The judge had said to her, "You have stepped out of your place, you have rather bine a husband than a wife and a preacher than a hearer; and a Magistrate then a subject."

At Anne's trial, her old friend and mentor, Reverent cotton, said, "that filthy sin of the community of women, and all promiscuous and filthy coming together of men and women... Though I have not heard... you have been unfaithful to you husband in his marriage covenant, yet that will follow..."

In 1642, at age 42, Anne gathered her children and moved to the Dutch Colony that is now known as New York. Anne didn't settle in the city which was a big mistake. Though she thought the Dutch had paid the natives for the land, a year later Algonquians attacked her and her family, killing all but the youngest child.


Anne accomplished to get large groups of religious fold, men and women, to attend her meetings. Even though it was against what most thought was right, she continued to fight for what she believed in, which was her spreading her knowledge of theology. She also showed men of her colony that women too could hold religious ranks. Because of Anne, her male supporters refused to join the militia Pursuit of Pequot Natives.

Interesting Facts

*Anne Hutchinson had actually gave birth to 12 children. Only 9 survived. The other 3 died of infant mortality.

*She had followed Puritan leader John Cotton to New World in 1637.

*Her trials had been on November 1637 before the General Court and March 1638 before the Church of Boston.

*She was born the second of 13 children.

*Anne and her family went to Aquidneck in Narragansett Bay where William Hutchinson, Anne's husband, had died in 1642. They then moved to New York.