"Anne Hutchinson on Trial" by Edwin Austin Abbey
(July, 1591 – July, 1643) was the unauthorized Puritan preacher of a dissident church discussion group and a pioneer settler in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Netherlands. Anne held Bible study meetings for women, but because of how popular they were men soon came too, and she went beyond scriptural study to bold declarations of her own religious philosophy. Controversy ensued, and she was eventually banished from her colony. She is a key figure in the study of the development of religious freedom in Britain's American colonies.
Anne Hutchinson was born Anne Marbury at the school of Alford, Lincolnshire, England. She was the eldest daughter of Francis Marbury (1555-1611), a clergyman educated at Cambridge and Puritan reformer, and Bridget Dryden (about 1563-1645). (Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., & William R. and Kaleen E. Beall, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1760,
8th ed., p. 21, line 14-40 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004))
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