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Anne Hutchinson She was born as Anne Marbury in 1591 in Alford England Her father Francis Marbury was an official in a church in Cambridge He was not content with the Church He declared publicly that many of the church ministers were not fit to guide peoples souls and for that he was jailed for a year Even so he continued verbally attacking the Church claiming that high church officials freely appointed whoever they wanted and those people were not usually qualified for their positions Tired of constant arrests and inquisitions he finally chose conformity and calmed down Anne spent a lot of time reading her fathers books on theology and religion She admired his defiance of traditional church principles She was also fascinated with theological questions like those about the fate of the Native Americans who did not know about salvation When she was twenty-one she married a man named Will Hutchinson and became known as Anne Hutchinson She also became a mother to fifteen children There was a minister John Cotton who she always admired He was originally a Protestant but as time passed he leaned more and more towards Puritan beliefs Like her father he spoke about the corruption in the clergy and called for purification of the Church He recognized the destructive influence of the Catholic Church on the Church of England and talked about opportunities for religious freedom in America Anne Hutchinsons family went to Reverend Cottons church every Sunday to hear his preachings Eventually John Cottons dream came true and he was able to cross the Atlantic Ocean and come to New England In 1634 Anne Hutchinson took her family and followed him to Massachusetts She wanted to express her increasingly Puritanic views and she wished to be once again part of John Cottons congregation During her voyage to America she assembled groups of women to discuss religion She spoke of her views and became known as a radical
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