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LT Robert Feake

Birth
England
Death 1 Feb 1660 (aged 57–58)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 35798882 View Source
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Born about 1602, son of James and Judith (Thomas) Feake. Goldsmith from London who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. First settled in Watertown; moved to Greenwich in 1640, England in 1647 & returned to Watertown in 1650.
Died in Watertown 1 February 1660/1.
Married between 2 November 1631 and 27 January 1631/2 Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop, widow of Henry Winthrop (son of Governor JOHN WINTHROP).
Feake was described as "... a man whose God-fearing heart was so absorbed with spiritual and heavenly things that he little thought of the things of this life, and took neither heed nor care of what was tendered to his external property." To others he was a distracted person who could not manage his estate, and whose lofty connections alone preserved him. Certainly his inability to control his property and his wife was a difficult burden for the Winthrops.
His abrupt return to England in 1647 is not sufficiently explained. McCracken suggests that the Robert Feake pardoned by the House of Commons 4 March 1649/50 for some unstated crime might be Robert of Watertown. In any event, he left considerable scandal behind him in New England.
In a letter dated Stamford 14 April 1648, Thomas Lyon related to his "loving grandfather" John Winthrop the history of Mr. Feake and Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop:
...when I married first I lived in the house with her because my father being distracted I might be a help to her. Whereupon seeing several carriages between the fellow she now hath to be her husband and she the people also took notice of it which was to her disgrace which grieved me very much ... and seeing what condition she were in I spake to her about it privately and after I discovered my dislike I see her carriage alter toward me ... Father concerning the condition she is in and the children and estate my father Feike going away suddenly, having taken no course about the children and estate only desired a friend of his and I in case we see them about making away the estate and to remove we should stay it ... She also hath confessed since she came there openly she is married to him is with child by him and she hath been at New Haven but could have no comfort nor hopes for present to live in the jurisdiction and what will become of her I know not.
Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.


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