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Ann Hutchinson (Harrison ?)

Female 1630 -


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  • Name Ann Hutchinson (Harrison ?) 
    Born 1630  Eyworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Anne (Hutchinson) Cotton, John Cotton's wife, was probably born in 1630 in Eyworth, Bedfordshire, England, and presumably came to the Virginia Colony with her parents as a young woman. She was evidently well educated, probably in England. She wrote a celebrated account of Bacon's Rebellion entitled Our Late Troubles in Virginia, written by Mrs. An. Cotton ofQ. Creek (Force's Tracts I No. ix). Internal evidence shows that she was also the author ofA Narrative of the Indian and Civil Wars in Virginia in the Years 1675 and 1676 (Forces's Tracts No. xi).
    Gender Female 
    Died York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In 1676, she wrote a famous account of Bacob's Rebellion
      Anne (Hutchinson) Cotton, John Cotton's wife, was probably born in 1630 in Eyworth, Bedfordshire, England, and presumably came to the Virginia Colony with her parents as a young woman. She was evidently well educated, probably in England. She wrote a celebrated account of Bacon's Rebellion entitled Our Late Troubles in Virginia, written by Mrs. An. Cotton of Q. Creek (Force's Tracts I No. ix). Internal evidence shows that she was also the author of A Narrative of the Indian and Civil Wars in Virginia in the Years 1675 and 1676 (Forces's Tracts No. xi).
      Bacon's Rebellion was a watershed event in the history of the Virginia Colony. Dashing young aristocrat Nathaniel Bacon came to Virginia at age 29/30. He received a land grant and a seat on the Council from Governor Berkeley when he arrived. Bacon quickly established himself as a leader with his eloquence and energy. There had been a series of bloody Indian raids, and many, probably most, of the settlers were in favor of strong punitive action against them. The settlers blamed Governor William Berkeley of threatening the welfare of the Colony due to his failure to act. Governor Berkeley was seventy when the crisis began, a veteran of the English Civil Wars, a frontier Indian fighter, a playright and a scholar. Unfortunately, he was also proud, obstinate and autocratic. English policy was to maintain peace with the Indians, and Governor Berkeley intended to settle the problem by negotiation. He launched an investigation.
      Bacon, defying the Governor's authority, gathered a small army of settlers and militia, forced the Governor to flee to the Eastern Shore, and marched off to punish the Indians. Governor Berkeley cleverly rebuilt his strength and returned to do battle. As the climactic battle between the two sides was about to commence, Bacon was taken with a violent fever and died. The Rebellion died with him. The rebel leaders were caught, tried and many of them were hanged.
      William Drummond was one of the rebel leaders. He was captured in a swamp and transported by boat to York County, where he was turned over to a detachment of local militia who were to escort him to the home of Col. Nathaniel Bacon (a cousin of rebel Nathaniel Bacon) for trial. Anne Cotton's account points to her husband, John Cotton, being the captain of that militia company. She says the captain offered to let Drummond ride his horse and allowed the former North Carolina governor to rest by the side of the road to smoke his pipes. During this time, Anne Cotton writes that Drummond and the captain "talked at length" about Drummond's capture. (In Prof. Jay Hubbel's book, South by Southwest, he credits John Cotton with authorship of the "Burwell Papers". See the chapter entitled "John Cotton, Poet Historian of Bacon's Rebellion".)
      John and Anne Cotton apparently had well known leanings towards Bacon's views. John Cotton was a cousin once removed of Nathaniel Bacon, Jr., the rebel The fact that John and Anne Cotton were not tried as traitors indicates favor and rank. Several researchers identify him as Sir John Cotton, son of Sir Thomas Cotton, a baronet of Huntingdonshire and Margaret Howard, born 1593 at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, granddaughter of William Howard, Duke of Norfolk. But this appears to be highly speculative, and perhaps impossible to prove..
      John and Anne Cotton had ten children:
      1. John "Bertie" Cotton, born 4/22/1658 in Isle of Wight County, VA and died 5/1728 in Bertie County, NC. He married Martha Godwin in Bertie Co., NC about 1683. [1]
    Person ID I3558  Booth Family
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2015 

    Family COTTON John,   b. 1621-1625, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1702, Isle of Wight County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1657  Isle of Wight County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. COTTON John "Bertie",   b. 22 Apr 1658, Isle of Wight County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1728, Bertie County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. COTTON William,   b. 1660, Queens Creek, York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. COTTON Thomas,   b. 1662, Queens Creek, York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1718, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. COTTON Charles,   b. 1664, Queens Creek, York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. COTTON Walter,   b. 1666-1667, Queens Creek, York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prince George County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. COTTON Richard,   b. 1669,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. COTTON Ann,   b. 1674,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. COTTON Elizabeth,   b. 1676,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. COTTON Robert,   b. 1678,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. COTTON Jane,   b. 1680,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F1102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1657 - Isle of Wight County, VA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1212] Cotton family tree, Owner: Pat Reynolds, (Compiled and Supplied by Robert L. Bartlett of Juno Beach, FL to Pat Johnson Reynolds) (Reliability: 3).