In memory of Elizabeth Fones, my Maternal 11th Great-Grandmother on the DECKER branch.


Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. VII

The Frost genealogy; descendants of William Frost of Oyster Bay, New York, showing connections never before published with the Winthrop, Underhill, Feke, Bowne and Wickes families, p. 375-376 [Link]

Elizabeth Fones [Wikipedia]


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Elizabeth Fones

Founder of Greenwich, Connecticut

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21 Jan 1610

Groton Manor, Suffolk, England





1673 (est)

Newtown, Queens, New York (probably)



Elizabeth Fones married first to her cousin, Henry Winthrop, son of aforementioned John Winthrop. While she was pregnant with their daughter, Martha, Henry fled to America on the ship Talbot without her. He drowned in a river near Salem on July 2, 1630, the day after his arrival. Elizabeth sailed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ship Lyon with her infant daughter, the following year, arriving on Nov. 2, 1631. She was 21-years old and John Winthrop, the Governor of the Colony, was her father-in-law, uncle, and guardian. He arranged Elizabeth's next marriage to a wealthy landowner named Lt. Robert Feake, who was born in London in 1602. They were founders of Greenwich, Connecticut, where the home they built in 1645 still stands as one of the oldest homes in the country. She married third to William Hallett.


Elizabeth Fones & Robert Feake were the parents of my ancestor,

Other known children:

With Henry Winthrop:

  1. Martha Johanna Winthrop

With Lt. Robert Feake:

  1. Elizabeth Feake (born 1633) [Link]
  2. Hannah Feake (born 1637), married John Bowne and became Quakers.
  3. John Feake (born 1639)
  4. Robert Feake (born 1642)
  5. Sarah Feake (born bef. 1647)

With William Hallett:

  1. William Hallett (born abt. 1648)
  2. Samuel Hallett (born abt. 1650)
Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Elizabeth Fones:

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