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In memory of Robert Feake, my Maternal 11th Great-Grandfather on the DECKER branch.


  • 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]
  • Ancestral records and portraits : a compilation from the archives of Chapter I, the Colonial Dames of America, p.307-308 [Link]
  • Feake-Ferris House [Wikipedia]
  • Elizabeth Fones [Wikipedia]
  • The American Genealogist 1939-10: Vol 16 Iss 2, p. 95-101 [Link]
  • Winthrop's History of New England, Vol i, pp. 69, 101
  • Anderson's Winthrop Fleet (Summary contributed on Findagrave)
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, by John Latting 1880
  • Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Second Series, Vol. 6, [Vol. 26 of continuous numbering] (1890 - 1891), pp. 1-38 (38 pages) [Link]
  • Commodore Hull and the Constitution. The anniversary address before the New York genealogical and biographical society February 27, 1880 [Link]
  • Commodore Hull and the Constitution. The anniversary address before the New York genealogical and biographical society February 27, 1880 [Link]
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Robert Feake


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London, England



New Netherland (New York) or Watertown (Mass.)




Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts


Robert Feake was born in London in 1602. He came to America with John Winthrop and married Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop, widow of John's son, Henry Winthrop. The governor had arranged the marriage between Elizabeth and Robert. About 1639-1940 "he united with Captain Patrick in the purchase of land, now the town of Greenwich" (in Connecticut). Robert was a goldsmith by trade in England.


Mount Feake in Waltham was named after Robert Feake by Governor Winthrop. A cemetery in the town also bears his name, Mount Feake Cemetery, and there was a place called Feake Isle, too. His home in Greenwich still stands, restored, and is opened to the public once a year.


Robert Feke, his descendant, has been credited with being one of the best Colonial American painters, comparable to Copley. A 1907 book is dedicated to him, called Robert Feke, the Early Newport Portrait Painter and the Beginnings of Colonial Painting and you can see several of his paintings here.


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

Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Robert Feake:

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