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Colonial Dames focus on Winthrop Women at meeting

April 18, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 17, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

Taking part in the April 11 meeting of the John Brewer Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century,  from left, are Bettye Pribyl, Carol Strarup, Sharron Torrance and Jean Shores.

"Winthrop Women" was the focus of the April 11 meeting of the John Brewer Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century at the Power Home. There were 13 members and guests present.

John Winthrop attempted unsuccessfully to reform the Church of England in the early 1600s, then formed the Winthrop Fleet by which he led more than 700 Puritans over a period of 10 years to the New World in 1630.

The presentation of slides and script highlighted John Winthrop, who was attempting to establish an ideal colony, and three women in his life: his wife, Margaret, who wrote many letters which have been reproduced; his niece, Elizabeth, who was the subject of a historical novel; and Anne Hutchinson, a woman who was eventually banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Presenters included Carol Strarup, who had an ancestor who immigrated in the Winthrop Fleet; Sharron Torrence and Jean Shores. In addition, Bettye Pribyl shared her patriot profile of her ancestor of the Colonial time, Sammuel Maddox.

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