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Capt. Edward Hutchinson

Also Known As: "Edward Hutchinson Jr."
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Death: August 19, 1675 (62)
Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Died of wounds inflicted in an ambush by the Nipmuc, King Philip's War)
Place of Burial: Marlborough, Middlesex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hutchinson and Anne Hutchinson
Husband of Katherine Hutchinson and Abigail Hutchinson
Father of Elishua Hutchinson; Elizabeth Potter; Col. Elisha Hutchinson, Esq.; Anne Vernon; William Hutchinson and 6 others
Brother of Susanna Hutchinson; Richard Hutchinson; Faith Savage; Bridget Phillips; Francis Hutchinson and 9 others

Occupation: English captain, emigrated 1633 the "Griffin", Captain
Managed by: Peter Scianna
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About Capt. Edward Hutchinson

Edward Hutchinson (1613–1675) (sometimes referred to as junior to differentiate him from his uncle) was the oldest child of Massachusetts and Rhode Island magistrate William Hutchinson and his wife, the dissident minister Anne Marbury. He is noted for making peace with the authorities following his mother's banishment from Massachusetts during the Antinomian Controversy, returning to Boston, and ultimately dying in the service of the colony that had treated his family so harshly.


Edward Hutchinson married first, on 13 Oct 1636 in Lawford / Ipswich, Suffolk, England, to Katherine Hamby, daughter of Robert Hamby and Elizabeth Arnold. She was christened on 10 Dec 1615 in St. Matthew, Ipswich, Suffolk, England and died in 1650 in Prob Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Edward Hutchinson and Katherine Hamby had 7 children born in Boston:

  1. F Elishua HUTCHINSON was born before 5 Nov 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.. She was christened on 5 Nov 1637 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Ma. She died young.
  2. F Elizabeth HUTCHINSON was born on 4 Nov 1639 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. She was christened on 10 Nov 1639 in First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She died on 16 Sep 1728 in Boston, Suffolke Co., Mass.. She was buried in Sep 1728 in Boston, Suffolk Co, Mass. Married Edward Winslow.
  3. M Elisha HUTCHINSON was born on 16 Nov 1641. He died on 10 Dec 1717. Married 1) Hannah Hawkins 2) Elizabeth Clarke.
  4. F Anne HUTCHINSON was born before 18 Nov 1643 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.. She was christened on 18 Nov 1643 in First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She died on 10 Jan 1716 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. She was buried in Newport, Newport, Ri. Married 1) Samuel Dyre 2) William Vernon.
  5. M William HUTCHINSON was born on 17 Jan 1645/6 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.. He was christened on 17 Jan 1645/6 in First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died in Infancy, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was buried in ... Died Young.
  6. F Katherine HUTCHINSON was born before 12 May 1648 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.. She was christened on 14 May 1648 in First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She died in Young, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She was buried in ... Died Soon.
  7. F Susanna HUTCHINSON was born on 10 May 1649 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Ma. She was christened on 10 May 1649 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma. She was buried in ... Prob Ri. Married Nathaniel Coddington.

Edward Hutchinson married second in 1650 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts to Abigail Firmage [Vermayes], daughter of the widow Abigail Vermais. She was born circa 1622 in Great Yarmouth, Suffolk, England died 10 August 1689 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Her second marriage; Abigail was the widow of Robert Button, with whom she had 5 children.

Edward Hutchinson and Abigail Vermmayes had 4 children born in Boston:

  1. M Edward, b. Jan 1651/2, d. 1692 Boston. Died unmarried
  2. F Katherine, b. 13 Feb 1652/3. Married 1) Henry Bartholomew 2) Richard Janverin
  3. M Benjamin, b. 22 Jun 1656, probably died young
  4. F Hannah, b. 16 May 1659, d. 15 Jan 1704/5 Taunton, MA. Married Peter Walker.

Hutchinson is the ancestor of three United States presidents, as well as the loyalist governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson.

Wheeler's Surprise


Wheeler’s Surprise was the ambush of an expedition sent out by the  colony of Massachusetts to gain the neutrality of the Nipmuck Indians during King Philip’s War. The ambush took place August 2, 1675, apparently in the swamp land that is found along Winimusset Brook in New Braintree. The English were under the command of Captain Edward Hutchinson who had an escort of about twenty horsemen led by Captain Thomas Wheeler. Ephraim Curtis and three Indians friendly to the English accompanied Hutchinson as guides and interpreters. Three men from Quaboag Plantation or Brookfield were also with the expedition. The name Wheeler’s Surprise has been attached to the ambush because Captain Thomas Wheeler wrote a detailed account of the attack and the subsequent assault on the town of Brookfield. ...

The next morning, August 2, Hutchinson and his party waited in vain for the Indians to arrive. At the urging of the three Brookfield men with them, and against the advice of the friendly Indians with the expedition, the party moved north toward the swamp where the Indians were located. Upon approaching the swamp, the English were forced to move in single file due to swamp land on their left and a steep hill on their right. After proceeding in this way for 300 to 400 yards the expedition was suddenly raked with musket fire from a well-laid ambush.

...Unable to move forward, the English turned to retrace their steps only to find the way they had come blocked by the Indians. With swamp to their left, their only escape was up the steep hill to their right.  Spurring their mounts up the hillside, the troopers managed to escape the deadly fire of the Nipmucks. Behind lay eight dead or dying Englishmen, including the three Brookfield men who had urged the expedition forward. Of those still in the saddle, several were badly wounded, including Thomas Wheeler and the leader of the expedition, Captain  Edward Hutchinson. The survivors made a frantic retreat back to Brookfield, guided by their Indian interpreters. Upon arriving at Brookfield, they warned the inhabitants who gathered together in the Ayres Tavern. The Nipmucks followed and attacked the garrison. The siege lasted until August 4, when the arrival of Major Simon Willard and his mounted troops caused the Nipmucks to withdraw.


Edward HUTCHINSON, son of William Hutchinson and Anne Marbury, was born before 28 May 1613 in Alford, Alford Parish, Lincolnshire, England. He was christened on 28 May 1613 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England. He died on 19 Aug 1675 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Mass.. He was buried in Aug 1675 in Killed In King, Phillip's War. .

Reference 2QVT-PB

  • Christening* Capt. Edward Hutchinson was christened on 28 May 1613 at Alford, Lincolnshire, England.2,1
  • Immigration* He immigrated on 4 September 1633 to Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, on the ship Griffin.4
  • Event-Misc* He was made freeman on 3 September 1634 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.4
  • Event-Misc He was admitted to full communion on 10 October 1634 at First Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.4
  • Marriage License* He and an unknown person obtained a marriage license on 19 October 1636 at St. Mary Magdelen, London, Middlesex, England.4
  • Marriage* He married Katherine Hamby on 23 October 1636 at Lawford, Essex, England.4
  • Event-Misc Was on the Newport Covenant on 7 March 1638 at Newport, Rhode Island.4
  • Marriage* He married Abigail Firmage in 1650 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, as his 2nd wife.1
  • Will* He left a will on 17 July 1675.4
  • Burial* He was buried in August 1675 Killed in King Phillip's War.
  • Event-Misc He received a mortal wound in an ambush when marching to a meeting with the Indians in King Philip's War. On 2 August 1675.4
  • Death* He died on 19 August 1675 at Marlborough, Massachusetts, at age 62.4
  • Probate His estate was probated on 17 September 1675.4
  • Baptism He witnessed the baptism of Capt. Edward Hutchinson on 3 December 1936.
  • Note* He firmly opposed the persecutions of Quakers in Massachusetts.4


  • [S281] Marston Watson, Reverend Francis Marbury, p. 4.
  • [S182] Joseph Lemuel Chester, "Hutchinson Family", p. 363.
  • [S284] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p 493.
  • [S281] Marston Watson, Reverend Francis Marbury, p. 7.

supporting data

“EDWARD, Boston, s. of Susanna, a wid. (wh. came in May 1636 with John Wheelwright, and her d. Mary, his w.) but this s. came with w. Sarah, in 1633, prob. in the Griffin, hav. fellow-passeng. John Cotton, the disting. theol. Elder Leverett, Gov. Brenton, Edmund Quincy, Atherton Hough, and other promin. persons, most of wh. were, like hims. from Lincolnsh. The fam. was of Alford, in that Co. a. 25 ms. from Boston. His adm. into the ch. was in Oct. the same mo. with Leverett and Brenton, and a mo. earlier than Quincy and Hough; freem. 4 Mar. 1634, had bapt. here John, 31 Aug. 1634; and Ichabod (it being in the worst of the antinom. controv.) 3 Sept. 1637. He is in the ch. rec. call. senr. was one of the princ. men, whose heresy made it necessary to disarm them in 1637, unless his neph. of the same name be thus honor.; and withdrew from the ‘sanguine cloud’ that overcast the whole sky of Mass. going to Rhode Island with his fam. shortly after the b. of this last ch. and perhaps soon after to Eng. whence he never came back.” --James Savage

(f/g) Capt Edward Hutchinson Birth: May 28, 1613 Lincolnshire, England Death: Aug. 19, 1675 Massachusetts, USA


Family links:

 William Hutchinson (1586 - 1642)
 Anne Marbury Hutchinson (1595 - 1643) 
 Katherine Hamby Hutchinson (1615 - 1651)
 Elisha Hutchinson (1641 - 1717)
 Hannah Huchinson Walker (1658 - 1704)*

Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery Marlborough Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Created by: SherryG Record added: Sep 11, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 15705253 -tcd

Helped to found Newport RI

Killed by Indians in King Phillip's War

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Capt. Edward Hutchinson's Timeline

December 20, 1607
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
December 20, 1607
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
May 28, 1613
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
May 28, 1613
Lincolnshire, England
May 28, 1613
Lincolnshire, England
May 28, 1613
Lincolnshire, England
May 28, 1613
Lincolnshire, England
Age 19
W/ Rev. John Cotton
November 5, 1637
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts