Blogger's note: I've read Anya Seton's historical novel "The Winthrop Woman" about our ancestors, 10th GGParent's ROBERT FEAKE and his wife, ELIZABETH FONES WINTHROP and found that -to her credit- Seton closely followed primary sources to craft her story line. Despite her attempts to fictionalize, romanticize and 'justifize' the ultimate betrayal of an unfaithful wife, Seton provides a glimpse into a time and place we can only imagine along with her. The story tells how John Winthrop, Elizabeth's uncle and former father-in-law, plays a formative, zealous role in the early settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His successor's story -as crafted by Nathaniel Hawthorne (born in Salem)- is presented below. I include it as an introduction to two of my 9th Great grandfathers: MATTHIAS BUTTON, an ancestor who shared the transatlantic voyage in 1628 with Endicott and ROGER WILLIAMS, founder of Providence, Rhode Island.
which betokened that he had dared to give interpretations of Holy Writ, unsanctioned by the infallible judgment of the civil and religious rulers. His aspect showed no lack of zeal to maintain his heterodoxies, even at the stake. The woman wore a cleft stick on her tongue, in appropriate retribution for having wagged that unruly member against the elders of the church; and her countenance and gestures gave much cause to apprehend, that, the moment the stick should be removed a repetition of the offence would demand new ingenuity in chastising it.
Endicott is also featured in Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier's "The King's Missive" (Like Hawthorne, Whittier was from Essex County and resided in Haverhill -home to other ancestors)