Here are some Hutchinson stories
accounts over the years:


Hutchinsons and Hutchisons Today


Numbers (000’s) Hutchinson Hutchison Total
(English) (Scottish)
UK    32     9    41
America    18    10 28
Elsewhere    20     8    28
Total    70    27    97

The Hutchinsons of Bishop Middleham in Durham

The story goes that Hutchin was
a Viking noble who had accompanied Harold Harfager to England around
the year
900.  He settled on the northeast
coastline at what was then a fortified place in Durham and later became
the village of Bishop

The early spelling was Hutcheson, the name that could be found in the
first parish register of Bishop Middleham in 1559.
It was recorded as following in early

  • 1573.  Robert Hutcheson
    Katherine Askue
  • 1576.  Thomas Hutcheson
    married Agnes Hopper
  • 1606.  Robert Hutcheson
    married Agnes Morland
  • 1630.  Robert
    Hutcheson married Janet Grenell
  • 1633.  Thomas Hutcheson
    married Elizabeth Richardson
  • 1638.  John Hutcheson married
  • 1648.  William Hutchinson
    Ann Woodhouse.

The spelling did change around 1650 from Hutcheson to
Hutchinson.  It might be remembered that Colonel John Hutchinson
of another Hutchinson line became well known at that time for signing
the King’s death warrant.

These Hutchinsons were a yeoman farming family at Bishop Middleham and
Cornforth.  Thomas Hutchinson, born there in 1698, was a clergyman and classical scholarOne line through another Thomas Hutchinson moved out
of the
area in 1705 to Whitton House in Whitton near Stockton


Colonel John Hutchinson and His Half Brother Charles

The first edition of Lucy Hutchinson’s memoirs of her
late husband Colonel John Hutchinson was edited by the Rev. Julius
Hutchinson and published in 1806.  This edition included a
pedigree of the Hutchinson family “taken from a very handsome
emblazoned genealogy in the possession of the editor, originally traced
in 1712.

There were two branches of the Hutchinson family considered here.
First there were the descendants of Colonel John Hutchinson whose
mother was a Byron; and second there were the descendants of his
younger half brother Charles whose mother was a Stanhope.  The
first branch did not fare well after the Restoration; whereas the
second branch flourished.

In his preface Julius stated the following:

“The pedigree shows that Colonel
Hutchinson left four sons, of which only the youngest John left
issue.  There is a tradition in the family that these last two
descendants of Colonel Hutchinson emigrated, one to the West Indies or
America and the other to Russia.”

Concerning the Stanhope side of the family, Julius had the following to

“Charles Hutchinson, only son of Sir
Thomas Hutchinson by Lady Catharine Stanhope, married one of the
daughters and co-heiresses of Sir Francis Boteler, a zealous royalist.After the death of Colonel Hutchinson in 1664, Charles purchased his
Nottinghamshire estate at Owthorpe.  This joined to what his
father had given him and to what he had obtained by his marriage and
raised him to more opulence than his father ever possessed.His son Julius seems to have bestowed a very rational and well deserved
attention on the writings of Mrs. Lucy Hutchinson.  There is a
tradition in the family that, although he had many children of his
own, he treated with kindness and liberality the last descendants of
his uncle the Colonel.”

His descendant the Rev. Julius Hutchinson, the editor of the Memoirs, visited Owthorpe Hall in
1775, shortly after the estate had been sold.  Two portraits of
Colonel John and Lucy Hutchinson were removed at that time and are
still preserved.

St. John Hutchinson, descended from Nicolas Hutchinson of Southwell,
Notts was said in a letter dated 1919 to have held all the family
pictures and Owthorpe furniture.

Hutchinsons in the 1881 English Census

County ‘000’s Percent
Northumberland    0.9     6
Durham    2.9    18
Yorkshire    4.6    28
Lancashire    2.2    14
Lincolnshire    0.4     3
Sub-Total   11.0    69
Elsewhere    5.0    31
Total   16.0   100

The 1881 census showed concentrations
of the Hutchinson name:

  • in Horsforth, Ecclesfield, and
    Hunslet in Yorkshire   
  • and in Bishopwearmouth, Monkwearmouth, Darlington
    and Stockton in Durham.


William and Anne

William Hutchinson was described by Governor John
Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony as being mild tempered,
somewhat weak,
and living in the shadow of his dominant and outspoken wife Anne.

Back in
Lincolnshire Anne had become enamored with the Puritan preachings of
the Rev.
John Cotton.  His views were opposed by
the established church in England and he was forced into hiding.  In 1633 he fled to New England.

Anne was so
distraught to lose her mentor that she and her family intended to sail
with him
on the Griffin.  However,
Anne’s 14th pregnancy prevented
that.  They did make the journey on the
same vessel a year later.

The family first resided at Boston and Anne’s
strong religious convictions were soon
at odds with the established Puritan clergy there.
Her popularity and charisma helped create a
theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans’
community in New England.

Anne was
eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony in 1638
with many
of her supporters.  They decamped to what
would become the colony of Rhode Island.
At the same time William’s sister Mary, married to John
Wheelwright, also
departed with their supporters to form a new colony in Exeter, New

After William’s death in
1641, threats of Massachusetts taking over Rhode Island compelled Anne
to move
outside of the reach of Boston into the lands of the Dutch.  In 1642 she settled with her younger children
on Pelham Neck on the East River in what
later became the Bronx.
Tensions were high at the time with the local Siwanoy Indian
tribe.  A year later Anne and six of her
children were
massacred by these Siwanoys.  The Hutchinson river there was later
named after her.


Ann Hutchinson of Milford, New Jersey

Her contemporary
Bishop Asbury had this to say about Ann Hutchinson:

“At about eighty she, to a great degree, lost
her sight; about ninety it returned.  Her hair changed a few years
ago from
white to dark brown.  I have seen her and
conversed with her.  At this advanced age
she did not appear to be weary of the world.”

Then, much later in 1857, the following story appeared
in the Village Record of Hightstown,
New Jersey:

“On a farm near Milford there is an ancient burial ground
several of the old owners of the soil thereabout found the last resting
of their earthly remains.  From a grave
marker in that place I copied the following:
‘Sacred to the memory of Ann
Hutchinson, relict of William Hutchinson, who departed this life on
January 4,
1801 aged 101 years nine months and seven days. She was mother of 13
and grandmother and great grandmother and great great grandmother of
She was born on March 17, 1699 and consequently lived in
different centuries – i.e. she was born on the 17th, lived through the
whole of
the 18th, and died in the 19th century.
She was the wife of William Hutchinson Esq, a Justice of the
Peace under
the Crown and Government of England.  Ann
Hutchinson retained her faculties to the last and could see to thread a
or read without spectacles when in her 101st year.
The family have been
remarkable for longevity. Her son Joseph Hutchinson lived on the place
William R. Hutchinson now lives. I well recollect the old gentleman
myself. He
was a very exemplary and pious man and between 1780 and 1790 was one of
a very
small class of society in Milford.
The history of the old Hutchinson family is
identified with the early history of Methodism in this part of the
country.  William Hutchinson, another son
of Ann, had four sons, all of whom turned out to be Methodist preachers

Ezekiel, Robert, Sylvester and Aaron Hutchinson.


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