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Re: John Tripp b 1575
Posted by: Lorin K. Hansen Date: November 06, 1999 at 01:53:47
In Reply to: Re: John Tripp b 1575 by Richard W. Gifford of 2339

As Richard notes: "One of the intriguing questions about John1 Tripp is concerning what, if any, relationship he had to the
Antinomians." I have wondered this also. If we were to speculate along those lines, it is important to note that John1 served his apprenticeship (according to the "Relation") in Thoresby, Lincolnshire, working for John Baats. Paul Tripp suggests this is South Thoresby, and I am inclined to agree with him. In the parish register of South Thoresby is a John Bate who was having children in 1620, 1624, 1629, and 1632. That could be the man. In any case, about 3 miles to the east and slightly to the south of Thoresby is Alford, Lincolnshire. That is the home of Anne Hutchinson. Given her talent for stirring up public commotion, I suspect John1 knew of her and may have been acquainted with her. It seems Anne got her assertiveness and intense theological feelings from her father, Francis Marbury. Her father became a minister after the family moved from Alford to London, but because of his outspoken criticism of church authority, Francis was relieved of his church duties for about 15 years. He then died. Anne married William Hutchinson of Alford and moved back to Alford to live. About a mile to the east of Alford is Bilsby, Lincolnshire, where John Wheelwright, Anne's brother in law was a minister. Wheelwright was in the fiery mold of Francis Marbury, Anne's father, and taught a "Covenant of Grace," much in harmony with the antinomian (that is, the anti-Law) views of Anne. In other words, they both believed that man was saved by grace, not by the works of the Law. Another minister much to the liking of Anne was John Cotton, who was a minister at Boston, Lincolnshire, about 24 miles (a days ride) to the south of Alford. John Cotton also taught a "Covenant of Grace." In 1632, because of his antinomian, dissenting views, Wheelwright was forced from his minstry and thus silenced. A year later a similar process began for bringing John Cotton to judgement for his views. Before that could happen he went underground for a while and then sailed to America. Soon Anne, Wheelwright, several Hutchinsons (of Alford), and many others from Lincolnshire followed, including William Coddington, also of Boston, Lincolnshire (and probably the richest man in the "Boston" of America. In fact, In Boston, MA, most of the people supporting Anne were from Lincolnshire and were either related to her or lived near her in Lincolnshire, and knew her there. The next largest group supporting Anne in America came from London. Perhaps they too had known Anne or her father in London. Also of Interest, of the core group supporting Anne in Boston, MA, 68% moved to Portsmouth. So it is very possible that John1 was not an unsympathetic bystander who was dragged along to Portsmouth because of his indenture to Robert Jeffrey, but may have had religious sympathies in that direction himself. Of course, this is speculation, and we may never know. [The information above comes from the South Thoresy parish register and the book "Saints and Sectaries" by Emery Battis. See especially pages 8-15, 56-58, 258-260, and 304-307.]

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