Robert Feake


Born: ? in ?

Died: Feb 1662/63 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony

Father: James Feake (? – ?)

Mother: Judith Thomas (? – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth Fownes (1609/10 – 1673)

Married: ? in (unknown)

Child: Elizabeth Feake (c. 1633 – )

Child: Hannah Feake (c. 1636 – )

Child: John Feake (c. 1638-1639 – 1724)

Child: Robert Feake (c. 1642 – )

Child: Sarah Feake (c. 1647 – )


Robert came to the American colonies in 1630 with Governer John Winthrop, and was an early settler in Watertown (Massachusetts Bay Colony) which was settled as the Winthrop fleet arrived.

The Covenant of the First Church of Watertown is dated 30 July 1630, and Robert was one of the first members of that church.

Robert was admitted as a freeman in May 1631. He was a representative to the General Court from Watertown in 1634, 1635, and 1636, a selectman in 1638, 1639 and 1640.

In 1640 he sold his homestead in Watertown and went (with Captain Daniel Patrick, under whom he had been made a Lieutenant on 4 Sep 1632) to Greenwich, Connecticut Colony by July, where he purchased large grants of land.

They were joined by Captain John Underhill (who was later to marry Robert's daughter, Elizabeth) in May 1642.

In Jun 1644, Captain Patrick was killed by the natives. Soon after, Robert returned to Watertown. In Oct 1647 he returned to England, seemingly after a breakdown or some other mental aberration. He returned to New England by Sep 1649, somewhat recovered, and resided in Watertown until his death.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 17 Jun 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

Palmer Families in America
by Hon. Horace Wilbur Palmer, Ph.B., LL.B.; Neshanic, N.J.: Neshanic Print. Co., 1966. [applies to name, death, notes]
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume XLVII, 1893
by Henry F. Waters, A.M. (Proceedings edited by John Ward Dean A.M.); Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society; 1893. (This text was published by Walters as a book in 1901, and called "Genealogical gleanings in England.") [applies to name]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Stories abound about the adultery of wife Elizabeth, and these, if true, may be at least part of Robert's mental status. There is also controversy about whether or not Robert and Elizabeth were truly divorced, leaving Elizabeth free to marry William.