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Hannah Fayerweather Winthrop

1726? - 1790

Hannah Fayerweather Winthrop and her husband John Winthrop, a professor of natural science at Harvard College, lived near the Lexington Road in Cambridge. On the morning of 19 April 1775, the Winthrops received news that British regulars were marching towards Lexington and Concord. Since her husband was elderly and sick, Hannah Winthrop decided that it would be best to relocate to a safer place. The Winthrops fled and were directed, along with other refugees, to a house at Fresh Pond, about a mile outside of town. Here, Hannah recorded seeing about 70 or 80 women with their children, agonizing over the fate of their husbands. The family continued on their journey, eventually finding refuge in Andover.