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My ancestor, Commodore Isaac Hull, waits till his crew have left the ship to go get drunk in town, then, signals with a lamp, the coast is clear. A wagon pulls up and two men lift a barrel off the wagon, and quickly roll it up the gangplank. The Commodore is sweating. He is terrified the Hart family will find out he helped his sister-in-law smuggle her aborted baby out of Bolivia pickled in a keg of wine. As the keg rolled by his feet, Isaac refrained from giving the contents a formal salute; for inside is the unborn son of Bolivar who just liberated Bolivia. When Jeanette beheld Simon’s mistress behind him in the victory parade, she screamed in utter rage
“Get it out of me!”
Jeanette and her sisters knew Jeanette’s black maid was adept at abortions. Jeanette had been warned to stay away from the well-endowed Bull of the Pampas who had a herd of cows. But, this is why she hitched a ride with her brother-in-law when she heard of his destination.
Hull had a woman in every port, and his wife Ann, knew this before they got married. How many children he sired, is unknown. It is alleged he had his way with all six Hart sisters. He was in the Hart home when he was not at sea. He had taken most of them on a sea voyage with him which caused the old Puritan Hens of Saybrook to talk. If they had not accused every male in town of being a sexual defiant, perhaps they would have owned some credibility. This, unborn, would be proof, and result in everyone’s undoing.
The Saybrook Colony was established in late 1635 at the mouth of the Connecticut River in present-day Old Saybrook, Connecticut by John Winthrop, the Younger, son of John Winthrop, the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Winthrop the Younger was designated Governor by the original settlers, including Colonel George Fenwick and Captain Lion Gardiner. They claimed possession of the land via a deed of conveyance from Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick. The colony was named in honor of Lords Saye and Brooke, prominent Parliamentarians and holders of the colony’s land grants.
Early settlers of the colony were ardent supporters of Oliver Cromwell and of democracy. In the 1630s in what became Connecticut, it was rumored that Cromwell’s emigration was imminent from England to Saybrook, along with the departure from Old England of other prominent Puritan sponsors of the colony, including John Pym, John Hampden, Arthur Haselrig, and Lords Saye and Brooke. Even as late as the 1770s, residents of Old Saybrook still talked about which town lots would be given to prominent Parliamentarians.
Settlement preparations included sending a ship with an unusual cargo of ironwork for a portcullis and drawbridges, and even an experienced military engineer. Saybrook’s fort was to be the strongest in New England. However, prominent Puritans soon “found the countrie [England] full of reports of their going” and were worried that they would not be allowed to sell their estates and take ship. By 1638, the plans for Saybrook were abandoned. Cromwell’s financial difficulties had been cleared up by an inheritance and he moved from Huntingdon to nearby Ely. Thus, the sponsors remained in England and played their respective political and military roles in the English Civil War and its aftermath. As a consequence, the colony struggled and, by 1644, Fenwick agreed to merge the colony with the more vibrant Connecticut Colony a few miles up river.
In 1647, Major John Mason assumed command of Saybrook Fort, which controlled the main trade and supply route to the upper river valley. The fort mysteriously burned to the ground, but another improved fort was quickly built nearby. He spent the next twelve years there and served as Commissioner of the United Colonies, its chief military officer, Magistrate, and peacekeeper. He was continually called upon to fairly negotiate the purchase of Indian lands, write a treaty, or arbitrate some Indian quarrel, many of which were instigated by his friend Uncas.