Finding Freedom & Peace in Newport


Contributed by Jim Melnick

Tacy, aka “Tace” (Cooper) Hubbard and Samuel Hubbard were an amazing couple. They were Baptist believers who settled in Connecticut in the 1630s but had to keep moving from one town to another in New England because of their views. They finally found peace and a ‘home’ when they moved to Newport, Rhode Island and became members of John Clarke’s church.

Old Newport Map

But along the way they had many experiences. Samuel tells this story about his wife (as recounted in Isaac Backus’s history of the Baptists in New England):

“God having enlightened both [of us], but mostly my wife, into his holy ordinance of baptizing only visible believers; and being zealous for it, she was mostly struck at, and answered twice publicly, where I was also said to be as bad as she, and threatened with imprisonment to Hartford [jail] if we did not renounce [our views] or remove [ourselves from the area]. That Scripture came into our minds, If they persecute you in one place, flee to another.’” 

Tacy Hubbard must have been quite a woman of courage – we can only wonder what the words “she was mostly struck at” might mean – obviously nothing pleasant!  She was treated by many in society as an outcast who was allegedly a ‘bad influence’ on her husband! 
Eventually, the Hubbards were able to settle in Newport. They joined John Clarke’s church on November 8, 1648. Backus states that there “they lived to old age,” both dying in their late seventies. Over the years Samuel would make dangerous forays back to Boston, where “he repeatedly visited his suffering brethren” there. (Isaac Backus, Volume I, p. ix).  
In so doing he was acting along very similar lines as the actions of John Clarke himself in visiting needy brethren who for whatever reason could not make the move to safety in Rhode Island.   

Author: 1663 Media Arts, LLC

1663 Media Arts, LLC is an Independent Film Production Company that develops historical dramas based on real life events...because #HistoryMatters.

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