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.
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.’”