Susanna Hutchinson was born on 15 Nov 1633 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England. She was the youngest child of William Hutchinson and Anne Marbury. In 1634, Susanna's family emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony where they lived in Boston.
Susanna's mother, Anne Hutchinson, is considered one of the founders of Rhode Island because she and her followers founded a settlement in Aquidneck, Rhode Island. They fled to Rhode Island after Anne was convicted of heresy by a Puritan court for her religious beliefs and banished from Massachusetts by Governor John Winthrop "as a woman not fit for our society." After her husband, William Hutchinson, died in 1642, Anne moved the family and some of her followers to a wooded area in Pelham Bay, Long Island then part of New Netherlands a Dutch colony which is now The Bronx in New York City.
At the time there was a war going on between the Dutch colonists and the Lenape Indians. The Lenape Indians had been subject to a lot of mistreatment from the Dutch and they began rampaging through the New Netherlands Colony in what was known as Kieft's War. In 1643, Anne and all of her family and followers except nine year old Susanna were massacred by Lenape warriors. After they killed the Hutchinson residents the Lenape warriors put all their possessions, including animals, in the house and set it on fire.
Susanna was spared because of her red hair which the Lenape Indians had never seen before. Susanna was adopted into the Lenape tribe and given the name Mee-pahk which means Pretty Leaf or Autum Leaf. She lived with the Lenape about four years. At the end of the war, Susanna was ransomed back by the Dutch and returned unwillingly (as she had come to love her Indian family) back to Boston where she married John Cole a few years latter on 30 Dec 1651.