"The Leaves as They Suffound"
27 NOVEMBER 1847; 6 JULY 1848; 1 MAY 1849; 8 AUGUST 1851
Back in the United States, the Hutchinsons lived as before, farming in the summer, singing at other times. As singers for abolition they became bolder, refusing in 1847 to sing in Philadelphia when the Mayor would not allow multi-racial audiences. Such controversial behavior seemed only to endear them the more to their followers, however, who continued to turn out in droves.
Abby's marriage to Ludlow Patton in 1849 led to the breakup of the quartet. Nevertheless, the others carried on, forming a male trio in the early 'fifties. Without Abby, though, some of the sparkle was gone and the gradual decline of their popularity commenced. The trio began avoiding many of the big cities that had once welcomed them, touring rather to the smaller cities and towns where the "latest" act was not of such importance. In search of their audience, tours were arranged ever farther afield, even to the West. By the mid-'fifties, the lure of that new country led the three brothers to homestead in central Minnesota, and to establish the town of Hutchinson. Although all were involved in the initial planning, only Asa made his life there, however. John chose to remain in the East and bought High Rock in Lynn after Jesse's death. Judson stayed closer to home, in Milford, before ending his life of "horrors" in 1859.