Her work was sponsored by the author Nathaniel Hawthorne and was later supported by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain.
In addition to her writing, Delia Bacon gave numerous public lectures to the citizens of New Haven; thus, New Haven, Connecticut was the actual birthplace of the “Bacon is Shakespeare” doctrine.
Given her direct exposure to the Baconian Doctrine, along with her passion for the Shakespearean works, it was inevitable that Sarah Pardee was drawn like an irresistible force to a more than passing interest in the new theorem.
While Sarah and the Bacon girls were attending the school, Dr.
Bacon’s sister Delia, also a New Haven resident, attracted considerable fame and attention for writing her famous treatise that Sir Francis Bacon (with the aid of a circle of the finest literary minds of the Elizabethan-Jacobean Age) was the actual author, editor, and publisher of the original works of Shakespeare.
There are no existing records or any other form of factual information to establish Sarah’s date of birth—even the year remains unknown.
The scarce information that survives from the historical record indicates her birth must have occurred somewhere between 18.
She also acquired a vast and uncanny knowledge of Masonic-Rosicrucian ritual and symbology. Author and historian Ralph Rambo (who actually knew Sarah) wrote “it is believed that Mrs.
Winchester was a Theosophist.” Rambo didn’t elaborate on the matter, but since he was close to Sarah he was certainly in a position to know some things about her.
He was the only son of Oliver Fisher Winchester and Jane Ellen Hope.
In keeping with a popular trend of the day, he was named after William Wirt, the highly popular and longest serving Attorney General of the United States .
At the time of Sarah’s birth, the Pardee’s were a respectable, upper middle class New Haven family.