They were undoubtedly odd but they were not mad:
The famously strait-laced 17th-century sectarians who helped settle America weren’t nearly as priggish as you might think.
A leading scholar claims that the Puritans were in fact sexy, and saw sex and love as important factors to help form a passionate relationship.
The claim is based on letters penned by Puritan forefathers including Colonial Gov John Winthrop, which are said to evoke more passion than prudishness.
They took a very dim view of sex outside marriage and a very hearty approach to it within.
One way to tell is to look at the size of their families……