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Elizabeth Knapp

Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Knapp, II and Mary Knapp
Wife of Samuel Scripture of Groton
Mother of Samuel Scripture of Cambridge; Elizabeth Scripture; Mary Lawrence; Sarah Scripture; Anna Lawrence and 5 others
Sister of Priscilla Knapp; Joseph Knapp and Judith Knapp

Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Elizabeth Knapp

http://newenglandgenealogy.pcplayground.com/f_4b6.htm#62 -------------------- http://boards.ancestry.myfamily.com/surnames.scripture/

According to 1) The Knapp Family in America (p. 8), and 2) A History of the Chief English Families Bearing the Name of Knapp (p. 192) there were two Elizabeth Knapps that were 1st cousins.

The first was born 21 Apr 1655 to James Kanpp and Elizabeth Warren of Watertown & Groton, Mass. Both histories state that she married Ephraim Philbirck. The Knapp Family in America states that she was bewitched in 1671. Neither source lists a marriage date. Nor do they list any children

The second was born 23 Jul 1657 to William Knapp (brother of James Knapp mentioned above) and Margaret _____________ (Dean/Deane) of Watertown, Mass. Both histories state that she married Samuel Scripture. The first source states that he was from Cambridge and they married on 11 Sep 1674. Neither source lists any children, but there are ample sources that list the descendants of this marriage.

My hypothesis is that Samuel Scripture's Elizabeth Knapp was not the witch of Groton, but instead was the cousin of that Elizabeth Knapp. Because the Groton witch is so well documented and of such interest to historians and genealogists alike, most genealogists assumed that she was the wife of Samuel Scripture, that they had ten children, and ultimately thousands of descendants. I submit that both histories above are correct, and that the Groton witch married Ephraim Philbrick, likely had no children, and died not long after marriage. Possibly Ephraim Philbrick married second Elizabeth Baron. ---------------------------------- http://boards.ancestry.myfamily.com/surnames.scripture/26.1.2/mb.ashx

There were two Elizabeth Knapps. They were first cousins. One was the daughter of James (Sr.) Knapp and Elizabeth Warren, and the other was the daughter of James's brother, William Knapp and Margaret Dean(e).

The question is: Which Elizabeth Knapp married Samuel Scripture and which Elizabeth Knapp was accused of being a witch? The other Elizabeth Knapp, born a few years apart from her cousin, married into the Philbrick family.

If you have any information, please e-mail me at lynn_steffen@att.net. This message board does not have my correct e-mail reply address.


Lynn Steffen

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Elizabeth Knapp's Timeline

July 23, 1657
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 11, 1674
Age 17
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
October 4, 1675
Age 18
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
August 15, 1677
Age 20
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 7, 1680
Age 22
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 8, 1682
Age 24
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
January 10, 1685
Age 27
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
January 28, 1687
Age 29
Groton, Middlesex, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 30
Groton, MA
Age 33
Groton, Middlesex, MA