Elizabeth Warren Knapp

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Elizabeth Warren Knapp

Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.A
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Knapp, I and Elizabeth Knapp
Wife of Ephraim Philbrick
Sister of James Knapp, II

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About Elizabeth Warren Knapp

As a girl, Elizabeth was sent to the neighbouring town of Lancaster to live -- perhaps as a maidservant -- with the family of Simon Willard. She moved into the household of Simon's son Rev. Samuel Willard in Groton in 1671, where in early autumn she began having fits. These fits became increasingly bizarre and alternated with coherent spells. She blamed the devil, saying that he wished to gain a new follower and accused two neighbours of being witches. [Ref, pp. 99 - 114] See John Demos's book Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England for a description. The fits must have resolved themselves as she apparently spent the rest of her life as an ordinary 17th century New England housewife.

Increase Mather [Ref, pp. 21-22] wrote in 1684:

Another thing which caused a noise in the Countrey, and wherein Satan undoubtedly had a great influence was that which happened at Groton. There was a Maid in that Town (one Elizabeth Knap) who in the Month of October, Anno 1671 was taken after a very strange manner, sometimes weeping, sometimes laughing, sometimes roaring hideously, with violent motions... Six men were scarce able to hold her in some of her fits ... a Daemon began manifestly to speak in her ... the Daemon belched forth most horrid and nefandous Blasphemies ... She cried out in one of her Fits, that a Woman (one her Neighbours) appeared to her and was the cause of her affliction...

-------------------- Elizabeth Warren KNAPP was born on 23 July 1655 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She died in 1724 in Groton, Middlesex,Massachusetts. She has reference number 549. Parents: .

Spouse: Samuel SCRIPTURE. Elizabeth Warren KNAPP and Samuel SCRIPTURE were married on 11 September 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Children were: Anna SCRIPTURE, Ruth SCRIPTURE.

Elizabeth Knapp, daughter of James Knopp/Knapp and Elizabeth (Warren) Knopp, early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The Knopp/Knapp family emmigrated in 1630 from Bures St. Mary on the Essex/Suffolk border, and has been well studied by genealogists [Anderson 1995: 1143–1146; Rodgers 1999: 338–346]. James Knopp was an outspoken carpenter who had a few brushes with the magistrates, and who moved to the new settlement of Groton soon after it was established. When daughter Elizabeth was a girl of sixteen living in the home of Rev. Samuel Willard of Groton she had the misfortune of being possessed by a demon, something that was apparently not a bar to her marriage to Samuel Scripture three years later when she was 19 and he about 24.

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Elizabeth Warren Knapp's Timeline

April 21, 1655
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
April 21, 1655
Age 64
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 23, 1891
Age 65
June 26, 1891
Age 65
February 3, 1993
Age 65
Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.A