Mehitable Downing (Brabrooke) (deceased)

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About Mehitable Downing (Brabrooke)

  • 'Mehitable Braybrooke
  • 'F, #76730, b. circa 1651
  • Father Richard Braybrooke b. c 1613, d. 1681
  • Mother Joanna b. c 1620, d. a 1681
  • ' Mehitable Braybrooke was born circa 1651 at of Salem, Essex, MA. She married John Downing, son of Rev. Emanuel Downing and Lucy Winthrop, on 2 November 1669 at Ipswich, Essex, MA.
  • 'Family John Downing b. 1 Mar 1640, d. 29 Apr 1694
  • Child
    • Sarah Downing+ b. c 1673, d. 21 Mar 1724
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  • 'The John Downing of Ipswich, MA,. who married Mehitabel Brabrooke, was born about 1640, and MAY have been, and probably was, the son of Emanuel Downing and Lucy Winthrop. BUT ..he did not die in 1694, but was alive in 1714 when his son-in-law Thomas Lufkin posted a bond for the suppport of his 'revered father and mother', according to Ipswich Town Records. (See Thomas Waters. Ipswich in Mass Bay Colony, 1905, Vo 2, 253) John and Mehitabel deeded portions of their 200 acre farm to sons David, John and son-inlaw Thomas Lufkin from 1690-1705 (see LDS micro films #066021, #866021, #08866088 and #0899618)
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Notes for Mehitable BRAYBROOK:

Her parents: The Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Mass. Vol 1: page 250 Ipswich Quarterly Court - March 30, 1652 Richard Brabroke to be severly whipped for fornication, and the woman Alice Eilss, was freed from her service; and said Brabrooke was to bring up the child and to provide for her till she be recoverd from her travail; and after her travail to be whipped when Mr. Symonds and Majr Denison shall appoint.

Her teen years: The Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Mass. Vol 4: page 56 & 57 Ipswich Quarterly Court - Sept 29, 1668

Mehittabell Brabrooke, complained of for suspicion of setting a house on fire, being convicted of extreme carelessness if not wilfully burning the house, was ordered to be severely whipped, and to pay 401i. damage to Jacob Perkins.*

  • Examination of Mehitabel (her mark) Brabrooke, aged about sixteen years,

taken Aug. 15, 1668, before Daniel Denison:t

"On Thursday last was seauennight, her master Jacob Perkins and his wife being gone to the Towne, shee was left at home alone about 2 or 3 aclocke in the afternoone she was taking tobacco in a pipe and went out of the house with her pipe and gott upon the ouen on the outside & backside of the house (to looke if there were any hogs in the come) and she layd her right hand upon the thatch of the house (to stay herselfe) and with her left hand knocked out her pipe ouer her right arme upon the thatch on the eaues of the house (not thinking there had been any fire in the pipe) and imediately went downe into the come feild to driue out the hogs she saw in it, and as she was going toward the railes of the feild towards Abraham Perkins house shee looked back, saw a smoke upon her Mrs house in the place where she had knocked out her pipe [torn] which shee was much frighted, and went into the sd Abraham Perkins [torn] to intreat her to helpe her about a kettle of cloathes, and [torn] kins sent her to their barne to call her mayd to come and looke to [torn] child whilest shee went to helpe this examinate and when [torn] wth the mayd the Sd Goodwife Perkins & I this examinate went [torn] towards My Mr Jacob Perkins house in the way wee saw the smoke [torn] the house & then ran and coming to the house found the fire [torn] in the place aboue the ouen where I knocked out my pipe [torn] I ran for a paile of water but before I could gett out [torn] well the thatch flamed & for want of Ladders & helpe being rem [torn] the house was burned downe, being demanded, why upon her first seing of the smoake she did not acquaint Goodwife Perkins she sd she was loath to fright her, and being asked why when she first saw it, shee did not goe backe to quench it she answered shee was so frighted shee durst not, she further Sth as shee was coming wth Goodwife Perkins toward the house she Sd to the Sd Goodwife Perkins why doe the woods looke blew beyond our house & Sd their was a great smoake behind their house." She further testified that about an hour before the fire kindled on the house, the chimney was on fire a little above the wing at which she was frightened, but she quenched it with lye she had upon the fire in a kettle of clothes.


She was committed to prison, Aug. 15, 1666, not having bail ready.

-Brabrocke bound for his daughter Mehitabel's appearance at the next Ipswich court.

Abraham Perkins, aged about twenty-nine years, and John Willyston, aged about twenty years, deposed that they heard Mehitable Brabrooke acknowledge that she put her tobacco pipe into the fire and dipped up a coal in it to light it, etc. Sworn in court. Hannah, wife of Abraham Perkins, deposed that she went with Mehitabel Brabroock to the house and looked up into the chamber through the boards that lay very open on the side where the smoke was. When Mehitabel brought the water from the well, deponent got upon the oven and threw water there but it was so long before the water was brought that the fire spread. She looked into both chimneys and saw no appearance of fire, only a few brands ends nearly dead under a great kettle hanging in the chimney, etc. Sworn, Sept. 29, 1668, before Daniel Denison.*

Timothy Bragg, aged about seventeen years, deposed. Sworn in court.

John Williston, aged about twenty years, deposed that he and Mehitabel were going to the meadow to make hay before the fire, when she told deponent that her mistress was angry with her, but she had "fitted her now", for she had put a great toad into her kettle of milk, etc. Sworn in court.

Goodwife Brag testified that at her house she heard Goodwife Brabrock say that Mehitabell was a filthy, unchaste creature.

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five shillings were given to the house.

Accused of witchcraft - Dowing, Mehitabel 1692 Salem, MA

Source: "DOWNING-L Archives"

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Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusettes
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
December 23, 1683
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA