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Hanged in Colonial America

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  • Mary Sanford (c.1620 - c.1662)
    Andrew Sanford settled in Harford, CT., where his uncle Andrew Warner lived. Freeman, May 1657. His first wife, Mary, was indicted with him for witchcraft; she was convicted, 13 June 1662, and presumab...
  • Anthony Arnold, III (1627 - 1677)
    Anthony Arnold and Bacon’s Rebellion On 5 Feb 1981, Hazel Arnold MacIvor published a report on the “The Anthony Arnold Research Project” on behalf of The Arnold Family Associatio...
  • Capt. William Carver, of Norfolk, VA (c.1626 - 1676)
    William Carver Birth: 1626 - probably of the City of Bristol in England Death: September 1676, "of" Norfolk County, Virginia Parents: unknown Wife: Elizabeth; a woman whose name we do not kno...
  • Thomas Granger (1626 - 1642)
    Thomas Granger or Graunger (1625? – September 8, 1642) was the first person hanged in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (the first hanged in any of the colonies of New England being John Billington) ...
  • Mary Parker (c.1634 - 1692)
    Mary Ayer, daughter to John and Hannah, married Nathanial Parker. Mary (Ayer) Parker was accused of witchcraft in 1692. Mary Parker refused to confess during the witchcraft trials saying, "I know nothi...

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John Billington is thought to be one of the first men to be hanged in New England. Billington was convicted of murder in September of 1630 after he shot and killed John Newcomen.[6]

During the Salem witch trials, most of the men and women convicted of witchcraft were sentenced to public hanging. It is estimated that seventeen women and two men were hanged as a result of the trials. However, modern scholars maintain that thousands of individuals were hanged for witchcraft throughout the American colonies.[7]

Hangings during the colonial era of America were mostly performed publicly in order to deter the behavior for which the criminals were hanged. Thousands of townspeople would gather around the gallows to hear a sermon and observe the hangings of convicted criminals. Such experiences were deemed as good lessons on morality for the children and townspeople.

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  • 6. Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation. The Vision Forum, Inc, 1999
  • 7. Stack, Richard A. Dead Wrong: Violence, Vengeance, and the Victims of Capital Punishment. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006.

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