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Hanged in Colonial America

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  • Rebecca Nurse (1621 - 1692)
    Rebecca Towne Nurse (1621 - 1692) , daughter of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, was born in 1621 at Great Yarmouth, England, the second of eight children. She married Francis Nurse about 1645, with ...
  • William Scarborough, ll (c.1615 - 1677)
    Exactly where this character fits into the Scarborough family tree is highly unclear. He is said to have been the first cousin of Sir Charles Scarborough, who was the son of Capt. Edmund Scarborough (S...
  • Martha Corey (b. - 1692)
    Martha (England - 22 September 1692), became the third wife of Giles Corey on 27 April 1690. Two years later she was convicted of witchcraft and executed by hanging during the 1692 Salem witch trials. ...
  • Elizabeth Howe, Salem Witch Trials (c.1635 - 1692)
    Elizabeth (Jackson) Howe was one of the accused in the Salem witch trials. She was found guilty and executed by hanging on 19 July 1692. Marriage and Children James Howe (c1633 Hatfield, Essex, E...
  • Margaret Scott (1616 - 1692)
    Margaret Stevenson Scott (1616 - 1692) was the only person to be accused of being a witch from Rowley during the Salem trials. The daughter of Edward Stevenson (born circa 1592) and Margareta Dunn (bor...

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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.

Citations

  • 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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