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Elizabeth Saunders (Grafton)

Birthplace: Probably England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Major Joseph Grafton and Mary Grafton
Wife of John Saunders, of Salem and John Joseph Kitchen
Mother of John Saunders, famous Quaker; James Saunders; Elizabeth Kitchen; Hannah Kitchen; Joseph Kitchen and 7 others
Sister of Priscilla Gardner; Joseph Grafton; John Grafton; Nathaniel Grafton and Ann Scarlet

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Certainly Elizabeth Grafton could not have married John Kitchen until after first husband John Saunders died . And his will is dated Oct 12 1643.Also later Elizabeth Saunders is mentioned as admitted to church March 10 1640 and later after her name is written the word Elizabeth ie now Kitchen. On Nov 1675 Elizabeth Kitchen testifies in court and is listed as age 50 years making her birth year 1625 or thereabouts.His wife Elizabeth Grafton was the victim at this time of a brutal ruffian attack at the hands of that zealot saint, Edmund Batter, who found her, as he supposed returning one morning from a Quaker meeting. In her 1660 testimony where she takes Edmund Batter to court for assault and slander , she testifies that she and another man were riding when she was accosted by Edmund and told to get off her horse and called a quaker slut by him. However, the court found that she was not touched in a passion by him and the slander charge is not addressed This from the History of Salem


Will of her first husband was proved 28:10:1643.

She was presented at the Court in June 1658 for absence from the Puritan Church.

She was riding horseback along the highway on a pillion before a male companion. At Strong Water Brook that zealous Puritan saint? Edmund Batter, and Roots, a constable who needed a good horse, seized her horse by the rein and Batter demanded she dismount, called her a "base quaking slut". (He suspected she was coming from a "quaking" meeting.) Elizabeth 's words, not on record, were dignified, perhaps. Like those of Quakeress Mary Prince who called the magistrates"hirelings, Baals and seed of the serpent". Elizabeth refused to dismount. Edmund and the constable dragged her and her companion to the ground and the constable rode off on her horse.

The ruffianly assault caused Elizabeth, who was big with child, to miscarry. Witness testified to Batter's slurring works, two constables declared Edmund did not tough her, nor was he in a passion. Batter confessed he called Mrs. Kitchen a quaking slut and hasked if she had not been "uproaring" as he supposed she was coming "from a quaking meeting". For all this he was simply admonished.Page: Vol 106 p 39 & 40


  1. Birth: Abt 1622 in , , , ENGLAND
  2. Death: Aft 3 Mar 1678/79 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  3. Reference Number: s
  4. Ancestral File #: NF51-07
  5. _UID: C9AC3695B40B4E748F722749D4B6CEE77114
  6. LDS Baptism: 31 Jan 1953
  7. Endowment: 2 Jul 1953 Temple: IFALL - Idaho Falls Idaho
  8. Sealing Child: 25 Jun 1943 Temple: ALBER - Cardston Alberta
  9. Change Date: 6 Jul 2006 at 01:00
  10. Note: The children of Elizabeth and John Kitchen were sealed to Elizabeth and her first husband, John Saunders.



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Elizabeth Saunders's Timeline

Probably England
November 1, 1640
Age 12
Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 12, 1643
Age 15
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
December 12, 1643
Age 15
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 15
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 20, 1645
Age 17
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
December 24, 1646
Age 18
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 19
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA