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Hanged in Colonial America

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  • Daniel Kendrick, Jr (1761 - 1790)
    Daniel Jr. Died by hanging in 1790. He lived near Patch's Corner for a short while after his marriage and then went to Vermont for a few years then returning to the old farm at Patch's Corner. Shortly ...
  • Elizabeth Emerson, hanged for infanticide (1665 - 1693)
    The following is from a website entitled "Executed Today.com" The Emersons of Haverhill, Massachusetts, were the kind of family that just could not stay out of trouble. Death was a common feature i...
  • Bathsheba Ruggles, Executed (1746 - 1778)
    Bathsheba Ruggles Spooner (c. 1746 – July 2, 1778) was the first woman to be executed in the United States by Americans rather than the British. She was the daughter of Brigadier General Timot...
  • Mary Dyer (1611 - 1660)
    The Quaker Martyr Mary Barrett Dyer (c. 1611[1] — June 1, 1660) was an English Puritan turned Quaker who was hanged in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony (now in present-day Massachusetts), for ...
  • 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...

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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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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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