- The 7th woman to be executed in America. Killed her own child, Martha.
She had a hard life, losing her first husband, George Clark, father of her first 2 children, Martha and Abigail. Her second husband was a small-time thief and scoundrel.
Some claim her parents to be Christopher Martin and Marie Prower of the Mayflower, but recent DNA evidence does not support this.
These sheweth, that on Jul the 22cond, 1648, wee, whosse names are underwritten, were sworne by Mr Bradford, gouerner, to make inquiry of the death of the child of Allis Bishop, the wife of Richard Bishope.
Wee declare, yt coming into the house of the said Richard Bishope, wee saw at the foot of a ladder wh leadeth into an upper chamer, much blood; and going up all of us into the chamber, wee found a woman child, of about foure yeares of age, lying in her shifte uppon her left cheeke, with her throat cut with divers gashes crose wayes, the wind pipe cut and stuke into the throat downward, and a bloody knife lying by the side of the child, with wh knife all of us judg, and the said Allis hath confessed to five of vs at one time, yt shee murdered the child with the said knife.
JOHN HOWLAND, JAMES COLE, JAMES HURST, GYELLS RICKARD, ROBERT LEE, RICHARD SPARROW, JOHN SHAWE, THOMAS POPE, FRANCIS COOKE, FRANCIS BILLINGTON, JOHN COOKE, WILLIAM NELSON.
Rachell, the wife of Joepth Ramsden, aged about 23 yeares, being examined, saith that coming to the house of Richard Bishope uppon an erand, the wife of the said Richard Bishope requested her to goe fetch her som buttermilke at Goodwife Winslows, and gaue her a ketle for that purpose, and she went and did it; and before shee wente, shee saw the child lyinge abed asleep, to her best deserning, and the woman was as well as shee hath knowne her att any time; but when shee came shee found her sad and dumpish; shee asked her what blood was that shee saw at the ladders foot; shee pointed unto the chamber, and bid her looke, but shee perseived shee had kiled her child, and being afraid, shee refused, and ran and tould her father and mother. Morover, shee saith the reason yt moved her to thinke shee had kiled her child was yt when shee saw the blood shee looked on the bedd, and the child was not there.
Taken uppon oath by mee, WILLIAM BRADFORD,
At a Court of Asistants holden at New Plymouth, the first of Agust, 1648, before Mr Bradford, Gouer, Mr Coliar, Captain Miles Standish, and Mr William Thomas, get, Assistants, the sd Allice, being examined, confessed shee did comite the afforsaid murther, and is sory for it.
Thes found the said Allice Bishope guilty of the said fellonius murthering of Martha Clark aforsaid; and so shee had the sentence of death pronounced against her, viz, to bee taken from the place where shee was to the place from whence she came, and thence to the place of execution, and ther to be hanged by the necke untiell her body is dead, with acordingly was executed.