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Alice MARTIN

Alice MARTIN[1]

Female 1616 - 1648  (32 years)

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  • Name Alice MARTIN 
    Born 1616  Billerica, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Cause of Death Hanged for murder 
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    Noteworthy Hanged for killing her daughter 
    Died 4 Oct 1648  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5226  main
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2012 

    Father Christopher MARTIN,   b. 1575, Billerica, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1621, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Marie PROWER,   b. 1577, Billerica, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1621, Scituate, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1607  Great Burstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Richard BISHOP,   b. 5 Dec 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1671, Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Damaris BISHOP,   b. 1646, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1682, Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. James BISHOP,   b. Abt 1646, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1740, Pembroke, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F1507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 George CLARK,   b. Abt 1620,   d. Bef 1644  (Age ~ 23 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1639  Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Abigail CLARK,   b. Abt 1642
     2. Martha CLARK,   b. Abt 1644,   d. 22 Jul 1648  (Age ~ 4 years)
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F1885  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1616 - Billerica, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Oct 1648 - Eastham, Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 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.
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      Some claim her parents to be Christopher Martin and Marie Prower of the Mayflower, but recent DNA evidence does not support this.
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      Court transcript

      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,
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      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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Family Search, LDS Family History Center, import 9 Jan 2016.

    2. [S3] New England Before 1692, , James Savage, (Baltimore; Clearfield Press).