She Did What???
After finishing the research on Margaret, and being disappointed about her not being in my line, I moved on to the next line on my tree.
While on ancestry I use the pedigree view (the horizontal tree icon) which only shows direct lines and it eliminates all the collateral lines for easier viewing.
So off to the next family: the SUTTON/BISHOP family
William Sutton was my 9th great grandfather. It was his great granddaughter who married into the line that ties back to the Scott family from my prior blog post.
William married a woman named Damaris Bishop. Such a pretty name. She was born in 1646 in the Massachusetts colony to Richard Bishop (b. 1612 England), who arrived to the colonies around 1635, and found a wife in 1644.
|2 girls from the 1640s|
Alice is believed to have arrived in the colonies around 1620, and lost both her parents in the first winter, causing her to be orphaned. There is a lot of speculation about her parentage, which will take further research.
On 22 July 1648, Alice had a neighbor, Rachall Ramsden visiting her, when Alice asked Rachall to go and fetch some buttermilk. Alice provided Rachall with a kettle to carry it in, so Rachall did as she was asked. When Rachall returned, she found Alice "sad and dumpish", and she saw blood on the floor, by a ladder that led to a loft type area. She asked Alice about the blood, and Alice pointed to the chamber area but said nothing.
Rachall became afraid, and feared that Alice had killed her child. She left to get help. Later, several men arrived at the home, to discover Martha Clark, Alice's 4 year old middle child, dead from her throat being cut, and other knife wounds, and the knife was lying nearby.
My hear aches for:Martha, killed by her own mother, I pray she didn't suffer.
Questions about this horrific event are endless:
Richard was her step father, and his land and property were sold to help take care of Abigail, but no mention of help for Demaris.
One "cousin" has found that in 1653 Abigail Clarke registered a branding mark for a half moon in the right ear, as her branding mark on a cow she owned.