|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1648|
Interesting profile? Mayflower Passenger, Wife of Richard Bishop, Parents of Damaris Bishop. In 1648, Alice Bishop was hanged for slashing the neck of her 4-year old daughter Martha with a knife, while Martha was sleeping in her bed. Executed by Hanging. Probably the first women hung in the new colonies. Location of death & Burial unknown.
Sadly the Mayflower Society does not recognise Alice Martin as the daughter of Christopher Martin.
Here is an interesting article on the Murder trial of Alice Martin [she was
hung for stabbing to death her daughter Martha Clark in 1648] in the book
"PLYMOUTH COLONY and its PEOPLE " by Stratton.
Today this crime would probably be attributed to Post Partum depression. If
you ever come across what happened to her other daughter Abigail Clark b1642
I would appreciate the information.
1. ALICE MARTIN was born c. 1620 in ENGLAND/MA?, and died c. 04 Oct 1648
in SCITUATE, PLYMOUTH CO, MA1. She married (1) GEORGE CLARK 22 Jan 1639 in
PLYMOUTH CO, MA2. She married (2) RICHARD BISHOP 05 Dec 1644 in SCITUATE,
PLYMOUTH CO, MA3.
Notes for ALICE MARTIN:
ALICE (MARTIN) CLARK BISHOP WAS HUNG FOR THE MURDER OF HER INFANT DAUGHTER
MARTHA CLARK, CHILD OF HER FIRST HUSBAND GEORGE CLARK B1620 M1639 D 1644. THE
FOLLOWING ACCOUNT OF THE MURDER WAS WRITTEN ABOUT IN THE BOOK 'PLYMOUTH
COLONY AND ITS PEOPLE 1620 -1691' by E.A. STRATTON.
"IN JULY 1648 A CORONERS JURY REPORTED, THAT COMING INTO THE HOUSE OF THE
SAID RICHARD BISHOPE, WE SAW AT THE FOOT OF A LADDER WHICH LEADETH INTO AN
UPPER CHAMBER, 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 UPON HER
LEFT CHEEKE, WITH HER THROAT CUT WITH DIVERS GASHES CROSE WAVES, THE WIND
PIPE CUT AND STUKE INTO THE THROAT DOWNWARD, AND A BLOODY KNIFE LYING BY THE
SIDE OF THE CHILD, AND WHICH KNIFE ALL OF US JUDGE, AND THE SAID ALLIS HATH
CONFESSED TO FIVE OF US AT ONE TIME, THAT SHEE MURDERED THE CHILD WITH THE
SAID KNIFE, RACHEL RAMSDEN TESTIFIED THAT WHEN SHE WENT TO RICHARD BISHOP'S
HOUSE ON AN ERRAND, THE WIFE OF THE SAID RICHARD BISHOPE REQUESTED HER TO GOE
FETCH HER SOME BUTTERMILKE AT GOODWIFE WINSLOWS, AND GAVE HER A KETLE FOR
THAT PURPOSE, AND SHEE WENT, SHE SAW THE CHILD LYINGE ABED ASLEEPE.., BUT
WHEN SHEE CAME SHEE FOUND (ALICE BISHOP) 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 KILLED HER CHILD, AND BEING
AFRAID, SHEE REFUSED, AND RAN AND TOULD HER FATHER AND MOTHER. MOREOVER,
SHEE SAITH THE REASON THAT MOVED HER TO THINK SHEE HAD KILLED HER CHILD WAS
THAT WHEN SHEE SAW THE BLOOD SHEE LOOKED ON THE BEDD, AND THE CHILD WAS NOT
THERE. THE CHILD WAS ALICE (MARTIN) (CLARK) BISHOP'S DAUGHTER, MARTHA CLARKE,
BY ALICE'S FIRST HUSBAND, GEORGE CLARK. ON 1 AUGUST 1648 ALICE BISHOP
CONFESSED SHE HAD MURDERED HER DAUGHTER AND SAID SHE WAS SORRY FOR IT. AND ON
4 OCTOBER 1648 SHE WAS SENTENCED TO BE HANGED, WHICH ACCORDINGLY WAS
In the fall of 1648 - 32 year old Alice Martin Clarke Bishop was hanged at Plymouth, Massachusetts for stabbing to death her 4 year old daughter, Martha, an event of which she said she had no recollection of.
Richard Bishop (1612 - 1671)*
Damaris Martin Bishop Sutton (1646 - 1682)*
Specifically: Burial Location Unknown
Created by: Wayne Apgar
Record added: Jul 27, 2008
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