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Jerusha Knight Brewster
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1737
Death: Apr. 21, 1802

wife of Amos Brewster

aged 64 years.

20 May 1802; ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Hartford Courant (1764-1922)
Windham, April 1,
Horrid Murder !
"Died, at Canterbury, on Wednesday of last week, widow Jerusha Brewster, aged 62. She was poisoned with arsenic, living about eight hours after the fatal poison was taken, in the most extreme and wracking pain; but the sympathy of feeling excited by her tortures, are mostly left in the horror and disgust to admit that it was done by design. Mrs. Brewster lived in the house with her son-in-law James Morse, quite unhappily; she had been absent from the family more than a fortnight; she left a bowl of flour in her cupboard; and the morning after her return home she made some pancakes of the flour; while she was preparing her breakfast, two of her grandchildren came into her room, to each of them she gave a cake. Soon after her daughter, Mrs. Morse, who always treated her mother well, came in with her child of nine months old; she eat two giving the child a piece, and went out. Mrs. Brewster then began her own breakfast, and had nearly done when the children and the mother were taken with puking, the two children first, then the mother and infant. The daughter, Mrs. Morse, sent to her mother, not to eat any more of the cakes; she came into her daughters room, and in about five minutes was taken with the most violent and wracking vomiting. The physician was called, and by proper antidotes arrested the fatal progress of the poison in Mrs. Morse and her children, but had no efficacy upon the old lady. A jury of inquest sat upon her body, and gave a verdict of "poison and by design." The body was opened and a considerable quantity of arsenic taken out. The cakes that remained were examined and pieces of the poison were found in them. In the enquiry after the murderer, circumstances fixed the public mind upon the son-in-law, Morse. He has been examined by the civil authority of the town, and he was set at liberty.
Mrs. Brewster's funeral was attended by a vast concourse of people on Friday. The Rev. Mr. Lee being absent, of whole church she was a member, the Rev. Mr. Waterman, of Windham, preached on the occasion from 2 Cor. 5. 10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
 
 
Burial:
Old Hanover Cemetery
Hanover
New London County
Connecticut, USA
 
Created by: John Beckstein
Record added: Jul 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28128074
Jerusha <i>Knight</i> Brewster
Added by: John Beckstein
 
 
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Jerusha Brewster: My 5th gr. grandmother!
- Edjperkins
 Added: Jun. 19, 2015
I will never ever forget you Jerusha . My 6x Great Grandmother .
- Shellie Yonce
 Added: Oct. 23, 2013

- Karen Ann King Starkey
 Added: Feb. 14, 2009
 
 
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