|Birth: ||unknown, England|
Lydia was indicted for witchcraft in Windsor, Con. in Oct. 1651, she was taken to Handford in 1654. Were she was executed. Her body was not returned and she was not allowed to be buried in a cemetry.
(This was written by Carolyn Boardman. I have questions as to where she got her information from or was she guessing??Could not get a hold of her to find out She also had her birth year as 1586 & died 1654. there are many qustions to where she got the dates???)
This is what I have & many others...
There are not a lot of facts about the life of Lydia Gilbert. There has been no record found of who her parents were, when or where she was born or baptisted. There is no record of her death or finial resting place. We do know she was married to Thomas Gilbert but some are in question as to Thomas Sr or Thomas jr. I will add here what facts are known & let you draw your own conclusion.
Thomas Gilbert Sr. was married to Elizabethe Bennett , Aug. 29, 1610 in the Parish at Yardley, co. Worcester, England. Their first son Thomas was bp: Febuary 16,1611/2 (Parish records in Yardley, co. of Worcester, England)
Lydia Gilbert, the wife of Thomas Gilbert (I believe the 2nd wife of Thomas Jr) was living in Windsor, Conn when Lydia was the fifth person to be accused of being a Witch in the area of Hartford. There is no proof that Thomas Sr. Ever lived in Windsor, Conn. Thomas & Lydia were living with Henry Stiles (former employer of Thomas Jr. "Gilbert Family pp.14 - 19) at the time of his death. Lydia was keeping house for him when on November 3, 1651 Henry & a neighbor ,Thomas Allyn, went hunting. Thomas Allyn's gun discharged hitting Henry Stiles which resulted in his death. Thomas Allyn was charged & found guilty of Homicide by misadventure. He was to pay a fine & not bear arms for at least a year.
Three years later Lydia was charged with bewitching them & other signs of witchcraft. Who accused her is not on record, but she was condemned to death at a special court session that had begun on November 28, 1654. The names of the jury, the magistrates who heard the case are on record as is the verdict. It is believed that she was hung as was the case when the verdict says "thou deservest to dye" but there again there is no proof of this or what happen to her body is not known, although in other deaths where they were accused of witchcraft the body was dumped in a shallow ditch and they felt a Christian burial was not deserved. Some times the family members would take them from where they were dumped & bury them somewhere on their farms.
Thomas Gilbert Jr was born in 1611/2 so they would have been in their 40's he remarried the next year in 1655. Some states as in Salem, Mass. have pardoned the unfortunate people who were hung or pressed to death for witchcraft but to this day Conn. Has not, so poor Lydia has not been deemed innocent yet.
Thomas Gilbert (1611 - 1662)*
Maintained by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
Originally Created by: carol boardman
Record added: Feb 09, 2002
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