Ruth Blay

New Hampshire, USA
Death 30 Dec 1768 (aged 31)
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 135570055 · View Source
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Ruth Blay was executed on December 30, 1768, having been convicted of concealing the body of her illegitimate child in the floor of her classroom in New Hampshire. A stay of execution was granted by the state Governor but arrived minutes after Ruth's hanging. Miss Blay was the last female executed in New Hampshire.

Her body is buried somewhere not far from the hill where she was hung, but there is no marker for the site. At the time of her death, the area was not a cemetery, but a military training area.

Ruth was buried a rod or two from the north side of where the pond now is, and was the first one for whom the soil of that Cemetery was broken, ninety-seven years after it was designated as "a place to bury the dead in."

Ruth Blay's hanging was the last hanging of Portsmouth, though the death penalty for such a crime was not lifted until 1792. She was buried in an unmarked grave, which lies about 300 feet north of the pond in Proprietors Burial Ground.



  • Created by: B. Helmer
  • Added: 7 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 135570055
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Blay (10 Jun 1737–30 Dec 1768), Find a Grave Memorial no. 135570055, citing Proprietors Burying Ground, Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by B. Helmer (contributor 48246017) .