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Richard Bishop (b. December 5, 1612, d. date unknown)Richard Bishop was born December 5, 1612, and died date unknown.He married Alice Martin on December 5, 1644 in Plymouth Colony8, daughter of Francis Martin and Prudence Deacon.
Notes for Richard Bishop:
Following is data that I have on the hanging of Alice Martin Clark
Bishop, the mother of Damaris Bishop, wife of William Sutton b1641.
Source.."PLYMOUTH COLONY ITS HISTORY & PEOPLE 1620-1691" by Eugene
Aubrey Stratton, Ancestry Publishing, Utah.pages 159, 160.
"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 uppon
her left cheeke, with her throut cut with divers gashed crose wayes, the
wind pipe cut and stuke into the throat downward, and a bloody knife lying by
the side of the child, with which knife all of us judge, and the said Allis
hath confessed to five of us at one time, that shee murderedthe child with
the said knife"Rachel Ramsden testified that when she went to Richard
Bishops's house on an errand, "the wife of the said Richard Bishope requested
herto goe fetch her some buttermilke at Goodwife Winslows, and gave her a
ketle for that purpose, andshee went and did it; and before shee went, shee
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][Clarke] Bishop's daughter, Martha Clark, 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 executed".
born 1620 England? d1644 Plymouth Colony, Ma. He arrived in Plymouth in1635.
married Alice Martin 22 Jan 1639 Plymouth Colonly Ma.Alice Martin in
not a known descendant of Christopher Martin [Mayflower passenger] according
to Mayflower Society. children born to George and Alice: Abigail Clark b
c.1640, Martha Clark b1644 d22 Jul 1648.
Alice Martin Clark married Richard Bishop 5 dec 1644 Plymouth Colony,
Richard Bishop b c.1612 England died aft 1670 Piscataway, NJ.He
arrived1628 with Governor Endicott in Plymouth Colony, Ma. Alice died Oct
Plymouth Colony, Ma. Her daughter Damaris Bishop was b1646 and died 26
feb1682 the day after her last son Daniel Sutton was born.
Richard Bishop born in England ca 1612; diedPiscataway/Woodbrige NJ.
When about 16 he signed on as a soldier with John Endicott who sailed on the
"Abigail" from Weymouth, England to Salem Mass. 1628.a first settler
of Duxbury, he also lived in the plymouth Colony with Love Brewster in
md. Plymouth Colony 5 Dec 1644 Alice Clark, widow of George, she had two
daughters, Martha and Abigail Clark.Alice was supposedly the daughter
of Christopher Martin and Mrs Marie Prower, passengers of the Mayflower.
It has been handed downthrough the family Alice was born 1620 on the
Mayflower but there is no record of this.Its also been reported she was
born 1616 in Billarica, County of Essex, England.If born on the Mayflower,
raised her?If born inEngland who brought her to the Plymouth Colony?On
July 22, 1648 Alice took her four year old daughter Martha Clark to the upper
chamber of her house, cut her throat and left her dead upon the floor.
in an almost nude state. Two months later October 4 1648 Alice Bishop was
indicted for murder andpronounced guilty and to be hanged.
"Records of theColony of New Plymouth in New England " by Nathaniel Shurtleff
, Boston, Mass 1855;
Vol 1of the Court Orders 1633-1640 and Vol II of the same 1641-1651,
Vol I pp 108 and Vol II pp 132 and 134;
"Cape Cod History and Genealogy", Yarmouth Mass. by C.W. SWIFT PP 15.
"Richard had a propensity to steal other peoples possessions in the
Plymouth Colony and later in Eastham.His wife's hanging gave Richard some
notoriety but he remained in Plymouth and on March 6, 1649 was presented at
court for stealing a neighbors spade.He was judged guilty and sentenced to
both sit in the stocks and replace the spade prior to the June court or be
He did not comply.He was in Eastham by 1654 and had tracts of land
allowed him.In 1670 he entered George Crisps property and helped himself to
the fleece taken from the sheep. He was arrainged and ordered to pay thirty
shillings, which he did.Soon after this affair, he left the township
with his family and removed to Piscataway, NJ.and lived with his son in law
William Sutton. Winsor's "Duxbury: pp228; and Monnette's "First Settlers
of Piscataway and Woodbridge" pp792.
A very good book to read about the early settlements, "The Winthrop
Woman" by Anya Seton.
More About Richard Bishop and Alice Martin:
Marriage: December 5, 1644, Plymouth Colony.8
Children of Richard Bishop and Alice Martin are:
- +Damaris Bishop, b. 1645, Eastham, Plymouth Colony, Mass.9, d. February 6, 1682/83, Piscataway N. J. Middlesex Co. N.J.9.