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Elizabeth Newhall

Female 1662 - 1665  (3 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Newhall 
    Born 21 March 1662  Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 April 1665  Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Elizabeth drowned in a pit near her father’s home.

      From The Newhall Family of Lynn:
      There may be found in the Court Files other interesting depositions concerning the death of Thomas’s daughter Elizabeth [age 3], some of which are here given :—
      “The testimony of the wife of Robert Potter and the wife of John Newhall: Testifieth and saith we seinge the wife of Thomas Newhall Juner in a graite fright for her Chilld we went to hellpe her looke for her Chilld and we founde it drounded in a pett of waiter a littell below the house of Thomas Newhall Juner.” (The Potter homestead was next west of Thos. Newhall’s, and is now [1882] known as the Burchsted Johnson estate.)
      “We Robart Potter and John Newhall: understandin by Too Testimonies. That Thomas Newhalls chilld was drounded in a pett which pett we heard George Kesar saye he digged: farther we doe Testifie that George Keser had a Tanfatt in that pett. I John Newhall doe furder Testifie that George Keser did take up his fatt and left the pett open. Sworne in Court 29–9–65.”
      “The deposition of Thomas Morris agede therten or fortenn years testifyeth that when goodman Newels childe was drowned I askede his sonn Thomas whear the childe was drownede, & he saide in that holl that we rakede out the durtt & put watter in to keep alwifes to go a fishing & he went dowen & showed me the holl & 1 have sen durt pulled out of that holl: & I have senn John Newell: & Thomas Newell & Joseph Newell put watter & fish into that holl as they say the childe was drownd in & further sayth nott.” The Report of the Jury of Inquest in this case is as follows :—
      “Wee under written being warned by Thomas Wheeler Constable of Lynn to enquire of the death of a child of Tho: Newell Jun r Upon ye 13th of this prsent month meeting at ye dwelling house of ye afore d Newell woe saw there a dead child, which we were informed was drowned in a pitt of water which pitt or hole of water we were at, where did appeere to us two woemen: ye wife of Robert Potter & ye wife of John Newall, yt did say to us, yt in yt pitt they found ye said child swimming or floating upon top of ye water & tooke up ye sd child, being dead when they found it, we alsoe asked ye mother of ye sd child how long shee mist the child, whoe said to us, it was betweene half an hower & an hower & yt ye sd child went from her well ye last yt she saw it living, & upon further inquirye we find noe other cause of ye death of ye said child, being about two yeares of age, but ye said pitt being neere two foot deepe of water & mudd, being neere to ye highway before ye doore of ye said Newall & the said pitt being six or seauen foot oner & being faling ground, neere to ye said pitt a child playing neere aboute there, any small slip or stumble of a child would ocasion his fale into ye aforesaid pitt:” Then follow the signatures of the jurors. [2]
    Person ID I2657  Schirado
    Last Modified 17 February 2013 

    Father Ens. Thomas Newhall,   b. about April 1629, Sherington, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 April 1687, Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Potter,   b. about 1634, Newport-Pagnall, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. February 1686/7  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 29 December 1652  Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1873  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S133] (Essex Institute, Salem MA, 1905).

    2. [S667] Henry F. Waters, (Salem: Essex Institute, 1882).

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