Winifred King

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Winifred King   see FAMILY TREE
     
Married: 15/Jan/1656/57 Boston, Suffolk Co., MA   JOSEPH BENHAM of Newhaven & WINIFRED KING were married 15th - 11th month
by Richard Bellingham Dept. Govr. --A Report of the Record Commissioners
Containg Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699
(Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883), 58.
Died: Aft 1697 Wallingford, New Haven, CT    

FATHER

John King

MOTHER

Mary Baker

HUSBAND

Joseph Benham

CHILDREN

  1. Mary Benham b: 18 SEP 1657 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  2. Joseph Benham b: 25 MAY 1659 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  3. Sarah Benham b: 1660 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  4. Joanna Benham b: 25 JUL 1662 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  5. Elizabeth Benham b: 13 SEP 1664 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  6. John Benham b: 28 DEC 1666 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  7. Sarah Benham b: 3 OCT 1668 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  8. Anna Elizabeth Benham b: 1669 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  9. John Benham b: 3 NOV 1671 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT
  10. Mary Benham b: 18 MAY 1673 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT
  11. Samuel Benham b: 12 MAY 1674 in New Haven, New Haven, CT
  12. Sarah Benham b: 6 SEP 1676 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT
  13. James Benham b: 1679 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT
  14. Winifred Benham b: 21 AUG 1684 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT
  15. Elizabeth Benham b: 1688

Winifred (KING) Benham was accised pf witchcraft by John Parker's wife, Hannah (BASSET) parker in Salem.. Joseph Benham was cited to court for pulling out a gun and threatening to shoot Hannah Parker if the woman did not stop harassing his wife.. Her husband's threat to shoot her accuser did not end the rumors, and the following year she was in court again on the same charge.  She was released again, this time required to post bond of 20 pounds for her good behavior.  The church soon after added their censure of excommunicating her.  When she was accused a third time in 1697, this time for possessing several of her neighbor's children, she was sent to Harford for trial, along with her daughter, Winifred age 13, who was by now implicated in her own crimes. But the grand jury refused to give credence to the accusations and the case was dismissed.  The family then moved to  New York where the Dutch influence created an influence of tolerance.

 

 

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