Search for content in message boards

Elizabeth Knapp (witch) b. 1655

Elizabeth Knapp (witch) b. 1655

Posted: 1 Jun 2006 7:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
In reading through:

The Knapp family in America : a genealogy of the descendants of William Knapp who settled in Watertown, Mass., in 1630.


I see that it says Elizabeth Knapp, daughter of James Knapp and Elizabeth Warren, b. Apr. 21, 1655 married Ephriam Philbrick of Groton. Is this wrong? All else points that she married Samuel Scripture.

Thanks...just trying to double source and this is not what I expected.

Re: Elizabeth Knapp (witch) b. 1655

Bob Knapp (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jun 2006 9:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Burlingham, Knapp, Beckley, Gruden
According to my findings, " In the fall of 1674 Elizabeth was married to a man named Samuel Scripture." "Samuel and Elizabeth lived together as husband and wife for at least 25 yrs. During this time Elizabeth bore at least six children. The last arriver in the year 1700 and by 1707 Samuel had a second wife (named Sarah)."

This is froma book titled "Entertaining Satan" "Witchcraft and the Cultureof early New England", by John Putnam Demos

Re: Elizabeth Knapp (witch) b. 1655

Posted: 26 Jan 2011 11:38AM GMT
Classification: Marriage
Surnames: Knapp Warren Scripture
According to 1) The Knapp Family in America (p. 8), and 2) A History of the Chief English Families Bearing the Name of Knapp (p. 192) there were two Elizabeth Knapps that were 1st cousins.

The first was born 21 Apr 1655 to James Kanpp and Elizabeth Warren of Watertown & Groton, Mass. Both histories state that she married Ephraim Philbirck. The Knapp Family in America states that she was bewitched in 1671. Neither source lists a marriage date. Nor do they list any children

The second was born 23 Jul 1657 to William Knapp (brother of James Knapp mentioned above) and Margaret _____________ of Watertown, Mass. Both histories state that she married Samuel Scripture. The first source states that he was from Cambridge and they married on 11 Sep 1674. Neither source lists any children, but there are ample sources that list the descendants of this marriage.

My hypothesis is that Samuel Scripture's Elizabeth Knapp was not the witch of Groton, but instead was the cousin of that Elizabeth Knapp. Because the Groton witch is so well documented and of such interest to historians and genealogists alike, most genealogists assumed that she was the wife of Samuel Scripture, that they had ten children, and ultimately thousands of descendants. I submit that both histories above are correct, and that the Groton witch married Ephraim Philbrick, likely had no children, and died not long after marriage. Possibly Ephraim Philbrick married second Elizabeth Baron.
per page

Find a board about a specific topic

  • Visit our other sites:

© 1997-2014 Ancestry.com | Corporate Information | Privacy | Terms and Conditions