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1739: Seven of nine Williamsburg malefactors

November 23rd, 2012 Headsman

No, not that Seven of Nine. We have no further details on offer about these poor souls, but we thought the assortment of crimes — a mother for murdering her bastard child; a highwayman; an overseer for whipping a slave to death — and the editorial rant about the governor‘s abus’d Clemency, made for a colorful slice of life.

Image: Account of a Williamsburg, Va. mass hanging on Nov. 23, 1739

(Virginia Gazette, Nov. 23, 1739.)

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3 thoughts on “1739: Seven of nine Williamsburg malefactors”

  1. Meaghan says:

    They actually hanged a guy for killing a slave?!

  2. JCF says:

    I suspect “Col. Braxton” was a man of some pull, and was majorly peeved to have had his property destroyed [I just threw up in my mouth as I typed that]

  3. Meaghan says:

    But they actually used the word “murder” to describe the killing of the slave.

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