Thomas Granger

Thomas Graunger or Granger (1625? – September 8, 1642) was one of the first people hanged in the Plymouth Colony (the first hanged in Plymouth or in any of the colonies of New England being John Billington) and the first known juvenile to be sentenced to death and executed in the territory of today's United States. He was a servant to Love Brewster, of Duxbury, in the Plymouth Colony of British North America. Graunger, at the age of 16 or 17, was convicted of "buggery with a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey", according to court records of 7 September 1642.[1]

Graunger confessed to his crimes in court privately to local magistrates, and upon indictment, publicly to ministers and the jury, being sentenced to "death by hanging until he was dead". He was hanged by John Holmes, Messenger of the Court, on September 8, 1642.[2] Before Graunger's execution, following the laws set down in Leviticus 20:15 ("And if a man shall lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast"), the animals involved were slaughtered before his face and thrown into a large pit dug for their disposal, no use being made of any part of them.[3]

An account of Granger's acts is recorded in Gov. William Bradford's diary Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647. Granger's crime represents the colonies' first recorded act of bestiality.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Mayflower Families - Morality and Sex
  2. ^ Records of the Colony of New Plymouth
  3. ^ Chronogram.com

References

  • Bradford, William (1952). Morison, Samuel Eliot, ed. Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647. New York: Knopf.
  • Lauria, Lisa M. (1998). "Sexual Misconduct in Plymouth Colony". The Plymouth Colony Archive Project.
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John Holmes (1603–1652 or later) was an early settler and official of the Plymouth Colony who arrived there before late 1632. He served as Messenger of the Court of Plymouth from 1638 to 1645 or later, and in that office carried out one of the first executions in the colony.

Holmes was baptized 22 February 1603 in St. Nicholas, Colchester, the only son of Thomas Holmes, a maltster and the keeper of the Essex county gaol in Colchester Castle. He married a woman named Sarah, surname unknown. Their son Thomas was baptized in St. Runwald in 1628. Holmes witnessed the will of his brother in law Tobias Moreton in October 1629; this is the last known record of Holmes in England, although son Thomas appears to have grown up in England in the household of Tobias's widow, John's sister Susan.Holmes's first appearance in the Plymouth records was on 16 October 1632. He served in 1638 on the jury that sentenced Arthur Peach, Thomas Jackson, and Richard Stinnings to death for robbery and murder. Peach's lover, Stephen Hopkins's indentured servant Dorothy Temple, was pregnant at the time, and when Hopkins refused to honor her contract, Holmes bought out her servitude.

On 4 December 1638 Holmes was sworn in as Messenger, succeeding Joshua Pratt. Among the duties entailed in this office were those of bailiff, jailkeeper, and executioner. In the latter capacity on 8 September 1642 Holmes hanged Thomas Granger, a teenager convicted of bestiality. It was the first execution of a juvenile in the territory of what was to become the United States.

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Before he was banished, Lyford's wife, Sarah, came forward with further charges. Lyford had fathered a child out of wedlock with another woman before his marriage, and after his marriage, he was constantly engaging in sexual relationships with his housemaids. In his famous history, Of Plymouth Plantation, Bradford wrote that Sarah Lyford came forward and explained

how he (Lyford) had wronged her, as first he had a bastard by another before they were married, and she having some inkling of some ill cariage that way, when he was a suitor to her, she tould him what she heard, and deneyd him; but she not certainly knowing the thing, other wise then by some darke and secrete muterings, he not only stifly denied it, but to satisfie her tooke a solemne oath ther was no shuch matter. Upon which she gave consente, and married with him; but afterwards it was found true, and the bastard brought home to them. She then charged him with his oath, but he prayed pardon, and said he should els not have had her. And yet afterwards she could keep no maids but he would be medling with them, and some time she hath taken him in the maner, as they lay at their beds feete, with shuch other circumstances as I am ashamed to relate.

Later, the real reason why Lyford came to New England was revealed. While giving pre-marital counseling to a girl in his parish back in Ireland, Lyford raped her; and when she later told the matter to her husband, he and his friends hunted Lyford down, which resulted in Lyford's departure to Plymouth Colony. Bradford's account of the rape and what followed is rather vivid:

some time after marriage the woman was much troubled in mind, and afflicted in conscience, and did nothing but weepe and mourne, and long it was before her husband could get of her what was the cause. But at length she discovered the thing, and prayed him to forgive her, for Lyford had overcome her, and defiled her body before marriage, after he had commended him unto her for a husband, and she resolved to have him, when he came to her in that private way. The circumstances I forbear, for they would offend chast ears to hear them related, (for though he satisfied his lust on her, yet he indeavored to hinder conception.) These things being thus discovered, the womans husband tooke some godly friends with him, to deale with Liford for this evill. At length he confest it, with a great deale of seeming sorrow and repentance, but was forst to leave Irland upon it, partly for shame, and partly for fear of further punishmente, for the godly withdrew them selves from him upon it; and so coming into England unhapily he was light upon and sente hither.

Accordingly, Lyford was expelled from Plymouth Colony, went to Nantasket, then Cape Ann, and finally moved to Virginia, where he died. Because of his immoral behavior, Lyford is grouped with several other men that the Pilgrims considered detrimental to their project of settling a "godly" community in America; among these were Thomas Granger, Thomas Morton, and John Billington.

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