The story of Rachel Haffield Clinton’s tragic life lies buried in the early records of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Her family emigrated to New England on the sailing ship named The Planter in the spring of 1635. She grew up in an affluent household when Ipswich was a new village in the colony of Massachusetts, but the Haffield family fortune dwindled shortly after their arrival. The years to come would find Rachel destitute and one of the accused during the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
Mehitabel’s Evil Stepmother : Joan Braybrooke Penney
Joan Braybrooke, one of the main characters in “The Redemption of Mehitabel Braybrooke, had every reason to be angry. Her husband, Richard Braybrooke, was accused of fornication in 1652 by the courts of Ipswich, Massachusetts. After being whipped and fined, Richard fulfilled the next part of his sentence: he was to raise his infant daughter Mehitabel in the Braybrooke home.
Meet Hazelelponah, one of the characters in The Redemption of Mehitabel Braybrooke
Hazelelponah, Haselelponah or Haselepony? How did Haselelponah really spell her name or did she even care? She is the bearer of a remarkable and unique name and has an equally amazing life story in the early years of New England.