Mehitabel Braybrooke was born in Ipswich in 1651. Her father, Richard Braybrook settled in Ipswich sometime in the middle of the 1630’s and the village made him a freeman. He was a prosperous landowner and gave half of his holdings to his son-in-law, John Downing as part of Mehitabel’s dowry. This dowry contract was one of the most generous in early colonial history, but he had a compelling motivation for doing so. Read about the details in The Shadows of Salem.
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