26 Oct 1625 - 7 Dec 1683
Father: James BLOOD
- BIRTH: 26 Oct 1625, Puddington, Nottinghamshire, England
- DEATH: 7 Dec 1683, Groton, Middlesex, MA
Mother: Ellen HARRISON
: Isabel WILKINSON
- MARRIAGE: 25 Nov 1642, Groton, Middlesex, MA
: Mercy BUTTERWORTH
- +James M. BLOOD
- Sarah BLOOD
- Nathaniel BLOOD
- Mary BLOOD
- Richard BLOOD
- Hannah BLOOD
- Elizabeth BLOOD
- Joseph BLOOD
_James BLOOD _______|
_James BLOOD ____|
| | __
| |_ UNKNOWN __________|
| _Richard HARRISON __|
| | |__
|_Ellen HARRISON _|
|_Elizabeth UNKNOWN _|
Blood and associated lines from a GEDCOM posted at RootsWeb by Adam Rollins [email@example.com].
The marraige of Richard Blood to Mercy Butterworth may be spurious. Other
genealogies list her as the wife of his son Joseph. The dates of birth of the later
children and the ten year gap between groups of children are both suspicious.
"Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699"
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1986
(Thompson quotes extensively from the original court order books.)
p25: "Some suspects were alleged to have concealed an abortion or a birth. The Bloods were a
leading but somewhat disreputable family of Groton. The father, Richard Blood (a selectman, large
landowner, and Indian trader), had several convictions from the 1660s to the 1680s for illicitly selling
liquor to Indians; his daughter-in-law Abigail, widowed in the Indian raid of 1692, fled to Andover in 1695
"to lay down her illegitimate burden." In October 1678 four leading townsmen alleged that in the preceding
April they had seen Richard's daughter Hannah looking "big like a woman with child ... a little before the
morneing preceding the loss of her great belly she was as big as a woman ready to ly in.' 'Some of Bloods
family left their usuall lodging that night & lay in an empty house not far from there.' A note adds: "Mr. [Henry]
Willard can informe of her using savin [abortifacient] the last summer.' Hannah herself had responded to
rumors of her pregnancy with "she did not know but that she might." After the alleged delivery, she disappeared
as did any offspring. The Bloods denied all knowledge of the affair."
"Groton, Massachusetts Vital Records"
From "History of the Town of Groton, Including Pepperell and Shirley"
Butler, Caleb, Boston, MA; TR Marvin, 1848.
"RICHARD BLOOD * and ISABEL.
* Died, 7d. 10m. 1683."
"New England Marriages Prior to 1700"
Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985
BLOOD, Richard (-1683) & Isabel ? : b 1648; Lynn/Groton
"A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers
of New England, Before 1692"
Boston, MA, 1860-1862
Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England