Alse (Alice) Young

March, 2011 by Ray Bendici
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Alse (Alice) Young
Year: 1647
Town: Windsor
Outcome: Guilty, hanged

As mentioned above, Alse Young was the first recorded person to be executed for witchcraft in New England. According to local historian Katherine Spada-Basto, she was hanged on May 26th of the year, most likely in the area of Hartford where Trinity College now stands and was formerly known as Gallows Hill. Others claim that she was hanged at Meeting House Square, which is the current location of the Old State House. Her execution is mentioned in a single sentence in Massachusetts Bay Colony Gov. John Winthrop's journal, and also in the diary of Matthew Grant, the town clerk of Windsor. Sadly, there is scant other information about Alse, other than she was most likely the wife or daughter of John Young, and that she had a daughter named Alice Young Beamon, who would be accused—although not executed—of the same crime in Springfield, Mass., 30 years later.

Of course, our favorite version of the story is The Grimm Generation's song "Alse Young."

 

 

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Submitted by Candace Baker (not verified) on
this is my 11th great grandmother (paternal). how heartbreaking to know this happened. and at such a young age.

Submitted by Sandie Canick (not verified) on
Hello Candace Baker. I was excited to see this comment. I found Alse to be my 13th Great Grandmother on my Fathers Side! I love ready this story, even though the out come is not so good. I would love to hear from you. I am guessing that you enjoy genealogy.

Submitted by Jana Williamson (not verified) on
I discovered a while back about Alse Young on ancestry.com. She was my 10th great grandmother on my father's side of the family. I told my aunt about Alse and she was mortified cause of the fact my family was really religious. My sister did not believe me but then again she is a present B---- and we have never gotten along anyway. Would love to know if there is any books out there that tell of the new England and Salem witches.

Submitted by Jana Williamson (not verified) on
I discovered a while back about Alse Young on ancestry.com. She was my 10th great grandmother on my father's side of the family. I told my aunt about Alse and she was mortified cause of the fact my family was really religious. My sister did not believe me but then again she is a present B---- and we have never gotten along anyway. Would love to know if there is any books out there that tell of the new England and Salem witches.

Submitted by Jessica Beem (not verified) on
Hi! I would love to hear from anyone who's related to her. Alse, Alice, or Achsah is my 9th great grandmother on my father's side. It's quite a surprise to read about what went on in those days, in regards to witchcraft! If you'd like to communicate with me, email me at [email protected] It would be pretty fascinating to compare notes!

Submitted by JB (not verified) on
She was my 9th great Grandmother also on my father's side. I would be interested to find out if you were related to the Beeman's (or Beaman or Beamond) in Missouri

Submitted by Ellen Marchese (not verified) on
Jessica, she is also my 9th great grandmother, would love to hear from you too.

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Submitted by Alse young the 10th (not verified) on
Oh My God you guys are all fakers, I am the real relative of Alse young, You guys shouldn't be so fake. And also, Alse young tried to be a witch, she was writing a diary when she was hanged, and it was passed down from generation to generation.I just got it a little bit ago, and that is how I found out I'm related to Alse young. My mother died and left me the Diary, and I read all about how she tried to make potions that would help her with her house work. It is really offensive that you are pretending to be related to my 10th great grandmother.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It's interesting that you call everyone "fakers" with such authority, when you have less proof than they do that you are a relative. People often have many many descendants. It's possible that all of these people are your distant cousins. It might not hurt to be a little respectful of other people.

Submitted by Amy Schaarschmi... on
Well said. It is nice to see another distant relative! :) Feel free to contact me! [email protected] Amy

Submitted by Amy Schaarschmi... on
I'm beyond insulted. Oh, it is so unlikely that Alse had only one child, her child only had one child, so on and so forth. Give me a break. Be happy to connect with people that are part of this awesome legacy instead of insulting everyone. Did you get your DNA done, too? I'd suggest it. It is quite interesting and you can then dismiss those you believe to be "fakers". If you are willing to be nice, great, if not, grow up.

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