Name: Lydia HATCH
Given Name: Lydia
Change Date: 26 Mar 2006
Birth: ABT 1625 in England
Note: Pack (753) says she was born about 1630, but she was in court for sexua l misconduct in 1641 so it seems likely that she was older.
Event: Married Henry Taylor
Misc 19 DEC 1650 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA 1
Court 1 MAR 1641/42 Plymouth Colony
On this date, Lydia Hatch was sentenced to public whipping that "was pr operly done" for "suffering Edward MICHELL to attempt to abuse her body b y uncleanesse as well as "lying in the same bed as her brother Jonathan ." One gets the impression from the PCR that Edward MITCHELL, a married m an, was the victim of Lydia's advances, however, the PCR also record th at MITCHELL was a convicted homosexual whose partner was Edward Preston . There is nothing wrong with homosexuality as far as I am concerned bu t I suspect that 15-year old Lydia was a victim of child abuse and the c ourt was merely blaming the victim.
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As to "mis-conduct," in many ways, the courts back then were as courts t oday. People were charged and if enough evidence was presented, they we re found guilty and punished. Until you read the verdict, which could b e missing, you only have an allegation. Lydia and Thomas were found gui lty of multiple offenses and flogged on different dates for different t hings (public whipping was a far more common punishment than death). Th at having been said, unlike the courts today, the accused did not have a l awyer, nor a jury, and the judge was rarely impartial. Thus you may are m ay not believe that the did what they were accused of even after readin g the original records. Essentially, while both children, Thomas was wh ipped for running away from home and Lydia was whipped for having sex w ith an adult. Today, they never would have been found guilty. In fact, t hey never would have been charged with a crime in the first place.
Father: Thomas HATCH b: BET 1598 AND 1605
- Abbrev: 0585 The Great Migration Begins Vol II
Title: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New E ngland 1620-1633, Vol. II G-O (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealo gical Society, 1995)
- Abbrev: 0717 Sexual Misconduct in Plymouth Colony
Title: Lisa M. Lauria, Sexual Misconduct in Plymouth Colony (The Plymouth Colo ny Archive Project, 1998
Page: 10, Appendix II, 20
- Abbrev: 0471 Pioneers of Massachusetts
Title: Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List D rawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Conte mporaneous Documents (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co,., Inc, 1 986)