Monday, February 6, 2012

Frances Crippen, a Giddy Puritan

 Frances (Bray) Crippen was born in 1645 in England. So far, I have not been able to find any information on her parents. Frances married Thomas Crippen in 1664 in Plymouth Colony. He was born in 1640 in England. Note that when I don’t give an exact date, it is approximate.

Charged with Being too Giddy

With these dates in mind, they must have come to Plymouth Colony between the dates of 1640 and 1664. Being a new bride must have brought great happiness to Frances because the next year the Plymouth Colony brought Thomas into court to answer charges that his wife Frances “was too giddy.”

Living Saints

This is an example of how the Puritans lived within a fishbowl with everyone watching each others’ action. This was because they were taught that God would punish the whole community if any one individual within the community did not live trying to be a saint.

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