Person:Deborah Prince (2)

Deborah Prince
m. 1642
  1. Thomas Skillings1643 - bef 1676
  2. John Skillings1644 - 1689
  3. Deborah Skillings1648 - Aft 1715
  4. Abigail Skillings1652 - 1722
  5. Joseph SkillingsAbt 1654 -
  6. Benjamin SkillingsBef 1667 -
  • H.  George Hadley (add)
  • WDeborah Prince1622 - 1692
m. 29 Jun 1668
Facts and Events
Name[1] Deborah Prince
Gender Female
Birth[2][3] 1622
Marriage 1642 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Thomas Skillings
Marriage 29 Jun 1668 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto George Hadley (add)
Death[2][4] 1692 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
  1. Babson, John J. History of the town of Gloucester, Cape Ann: including the town of Rockport. (Gloucester Mass.: Procter Bros., 1860), 129.

    [I assume the basis for Deborah's maiden name, which is given as Prince on this Wereleate page, is from this source I am citing, where Thomas Prince (in Gloucester court) refers to brother in law Thomas Skillings. However, I will point out that several sources say that the wife of Thomas Prince is Margaret Skillings, which if true, would explain the brother-in-law reference. I don't know the basis for the Margaret Skillings assertion, but as it is made by knowledgeable people (e.g., Thomas Henley), it weakens the hypothesis that Prince was Deborah's maiden name. Admittedly, it is not uncommon for multiple pairs of siblings of two families to intermarry, but the chronology casts some doubt on this possibility. Thomas Prince probably married before coming to New England in 1649 whereas Thomas Skillings apparently married 1642 after coming to New England, but before Thomas Prince came to New England. So it makes it unlikely that the Deborah in Salem that Thomas Skilling married would be related to Thomas Prince. Hence the proposal of Prince as a maiden name for Deborah is doubtful, unless additional evidence is found.]

  2. 2.0 2.1 Woodward, William Elliot. Records of Salem Witchcraft: Copied from the Original Documents. (Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, 1864), 2:78.

    24 Jun 1692 Deborah Hadley deposed that she was 70 years old.

  3. Gloucester, MA was founded as a fishing camp in 1623 and could not be the birth place of Deborah.
  4. In a blurb on his book, Thomas Skillin of Falmouth (now Portland), Maine and his Descendants, at [1], Tom Henley says, "His wife Deborah died in Ipswich following a depose at the witch trials." A superstitious person could find this eery, except that she was 70.