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Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions$
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Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.001.0001

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Katherine Garret (Pequot; ?–1738)

Katherine Garret (Pequot; ?–1738)

Chapter:
(p.100) Sixteen Katherine Garret (Pequot; ?–1738)
Source:
Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions
Author(s):
Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, Caroline Wigginton
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0017

In 1738, a Pequot woman named Katherine Garret was hanged for infanticide. Garret, who was an unmarried servant in the Connecticut household of Reverend William Worthington, hid her pregnancy. After secretly giving birth at the barn, she struck her newborn son with a wooden block, killing him in the process. She pleaded not guilty, but a jury convicted her of murder and sentenced her to hang. Before she was executed, Garret converted to Christianity and was baptized by Congregationalist minister Eliphalet Adams, who preached the sermon at her execution. Garret wrote a Confession and Dying Narrative in which she talked about Christian morality and salvation as well as her conversion even as she accused her executioners of subjecting her to a “Violent Death.” The document also tackled women’s use of reproduction and fertility to control their lives and bodies in the face of colonization and poverty. This chapter features Garret’s Confession and Dying Narrative.

Keywords:   infanticide, Katherine Garret, murder, Christianity, Eliphalet Adams, execution, Confession and Dying Narrative, conversion, reproduction, fertility

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