The Woman Who Would Not Hang

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We apologize for not having a photograph of Miss Elizabeth Mukely, as photography was just in the experimental stages during her 1778 trial and sentencing. Not one courtroom etching of this day can be found – but she did in fact exist. We’ve chosen this four-pence stamp, as it is symbolic of her punishment.

In the late 1700s, P.E.I.’s criminal code had numerous offences that were punishable by death, such as murder, treason, rape, theft, arson and so forth.

The first sentence of death ever pronounced in the colony condemns servant Elizabeth Mukely for stealing £7.7s from her master, Gideon Ticeborn, equaling approximately $1617 today. It’s understandable why Mr. Gideon would be ticked. This wasn’t a $5 theft to afford milk and bread for the hungry kids at home. This would have made for a shopping spree fit for a Queen!

She was exiled; sent to Nova Scotia never to return when no one would consent to act as hangman due to her gender. Lucky No.7 wins it for this two-armed, delicate bandit. As for Mr. T. Gideon, there isn’t much available information as to whether he is to be associated with The Gideons’, who’s primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible – free of charge.

 

Travelling music: Led Zeppelin – Gallows Pole

– altered by Hystoria

 

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