Salem Village 1692

Memorial to Rebecca Nurse, a devout Christian woman of 71 years, hanged on July 19, 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts.
Memorial to Rebecca Nurse, a devout Christian woman of 71 years, hanged on July 19, 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts.

In March 1692, Rev. Samuel Parris wrote in the Salem Village church record book that “The Devil hath been raised amongst us, & his Rage is vehement and terrible, & when he shall be silenced the Lord only knows.” The strange events and widespread witch hysteria that first occurred in the Rev. Parris’s own Salem Village home had spread to Salem Town, Andover (now North Andover), Beverly, Topsfield, and many other towns by the fall of 1692. Over 150 people were arrested, examined, and sent to prison. Of these, fourteen women and five men were hanged in Salem Town for the felony of witchcraft. One man, Giles Corey, was crushed to death under heavy stones for refusing to enter a plea. Another five died of insufferable conditions in prison awaiting trial and sentencing.  

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“…Pilgrim history (is) a story which has no end.  It will end only if people suffer a failure of nerve in the quest for basic human rights.  It can honestly be said that ALL who cherish freedom are Pilgrim descendants.”  (PILGRIMS THEN AND NOW, by Rev. Gary Marks, Plymouth, Mass.)  (1990)

I’ve stood several times on the top of Cole’s Hill, overlooking the historic harbor at Plymouth, Mass.  Below this ancient but now “manicured” hill lies the rock, Plymouth Rock, underneath a beautiful marble canopy.  Out in the harbor is the spot where, in the miserable late Fall of November, 1620, about 102 stalwart people, plus crew, arrived in a decrepit 180 ton converted freighter named Mayflower.  Cole’s Hill, at that time, was a craggy bluff overlooking a small rocky beach just big enough for a landing party in a small “shallop”. 

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On CBN’s Faith Nation Friday, CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett weighed in on the fight between CNN and the Trump Administration over the confiscation of reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass and the subsequent decision by a judge that, temporarily at least, ruled in CNN’s favor.

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Many love the song: Give me that Old Time Religion: it was good for our fathers, and it’s good enough for me!

May I suggest that “good enough” is not really good enough? And, further, when the song says, “It will take us all to heaven,” that’s a flat-out lie. No religion will ever take anyone to heaven; only one’s redemption through the shed blood of Jesus Christ will do that.

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Doubting that many really care, or are just “feed-up” with recent “politicking”, never-the-less I‘m noting my reflections, because I sense many curious, conflicting contradictions : believing the  Nov. 6 results conveyed a serious concern for what lies ahead --  especially for committed Constitutional Conservatives – like me. They’ll continue to be all manner of statistical evaluations, but my 70 + years of ‘involvement’ triggers commentary.

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Morgan’s Great Raid and Camp Douglas’s 80 Acres

My great-great grandfather, Theodoric (Teddie) Edward Scruggs was born in 1806 in upstate South Carolina. He moved his family to Blount County in northern Alabama sometime after his first wife died in 1854. He remarried there and had a total of 17 children by the two wives. Four of his sons by his first wife, Nancy Stone, served in the Confederate Army. My great grandfather, John Berry Scruggs, and his brother James, enlisted in John Hunt Morgan’s 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, in May 1862 in Blountsville, Alabama. Thomas and Sterling were already serving in the 19th and 26th Alabama infantry regiments respectively. The 26th Alabama was later merged into the 26/50th Alabama because the casualties in those two regiments had been so high. The 19th and the 26/50th Alabama were in the same brigade. All three regiments saw considerable combat, but all four brothers survived the war.

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“And he said, Hearken ye all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,  and thou, King Jehoshaphat:  Thus saith the Lord unto you, Fear you not, neither be afraid for this great multitude:  FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.”  (2nd Chronicles 20:15-17: 1599 Geneva Bible).

For those who are unaware, the 1599 Geneva Bible was THE Bible used by our Pilgrim Forefathers (they didn’t like the KJV).  Certainly it was read and preached from during the hazardous and tedious 66-day voyage from England to the New World during that increasingly stormy and  harsh Fall on the Atlantic Ocean in 1620.  Fierce storms and huge waves and wretched living conditions below decks would have turned most modern people back from whence they came.  Not so for these 102 stalwart souls who had determined to separate from their old world and, trusting God for guidance and protection, build a new and religiously separate colony in the wilderness of North America.

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