Is this the Elizabeth Shaw executed in 1745 for killing her newborn infant?

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I just created a profile for Elizabeth Shaw (b. 18 May 1726 in Windham, Connecticut).  I think she is the Elizabeth Shaw who was executed in 1745 for killing her newborn baby, but I am having trouble finding a source that would show it is definitely the same Elizabeth Shaw.   The only source I have is a Findagrave entry for the one executed in 1745.  However, it doesn't give an exact birthdate or the names of her parents.  It is probably the same Elizabeth Shaw as the one in my newly created profile, but a better source would be helpful.

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Shaw
in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 5 (56.3k points)

   Thank you for those sources.  I especially liked the second one, since it stated that her mother's name was Elizabeth.  I have added all the suggested sources, but I still need to work on the biography some more.

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interesting article if nothing else  Early American Crime

by Heather Jenkinson G2G6 Mach 2 (28k points)
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by Heather Jenkinson G2G6 Mach 2 (28k points)
Thank you Heather.  I have added those into the sources section.
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In a 1984 newspaper article Diana Ross McCain cites Ellen Larned writing in 1874. Parents said to be William and Elizabeth and she was 19 as of end June when the crime happened.

The book seems to be History of Windham County, Connecticut by Ellen Douglas Larned

However the book is less certain about her parents, saying probably a descendent of William. The accused is called Elizabeth Shaw Jun. Is the Snr, her mother or someone else in town? It also doesn't give her age.

Hope this is of some help,


by Tim Partridge G2G6 Mach 3 (30.3k points)

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