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Abiah Franklin (nee Folger)

FH_-_Franklin__Abiah_Folger_original(From Wikipedia) Abiah of Nantucket, Massachusetts, was the daughter of Peter and Mary Morrill Folger. Abiah bore Josiah 10 children: John (1690), Peter (1692), Mary (1694), James (1697), Sarah (1699), Ebenezer (1701), Thomas (1703), Benjamin (1706), Lydia (1708), and Jane (1712).

Abiah’s sister, Bethshua Folger Pope was an active and theatrical participant in the events in Salem Village proper.  She suffered “hysterical blindness” and convulsions, and in the middle of one trial she threw a shoe at the accused’s head. Her accusations contributed to the death-sentence of at least one convicted witch, Martha Corey.

Bathseba Folger Pope

(From geni.com) Also Known As: “Basheba”, “Bathshua”, “Bethsua”, “Bethshua”. Bathseba Folger Pope (c1657 – 1697), daughter of Peter Folger and Mary Morrill, was an adamant accuser of witches in the hysteria that started in Salem. She ranted and raved at those accused in many of the court proceedings. During Martha Corey’s trial she threw her shoe and struck Corey in the head. Born about 1657 at Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts, Bathseba married Joseph Pope (1650 – 1712) in 1679 at Salem Village [present Danvers], Essex County, Massachusetts. She died after 1726 at Salem.


Samuel Sewall


Was a judge, businessman, and printer in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, best known for his involvement in the Salem witch trials, for which he later apologized, and his essay The Selling of Joseph (1700), which criticized slavery. He served for many years as the chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature, the province’s high court.

Samuel Sewall was the father of Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall, who in turn, was the father of Rev, Samuel Sewall, father of Dorothy May (Sewall), mother of Abigail Abba Alcott (May), who gave birth to Little Women author, Louisa May Alcott.

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It’s all about the Benjamin(s)

This episode deals with (shocker!) The Salem witch trials. In *this* reality, Rittenhouse has accused Abiah Folger of witchery, thus dooming her to be hanged along with the other eight victims of the original “bloodiest day” of the trials. As the mother of Benjamin Franklin, she’s vital to the formation of our country, which means the Time-Team needs to save her.

Un-Break His Heart

At the end of the last episode, Wyatt finds out that Jessica is still alive! In this episode, he continues his conversation from the point at which we left off, and finds out some harsh truths. About himself, about his marriage, about Jessica… things aren’t what he wants them to be. He tries to tell her that he’s a changed man, and in order to convince her of that, sneaks her into the bunker. BECAUSE SECURITY!?!

Flynn-ie Get Your Gun

During the Time-Team’s tenure in Salem, Flynn steps up to the plate, albeit with a bit of an attitude. I mention during the podcast that I think he’s the VIP of the episode, as he actually saves the team by finding a shotgun and pulling the “witches” from harm just before they are hanged. Saving both Lucy and Abiah of course.


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On September 22

American Business Women’s Day (United States)
Earliest date for the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere
Hobbit Day, the containing week is celebrated as Tolkien Week. (American Tolkien Society)
OneWebDay, an annual day of Internet celebration and awareness, started in 2006
1598 – English playwright Ben Jonson kills actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel and is indicted for manslaughter.
1692 – The last of those convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials are hanged; the remainder of those convicted are all eventually released.
1776Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution.
1823Joseph Smith states he found the golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.
1862Slavery in the United States: A preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.
1927Jack Dempsey loses the “Long Countboxing match to Gene Tunney.
1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library.
Notable Births:
1791Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist
1892Billy West, American actor, director, and producer
1895Paul Muni, Ukrainian-born American actor
1920Eric Baker, English activist, co-founded Amnesty International
1924 Rosamunde Pilcher, English author
1927 Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1943Toni Basil, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1951David Coverdale, English singer-songwriter
1953Richard Fairbrass, English singer-songwriter, musician and producer (Right Said Fred)
1956Debby Boone, American singer, actress, and author
1958Andrea Bocelli, Italian singer-songwriter and producer
1958 – Neil Cavuto, American journalist and author
1958 – Joan Jett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress
1960Scott Baio, American actor
1961Bonnie Hunt, American actress, producer, and talk show host
1961 – Catherine Oxenberg, American actress
1967Matt Besser, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1969 Sue Perkins, English comedian, actress, and radio host
1982 Billie Piper, English actress and singer
1985 – Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress
1985 – Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress
1985 – Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress
1985 – Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress (sorry, Orphan Black joke)
1987 Tom Felton, English actor
Notable Deaths:
1539Guru Nanak, Sikh religious leader, founded Sikhism
1554Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer
1692Martha Corey, American woman accused of witchcraft
1776Nathan Hale, American soldier
1987 Dan Rowan, American actor, comedian, and producer (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In)
1989 Irving Berlin, Russian-born American composer and songwriter
1996 Dorothy Lamour, American actress and singer
1999George C. Scott, American actor, director, and producer
2003Gordon Jump, American actor (WKRP in Cincinnati)
2006Edward “Eddie” Albert, American actor (Roman Holiday)
2007Marcel Marceau, French mime and actor
2010Eddie Fisher, American singer (Husband to Debbie Reynolds, father to Carrie Fisher and Joely Fisher)
2012 Irving Adler, American mathematician, author, and academic
2015Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager


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Next Episode’s Summary & Promo


When a mission goes awry, Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) are forced to bring a 17-year-old John F. Kennedy (guest star Grant Jordan) with them to the present. But while the Lifeboat is recharging for the return trip, Kennedy escapes from the bunker… into modern day San Francisco. Anxious to return the future president to history, the team must find a way to work together to rescue JFK and return him to the past before Rittenhouse assassinates him in 2018.



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Friend of the show, Michael Ahr, writes about this episode on DenofGeek.com
Fangirlish review about “The Salem Witch Trials” is here.
TV By The Numbers Article

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