On 6 December 1648, at the end of the English Civil War, Colonel Thomas Pride and his soldiers stood outside the entrance to St Stephen's Chapel in the House of Commons of England and, as the Commons convened that morning, arrested 45 Members and excluded a further 186 Royalists. It is known in history as "Prides Purge". On 6 January 1649, the remaining members of parliament, called the rump parliament, established a court to try Charles I for high treason. The court later executed the King, beheading him in public in front of Whitehall as Oliver Cromwell and thousands of others looked on. King Charles 1st is known in history as "That Man of Blood" because of the 200,000 violent deaths he caused. The identity of the executioner, hidden in a hood, wig, and grotesque fake beard, is officially unknown. The executioners identity and the princes in the tower have been the two great mysteries of British History for over three centuries until now. Its down to one. Family legend has recently been confirmed by a riddle left by Oliver Cromwell, six massachusets baptismal records from 1686, a clear direct statement by King Charles the 2nd (one which also reveals the crowns reasons for hiding the identity for three centuries) and incredibly revealing datasets from the new Ancestry.com release (9/26/23).
A decade after the purge, in 1658, General Thomas Pride, Knighted Grandee of Oliver Cromwell's victorious New Model Army, and member of the House of Lords, died. Two years later, after the English Restoration of King Charles's son King Charles 2nd in 1660, his body was ordered dug up and posthumously executed, suspended on the gallows at Tyburn along with those of Oliver Cromwell, Henry Ireton and John Bradshaw, though it is said that the sentence was not carried out because his corpse was too far decayed. The Royalists thereupon attempted to hang his son, Joseph Pride, who barely escaped.
According to Prides Corner family legend the escape from the Kings men had a dramatic and ironic twist.
Red Coats hot on his heels,... Joseph ran down a hill, out a dock, and dove into the sea and swam to a longboat that had already departed the Dock. As luck would have it, it was the last longboat to the ship which was setting sail to the New World.
The legend also stated that every Generations first born that followed was named Joseph in honor of the unsung puritan hero, the executioner of Charles.
Take Note: "another 20 or so"
Joseph is presumed to have spent some time with relatives in Beverly Essex who first arrived in 1637, but as the world wide hunt by the Royalists progressed, fled to the wilderness. His grandson Joseph registered the parcel of land in Falmouth/Westbrook now known as Prides Corner Maine almost a century later. Joseph Pride hid in Prides Corner Maine for 26 years as the King of England and the entire British Empire sought him to kill him. and then he emerged to baptize the six children he and Jane Pride succesfully raised on the shores of Highland Lake in the wilderness of Maine. They traveled with six small children on empty winter roads, avoiding the Red Coats, to the First Church in Beverly Mass Dec 12, 1686, one year after his persuer Charles 2nd had died, and the fury of the hunt had provably lessened.
Joseph Pride's son Joseph is likely referred to in a contemporary article by Parson Smith noting the death of "Old Man Pride" that year (1747). (No graves of anyone survived from the late 1600's in the then wilderness of Maine). The backward looking article from 1895 cites "The Joseph Pride to whom this tract of 100 acres was granted was 'most likely' the first person of the name in the area", and somewhat mysteriously that "he 'probably' was in mid life when he emigrated to this vicinity, but that persons of that name still reside, having acquired their homes by inheritance from ancestors who have long been domiciled with our present town limits". It also states that "On April 12, 1726 Joseph and Sarah Pride had a son Joseph born in Falmouth" (Thomas, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph's, Joseph). The Joseph born in 1726 would go on to become Captain Joseph Pride in George Washington's Continental Navy where he served with his oldest son Joseph Pride Jr, and his youngest teenager, John Pride.
The Pride lineage of Prides Corner, is one Joseph Pride after another, every generation across four centuries. From his birth in 1637, there is a living first born Joseph in his honor in every US census up to 1900. It is the Pride family's silent testimony to its history, the only safe testimony possible for such a hunted figure at first, and as decades passed,... for a forgotten one. The 1790 Census for Falmouth, Maine for example lists Henry, Joseph, William, and a second Joseph, a Joseph for each generation, and again in 1822
The 1820 census gives a tantalizing glimpse into the family secret listing both a Thomas, another Joseph, and another Henry and William. Multiple second born Thomas, Henry, John, and William Prides occurring over the the years are noted. They are the same Family Names throughout the 263 years of Josephs. General Thomas Prides sons were Thomas, William, John, Samuel and Joseph, daughter Elizabeth and uncle Henry. This puritan revolutionary family's determination to leave a mark over multiple generations of Joseph always first, not General, Grandee, and Knighted, Sir Thomas is a powerful statement of determination by multiple generations in multiple family branches.
First born Josephs in the Census
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Family Names in the Census
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The escape story makes sense in this light. The preference of the name Joseph over one of the greats of your religion and cause,... lends credence to the rest, but there is more.
Great effort was taken to hide the identity of the executioner. Many guesses were later made, most naming prominent puritans like Hugh Peters. But all were accounted for. Soldiers lined the platform to obscure the view, the executioner was obviously somebody they wanted to protect. The executioner wore a wig and a grotesque fake beard. The executioner held the head aloft but flubbed his lines and did not say the traditional "behold the head of a traitor", and then unceremoniously dropped the king's head into the crowd (two strong indicators of inexperience). The fake beard, the total silence, and the flubbed performance may support the story further. From the evidence we have, Joseph was still a boy in 1649 and it may have been necessary to hide his lack of a beard to avoid recognition as well as his childs voice. His actual birth date is unknown, but the evidence we have indicates he was 12 or 13 years old in 1649.
But if he indeed was that young, how could such a decision be arrived at? The circumstances offer a possible explanation and a very strong validating hint. Oliver Cromwell, famous for his puns, crude practical jokes, and riddles,... left a last riddle for posterity and now we know what it was.
Firstly, you are dealing with the religious zealot Oliver Cromwell here. Second the impetus would had to have originated with the boy Joseph. The regular puritan executioner refused £200 pounds to do it,... no one wanted the job. They all knew the wrath of the royalists would follow the axe man all his days. Colonel John Hewson was given the task of finding an executioner and he offered 40 soldiers the position of executioner or assistant in exchange for £100 and quick promotion, though none came forward.
The puritans make no secret of the rejection by 40 soldiers for an executioner or assistant, they actually seem to promote it even. It would seem an odd point for them to put into history*, but then there is this...
Twice a day for 40 days, morning and evening, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, comes out between the lines and challenges the Israelites to send out a champion of their own to decide the outcome in single combat, but Saul is afraid.
The first army of the living God had declined to fight 40 times in pairs (morning and evening), so it seems did the army of Oliver Cromwell (executioner or assistant). Both Goliath and Charles were alike accused of defying the armies of the living God. Only the boy David stepped forward to represent the first army of the living God, and only the boy Joseph for the second ? Did at this point the boy make an impassioned plea to be the David of the Age, to step forward where no other would?
The religious parallels at the most religious of moments for the puritans would have been an intoxicating brew for the devout. It is the only possible path by which to arrive at such a selection... and the pieces fit so well.
1 Samuel 17:25 The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him (Goliath). He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
in the riddle called...
(£100 and quick promotion)
King Charles 2nd reputedly told his life long mistress, Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, the executioner was "Pride" but it is unclear what was said (see page image). For over three hundred and fifty plus years now the literati have always assumed he meant Thomas Pride. However, because Thomas was seen unmasked on the stage, the King's comment has been rejected and ignored with distain. But it is unknown if he actually said Thomas Pride or just Pride ? Charles 2nd's soldiers detained, jailed, and tortured or executed almost the entire puritan leadership, and made deals with the rest for clemancy. Any candidate for executioner, it would seem, needs to address the reason for the Crowns silence on what it knew, for they likely knew everything.
Ten years on with the flush of numerical revelations well in the past, the question has to be asked which of the parties left standing would have a motivation to reveal the truth in the year 1660 ? Does the David 2 story burnish the rejected puritan rule, or sound more like child murder ten years later? Does the Crown want it known it was a child that finished a King? Worse in a still largely puritan England does Charles 2nd want to promote a myth with Charles 1st in the role of Goliath and the new David still on the loose ? In 1660 all parties have strong motivations to not disclose the truth and the situation does not change thereafter. The reasons for the Crowns silence are now clear, the truth was both a challenge to the very concept of monarchy, a child killing a King, and a personal threat to Charles II himself, casting him in the role of usurper to the "new David".
The entire issue of the early events is of course clouded and confused by the fugitive status under pain of death which discouraged accurate regicide identifying documentation in the strongest possible manner for multiple decades, even for descendants.
In the unlikely event any local records (death records) were created they would have been destroyed in the town hall fire that wiped out all Pride Corner records in the 1820's. However, Massachusetts records recording the birth of a Joseph Pride on 12 Dec 1686 in Beverly Essex, (the anchor record for so many later references to the parent Joseph of George Washington's Naval Captain Joseph Pride as "arriving" from Beverly) also list an unlikely Six Prides being born on that same day in tiny Beverly Essex. However the Massachusetts source for these official Massachusetts birth records are the church baptisms of the First Church. This source lists 50 pages of baptisms for the tiny hamlet of Beverly Essex before 1710. Most are single baptisms, with the occasional double, but the family of a John Pride are all registered the same day proving this family of six Pride children were coming from a great distance for baptisms that were greatly delayed in 1686. If not Prides Corner then from where? There simply are no other candidates, no other concentrations of the Pride name pre 1776 save Beverly itself. Why such an extreme delay in a puritan family risking eternal damnation for the children? Dying without Baptism was a very serious matter in the puritan world. Did the death of his persuer Charles 2nd the year before finally reduce the intensity of the search enough to finally allow the baptisms? Joseph the executioner was born in 1637 in London and his brother John died at Birth. The names baptized Dec 12, 1686 for the mysterious "John" are names from Thomas Prides family. For a deeply Religious fugitive in hiding, baptisms are where the rubber meets the road. They MUST BE BAPTIZED, his real name could bring down the crown on all of them (the hunt was still on), no name implies bastard and that would not do either. Joseph was caught between the proverbial rock (Death) and a hard place (Damnation).
There is a record of a John Pride marrying Jane Lovering in Beverly, during King Philips War in 1675, when Indians were killing colonists all over the east coast, especially in Maine. But as would be expected if the newly weds returned to Maine for safety when it was safe, almost no further local records have so far been uncovered of them nor the six children, those records perished in the 1820 Falmouth Town Hall fire. As would be expected the same family names begin to appear in Maine records after 1820. However,... fortunately Puritan new England seems to have gotten married and baptized in the First Church until 1710 (It was the first and only church in New England). The names of all Six Children and spouses show up repeatedly in the Pre-Civil War Falmouth Maine Census Records ( John William Peter Joseph Mary Elizabeth ) while only Peter shows up in the Beverly Essex Pre-Civil War Census records and not until 1800. ( John William Peter Joseph Mary Elizabeth ) There is a record of Elizabeth Pride marrying a Lot Conant Sr, 14 Jun 1698 who shows up in Portland records at this time as does Elizabeth Conant, but not in Beverly. Geneologists all over the place are mistaking ceremonies performed at the First Church as residency which it is clearly not. Try this First Church records Analyzer Research Ongoing and the awesome earth shaking Ancestry.com is still updating and expanding.
Somewhat conclusively,...given Ancestry.com's level of comprehensiveness...Joseph is not listed on any passenger list (because he swam for it !). There is only one immigration record for last name Pride between 1600 and 1700 to New England. John Pride, 1637, Salem, Massachusetts who died in 1647 leaving three children and an entirely different trail of family names,.. not to mention providing the absolutely letter perfect Cover Name to have if there is some duded up guy in the fancy duds who was really really really dedicated to killing you. Like all Prides,... Joseph was lucky :)
Prides Corner is a Place
Joseph Pride was Thomas Prides son, brother in-law of Oliver Cromwell's nephew, and brother-in-law of Thomas Monks daughter, definitely Puritan Royalty :) The man who landed here was at the very center the puritan movement, and it turns out, its history. In his will, General, now Lord Thomas Pride ignores normal protocol and does not leave everything to the first born son. He largely skips his two oldest sons leaving token amounts and leaves almost the entire estate to his fifth born son Joseph who was still a minor when it was written. The reason for the largess to a teenager is not specified, but its mostly in cash. However, if he were able to access these resources thru family (the will implies it) it could make for an artifact rich archaeological site here in Maine if it can be located. Joseph inherited the estate of an English Lord as a young man just two years before he had to run for it, then he vanishes from British Records without a trace. There are No marriage, birth or death records and no Land Deeds. (Credit:Troy Bennett Bangor Daily News).
The remains of his cabin, depicted on an early painted plate (circa 1725), are located somewhere off Duck Pond Road and Pride Farm Road. The painted plate was handed down through the generations, along with the story, and still exists today. The site of the farm depicted on the plate is against a gentle slope in a field. Anecdotal reports have independently surfaced (10/15/2023) of hunters finding a generous cache of Silver buried near Suckfish Preserve decades ago (near to Pride Farm Road), further description or details are not yet available, and will appear here if and when they become known. I remember hearing about this as a teenager in the 1960's in hunting circles (I was a 3 bar Sharpshooter at the Cumberland Range). I can remember puzzled conversations about where it had come from and speculation if it was pirate loot. Could be just made up rumour, but if it is just rumour, its one hell of a coincidence. One mile away? Silver? I first found out about the inheritance and the will from Bangor Daily News reporter Troy Benett in Oct 2023, then put it together when another party related their version of this story purely 'out of the blue'. There was something also about it being very old and having been there a long time but thats as far as memory serves. I am confident we will hear more on this, its obviously a fairly widespread rumour. I think they just offed with it, no press conference, no pesky land lord share, and by now no statue of limitations :) One rumor described it as a lump, which could describe the unsuccessful attempt to melt the distinctive coins to a form he could use. Please contact the author if you have any information about this. The 4000 pounds sterling of the period specified in the will, would directly translate to 200 million dollars, based on the most recent Auction as a rare coin. (50K x 4000). The very sketchy second description/rumor of the local find so far available indicate a much smaller cache, and the report described silver and didn't mention coins. Puritans take things like Oaths, Bequests etc very seriously, if it didn't sink, get stolen, siezed by the crown etc. etc. etc. Lord Thomas's son Thomas (see the will) would have sent it floating up the Presumscot river at some point. It would have been an unavoidable moral obligation given the wording in the will, and the timing of events and their proximity to his 21st Birthday as specified in the will. Failure or theft in these tight-knit puritan circles would have been unthinkable. Joseph was the next David... See how he dominates Lord Thomas's will and he is a teenager when its written. If Joseph had a boat on the lake at that point, it would seem logical that the caches could have been hidden over the entire highland lake area not just along Mast Road. We have a 300 year old painting of the cabin but without context. The exact location is unknown but is thought to be near Pride Farm Road. Security, under the circumstances, would naturally dictate distributed sites and only a single trip to each site, so the caches, if they exist, would likely be the max one man could carry with tools. The total inheritance would weigh nearly 1000 pounds which would seem to imply 10 or more cache sites. Joseph would have been unable to spend the coins at any point during his lifetime. Circulating distinctive and uncommon New Model Army minted silver would have lead the Redcoats to his door in short order in the small and confined colonial economy. In the short run, the coins were a mortal threat to him, not a source of wealth. It wouldn't matter if he spent them or some one else did, he would be dead either way.
Of the twelve regicides who fled England in the spring of 1660, the fate of three in the US is officially known. Geoffe, Whaley and Dixwell were actively hunted in various episodes until 1689 throughout Massachusetts and New Haven (some 40 years later). One attempt included a contingent of 450 British Redcoats. They escaped with the assistance of widespread puritan support. In a very real sense the American Revolution was simply a continuation of the British Civil War on new ground. In 1775 British soldiers, 135 years later, made a point of seeking out and spitting on Dixwell’s stone. They eventually found safety in the wilderness in western Massachusetts just beyond the western edge of civilization, far away from towns and possible gossip, and survived.
It is fascinating to note the pervasive influence in the Prides Corner, Falmouth area of the British Civil War and the Puritans. Falmouth Maine was named for the Battle of Falmouth and the rolls of the New Model Army that fought there read like the town registers. Levolor names predominate. A Rainsborough cut my hair as a child, another was my teacher, as was Mr Graves, a Winslow trained my fathers race horses, and a Richards drove them, our neighbors... Frye, Moody, Potter, Butler and Bailey. The list of New Model Army names that matched my childhood was stunning. I can imagine how strong the mythology must have been through the revolutionary war years and much later. The ongoing puritan character of the area would go far to explaining the second century of Josephs and the uniquely puritan twist of private pride and public shunning on a topic like Regicide and Execution in the family tree (especially without proof). Even as late as the 1950's Oliver Cromwell was oft quoted in my family circles. "Warts and All" was a common favorite.
The Reason the plot of 100 acres is deeded in 1726 is due to the conclusion of the Casco treaty after years of negotiation in 1725. Once the treaty was signed many plots in the area were registered that year to establish rights to properties already long occupied and worked. The nearby presumpscot river falls, little more than a mile or so away, by water, was the first area of settlement activity with fishing and trading beginning in 1623. Presumpscot river falls had been superseded by 1660, by what later became Portland Maine. Given the decades long world wide campaign to execute the Regicides and the level of settlement in the area around presumpscot river falls in the 1660's, the location, just beyond the northern edge of civilization, far away from towns and possible gossip, actually makes sense if you don't want to get hung drawn and quartered. It was the same solution as the others, just a different direction, 100 miles north of Boston instead of 100 miles west.
Colonists first actions were always build a house and clear land for planting. The suggestion that after 20 or so years of that, that someone would up sticks for greener pastures seems patently at odds with the circumstances. The whole idea of Joseph "arriving" from Beverly in 1726 at the age of 40 was ridiculous on its face.
At the heart of every puritan family is the family bible, listing ancestors back as far as possible on the inside cover and front pages. Puritan Bibles were made with a half a dozen blank front cover pages special for the purpose. I saw a Pride family bible once (whereabouts unknown) that went back to 1820s. Every line a different handwriting (Quill to Iron to Ballpoint as I recall). Puritan Bibles were where you went to consider names for your expected. Both Thomas and Samuel reappear in the Falmouth census of 1800, Elizabeth pops up in 1850. That's everybody,... just in case there was any doubt who this family really is :)
Ironically, It was My Grandmother's (Inez Pride) irritation with author John Lewis (yesterdays family villan turned into todays family hero) and his book "The Early History of Prides Corner" ignoring her claims that caused her to shake her finger at my father and insist he tell me the story in the fall of 1968. Byron Pride (my father) was a skeptic, likely influenced by new knowlege of the "official massachusets birth record" that seemed to refute everything for decades til it finally revealed all with the baptism records. He said everybody's been claiming this since day one, I am supposed to tell you so... and afterward shrugged and says who really knows, but with a smile added "heck of a good story tho." I heartily agreed, I was as you can imagine floored. He also dutifully told me to tell my kids and to tell them to tell theirs. Despite his doubts, when he added that there was a deep seriousness in his demeanor unlike anything else I ever witnessed from this honorable citizen, community leader and all round wonderful human being. My dad. It made the impression he intended. In response to my specific query he traced his sources back as far as his grandfather Byron Pride born in 1847 (pictured above - note the distinctly puritan appearance), his father Merritt born in 1888, and several others whose names I did not recognize, long dead by the fall of 1968. My Grandfather Merritt, who was still living the year I was passed the baton, was alive during the life of the last First Born Joseph in our branch.
The three great turning points in Mankinds long progress toward democracy are the Magna Carta, the Execution of Charles 1st, and the Declaration of Independence. Their relative importance can be debated in each case. It is the purpose of the site to reveal history but also to mark it. A reconstruction of Josephs cabin recorded on an early 1700's hand painted plate and a state of Maine holiday on Dec 12, to mark these events here in our midst seems appropriate. A Holiday to celebrate one brave resourceful mans final victory over monstrous Tyranny in the form of six baptisims. Highland lake should really be renamed "Josephs Lake" to note the huge role it played in world history. It was his refuge, his water, and his food source, it protected him from the Kings Vengence
*Contemporary accounts reveal any levolor would have seemingly gladly hefted the axe,... so the statement is a sore thumb for all to see on its face. I am of the opinion, awaiting evidence, a universal decline (except for Joseph) probably did happen, almost would have had too, bumping it into the supernatural realm for its participants anyway, leading to the 40 and phrasing of its result. But the religious, spiritual and moral aspects of the decision which is being noted here are difficult to discern. Did Cromwell, upon finding no volunteers, initiate a survey of 40 ? (shame shame Oliver,... tho shalt not test...). Worse possibility, did he ask none or reject all, and sponsor adolescent murder to use in the manufacture of allegory to support his contention that he lead the second army of the living God ? Of course, it also could have been 40 arrived at without guile, which almost certainly would have lead to the same result by the power of its allegory alone. Its not a number a puritan would have missed under the circumstances.
Recently this article is getting support from several authoritative sources. The following is a recent post from the Author of "In the Name of the Crown" which was a published work about the flight of the regicides.
The title of Cromwells Buffon is a play on the characterizations of the bitter Royalists in the centuries that followed. It is typical ruling class derision without foundation. It is an unfortunate label for those who do not read the text. The text makes it very clear Sir Thomas was completely the opposite of the royalist characterization. He was a successful and incredibly capable individual, one who was obstinately independent to the point of opposing Cromwell as a virtual equal on important occasions. He is credited for prohibiting Oliver Cromwell from accepting the title of King. He was active in civic life, a leading london businessman in the decade before the war, a central figure in the New Model Army, a central figure in building the British Fleet, and a leader of charitable agencies for aging soldiers and the poor in his senior years. He was a front line officer under Essex in many battles including the 1st and 2nd battles of Newbury, and was in command of a regiment during the decisive battle of Naseby under Fairfax on 14 June 1645. He accompanied Cromwell north to final victory as the commander of a brigade of three regiments at the battle of Preston in August 1648. After the war, To the sound of screeching Royalist derision, he closed the Bear Pit at Southwark, where savage packs of dogs killed staked bears, tearing them to pieces solely for the entertainment of Cavaliers.
Then he changed the world forever for the better with his actions. He single handedly, apparently by his own decision, changed the entire sweep of British History with Prides Purge and abolished absolute monarchy for us all. Right Man, Right Place, Right Time.
by Dan Pride
6th Great Grandson of Joseph Pride
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Statistically analyse the incidence of births named Joseph both before and after the execution to discover if in fact knowledge was (as is suspected) widespread in the puritan community and has been suppressed somehow by the crown. and if true to determine how such a thing could be accomplished. The history of Rewriting of history may be a fascinating history lesson for the world. To understand Josephs status in puritan circles, imagine there was a successful assasin of Hitler and we are talking about him in jewish circles. Charles killed a larger percentage of Britains with his absurd wars than Hitler did. Despite the absurd Royalist depictions, Charles 1st was a small weak man, who didn't speak til he was three, then stuttered all his life but insisted he was all powerful over everyone. He was a cuckold (Charles 2nd was the result of his wifes affair with Henry Jermyn) with a wife who openly expressed distain for his manhood during crisis, and was rumored to have been intimate with his fathers favorite object, Lord Buckingham. He was a totally arrogant fool whose foolishness killed multitudes without one iota of remorse. No one was ever more justly beheaded.
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It cracks me up to see the image of Charles 2nd in full regailia with septer and all. Can you imagine having this guy on your ass for something you did when you were 12 :)
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