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King Charles I

The ‘Three Judges’ were among the members of the English parliament who sat in judgement at the trial of King Charles I and signed his death warrant in 1649. When his son was restored to the throne in 1660 several of these men, known as Regicides, went into hiding. Three of them came to the new world; John Dixwell, Edward Whalley and William Goffe. Whalley and Goffe were protected and hidden in and around the area that came to be known as Amity and later Woodbridge, by Richard Sperry and his family.

Simon Donato writes more about the Three Judges in his article: King’ Agents, Judges & the Sperrys along the West River