One can only imagine the reputation Richard held in Plymouth after his stepdaughter’s grisly murder by her mother. Less than six months after Alice’s execution, Bishop went before the Plymouth court (6 March 1649) for stealing a neighbor’s spade. He was judged guilty and sentenced to both sit in the stocks and replace the spade prior to the June court or be whipped (Swift, 15).
By 1654, Bishop was in Eastham and had tracts of land allotted to him. There, in 1670, he was accused of stealing fleece from the property of George Crisp. Bishop was ordered to pay thirty shillings. He then moved to Piscataway, NJ where his daughter, Damaris, had married William Sutton. He sold his Plymouth land to Benjamin Church – a hero of the Indian wars in the colony. William Sutton was a Quaker leader in NJ (Monnette, 792).