ravencroft-molly-17th-face-locketravencroft-molly-17thc-wcortReal Name: Molly Ravencroft

Identity/Class: Human;
    English citizen (American colonist);
    active circa 1664 A.D.

Occupation: Colonist

Group Membership: English colonists

Affiliations: Cortland Kasady (lover; see comments)

Enemies: Cortland Kasady, the Others (cannibalistic dwellers; aka the Cult of Knull)

Known Relatives: Jonas Ravencroft (descendant; see comments)

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly the land on what would become
Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (January, 2020)




Powers/Abilities: Molly was experienced with rural living in the 17th century.

    She was experienced as an equestrian, able to wield a handgun, and she willing and able to use a rock to brain someone attacking her lover.

    Her feelings for her lover could overwhelm her reason, which apparently cost her her life.

Height: Unrevealed (she was a few inches shorter than Cortland, with average height of men in the 17th century being 5'6"; while we don't know how tall Cortland was, I'd say approximately 5' to 5'5")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 100 to 120 lbs.)
Eyes: Dark (apparently brown)
Hair: Black

Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb)) <1664> - Having fallen in love during their journey to the New World, Molly Ravencroft and Cortland Kasady established a homestead and began to make their lives in the newly renamed New York. ravencroft-molly-17thc-horse



ravencroft-molly-17thc-cortincell(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb)) - One day, while out picking flowers, Molly wandered too far into a region inhabited by the cannibalistic Others (aka the Cult of Knull).

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Confronted by the spiral-wearing cannibals, Molly hid out in the woods. She appreciated that her attackers were wearing human skins.

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Presumably discovering Molly's absence and her basket in the cannibals' region, Cortland rushed into the nearby town/fort to rally others to help him. However, no one else dared to enter that region, and Cortland went by himself.

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb)) - Cortland was knocked down and bitten by one of the cannibals, but Molly smashed his attacker across the back of his head with a rock, knocking him out if not killing him. Cortland asked if she was OK, although she was more worried about him, as his forehead had just been treated like mincemeat pie.

ravencroft-molly-17thc-dead    After they discussed the cannibals' frightful nature, Molly answered Cortland's query as to their attackers' current location.

    Despite Molly's arguments and even questioning his sanity, Cortland insisted that he would finish off the creatures once and for all; he gave her a gun and told her to stay with the horse and to leave immediately if anyone but him exited the cave.

    After Cortland was inside for some time, Molly heard a scream, and she called out to Cortland. When he finally exited, covered in blood, she talked to him, but he did not respond.

    With Cortland walking behind her, Molly rode her horse back to the village/fort, and she started to tell them about Cortland. Before she could do so, he began shooting the people.

    Eight people died before Cortland was shot down.

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Surviving, Cortland was imprisoned in a wooden cell in the accursed land in what would be the country's first facility for the criminally insane.

    Molly was told to stay away, but her love for Cortland was unchanged, and she could not abandon him.

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Molly apparently opened Cortland's cell, and he apparently choked her to death or broke her neck before fleeing into the wilderness

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb)) - Molly's dead body was found by the villagers.

(Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Molly's descendant Jonas recorded Molly's history in his journal.

Comments: Created by Frank Tieri and Guillermo Sanna.

    The site on which Cortland was imprisoned (and in which Molly died) later was the site upon which the Ravencroft Institute was built under the direction of her descendant, Jonas Ravencroft.ravencroft-molly-17thc-coatofarms

    How did Jonas know Molly's fate so well? Perhaps she kept her own journal up until the time she went to see Cortland. But, then how did she know what happened with Cortland.

When Molly met Cortland:  

Molly Ravencroft and Cortland Kasady came to the USA just after the English renamed New Amsterdam as New York, which fits with the 1664 A.D. date given in-story.

Great Britain was not formed until 1707, so Molly and Cortland should be citizens of England, rather than Great Britain or the United Kingdom.

Ruins of Ravencroft said British, but that's more of common term for the people of the area, rather than a proper term for the countries at that point.
Molly at least would be from Britain, as that's a geographical term, like saying someone from Canada is North American

"Stuart Restoration" - slight impact on citizenship. James VI and I died in 1625, and was succeeded by his son, Charles I. In this era there was no permanent army, and to raise armies for war or money for public works the king had to rely on it being supplied by his nobles. In return those nobles had a say in running the country, being called by the king whenever he needed something from them to form a parliament. Charles I believed kings had a divine right to rule and inevitably came to loggerheads with his parliaments (in both England and Scotland), culminating in a civil war that he lost. He got beheaded in 1649, and England became a republic ruled by Oliver Cromwell. Charles I's son, Charles II, had sensibly escaped to the Netherlands in 1648; after Cromwell's death the English asked Charles II to return and become the new king, which he did in 1660. So between 1649 and 1660 anyone from England would have been a citizen of the Commonwealth of England rather than the Kingdom of England.

    Which would also mean that Molly was presumably a citizen of the Commonwealth of England for a period of time, before becoming a citizen of the Kingdom of England again.
    Given how people matured earlier  several centuries ago, it is uncertain whether Molly was born before 1649 and was a citzen of the Kingdom of England prior to it becoming a Commonwalth. Probably?

    Ravenscroft (and so presumably Ravencroft) was a family name that came from a place in Cheshire called that.
See the  family coat of arms courtesy of

    Real world records confirm two Ravenscrofts emigrating to the American colonies close to 1664:

Benjamin Ravenscroft, who settled in Virginia in 1679
Samuel Ravenscroft, who arrived in New England in 1679

    Cheshire is a region in England just off the border from northern Wales, which was part of the kingdom of England by 1664.

    Cheshire map came from this site:

ravencroft-molly-17thc-cheshire-map    Cassady (or Kasady) was an Irish surname. By 1664 Ireland was under English rule, if not yet part of a unified kingdom. So it's possible Cortland Kasady was Irish, and just set out from England with Molly Ravencroft.

    Cassady originates from O Casaide; O=descendent of, Casaide = curly haired. The name originates in Fermanagh, Ireland,

    In the 17th century the principal component of the population in the colonies was of English origin, and the second largest group was of African heritage. German and Scotch-Irish immigrants arrived in large numbers during the 18th century. 

    It's certainly possible that Cortland Kasady could have an English, Dutch, or French parent based on the origins of the first name, so maybe it's a family name, but he was born in England...
    Obviously, everything is speculation...

    Huge thanks to Loki, for all of the information and imagery in these comments! And anything that wasn't from Stuart was his confirming my guesswork.

Descendants of Molly and Cortland:

They were lovers who traveled to New York around 1664.
There is no indication that they were married.
I believe that they encountered the “Others” (later known as the Cult of Knull) while living together…was “living in sin” completely unheard of at the time?
Cortland went cuckoo-for-coco-puffs after that encounter and slew Molly before fleeing into the wilderness.
Jonas Ravencroft lists himself as the descendant of Molly. If so, she either had children out of wedlock, or was married to Cortland and had children before dying.
OR “descendant” was used when they really had common ancestry…maybe some of her family came over with her, and Jonas was descended from them?
Similarly, Cletus is supposed to be the descendant of Cortland. I believe that’s confirmed?
Is there more information detailing the relationship beyond Cletus’ parents, Roscoe and Louise?
Is Molly and/or Jonas Ravencroft part of Cletus Kasady’s ancestry?

Profile by Snood.

Molly Ravencroft
should be distinguished from:

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Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1, pg. 10, panel 1 (full, with Cortland);
       pg. 14, panel 1 (standing with bloody rock over one of the Others)---------------------->;
       pg. 19, panel 2 (with gun);
       pg. 20, panel 1 (horseback);
       pg. 23, panel 4 (looking in on crazy Cortland);
       pg. 24, panel 3 (dead in Cortland's cell)
Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth#1, pg. 10, panel 4 (photograph in locket)

Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage#1 (March, 2020) - Frank Tieri (writer), Guillermo Sanna (flashback artist), Danny Khazem (assistant editor), Devin Lewis (editor)
Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth#1 (March, 2020) - Frank Tieri (writer), Guillermo Sanna (flashback artist), Danny Khazem (assistant editor), Devin Lewis (editor)

First posted09/16/2023
Last updated: 09/17/2023

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