Salem Witch Trials. Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you. Rebecca Greensmith had confessed in open court.
In late MarchJohn and Bethia Kelly grieved over the body of their 8-year-old daughter inside their Hartford, Connecticut, home. The distraught parents, grasping at any explanation for their loss, saw the hand of the devil at work.
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Two of the suspects, likely the Greensmiths, were subjected to the swimming test in which their hands and feet were bound and they were cast into the water to test the theory that witches are unable to sink. Nathaniel Greensmith had protested his innocence. But they both met the same fate: the noose. Sanford was also sent to the gallows. Recommended for you.
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Descendants of some of those 11 colonists are seeking posthumous pardons and apologies similar to those that occurred in Massachusetts for victims of the Salem witch trials. Help me, help me!
She will break my bowels. She kneels on my belly. Neighbors testified that they saw Seager dancing with other women in the woods and cooking mysterious concoctions in black kettles.
The accused began to accuse others, and even their spouses, of being the true witches. The descendants are now pressing for a gubernatorial proclamation to clear the names of their ancestors.
The parents were convinced that Elizabeth had been fatally possessed by Goody Ayres. What Was Flight 93's Target? Cuban Revolution. Live TV. This Day In History.
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In what became a vicious circle, neighbors began testifying against neighbors. History Vault. She will make me black and blue. Little Elizabeth had been fine just days before when she returned home with a neighbor, Goodwife Ayres.
She chokes me. She pinches me. However, it was in Hartford in30 years before the infamous Salem witch trials, that a witch hunt hysteria took hold, resulting in seven trials and four executions. During that period, there were 46 prosecutions and at least 11 executions.
Goodwife Ayres is upon me. Another hysteria broke out in Fairfield, Connecticut, inbut none of those convicted met death. Hysteria gripped Hartford, a town that a generation before had witnessed the first execution of a suspected witch in the American colonies. Greensmith implicated her husband and said she had met in the woods with seven other witches, including Goody Ayres, Mary Sanford and Elizabeth Seager.