He was also in the Revolutionary War, and was wounded in the battle of Stillwater, by a buck-shot which struck him a little below the knee. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process. For conviction it must be grounded on just and sufficient proofs. The descendants are now pressing for a gubernatorial proclamation to clear the names of their ancestors. Taylor, The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut 1647—1697 New York: Grafton Press, 1908. She sayd that he caryed away the iron barrs.
An engraving of one floating on water during ordeal by water ie, guilty Although Katherine Branch made the initial accusation, there were numerous testimonies against Mercy, so it seems she ruffled more than enough feathers, though nothing that should warrant her execution. Those three killings brought an end to the disgraceful episode in Connecticut history, as shortly thereafter Governor established more stringent evidentiary requirements for establishing guilt. Unfortunately, there are few details about Knapp's trial, we do not even know the specifics of what she was accused of, who accused her, what the testimonies against her included, etc. If they were tried as witches, the table shows the years the trials were held and outcomes where known. He is also the author of two books.
In 1646, a Connecticut servant named Mary Johnson was accused of being a witch. Formal prosecution: The Court of Oyer and Terminer Chief Magistrate 1631—1701. On October 17, 1711, the governor and General Court reversed the conviction against several people tried as witches in 1692 and ordered restitution. The only reason that is, after the most careful researches, no indictment of any person for that crime, nor any process relative to that affair, can be found. A memorial park was dedicated in Salem which included stone slab benches inserted in the stone wall of the park for each of those executed in 1692. Several more cases were to follow in the succeeding years, some ending in convictions and some in acquittals, and there are also records of several cases of slander brought by suspected witches. Oddly, the ancestor in question, , has his own Wikipedia page, despite the greater trials in which he was involved not having one.
They used the white of an egg and a mirror to create a primitive crystal ball to divine the professions of their future spouses and scared one another when one supposedly saw the shape of a coffin instead. A doctor, historically assumed to be , could find no physical evidence of any ailment. Branch also accused a few other women of being a witch, including a Westport resident named Mercy Disborough, he said. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Beginning that year, Connecticut required simultaneous witnessing of the same incident by two or more people.
Within a week, Martha's husband and a covenanted church member in Salem Town , , , a servant in the Proctor household and sometime accuser , and stepmother of Abigail Hobbs were arrested and examined. Fortunately, unlike in Salem, none were executed. Although operating under a different constitution, the State was, for the most part, established in 1639 and there's been a continuous succession of Governors since then. Memorable Providence, Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions. She was never executed though, as she was later pardoned. Like many of the cases in Salem, Clawson had personal ties with her accuser. I love all things history and genealogy, if I'm not researching my genealogy in my spare time, I'm usually reading a historical novel or history book.
Alse Young sometimes also referred to as Achsah or Alice of Windsor, Connecticut was the first person executed for witchcraft in America. The accused began to accuse others, and even their spouses, of being the true witches. From those records, Godbeer was able to piece together stories of villagers like , who tested a theory that a bewitched person would laugh themselves to death if someone held a sword over her head. You also wanted to know if any other state has granted a witch a posthumous pardon. My ancestors were colonists in New Haven in the mid to late 1600's. The Wescot family and Clawson had feuded for several years, and Branch knew the family she worked for.
Defendant pleads insanity , April 1724! The court in Salem had become mired in controversy over its use of dubious evidence. His legal advisor has said publically that the Governor has responed to our efforts. William and Mary Quarterly, 2008, Vol. Connecticut ' s witch trials were held in the mid to late 1600 ' s, between 1647 and 1697. Citizens would often have heated debates, which escalated into full-fledged fighting, based solely on their opinion of the feud. Her execution was recorded in the journals of the governor of Massachusetts Bay; and Matthew Grant, the second town clerk of Windsor. She will make me black and blue.
There's precedent for posthumous pardons. Glanvill wanted to prove that the supernatural could not be denied; those who did deny apparitions were considered , for it also disproved their beliefs in angels. She died October 9, 1660, twenty years before Mathew was appointed. Various medical and psychological explanations for the observed symptoms have been explored by researchers, including psychological in response to Indian attacks, convulsive caused by eating made from grain infected by the fungus a natural substance from which is derived , an epidemic of bird-borne , and to explain the nocturnal attacks alleged by some of the accusers. Influenced by , Puritans had opposed many of the traditions of the , including use of the , the during services, the use of at , and kneeling to receive , all of which they believed constituted. Dramatized depiction of a witch trial I recently discovered that I had an ancestor involved in the witch trials of Connecticut and of course immediately went to look up more information on this subject.
She became a wealthy citizen of after she inherited her husband's estate, worth one thousand pounds. But there was another witch hunt that year, in Stamford, Connecticut, that has never been examined in depth. Bishop was described as not living a Puritan lifestyle, for she wore black clothing and odd costumes, which was against the Puritan code. The pardon, which restored Sherwood ' s good name, was in the form of a letter to the mayor of Virginia Beach, the site of the water trial. Between 1668 and 1669, Harrison was also accused of witchcraft. Little Elizabeth had been fine just days before when she returned home with a neighbor, Goodwife Ayres. In 1655, acquitted of witchcraft and released with a reprimand and warning.
October 2018 The Connecticut Witch Trials, also sometimes referred to as the Hartford witch trials, occurred from 1647 to 1663. Did the Equivalent of Today ' s General Assembly Have Any Role in the Trials? Though her losses were supported by eyewitnesses, she received no compensation. She then named Disborough, a woman who had been accused of being a witch before, he said. That stereotype originates with Salem, which was in many ways unlike other outbreaks of witch-hunting in the region. Those added were Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, and Wilmot Redd. However, no alleged witches were executed after 1662.