By the end of May 1692, around 200 people were jailed under the charges of witchcraft. Each source seemed to give very similar information. Sarah Good was a homeless woman who begged door to door. She was a kind and generous lady that was well liked by the community. All three women were prime candidates for the accusations of witchcraft. Little did they know, this conclusion of theirs would change history. Her husband was Daniel Poole, a young man considered to be a poor laborer.
Even though Martha Corey attended church regularly, she was not very popular in the community. Family, Background: Her father was William Towne and her mother Joanna Jone or Joan Blessing Towne ~1595 - June 22, 1675 , accused once of witchcraft herself. Even Sarah Good's husband testified against her. Sarah Good Susannah Sheldon v. Apart from the girls, there are other members of the community who had experienced the effects of witchcraft. Their investigation of Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good and Tituba was conducted in the Salem Village Meetinghouse.
During this examination, John Proctor was also accused and imprisoned. If Good was to represent the typical witch worthy of execution, then it is not surprising that all of the stereotypes would be accordingly attached. A four-year-old child got held in jail for over eight months. Parris and his family then left for Stowe, Massachusetts. A Chronology of Events What evil spirit have you familiarity with? Sadly, no one seems to care that Sarah died. The other girls soon spoke and named Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good.
In this case, the suspected victim would cease suffering when he or she became in contact with the witch causing the affliction. But by my own innocency I know you are in the wrong way. As hysteria spread through the community and beyond into the rest of Massachusetts, a number of others were accused, including Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse—both regarded as upstanding members of church and community—and the four-year-old daughter of Sarah Good. Salem Witch Trials: The Hysteria Spreads The three accused witches were brought before the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne and questioned, even as their accusers appeared in the courtroom in a grand display of spasms, contortions, screaming and writhing. It is said that she confessed because she wanted to be with her mother. March 19 Rebecca Nurse was denounced as a witch.
Therefore, in any case when witchcraft was suspected, it was important that it was investigated thoroughly and the tormentor s identified and judged. Due to his refusal, the court exercised its legal right and ordered the sheriff to pile rocks upon him until he co-operated. At least seven people testified as to her angry muttering and general turbulence after the refusal of charity. The motion was finally adopted in 1707. March 24 Rebecca Nurse was examined before Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin. Nine women signed the document attesting to the exam.
She had five children and lived in Concord, Massachusetts. The alleged victim would only be found guilty if he or she cried out in pain. William worked as a laborer around Salem Village in exchange for food and lodging, but it became increasingly difficult for the family to find a place to stay as Sarah's reputation for and being socially unpleasant spread throughout the town. Sarah Osborne was an elderly lady who had not gone to church in over a year, and poor church attendance was a Puritan sin. Furthermore, when his temper was tested, he sometimes would brag about having occult powers.
The Salem Witch Trials start in Massachusetts during the 1690's when 3 sick girls are said to be affected by witch craft. He refused to plead either innocent or guilty, so according to the law at the time, he could not be tried if he would not plead either way and instead was stripped naked, and a heavy board was laid on top of his body. Where they removed in secret by family members? June 29-30 Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Sarah Wildes, Sarah Good and Elizabeth Howe were tried for witchcraft and condemned. This fear of punishment established a fertile atmosphere in which a case of possible witchcraft, let alone three, could easily be interpreted by the Puritans as the cause of God's wrath. Noyes died of internal hemorrhage, bleeding profusely at the mouth. With this pardon, the Salem witch trials, which resulted in nineteen hangings and a death by crushing rocks, was finally concluded. Sarah Good The Deposistion of Mary wolcott aged about 17 years who testifieth and saith that sence I have been afflected I have often seen the Aperishtion of sarah good amongst the wicthes hwo has also afflected me and urged me writ in hir bood The Mark of Mary Walcot mary welcott ownid this har testimony to be the truth one har oath: before the Jurrars for Inqwest this 28.
Parris preached on witchcraft, emphasizing that the devil could not take the form of anyone innocent. He produced the remaining part of the knife. Even with the witch trials over, many were still in jail because they could not pay for their release. Salem Village separated from Salem Town in 1752 and became the town of Danvers. So in order to sever ties with Puritanism, he helped found the St. The cake was then given to a dog to consume.
It was a great delusion of Satan that deceived me in that sad time. The Puritans felt that these events were happening because God was punishing them for the hangings of innocent people. Additionally, the fear and paranoia surrounding smallpox were so great that they made the hysteria about witches and the need to find a source of blame even greater. Good's newborn child also died in prison. They believed the mumbled words she spoke under her breath were curses against them for not showing her charity. Caporael looked into it further, and the Ergotism Theory was born ergotism is the term for ergot poisoning. Over 150 men and women were accused of practicing witchcraft in the Salem village and the surrounding villages.