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Kimberly Powell

Hunting for Witches in the Family Tree

By October 31, 2012

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Do you have a witch in your past? No, not the kind with a black pointy hat and big warty nose. But perhaps there's a practicing pagan or two? Or an ancestor who was accused or even executed for suspected witchcraft? Historians estimate that about 30,000 accused witches were executed during the "witch craze" era - not only in Salem, Massachusetts, but in other parts of New England and all over Europe as well. Why not try a witch hunt in your own family tree?

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November 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm
(1) Cleta Terrell says:

I have found two witches in my family tree. Thomas Farrar and Susannah Roots. Thomas was finally released while Susannah was taken to Boston in chains and no information about her has been found that I know of.

November 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm
(2) NancyJ says:

I grew up in Andover, MA, which had the most arrests for the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials. 19 people were hanged; Giles Corey was pressed to death in a field with rocks, & a great many others died in prison. I have a genealogical connection w/ Mary (Bliss) Parsons accused, tried and acquitted of witchcraft about 67 years BEFORE the Salem trials. Mary’s story and trial transcripts can be found at:
http://ccbit.cs.umass.edu/parsons/hnmockup/home.html

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