April 25 (April 15, o.s.)

Massachusetts: The two-month-old daughter of John Putnam, Jr., a weaver in Salem Village, dies after having suffered strange fits for about two days, despite the best efforts of a doctor to save her.  Putnam, a cousin of Sergeant Thomas Putnam, whose wife and daughter are among the afflicted persons involved in witchcraft allegations, concludes that his child’s illness and death, along with a similar illness he himself suffered and recovered from shortly before, resulted from his repeating some gossip about accusations of witchcraft made many years before against Joanna Towne, the mother of the recently accused witches Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Cloyce.

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  1. […] Ezekiel Cheever and John Putnam, Jr., whose infant daughter died on April 15 under mysterious circumstances, file a complaint with the Salem magistrates alleging witchcraft by […]


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