July 29 (July 19, o.s.)

Massachusetts: The five women convicted of witchcraft during the second session of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Sarah Good, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wilds, in accordance with the warrant signed on July 12 by the court’s chief justice, Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton, are brought from the jail in Salem Town to Gallows Hill to be executed. Nicholas Noyes, minister in Salem Town, urges Good to confess before she is hanged, but she refuses, saying, “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.” Noyes is unimpressed by this prediction, and all five women are hanged as planned.

Meanwhile, Joseph Ballard of Andover, who brought two of the afflicted girls of Salem to his house on July 14 to detect any witchcraft involved in his wife’s illness and was rewarded by the girls’ declaration that she was being bewitched by three women of Andover, files charges against two of those women: Mary Lacey and her daughter of the same name.  (The third woman is the elder Mary Lacey’s mother, Ann Foster, who has already been brought in for questioning and confessed.)

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 12:00 am  Comments (2)  


  1. […] 30 (July 20, o.s.) Massachusetts: Mary Lacey of Andover, accused of witchcraft the previous day by Joseph Ballard of the same town, is brought before the magistrates in Salem for questioning.  […]

  2. […] for the release from jail of Dorothy Good, whose mother Sarah Good was executed for witchcraft on July 19 and who has herself confessed to being a witch, pending trial by the new Supreme Court of […]

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