July 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.  The magistrates also issue a warrant for the arrest of her daughter, also named Mary Lacey, who was also named in Ballard’s complaint.

When the elder Lacey appears before the authorities and is questioned about Ballard’s accusations that she bewitched his wife Elizabeth, she quickly confesses her guilt, as her mother, Ann Foster, did when she was examined on July 15.  She admits to having traveled to a meeting of witches in Salem Village along with Foster and Martha Carrier, another accused witch who played a major role in Foster’s confessions.

Published in: on July 30, 2008 at 12:00 am  Comments Off on July 30 (July 20, o.s.)  
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