Most of the accused in Salem were one or more of the following: poor, unmarried, skeptical of the girls and/or the Church, and “immoral,” which generally means “has been French kissed or touched on the boobs probably by someone other than her husband, who does this mad bitch think she is, nobody’s property?” I tick all of those boxes, somebody throw me on the pyre.
Would I Have Survived History’s Most Infamous Witch Hunts?
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It’s a weird ancestral claim, but three of my relatives were tried (and two executed) in the Salem witch trials. My grandfather did extensive genealogical and historical research about it and he told me that one of the executed was an elderly midwife, very respected in the Town (her name was Rebeca Town Nurse — she was the town nurse and had delivered a huge amount of babies. She was not a witch, but her family did have property rights, and as you said, it was a lot about that.

The only one of my three ancestors that survived got out of it because she was pregnant at the time she was accused and was awaiting execution until after she gave birth. But thankfully for her sake, the hysteria ended before she delivered and she was also.

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