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.