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CARTER - Witch trial victim

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Re: CARTER - Witch trial victim

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ha! just found my own answer. She was a witness in the trial of Goody Jones, who I believe is one and the same as Hannah Wolford Jones of Great Island.

FromThe Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; pg 196:
DIAMOND, William, juryman 1672, gr.j. 1673. Adm. 1 Apr. 1679 to wid. Joan who mar. 2d Edward Carter, 3d. aft. 22 Dec. 1691, James Blagdon. His wid. by 1685 was Joan Carter of Gt. Isl. midwife. Jane Catter, ±40 in 1693 wit. ab. Goody Jones, witch. Liv. wid. 1702. Ch: John, liv. 1691, d.s.p. before his mother; app. the one who came passenger from Bost. to Wells in time to be tortured to death June 1702. Grace, m. Richard Tomlin, 2d Richard Tucker. Margaret, m. Sylvanus Tripe. [ref 22]

"Goody" was a form of address for women, a short version of "Goodwife." A woman of higher social status would be addressed as "Mistress" and one of lower social status as "Goody." It was more often used for older women in late 17th century Massachusetts.

Snip from a review of the book, "The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England" by Emerson W. Baker:

"Baker, who teaches history at Salem State College, examines a witchcraft accusation made a decade before the more famous Salem outbreak. In June 1682, someone showered stones at a Great Island, N.H., tavern owned by a Quaker named George Walton. When the stone-throwing continued through the summer, Walton accused his neighbor, widow Hannah Jones, of witchcraft. The neighbor, in turn, charged that Walton was a wizard. Baker helpfully connects the Great Island event to other stone-throwing episodes in early New England, and he uncovers some of the social factors—including town politics, a property dispute, and struggles between Walton and his servants—that lurked underneath the Great Island drama."
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