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Re: Ann Foster

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September 17, 1692: Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Earnes, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster and Abigail Hobbs are tried and sentenced to hang.
Mary Lacy of Andover was accused of witchcraft and admitted to it. She said "me and Martha Carrier did both ride on a stick or pole when we went to witch meetings at Salem Village." Ironically, those who confessed to being witches were not executed, but many of those who denied witchcraft were hung. Mary Lacy was allowed to go free after her "confession" but she had damned Martha Carrier in the process. Martha was hung a few weeks later. Mary Lacy's mother, Ann Foster, died in a Salem Dungeon due to ill treatment from Sheriff George Corwin.
Foster, Ann Died in jail, her son had to pay Two pounds, 16 Shillings before he could get the body for burial. Refused to implicate her daughter, Mary Lacy.
Ann Foster was one of the accused "witches" of 1692. She was elderly, and had been a witness to the growing hysteria among the people of Andover, and all of Essex County, that had seen Bridget Bishop already executed, and five others condemened to be hanged within the week, by the time she confessed on July 15. The following passages are included as an aid to researchers, and serve to illustrate the shameful choice that was forced on the accused - to either confess and live, or profess innocence, in truth, and die.

"The Andover confessions were among the most colorful of any made anywhere. Ann Foster, who later died in prison, told John Hale that she had ridden from Andover to a Salem Village witch meeting on a stick but that the stick had broken and given her a fall. She was still sore, she claimed. When she later repeated this confession, she added in response to Hales's query as to what she did for food, that she carried bread and cheese in her pocket. She described all the witches at the meeting enjoying a picnic under a tree before getting down to their devilish business." Hill, A Delusion of Satan, p. 150.

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