Friday, October 12, 2012

A witch in the family

I have been searching through different lines in my family and while trying to navigate some documents on Jacob Preston, his father Jacob Preston and his father, again, Jacob Preston,  I strayed off target to the elder Jacob's wife, Sarah Foster (1708-1751).
There are lots of documents about her and her father, Abraham Foster 1677-1753, thanks to the fact that they lived in MA. Following his family, I find that his grandmother, Ann Alcock Foster (1617-1693), was found to be a self professed witch and died in the Salem jail at age 75 before she could be hung. What a story! I am so happy things in the northeast were documented as well as they were. I cannot say the same for Ohio and West Virginia.