An Introduction to the Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project
and 1697, at least 45 people were accused of witchcraft in the Connecticut and New Haven colonies. 34 people were indicted on formal charges of witchcraft, including 24 women, 6 of their husbands, 3 men charged alone, and 1 unidentified individual. 11 victims are known to have been hanged, 9 women and 2 men. Both…
The Alice (Alse) Young Story: Significant Connections to the Rest of Early New England History Uncovered and Brought to Life in One of Windsor: the Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging Beth M Caruso
Our views of the New England witch trials are skewed by the intensity and magnitude of the Salem Witch trials of 1692. (Not to mention that the Salem trials are the only ones that get any recognition in history textbooks.) But Salem was really the last big eruption, a grand gruesome finale of many witchcraft…
Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project Statement on Proposed Resolution to Exonerate Those Accused of Witchcraft
The Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project is pleased that Rep. Jane Garibay has introduced HJ No. 21, Resolution Recognizing the Unfair Treatment of Individuals Accused of Witchcraft During the Seventeenth Century.
Before Salem: The Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project
What is not widely known is that Salem was not the first in the colonies to hang people accused of being witches.
The Accused, by Location
Easthampton 1658 Elizabeth GarlickFairfield 1651 Goodwife BassettFairfield 1692 Mercy DisboroughFairfield 1692 Mary HarveyFairfield 1692 Hannah HarveyFairfield 1692 Goodwife MillerFairfield 1692 Mary StaplesFairfield 1653(?) Goodwife KnappFarmington 1663 Mary BarnesHartford 1662-3 Rebecca GreensmithHartford 1662-3 Nathaniel GreensmithHartford 1662-3 James WakeleyHartford 1662 Goodwife AyersHartford 1662 Mary SanfordHartford 1662 Andrew SanfordHartford 1662 Judith VarletHartford 1665 Elizabeth SeagerHartford 1665 James WakeleyHartford…
Families Seeking Exoneration of Relatives Convicted of Witchcraft During 1600s
Supporters say the reasoning behind witchcraft convictions were unjust and are hoping to have names cleared. A Windsor representative who was contacted by a constituent is taking up the task. “[Former CT Sen.] Doyle said today’s climate is different and a may provide the movement more fertile ground – something that gives supporters inspiration. ‘I’ve…
They were hanged as witches in Connecticut. Why 375 years later their descendants want these ancestors cleared. – Hartford Courant
At the Connecticut Witch Trial Exoneration Project, we are seeking a full acknowledgment of the innocence of all accused of witchcraft. This includes a state apology to each victim, a full pardon for those convicted, and a state memorial to all accused. You can support our effort by signing our petition, or if you’d like…
The following 45 people are known to have been accused of witchcraft in the Connecticut and New Haven colonies.