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Judith Varlet of Connecticut

 Judith Varlet (or Varleth) was the daughter of a successful Dutch textiles-merchant, whose family decided to settle in America. Of course, this woman's life was full of hardships the moment they set foot on this new land. Her sister Sarah was abducted by natives of the land, which caused a lot of trauma in her family. However, things got real bad for Judith and her kin when she was accused of witchcraft. In the year 1662 she was living with her parents when she was accused of "disturbing a young girl" -- whatever that means. Judith was convicted of witchcraft, but she was rescued in the 11th hour by way of a governor pardon. The then-governor of Connecticut then arranged for Judith to marry. Once she was wed, she and her husband moved to New York, where they raised at least one child.  Genealogy of Judith Varlet Judith Varlet married Nicholas Bayard. The two produced a son named Samuel Bayard. Samuel Bayard fathered at least 11 children. Many of his children either did
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Sarah Davis Cole of Salem

  Sarah Davis Cole was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts during the fall of 1692 -- but she was not among those executed during the more notorious Salem trials. Her story isn't widely told, and information is sparse, but this woman did exist -- and she produced many descendants.  During the Salem witch craze, Cole was accused alongside another woman named Hannah Carroll. She and Hannah  stood accused of torturing a local man with the use of witchcraft, and so they were indicted and jailed. Sarah stayed in jail from September of 1692 until sometimes in January of 1693, when her husband was able to gather up the funds needed to bail her out. From there, she was eventually acquitted on all witchcraft-related charges. For the most part, any other information about Sarah Davis Cole is lost to history, but what is known is that she did have several children -- which means that she should have some living descendants out there, somewhere, today. The genealogy of Sarah Davis Co

Brandi Blackbear: Teen Witch of Broken Arrow

The name Brandi Blackbear doesn't get enough mention when it comes to the history of witchcraft, civil rights and completely unjust witch trials. That's especially since this young woman's story isn't one placed in a time of antiquity. Brandi isn't a witch ancestor from the distant past with the likes of Bridget Bishop, Rebecca Nurse or any of the others from the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Her story is set in the year 2000 in the town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. With that being only 21 years ago, it's likely that you won't be searching your ancestral connection to this person for quite a while, but her profile deserves attention, and so it belongs here on the Witchcraft Family Tree site. Brandi Blackbear is young, and her story is recent, but she is indeed a noteworthy figure in witchcraft history. In October in the year 2000, Brandi Blackbear was suspended from Union Intermediate School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The High Schooler was merely 15-yea

Grace Sherwood of Colonial Virginia

Grace Sherwood is a name that many Americans haven't heard -- outside the state of Virginia, at least. That's because, when most people think about witchcraft in early American history, they more-often-than-not think of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in 1692. However, there were quite a few other isolated witch trials throughout the United States following the iconic Salem Trials -- some of which ended in the deaths of the accused. Grace Sherwood escaped death, but she was convicted and imprisoned in the year 1706. She spent eight years in jail for practicing witchcraft, before she was ultimately released. She died at the age of 80, on her property in Princess Anne County, Virginia.  Prior to her 1706 conviction, Grace Sherwood was accused of witchcraft multiple times. First, she was accused of causing a bull's death by use of supernatural enchantment. This 1697 case ended in a dismissal, but she was again accused the following year by her neighbors, who accused h

Marigje Arriens: The Mysterious Genealogy of a Dutch Witch

Marigje Arriens is noted as among the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Holland (although this is a highly contested "fact"). She was, at one point in her life, a respected practitioner of medicine during the 1500s, before she was executed in 1591. Little is actually recorded of this woman, considering she continues such an historic place in the history of witch trials. Even though she was a noted medical practitioner, she fell from grace when she was allegedly accused of bewitching a child. It's also been written that a so-called "unsatisfied customer" accused her of witchcraft. At any rate, she was executed by strangulation, and then her body was burned -- as was the custom way of "disposing of witches" in Holland at the time.  The genealogy of Marigje Arriens is incredibly vague and difficult to trace -- and nothing is written about a husband or children. However, This woman lived into her 70s -- which makes it highly likely that she marri

Tituba of the Salem Witch Trials

Known only as Tituba, she was among the first of many women to be accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch craze that left a shameful mark on colonial New England history. She was accused of bringing her magic from Barbados -- where she was purchased as a slave by the Reverend Samuel Parris -- and teaching it to the girls of Salem. According to the story that's been told and retold for hundreds of years, Tituba confessed to witchcraft under interrogation. Unlike many of those who were accused during this time, Tituba wasn't executed --and it's believed that she actually survived her time in jail until the very end of the Salem Witch Trials. While this much may be known of Tituba, far more remains unknown. She seemingly disappeared from history upon leaving her mark and becoming a notorious name in the history of witchcraft. However, she did leave behind descendants, and that makes it entirely possible (theoretically) to be related to or descended from this mysterious v

Elizabeth Frances of the Chelmsford Witch Trials

Elizabeth Frances couldn't seem to stay out of trouble during late 1500s England, having been convicted of witchcraft at least twice before finally meeting her fate at the end of a rope in 1579. The details of the trials are well-documented, due to being a series of important trials in the history of witch hunts and executions. Multiple women died during what's been called the Chelmsford Witch Trials, and Elizabeth Frances was one of them. She wasn't the first to die, and she wasn't the last -- but what made her stand out from the numerous accused, convicted and executed women was that she was a noted repeat-offender. If Elizabeth Frances was truly a witch, and not one of the countless falsely-accused, then she truly didn't mind skirting the law during an era in which practicing the craft could mean the end of your life. In the first Chelmsford trial of 1566, Elizabeth confessed to using a pet cat that she named "Satan" as a familiar in the practice of wit