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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