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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

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