Connecticut Witchcraft Trials
The first woman executed for witchcraft in New England was from Windsor.
Everyone knows about the infamous Salem witch trials, but few people realize that Connecticut has an older and arguably more colorful history when it comes to accusations of—and executions for—witchcraft. We begin our multi-part series exploring the hysteria.
We return to our exploration of the Connecticut witchcraft trials with the well-documented case of a Long Island woman tried in Connecticut.
Elizabeth Godman was charged with witchcraft twice, but managed to avoid the hangman's noose.
Goody Bassett appears to have been the first woman executed for witchcraft in the New Haven Colony.
The witchcraft trial of Goody Knapp was the first well-detailed case in Connecticut history.
The first husband-and-wife victims of the Colonial witchcraft hysteria.
One of the more harrowing examples of the witchcraft hysteria, as Lydia Gilbert was found guilty of witchcraft for an accidental murder to which someone else admitted their guilt.
Mary Johnson of Wethersfield confessed (most likely under extreme duress) to witchcraft and was executed in 1648.
Nicholas and Goodwife Bayley were the second couple to be accused of witchcraft in Connecticut, although they met a better fate than the first couple.
Nicholas and Margaret Jennings have been described as a "rascally pair," but did that mean they were witches?
Accusations of witchcraft against William Meaker seemed to be more based on a vengeful neighbor's imagination rather than any sort of actual events.