John and Joan Carrington
Outcome: Guilty, executed, most likely hanged
The first husband-and-wife couple accused, there isn’t much information about the circumstances involving the Carringtons other than they probably met their end at the end of a hangman’s rope. According to Taylor’s research, they were indicted on February 20, 1651, by a court that included the first governor of Connecticut, John Haynes, who would also be involved in later witch hunts. The Carringtons were found guilty on March 6, 1651, and executed thereafter. Betty J. Davis, a possible descendent of the Carringtons, and Nancy Stephenson Guenther, have done some additional research, and suggest that John may have to America in 1635 with a wife named Mary, who may have died, thus making Joan the second wife of John. Some sources indicate John had a son named John, while other sources say there are no records of any children.