The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) eBook

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Goody Birdsall “declared y’t she was in the house of Goody Simons when Goody Bishop came into the house with ye dockweed and between Goody Davis and Goody Simons they burned the herbs.  Farther, she said y’t formerly dressing flax at Goody Davis’s house, Goody Davis saith y’t she had dressed her children in clean linen at the island, and Goody Garlick came in and said, ‘How pretty the child doth look,’ and so soon as she had spoken Goody Garlick said, ‘the child is not well, for it groaneth,’ and Goody Davis said her heart did rise, and Goody Davis said, when she took the child from Goody Garlick, she said she saw death in the face of it, & her child sickened presently upon it, and lay five daies and 5 nights and never opened the eyes nor dried till it died.  Also she saith as she dothe remember Goody Davis told her upon some difference between Mr. Gardiner or some of his family, Goodman Garlick gave out some threateningse speeches, & suddenly after Mr. Gardiner had an ox legge broke upon Ram Island.  Moreover Goody Davis said that Goody Garlick was a naughtie woman.”

Goody Edwards testified:  “Y’t as Goody Garlick owned, she sent to her daughter for a little best milk and she had some and presently after, her daughters milk went away as she thought and as she remembers the child sickened about y’t time.”  Goody Hand deposed that “she had heard Goody Davis say that she hoped Goody Garlick would not come to Eastharapton, because, she said, Goody Garlick was naughty, and there had many sad things befallen y’m at the Island, as about ye child, and ye ox, as Goody Birdsall have declared, as also the negro child she said was taken away, as I understood by her words, in a strange manner, and also of a ram y’t was dead, and this fell out quickly one after another, and also of a sow y’t was fat and lustie and died.  She said they did burn some of the sow’s tale and presently Goody Garlick did come in.”

The settlers held a town meeting, and wisely questioning whether they had legal authority to hold a trial in a capital case, they appointed a committee to go “unto Keniticut to carry up Goodwife Garlick yt she may be delivered up unto the authoritie there for the trial of the cause of witchcraft which she is suspected for.”  The General Court of Connecticut took jurisdiction of the case, a trial of Goody Garlick was held, resulting in her acquittal, and she was sent back to Easthampton, to what end is not told in the records of the day.


“This case is one of the most painful in the entire Connecticut list, for she impresses one as the best woman; how the just and high minded old lady had excited hate or suspicion, we cannot know.” Connecticut as a Colony (1:  212), MORGAN.

“Mr. Dauenport gaue in as followeth—­That Mr. Ludlow sitting with him and his wife alone, and discoursing of the passages concerning Knapps wife, the Witch and her execution, said that she came downe from the ladder (as he understood it), and desired to speak with him alone, and told him who was the witch spoken of.” New Haven Colonial Record (2:  78).

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