Friday, May 27, 2011

On May 27

On this day in ...
... 1647, a 47-year-old woman, Alse Young, was executed for witchcraft in Connecticut. Occurring nearly a half-century "before the more famous Salem witch trials," the hanging of Young (whose 1st name sometimes is spelled Alyse, Alice, or Achsah) took place in Hartford's Meeting House Square, now the site of the Old State House. (credit to Connecticut State Library website for drawing from Joseph Glanvill's Saducismus Triumphatus or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions… (3d ed. 1689))

(Prior May 27 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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