Susannah Martin. Who was hung during the witch trials. I admire her because she stuck to her guns and was not afraid to voice her opinion.
Here's an article about her that I wrote.
Susannah Martin of Amesbury, Mass was born in Ramsey H. England. She was baptized in Olney, Buckinghamshire England September 30, 1621. Her parents were Richard and Joan (Bartram) North. Susannah was a young girl when her mother died, and afterward her father took another wife and moved to America. Susannah met and married George Martin; a blacksmith by profession. They married august 11, 1646 at Salisbury, MA.
During Susannahâ€™s lifetime she was accused of being a witch on three different occasions. The first arrest was in 1661, however the magistrates did not pursue the charge in court. The second was for the same charge in 1669. Again she was let go because the evidence was not substantial. When the Salem, Mass hysteria broke out in 1692, it was inevitable that she was again accused. By this time her neighbors were so upset with her because she had such a violent and uncontrollable temper.
On may 2, she was taken to Ingersills Tavern in Salem Village for examination. She was later tried on June 29th session of court. During the trial it is said that she laughed out loud at the afflicted persons as they writhed about the floor in great pain. Their pain they said was because of Susannahâ€™s bewitching arts. She later stated in her testimony that she did not think the afflicted were bewitched, and stated â€œIf they be dealing in black arts, ye know as well as I.â€
Many of her neighbors came to court to testify to her bewitching arts. Among them were James Allen of Salisbury. He stated that he refused to help Susannah cart wooden staves because his oxen were too tired. She angrily shouted â€œIt has been as good if you had for your oxen should never do you much more service.â€ James Allen then on his way home had to unyoke one of his oxen because the animal was so exhausted. The following day he drove the oxen to Salisbury Beach so they could rest. When he returned two days later, his oxen had disappeared; later finding out that they had drowned.
Multiple neighbors came to court and testified against Susannah. All the while Susannah stuck to her faith. Knowing that if she admitted she was a witch, she would safe her life.· At the trials end, Susannah Martin, at the age of 71, was found guilty and sentenced to hange on July 19, 1692 along with Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wilds.
During the entire witchcraft hysteria in Salem, 400 plus people went through the horror of being accused of witchcraft. Only 19 were hanged and one man pressed to death. On May 1693, all the people accused of witchcraft that were still jailed were released after jail and court costs were paid. This finally put an end to the hysteria of 1692.
· The sentence would have been life in prison if she had confessed.