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Ann Alcock Foster
Birth: 1617, England
Death: Dec. 3, 1692
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Convicted in Salem Witch Trials. A careful reading of the trial transcripts reveals that Ann resisted confessing to the 'crimes' she was accused of having committed, despite being "put to the question" (i.e., tortured) multiple times over a period of days. However, her resolve broke when her daughter Mary Lacey, similarly accused of witchcraft, accused her own mother of the crime in order to save herself. The transcripts reveal the anguish of a mother attempting to shield her (undeserving) child by taking the burden of guilt upon herself. Convicted, Ann later died in the jail in the winter of 1693. Ann was more fortunate in her son, Abraham, who later petitioned the authorities to clear her name ("remove the attainder") and reimburse the family for the expenses associated with her incarceration and burial, doubtless at some risk to himself. (bio by: Michael Smith) 
Family links: 
  Andrew Foster (1579 - 1685)*
  Sarah Foster Kemp (1642 - 1697)*
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Burying Point Cemetery
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Michael Smith
Record added: Jan 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17330119
Ann <i>Alcock</i> Foster
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May you rest in peace after the agony you had to endure. You are remembered with great love and respect, my 9th Great Grandmother.
- Pauline Fitts
 Added: Jul. 20, 2015
To my 9x Greatgrandmother through Sarah Foster Kemp.
- Carole Robinson
 Added: Jul. 8, 2015
my 8th g-grandmother
 Added: Jun. 23, 2015
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