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 Ann “Goody” Glover

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Ann “Goody” Glover

Birth
Ireland
Death 16 Nov 1688
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot UNMARKED GRAVE
Memorial ID 158276553 View Source

Goodwife Ann "Goody" Glover was the last person to be hanged in Boston as a witch. She was born in Ireland and during Cromwell's invasion of Ireland, Ann and her husband were transported as political prisoners to Barbados. Her husband was apparently killed in Barbados for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith. Ann and her daughter were living in Boston by 1680, where they worked as housekeepers for John Goodwin. In the summer of 1688 some of the Goodwin children became ill after an argument with Glover's daughter over the theft of some laundry. Their doctor concluded that "nothing but a hellish Witchcraft could be the origin of these maladies." Glover was arrested and tried for witchcraft. Reverend Cotton Mather wrote that Glover was "a scandalous old Irishwoman, very poor, a Roman Catholic and obstinate in idolatry." At trial she was ordered to say the Lord's Prayer, and recited it in Irish and broken Latin, but she had never learned it in English. Since she could not say it in English, to the Puritans this was proof she was a witch. After her conviction, Mather visited her in prison and wrote that she never denied the fact that she was practicing witchcraft, however, he also stated she only spoke in Gaelic and that he could not understand the language without an interpreter (whose ability to accurately translate was questionable). On November 16, 1688, Glover was hanged at the public gallows on the Boston Common. Before her execution, she predicted that her death would not relieve the children saying that it was not she that afflicted them.

Three hundred years later in 1988, the Boston City Council proclaimed November 16 as Goody Glover Day. She is the only victim of the witchcraft hysteria in the Massachusetts Bay Colony to receive such a tribute.

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  • Maintained by: Jon Colcord
  • Originally Created by: G-Man
  • Added: 17 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 158276553
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158276553/ann-glover : accessed ), memorial page for Ann “Goody” Glover (unknown–16 Nov 1688), Find a Grave Memorial ID 158276553, citing Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Jon Colcord (contributor 49371076) .