Grace <I>White</I> Sherwood

Grace White Sherwood

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 12 Oct 1740 (aged 79)
Pungo, Virginia Beach City, Virginia, USA
Burial Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 58856020 · View Source
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Grace Sherwood was married and lived with her three sons in Muddy Creek in the late 1600's.
In February of 1706 Luke Hill and his wife formally accused Grace of witchcraft after seeing her work the fields in her deceased Husbands britches. Her three sons were removed, from her care, and given to relatives to raise.
The County Court refused to pass judgement and the case was sent to Virginia's Attorney General who also refused to see a clearly defined case. When Graces house was inspected, it was found that she didn't own a glass witches ball. These balls were believed to ward off evil spirits, and witches.
This eventually led Princess Anne County authorities to order a trial by ducking, with Grace's consent; which consisted of having her hands and feet tied with rope, and being tossed in the water.
If Grace would float in consecrated water, and she did after being thrown in the Lynnhaven River, off what is now called Witchduck Point, then she was deemed guilty of witchcraft.
For this she spent seven years in jail.
After her release, she paid the back taxes on her property, and worked the land untill her death, at the age of 80. She was the only woman convicted of witchcraft in VA.

In July 2006, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine pardoned Grace Sherwood.
A statue was erected in her memory.

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Gravesite Details 12/16/2018 William Huber member # 49810738 gives 1228 North Muddy Creek Road as her place of burial, but I cannot find proof of this. A satelite image of this address shows a brick home.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Grace White Sherwood (15 Oct 1660–12 Oct 1740), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58856020, citing Ferry Plantation Cemetery, Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Many Treasured Memories (contributor 48444100) Cremated.