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 Sarah <I>Solart</I> Good

Sarah Solart Good

Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Jul 1692 (aged 39)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 6567 · View Source
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Salem Witch Trial Defendant. Born Sarah Solart, daughter of Elizabeth and John Solart, a successful innkeeper in Wenham, Massachusetts Bay Colony. She married Daniel Poole, a former indentured servant, who died in debt in 1686. A second marriage to William Good, a weaver, was burdened with her first husband's debts. They were forced to sell their property to settle the debts, leaving them homeless and destitute. They were forced to beg for food and work among her neighbors, she sometimes spoke against those who did not help, making her a figure of dislike. On February 29, 1692, she was named a witch, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She appeared at a hearing on March 1, and was examined by John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, she maintained her innocence and she was the first to testify in the Salem Witchcraft trials. After numerous accusations, Sarah Good and another defendant, Tituba were ordered sent to the Boston jail on March 24. Her daughter, Dorcas, who was about 5, was then arrested as well. Good was examined again in court on March 29, and maintained her innocence. In jail, she gave birth to another daughter, Mercy, but the baby did not survive. On June 29, she and four other defendants were pronounced guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to hang. Under the noose, she was urged to confess by the local Reverend, she was reported as responding: "I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink." On July 19, 1692 the five women were hanged at Gallows Hill. The victims were then disposed of in an unmarked, common grave, now lost. In 1957, the state of Massachusetts formally apologized for the witch trials.

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