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 Elizabeth <I>Jackson</I> How

Elizabeth Jackson How

Rowley, East Riding of Yorkshire Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death 19 Jul 1692 (aged 55)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 8293 · View Source
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Salem Witch Trial Defendant. Born in Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Joane and William Jackson. The family emigrated when she was still a child, arriving in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the the late 1630s. In 1658, she married James How or Howe, they would have six children together. They lived on a farm in Topsfield, where they had difficult neighbors, who in 1682, accused Elizabeth of bewitching their 10-year-old daughter, she was never arrested or brought up on charges. More difficulties arose as her husband gradually went blind, losing his sight by the age of 50. In May 1692, she was accused of witchcraft by girls in Salem Village. An arrest warrant was issued and she was examined on May 31. She was indicted on two charges of witchcraft and imprisoned. Her trial began on June 29, and the old charge was again aired in addition to the histrionics of the accusing girls. The Reverend Samuel Phillips, however swore that the 'bewitched' child recanted her accusation against Howe. Nevertheless, she was found guilty and condemned. Three weeks later, she was hanged at Gallows Hill, her body was then disposed of in an unmarked, common grave, now lost. In 1711, the colony passed a bill officially clearing the names of some of the Witch Trials victims and listed Elizabeth Howe among them. In 1957, the state of Massachusetts formally apologized for the witch trials. Her name is most often recoded as Howe.

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