Sarah Good - Salem Witchcraft Trials

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Sarah Good - Salem Witchcraft Trials

Sarah's bad reputation in the village made her a perfect target. On February 29th, 1692, there was a warrant for arrest of Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourne, and Tituba. They were accused of afflicting Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. Good was the first to testify in the Salem Witchcraft Trials. It's said that Good was specifically chosen to testify first because the town already wanted to get rid of her. Her 6 year old daughter, Dorcas Good, was scared into testifying against her. Her husband even said, when questioned, that he did have reason to believe that she may be close to becoming a witch. He probably said this to protect himself from being accused. Judge John Hathorne threw accusations at Sarah Good, all of which she denied. Good was condemned and convicted to hang, but her death was to be put off until the birth of her child. Sarah's infant died in prison with her before she was hanged. Good was hanged on Tuesday, July 19, 1692. When Sarah was standing on the Gallows she was asked once more by Reverand Nicholas Noyes (assisstant minister in the Salem Church) if she wanted to confess to save her soul. It is said that Good screamed in reply, "You're a liar! I'm no more a witch than you are a wizard! If you take my life away, God will give you blood to drink!" Shortly after this statement, Good was hanged.

Sarah Good was born in 1653 to an innkeeper named John Solart. They had more than enough money until her dad got tied up in legal action and they were left with almost nothing. She was first married to a poor indentured servant, Daniel Poole, who died in 1686, leaving his debts behind. This basically doomed her second marriage to William Good. They had two young children and were homeless, and they were renting rooms out of people's houses just to get by. William worked as a laboror around the Salem Village in exchange for food and lodging, but it was almost impossible to find a place to stay once Sarah started making a bad name for herself. By 1692 they were seen as beggars.

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Sarah Good

The Salem Witchcraft Trials

Sarah Good

Dorcas Good was the daughter of Sarah and William Good. She was 6 years old when she was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned for over 7 months. Dorcas was eventually released on bond, but she was psychologically damaged for the rest of her life.

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