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Located at the intersection of Pond and Norman Streets.
This pond was named for Wilmott Redd, a Marblehead woman accused of
witchcraft and examined in Salem Village on 31 June 1692. At her examination,
the afflicted girls cried that her specter tormented them and urged
them to sign the devil's book. When Susannah Sheldon, one of the afflicted
girls, was ordered to approach Redd, she "was knock down before
she came to her, & being so carryed to said Redd in a fit, was made
well after said Redd had graspt her arm." Wilmott Redd was tried
at the September 17 sitting of the Court of Oyer and Terminer and executed
on September 22. Her house once stood in the vicinity of the pond "upon
the hill by the meet'house."
Plate 30; 17 Franklin Street, between Washington and Selman Streets).
Ambrose Gale lived here in 1692. Together with Charity Pitman and
Sarah Doddy, he testified that Wilmott Redd had cursed a Mrs. Syms with
an enduring case of constipation. The house was originally built around
1663 and is privately owned.
Off Orne Street, immediately adjacent to Redd's Pond.
Ambrose Gale's wife Mary is buried here. Her epitaph reads: "Here
Lyeth ye Body of Mary Galle ye Wife of Ambros Galle Aged 63 Years Decd
February ye 5 1694/5." Of particular interest in this cemetery,
though totally unrelated to the witchcraft, is the superb gravestone
of Susanna Jayne, carved by the eighteenth-century master stonecutter
Henry Christian Geyer.
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Among the more common questions we're asked is, "What is spectral evidence and what role did it play in the Salem Witch Trials?"