August 16, 2012

Hanged as a witch in Salem on August 19th, 1692 Martha Allen Carrier was initially accused along with her children and sister, Mary Toothaker.  I recently listened to the audiobook version of The Wolves of Andover (retitled The Traitor’s Wife) and am now finishing The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.   These fictional accounts are soundly researched immersing readers into the seventeenth century frontier life of these colonists, eerily capturing the seemingly mundane events that lead to their deadly outcome. Not every victim of the Salem witch trials has much information about their lives before the tragic events, but in the case of Martha Carrier – her family being a prominent one in the founding of Andover – there are many resources for researching her fascinating case.  If you’re reading either of these accounts of her life, you may find the following augmentations thought-provoking. From the Salem Witch Museum Blog:  https://salemwitchmuseum.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/martha-carrier/ Kathleen Kent:  http://kathleenkent.com/ For descendants:  http://marthacarrier.org/ Billerica Library:  http://www.billericalibrary.org/localhistory/genealogy/WitchcraftinBillerica.htm Andover Historical Society:  http://www.andoverhistorical.org/witchcraft.htm Biographical sketch at University of Virginia’s Documentary Archive and Transcription Project: http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/salem/people/carrier.html

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