10 May 2018

BIFHSGO May Meeting

The main presentation on Saturday, May 12, an auspicious day, is Were You in Salem in 1692? 

In 1692, 24 people died in the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. On September 22, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardell were among eight people hanged after being found guilty of witchcraft. Ann Putnam and her family played a leading role as accusers in these tragic events. Three of their descendants — Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, and Marianne Rasmus — will share their stories and examine the life and times of their Puritan ancestors in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Susan Davis has discovered that her 7x great aunt Ann Putnam Jr was one of the afflicted girls. Ann accused and testified against 62 people, 17 of whom were executed. 

Darrel Kennedy's 9th great-uncle Samuel Wardwell/Wardell was a victim of the Salem witch trials. In the next century, members of his family would move to Ontario as Loyalists.

Marianne Rasmus has discovered that her husband’s nine times great grandmother, Margaret Scott, an elderly widow, was hanged as a witch.

The presentation is preceded by a 30 minute Question & Answer Session starting at 9 am.

It all happens at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

All welcome to this free session.

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