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PARSONS, Mary (Bliss) [1620-1712] -- American accused witch

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A Springfield, Massachusetts woman and wife of a prominent citizen, Mary went to court twice -- first as the plaintiff in a 1656 slander suit against a woman who had rumoured her witchcraft, and again in 1674 as a defendant when she was accused of witchcraft. She was vindicated both times.

The dispute arose from a feud between neighbors. The Bridgemans were jealous of their neighbor's good fortune -- and her haughty mien!  -30-
 

Chronology

1654
Cornet Parsons moves his family to Northampton, MA
1656
He wins libel suit against neighbor Bridgeman's wife
1656-1674
Grudges fester
1674
Mary is accused of witchcraft
1675/05/13
The trial; verdict: acquittal
1675/09
Parson's son Ebenezer killed by Indians at Northfield
1676-1679
Lingering suspicions
1679-1680
Cornet Parsons moves his family back to Springfield

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