One of the cool things about family genealogy is finding notorious people in your past. I am lucky enough to be part of a tree rooting back to 1621 Plymouth – also lucky that a Ford relative did the heavy lifting research and documented the lines. But I have fun fleshing out the branches – like this gem from 17th C Salem:
Susanna is my 10th great-grandmother and was the oldest women to be executed as a witch in Salem. The Reverend Cotton Mather believed her to be “one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked Creatures in the World” . She was a outspoken widow and involved in an inheritance dispute with her family- many of the witchcraft accusations of that time involved property disputes and independently minded women (surprise, surprise). She maintained her innocence up until her hanging on July 19, 1692. Proud to have her in the family!!