Friday, May 11, 2007

The Sinister Midwife of Jamestown

By applying a fresh pair of eyes to old, well-worn sources, Martha McCartney dug up some juicy details for her Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary.

"I literally went through them all page by page, looking for every reference I could find," McCartney says. "So I picked up a lot of things that were considered too miniscule to worry about before."

Among her finds is this provocative tidbit about the first Virginian to be publicly accused of witchcraft: Joane Wright - who came to Virginia in 1609 - may have aroused suspicion because she was a left-handed midwife. [Link]

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