Saturday, October 04, 2008

Cindy Brady Descended From Rampant Hag

Kathleen Kent has written a novelThe Heretic's Daughter—about her ancestor Martha Carrier, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Another descendant, Cindy Brady actress Susan Olsen, blogged about it in August.

One aspect of the story was particularly intriguing for me but I was never able to confirm it. At a family reunion four years ago, my Aunt Connie told me that Martha's children had testified against her because they had been told that they were going to be in a play. Cotton Mathers who accused Martha of being a "Rampant Hag" who the devil himself had promised to make the "Queen of Heb", rehearsed her younger children, particularlry little Sarah. The thought of being accused of such lies and facing the gallows and watching your children testify in court that you did indeed dance in the moonlight and change into a cat from time to time was a scene that haunted me. I thought it would be great in a film.

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