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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewsloth View Post
    Almost-Welsh story:

    My 9th great grandfather, George Davis (born in Cheshire in ~1616) made his way to Massachusetts, married Sarah Clark. After Davis's death and her remarriage to Nicholas Rist, as part of the Salem witch trials she was charged with witchcraft at age 72 thanks to testimony supplied by Rist!


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    George died in 1667 when Sarah was 57 years old. 4 or 5 years later she married Nicholas Rist. They appear to have had one son, [...]
    Rather than just marvel at Sarah's age at the time of birth, this should be investigated as a probable case of adoption.
    Maybe an unmarried daughter's (or granddaughter's) child.
    Or that of someone who died.
    Otherwise, I don't think there has been a historical case of such a late birth since Sarah in the Bible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saetro View Post
    Rather than just marvel at Sarah's age at the time of birth, this should be investigated as a probable case of adoption.
    Maybe an unmarried daughter's (or granddaughter's) child.
    Or that of someone who died.
    Otherwise, I don't think there has been a historical case of such a late birth since Sarah in the Bible.
    Maybe she really did have magic powers

    Here's another account of the whole thing

    Sarah married George Davis, a weaver and ship owner, with whom she had 8 children. When their youngest was 5, George died. Soon after, Sarah married Nicholas Rist of Reading and had one child:

    Joseph Rist, born about 1671 in Reading, MA; died April 19, 1740 in Uxbridge, Worcester Co., MA; married to Phebe Richardson May 20, 1703 in Reading.

    When Sarah’s oldest son, Benjamin Davis, died in 1679, he willed his estate to Sarah, with the exception of two acres, which went to Benjamin’s sister.

    On May 28, 1692, a warrant for Sarah’s arrest on charges of witchcraft was issued at Salem, MA, evidently at the request of her husband, Nicholas Rist. In those days, the husband of a woman with property could snatch that property away by having her declared either insane or a witch. If she and Nicholas were not getting along, he may have tried this trick to get her land. Although Sarah was never tried for the crime, she was sent to prison in Boston along with Capt. John Alden, Jr. Four months later, in October, 1692, Nicholas must have had a change of heart, since he petitioned for her release. She was released and lived with her husband for another 5 years until her death.

    Sarah’s will, written September 20, 1697 and probated May 15, 1698, refers to “the worldly estate that my former husband George Davis and my son Benjamin Davis gave to me by their last wills for to dispose of, give and devise the same as follows: to grandson Joshua Davis, all ye Homestead…that is ye same that I now dwell in… with all the lotts, divisions and dividends…thereto belonging, Joshua to pay to my daughters the legacies hereafter mentioned: to daughter Sarah Cole, to daughter Hannah Boutell, to son-in-law Timothy Wylye, to daughter Mary Damon, to Susannah Richardson.”

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    Sarah Clarke, b. 1662 at Kent, England and d. 14 July 1698 at Reading, Massachusetts, American Colonies. Sarah Clarke, m. 1643 to George Davice at Lynn, Massachusetts, American Colonies. After the death of George Davice in 1667, she re-married to Nicholas Rist. Sarah (Clarke) Davice, m. 1669 to Nicholas Rist at Reading, Massachusetts, American Colonies.

    She was assested for WitchCraft on 24 May 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, American Colonies and was imprisoned in Boston, Massachusetts, American Colonies. on 31 May 1692. She was released from prison on the Petition of Nicholas Rist on 19 October 1692.
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    Re: Salem, although I don't know any Welsh links, I have some ancestors (Richard Gardner and his wife Sarah Shattuck) who lived in Salem (as well as prior Gardners, as they were early settlers). They got essentially kicked out in the 1660s (excommunicated from the local church for attending Quaker meetings, which meant relocation was the best idea) and ended up in Nantucket (to intermarry with, among others, the Starbucks and Coffins whose names were among those real names used in Moby Dick).

    Sarah's brother Samuel was a Quaker who had been officially kicked out of Salem, on pain of death if he were to return, but he went with some other Massachusetts Bay Quakers to plead their case to Charles II, and returned victorious with a letter from the king saying that Quakers accused of crimes should be sent to England for trial (apparently phrased in a way I love, that "Quakers obnoxious to punishment by the laws" should be sent). The governor grudgingly said he would obey the royal order (reportedly Boston had greeted the news of the return with the cry "Shattuck and the devil have come"), but soon the order was ignored and Quakers were again subjected to local punishment.

    Shattuck's son, also Samuel, ended up being one of the accusers of Bridget Bishop, the first person to be executed as a witch in 1692.

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