Anyone interested in the last person to be hanged in Boston as a witch?

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I came across this person while I was working on the Irish in the American Revolutionary War. Right now I don't have time to work up this profile. The background information is at

Do you have any stories about witches in your family tree?
in The Tree House by Richard Devlin G2G6 Pilot (517k points)
I'm interested in the judge who never recanted, John Hathorne. Nathaniel Hawhorne, the writer and a descendant, changed the spelling of his surname to differentiate himself from that judge.
How sad. Thank you for sharing - I live just outside Boston and had no idea of her story!

Arthur Miller's play the Crucible covers the story about the witch trial. 

Historical accuracy

"...In 1953, the year the play debuted, Miller wrote, "The Crucibleis taken from history. No character is in the play who did not take a similar role in Salem, 1692."[14] This does not appear to be accurate as Miller made both deliberate changes and incidental mistakes. Abigail Williams' age was increased from 11 or 12[15] to 17, probably to add credence to the backstory of Proctor's affair with Abigail. John Proctor himself was 60 years old in 1692, but portrayed as much younger in the play, for the same reason.[16][17]

Miller claimed, in A note on the historical accuracy of this play, that "while there were several judges of almost equal authority, I have symbolized them all in Hathorne and Danforth".[16] However, this conflates Danforth with the historical and extremely influential figure of William Stoughton, who is not a character and is only briefly mentioned in the play. Both men were subsequent Deputy Governors, but it was Stoughton (who, alone among the judges, was a bachelor who never married[18]) who ordered further deliberations after the jury initially acquitted Rebecca Nurse. He refused to ever acknowledge that the trials had been anything other than a success, and was infuriated when Governor Phips (whose own wife, somehow, had been named as a possible witch) ended the trials for good and released the prisoners..."

My 9xGreat Grandmother, Anne Greenslade Pudeator, was tried and executed as a witch in Salem. The link to her wiki story is below. I descend from her daughter, Ruth (Greenslade) Bridges. Greenslade was the surname of her first husband. Her maiden name is unknown.

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Thanks Sarah, I was looking for that.
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Thanks Aaron

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