Did You Know about the Witches of Winnsboro?
In the late 1600s, witchcraft hysteria began to run rampant in the village of Salem, Massachusetts, resulting in the hanging of several of the accused. A lot of people are familiar with that story. But do you know the story of the witches of Winnsboro?
Almost 100 years after Salem, in 1792, a similar witch hunt broke out in Fairfield County around the town of Winnsboro.
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Mary Ingleman and three others were illegally tried in a local farmhouse and tortured. Court records show that Ms. Ingleman was able to successfully sue her persecutors and win a small settlement.
Although the fine was never paid, as the men found guilty of the illegal assault and battery of the accused witches fled the area, Mary Ingleman was allowed to live out her life until she eventually died of old age.
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