Richard Ross, III, author of Before Salem Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley, 1647-1663.
Decades before the Salem Witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. The advent of witch hunting in New England was directly influenced by the English Civil War and the witch trials in England. Ross will examine the reasons for the outbreak of witch hysteria in Connecticut and especially the origins of the witchcraft accusations leading up to the “Great Hartford Witch Hunt” in 1662-63. He will identify individuals buried in the ABG who were connected in some way to the witch hunting and/or the witch trials noted including townspeople, officials, and clergy.