Executions · Massachusetts · Religion

Salem Witch Trials: Elderly woman hanged

July 19, 1692 Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) Susannah Martin (70) is hanged for the supposed crime of witchcraft Martin had already been accused of being a witch twice before, once in either 1660 or 1661, and again in 1669. According to A Laughing Witch: Hanging Susanna Martin by C.… Continue reading Salem Witch Trials: Elderly woman hanged

Executions · Famous Last Words · Massachusetts · Religion

FLW: God will give you blood to drink

Famous Last Words Sarah Good Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) July 17, 1692 “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.” Good was one of the 20 people executed during the Salem Witchcraft… Continue reading FLW: God will give you blood to drink

Famous Last Words · Massachusetts · Political · Virginia

FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Famous Last Words Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Charlottesville, Virginia; Quincy, Massachusetts July 4, 1826 “Is it the fourth?” and “Thomas Jefferson...” On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, two of those who signed their names to it and who later became presidents of the United States, died within hours… Continue reading FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Massachusetts · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography

Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old

July 2, 1747 Charleston, Massachusetts Elizabeth Royall (7) dies (according to a momento mori) Mourning jewelry or momento mori (lit. "remember death") were created as a way to remember a loved on who had passed before photography was invented. (After photography came about, the art of post-mortem photography became the popular choice.) Some mourning jewelry… Continue reading Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old