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Falsely Accused at Salem_Witch_Trials, but spared the fate of her two older sisters.


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Born circa 1642, in Salem, MA. He married (1) Edmund Bridges (2) Peter Cloyes. Sarah Cloyes was accused of witchcraft, in 1692 [at age 53], and put into prison, and later released. She pressed charges for her unlawful arrest and the of her sisters. She received three gold sovereigns for each of them. The movie, Three Sovereigns For Sister Sarah is about this event. Her daughter was: ..... Hepzibah Cloyce, married Ebenezer Harrington.

Salem Witch Trials Edit

Sarah's older sister, Rebecca Nurse was one of the earliest prominent members falsely accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. At one point during the trial in late March 1692, Sarah stormed out in protest and then she was herself arrested and charged with witchcraft.

Her sister Rebecca was hanged in July and later another sister, Mary Estey, was also hanged for witchcraft in Salem.

According to: 'Salem Possessed, The Social Origins of Witchcraft', 1974, Paul Boyer & Stephen Nissenbaum, p 149. The mother of Sarah, Rebecca, and Mary; Joanna (Blessing) Towne, was also accused of witchcraft though never arrested or brought to trial.

Post Trial ProceedingsEdit

Sarah Towne Cloyes was put into prison, and later released. She pressed charges for her unlawful arrest and the of her sisters. She received three gold sovereigns for each of them. The movie, Three Sovereigns For Sister Sarah is about this event.

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