Ann Brennum Clenums Hibbins

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Ann Brennum Clenums Hibbins (Bellingham)

Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Cause of death: Executed by hanging
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bellingham and Frances Bellingham
Wife of William Hibbins and N.N. Moore
Mother of Jonathan Moore; N.N. Moore and N.N. Moore
Sister of Richard Bellingham and Sarah Bellingham

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About Ann Brennum Clenums Hibbins

Anne Hibbons was found guilty twice of being a witch. She was hanged at Boston Neck in June, 1656. She was the sister of Governor Richard Bellingham, 8th governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Mr. Hibbons was a very important merchant, and a member of the Court of Assistants. Mrs. Hibbons was a widow when the trouble came upon her. She was clever but opinionated, with a short temper. She was considered to be a scold and gossip by the community.

Her statements were reported to the church, which censured her for quarrelling with her neighbors. The neighbors then accused her of being a "witch," and she was tried by a jury and condemned to death. The verdict had been set aside, but the case was prosecuted again by the General Court. She defended herself ably, but the popular clamor at that time was more than the court could withstand, and she was found guilty again. Governor John Endicott pronounced the sentence of death upon her.

So in June 1656, this spirited woman, who was guilty solely of 'having more wit than her neighbors,' was hanged at Boston Neck as a witch.