Dorcas Good (c.1688 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Dorothy"
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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About Dorcas Good

Dorcas Good (born c.1688) - Dorcas was the daughter of William Good and Sarah Solart. William Good was a poor man and her parents lived a life of homelessness and begging, earning them a reputation as unsavory people. Her mother, Sarah Solart Poole Good, was accused of witchcraft on 25 February 1692, when Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris claimed to be bewitched under her hand. She was arrested and was tried for witchcraft on March 1st. She would never confess to any guilt, but was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. However, Sarah was pregnant and her execution was delayed until she gave birth to her child.

In the meantime, her four year-old daughter, Dorcas was also accused of practicing witchcraft in a complaint was filed by Edward Putnam and Jonathan Putnam of Salem Village. She was arrested on 24 March 1692 and taken to the house of Nathaniel Ingersol to be examined. There, Mercy Lewis, Ann Putnam, Jr., and Mary Walcott would all testify that the small girl had afflicted them by pinching, biting, and choking them. Examined over several days, the little girl finally broke down crying and confessed and incriminated her mother. She was soon imprisoned with her mother at the Ipswich Jail. While imprisoned, Sarah Good gave birth to a daughter she named Mercy, who died a short time later.

While little Dorcas remained in jail, her mother was taken away and hanged on 19 July 1692. Because Dorcas' father was a poor laborer, he could not come up with the money to bond out his child for some time. Dorcas was in custody for over eight months, from 24 March 1692, when she was arrested, until she was released on a £50 bond on 10 December 1692. She was never indicted or tried. After her release, she was psychologically damaged for the rest of her life. By some historic accounts, she was insane.

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Dorcas Good, Salem Witch's Timeline

1688
1688
Massachusetts
1692
February 25, 1692
Age 4
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

Poor and often homeless, Sarah had an unsavoury reputation, described by the people of Salem as being filthy, bad-tempered, and strangely detached from the rest of the village. She was often associated with the death of residents' livestock and would wander door to door, asking for charity. If the resident refused, Good would walk away muttering under her breath.

Sarah was accused of witchcraft on 25 February 1692, when Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris claimed to be bewitched under her hand. The girls claimed they had been bitten, pinched, and otherwise abused by her.

March 24, 1692
Age 4
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

Four year-old Dorcas Good, daughter of accused witch Sarah Solart Good, was accused of practicing witchcraft in a complaint was filed by Edward Putnam and Jonathan Putnam of Salem Village.

She was arrested and taken to the house of Nathaniel Ingersoll to be examined. There, Mercy Lewis, Ann Putnam, Jr., and Mary Walcott would all testify that the small girl had afflicted them by pinching, biting, and choking them. Examined over several days, the little girl finally broke down crying and confessed and incriminated her mother.

March 28, 1692
Age 4
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts

Dorcas was imprisoned with her mother at the Ipswich Jail.

December 10, 1692
Age 4
Massachusetts

While little Dorcas remained in jail, her mother was taken away and hanged. Because Dorcas' father was a poor laborer, he could not come up with the money to bond out his child for some time. Dorcas was in custody for over eight months, until she was released on a £50 bond. She was never indicted or tried. After her release, she was psychologically damaged for the rest of her life. By some historic accounts, she was insane.

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