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Sarah Cloyce (Towne)

Birthplace: Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay
Place of Burial: Salem Village (Present Danvers), Essex County, Massachusetts Bay, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Towne and Joanna Towne
Wife of Sgt. Edmund Bridges and Peter Cloyce, Sr.
Mother of Benjamin Bridges; Mary Andrews; Caleb Bridges, Sr.; Edmund Bridges; Elizabeth Edmunds and 4 others
Sister of Rebecca Nurse; John Towne; Susanna Towne; Edmund Towne; Jacob Towne and 2 others
Half sister of Jacob Towne; Edmund Towne and Mary Estey (Towne)

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About Sarah Towne Cloyce, Salem Witch Trials

From the Wikipedia page on Sarah Cloyce:

Sarah Cloyce (née Towne) was the sister of Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty. She was accused of witchcraft but never indicted by a grand jury in the Salem Witch Trials.

In fiction

In the short story entitled Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne which is a social criticism of Puritan culture, a character named Goody Cloyse addresses the devil, confessing to practicing witchcraft. It is a shock to the protagonist as she taught him his catechism in youth. She makes a reference to "...that unhanged witch, Goody Cory..." {Hawthorne 3], a very possible reference to Martha Corey. [2]


1. Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials

2. "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Categories: Salem witch trials

Sarah Towne - born circa 1642, in Salem, MA. She 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 killing 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.

Sarah was never brought to trial when the Colonial Courts recognized their grave error in the execution of innocent people. Her story was documented by the Mobil Oil Co. Production of "Three Sovereigns For Sarah," starring Vanessa Redgrave as Sarah Cloyes. The movie was made in 1985 and is available on DVD.

In 1692 she was accused and imprisoned for witchcraft. She was not hanged. After the witch hysteria, they relocated to Framingham. Her sisters, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty were executed.

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Sarah Towne Cloyce, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

September 3, 1639
Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 3, 1639
Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 3, 1639
Salem, Essex, MA
September 3, 1648
Age 9
Salem, Essex Co, MA
October 4, 1661
Age 22
Age 22
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States