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Birthplace: Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay
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About Sarah Cloyce (Towne)

From the Wikipedia page on Sarah Cloyce:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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]

References

1. Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials

http://www.salemwitchtrials.com/timeline.html

2. "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

http://www.online-literature.com/hawthorne/158/

Categories: Salem witch trials

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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.

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Sarah Towne Cloyce, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

1639
September 3, 1639
Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 3, 1639
Salem Town, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 3, 1639
Salem, Essex, MA
1648
September 3, 1648
Age 9
Salem, Essex Co, MA
1659
January 11, 1659
Age 19
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1661
October 4, 1661
Age 22
1661
Age 21
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/EdmundBr...

1661; Commoner of Topsfield. Settled near father-in-law (William) Towne. (History of Topsfield)

1662
1662
Age 22
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1664
March 1664
Age 24
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/EdmundBr...

The Essex County Court records are full of a bewildering number of references to Edmund Bridges ... In March, 1664, an individual called John Millington was sentenced to be whipped, or to pay a fine of 10 pounds, "for his great misdemeanor" and also to be bound for 20 pounds.

A person, whose name is deliberately left out, deposed that in January her brother, Edmund Bridges, asked her to go to Salem with him, but she did not go and Edmund and his wife left without her. Whilst they were gone, John Millington offered "uncleaness to her, and she told him that she would not yield to him for all of Topsfield". Although Millington later prayed that she, the one to whom he had offered "uncleaness" would forgive him, Sarah Bridges acted as a witness in the resulting court case. She referred to her sister.

It is not at all clear who this sister was...The reference may have been to Faith, one of Edmund Bridge's sisters. Faith and her husband Daniel Black, were involved in domestic troubles, and at one point had been ordered to sit in the stocks for an hour. Danile was ordered to live peaceably with his wife, and to refrain from threatening her, while she, for her part, was to be orderly, not gad abroad or be in the company of other men. If either party disobeyed these rules, they were to be whipped.
(Currents of Malice - Persis W. McMillen)

1664
Age 24
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/EdmundBr...
Paid minister's rate at Topsfield. (History of Topsfield)