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Susan Cromwell (Weeks)

Death: Died
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Wife of Sir Henry Williams, alias Cromwell, MP
Mother of Lady Joan Barrington

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About Susan Cromwell

Susan Weeks was the second wife of Sir Henry Cromwell of Hinchinbrooke, Huntingdonshire (1537-January 7, 1603/4), marrying him at some point after October 12, 1584. In March, 1590, Lady Cromwell paid a visit to Warboys, where the young daughters of Robert Throckmorton were alleging that Alice Samuel, an old woman who lived nearby, was the cause of their fits. Lady Cromwell took Mrs. Samuel aside and berated her for what she had done. The quarrel escalated until Lady Cromwell plucked up a pair of scissors, cut off a lock of Mrs. Samuel’s hair, and gave it to Mrs. Throckmorton to burn—a folk remedy believed to weaken a witch’s power. Mrs. Samuel protested that she had never done Lady Cromwell any harm . . . “as yet.” That night, Lady Cromwell had nightmares and fell ill. She did not die, however, until July of 1592, and it was December of that year before Alice Samuel, persuaded to it by a local parson, confessed to being a witch. She confessed again before the bishop of Lincoln and was subsequently imprisoned, along with her husband, John, and her daughter, Agnes. They were tried on April 5, 1593 for the murder, by witchcraft, of Lady Cromwell, convicted, and hanged. Sir Henry Cromwell confiscated the Samuels’ property and used it to pay for an annual sermon against witchcraft to be preached in Huntingdon in perpetuity. It was discontinued in 1812.

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Age 24
Age 29
Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdonshire, , England
July 11, 1592
Age 32