Betty Hubbard, Salem Witch Accuser

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Elizabeth Hubbard

Also Known As: "Hobart", "Hubburd", "Hobard"
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About Betty Hubbard, Salem Witch Accuser

Elizabeth Hubbard (1675?-??) - Seventeen year-old Elizabeth Hubbard followed Elizabeth Parris, Abigail Williams, and Ann Putnam Jr., in claiming to have been bewitched. Like many of the other "afflicted" girls in Salem Village, she was an orphan and lived with her great-aunt and uncle, Dr. William Griggs, who had diagnosed the original girls as being under the affliction of an "Evil Hand". Elizabeth was known by the locals to be a servant to the household, rather than an adopted daughter. Playing a leading part in the accusations against the "witches" throughout the summer and fall of 1692, her afflictions, fits, trances and testimony contributed to the conviction and execution of many.

Several witnesses came forward and testified against Elizabeth's character, stating that she was a religious deviant, a girl with a vivid and powerful imagination, was known to speak untruths, and often denied the Sabbath day. However, statements such as these did not discredit Elizabeth as a truthful witness to the court. She continued throughout the entire trials to be a leading accuser. By the end of the trials, Elizabeth Hubbard had testified against 29 people, 17 of whom were arrested, 13 were hanged and two died in jail.

Nothing is known of what happened to Elizabeth Hubbard after the trials were over.

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