Candy, of Salem Village

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Also Known As: "Candy Hawkes"
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About Candy, of Salem Village

An African-American slave from Barbados, Candy belonged to Margaret Hawkes of Salem Village. She was examined on 4 July 1692, saying that her mistress, Margaret Hawkes had made her a witch and taught her the craft. She also said that she had made her mark in the Devil's book when Mrs. Hawkes had presented it to her.

The curious magistrates asked Candy to produce the poppets that she claimed she used to torment people. Accompanied by a court-appointed deputy she was escorted home and returned with rags of cloth, a piece of cheese, some grass, and a handkerchief tied with several knots. Deciding to experiment with Candy’s tools of trade, the magistrates burned one of the rags and allegedly, a burn appeared on the hand of one of the "afflicted girls." Two more choked as if drowning when another rag was placed under water.

Two indictments were handed down against Candy and she was jailed. Later, she was found not guilty and released.

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