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Elizabeth Colson

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Elizabeth Colson (1676?-??) - Granddaughter of accused witch Lydia Dustin, Elizabeth's widowed mother Mary Colson and Mary's sister Sarah Dustin were also arrested and examined for witchcraft. A warrant was issued for her arrest on May 14, 1692 for allegedly afflicting Mary Walcott, Susannah Sheldon, and  Mercy Lewis. About 17 years-old at the time the warrant was issued, she would later also be accused by Malden resident, Mary Swayne Marshall who would say that in April, Elizabeth's specter had tormented her by striking her deaf and dumb, beating her on the head, wringing her neck, and knocking her down. When Reading Constable John Parker went to look for her, Elizabeth Colson could not be found. He reported on May 16th that she had escaped and was likely in Boston preparing to leave the country. Two more warrants were issued, the last on September 10, 1692. Sources disagree as to whether she was ever captured. Nothing more is known of her.
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