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Elizabeth Howe (Jackson), Salem Witch Trials

Also Known As: "How"
Birthplace: Yorkshire , England (United Kingdom)
Death: July 19, 1692 (52-61)
Salem, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America (Execution by hanging at Gallows Hill, Salem, MA)
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Jackson, of Rowley and Joane Jackson
Wife of James Howe, Jr.
Mother of James Howe; John Howe; Elizabeth Jackson; Mary Howe; James Howe and 1 other
Sister of John Jackson, of Rowley; Mary Foster; Deborah Trumble and Rebecca Jackson

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About Elizabeth Howe, Salem Witch Trials

Elizabeth Jackson came to America as a servant in the household of Ezekiel Rodgers, founder and first minister of Rowley, Mass. She was convicted of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials, and executed as a witch.

Salem Witch Trial Defendant. Born in Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Joane and William Jackson. The family emigrated when she was still a child, arriving in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the the late 1630s. In 1658, she married James How or Howe, they would have six children together. They lived on a farm in Topsfield, where they had difficult neighbors, who in 1682, accused Elizabeth of bewitching their 10-year-old daughter, she was never arrested or brought up on charges. More difficulties arose as her husband gradually went blind, losing his sight by the age of 50. In May 1692, she was accused of witchcraft by girls in Salem Village. An arrest warrant was issued and she was examined on May 31. She was indicted on two charges of witchcraft and imprisoned. Her trial began on June 29, and the old charge was again aired in addition to the histrionics of the accusing girls. The Reverend Samuel Phillips, however swore that the 'bewitched' child recanted her accusation against Howe. Nevertheless, she was found guilty and condemned. Three weeks later, she was hanged at Gallows Hill, her body was then disposed of in an unmarked, common grave, now lost. In 1711, the colony passed a bill officially clearing the names of some of the Witch Trials victims and listed Elizabeth Howe among them. In 1957, the state of Massachusetts formally apologized for the witch trials. Her name is most often recorded as Howe.

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There are twenty benches in the memorial, one for each of the victims actively put to death (not counting those who died in prison). 

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Elizabeth Howe, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

Yorkshire , England
May 14, 1637
Age 2
Rowley Parish,Hunsley,Yorkshire,Eng
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, American Colonies
Ipswich, Essex, MA, United States
June 1, 1661
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, American Colonies
February 25, 1664
Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
December 1673
July 19, 1692
Age 57
Salem, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America