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Martha Goodwin

Birthplace: Charlestown, Suffolk, MA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Goodwin and Martha Pierson
Sister of Benjamin Goodwin; Elizabeth White; Nathaniel Goodwin; John Goodwin; Mercy Goodwin and 2 others

Managed by: Mark Charles Woodward
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About Martha Goodwin

  • 1688: Following an argument with Irish washerwoman Goody Glover, Martha Goodwin (age 13) begins exhibiting bizarre behavior. Days later her younger brother and two sisters exhibit similar behavior. Ann Glover is arrested and tried for bewitching the Goodwin children. Reverend Cotton Mather meets twice with Glover following her arrest in an attempt to persuade her to repent her witchcraft. Glover is hanged. Mather takes Martha Goodwin into his house. Her bizarre behavior continues and worsens.
  • 1689: Mather publishes "Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions", which includes his account of Glover and the Goodwins
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Martha Goodwin's Timeline

Charlestown, Suffolk, MA