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Mercy Disbrow (Holbridge)

Also Known As: "The Beautiful Witch of Fairfield", "Mercy (Holbridge) Nichols Disbrow"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: probably, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Death: circa 1718 (73-89)
Perhaps, Fairfield, Fairfield , Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Arthur Holbridge and Susanna Jones
Wife of NN Nichols and Thomas Disbrow
Mother of John Nichols; Nathaniel Nichols; Abigail Gould and Thomas Disbrow
Sister of John Holbridge

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About Mercy Disbrow

Mercy Holbridge b: Abt. 1640 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT m: 1676 Westport, Fairfield Co., CT d: Bet. 1682 - 1735 Fact 1: 1692 Tried and convicted of witchcraft in Fairfield, CT

put on trial for hanging out with satan Ebenezer Booth Ebenezer Booth helped indict her.

was acquitted but only after it went to trial for the 3rd time.


From Mercy Disbrow chapter from "Descendants of Thomas & Mercy(Holdbridge) Disbrow", Part 1

Mercy's troubles began in the spring of 1692 at the time when the witchcraft madness was sweeping through New England, with its epicenter at Salem, Massachusetts. A servant girl living in the home of Daniel Westcott of Stamford seems to have been the spark that ignited the hysteria in Fairfield. Westcott made a formal complaint on behalf of the girl, Catharine Branch, to Commissioner John Selleck of Stamford on 27 May. It seems that Miss Branch had been having same rather strange "fits" or seizures, wherein she would roll around on the floor and cry out that she was being tormented. At first it was cats that bedeviled her, but after some time she began to see the outline of a woman standing at her doorway with firebrands in her forehead, or sitting at a spinning wheel or on the back of a chair. Catherine would cry out, "A witch, a witch!", and as more and more of these apparitions appeared to her she began to identify them to her employer. Her two chief tormentors were a Stamford woman named Elizabeth Clawson and a woman of Compo - Mercy Disbrow. Mercy had never met Catherine Branch but she had once quarrelled with Daniel Wescott. When "Kate" described the woman she saw as "a black [haired] woman, thick lips and of a middle stature ... neither olde nor young, ... she had on an old Large Samar ... a dirty shift and a dirty cap," Westcott concluded it had to be Mercy Disbrow, and the next day she and Goody Clawson were summoned from their homes to appear before the Commissioner at Stamford to be questioned regarding the accusations made against them by the servant girl.

Little could Mercy have known that this would be her last taste of freedom for a long time to come.


  1. [S210] Michael S. Disbrow., Descendants of Thomas and Mercy (Holbridge) Disbrow (Disbrow Family Association, 1992).
  2. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield: With Additions and Corrections from "The American Genealogist". Donald Lines Jacobus. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1930 - Reference - 2051 pages. Page 187


  1. Case of Mercy Disbrough (Mercy Disbrow)
  2. The Beautiful Witch of Fairfield
  3. Subject: Re: DISBROW Pardons for witches


Accused and tried for witchcraft. Pardoned and living in 1707. If interested in trial report see:

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Mercy Disbrow's Timeline

New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 49
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 52
Age 81
Fairfield, Fairfield , Connecticut