Sarah Solart Good, Salem Witch Trial

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Sarah Good (Solart)

Also Known As: "Poole", "Good"
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: July 19, 1692 (39) (execution by hanging)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Solart and Sarah Elizabeth Cocke
Wife of William Good
Mother of Peter Good; John Good; Dorcas Good, Salem Witch Trial and Mercy Good
Sister of Martha Solart; Bethiah Salart; John Solart; Mary Solart; Hannah Solart and 3 others

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About Sarah Solart Good, Salem Witch Trial

Sarah Solart Poole Good (1653-1692) - One of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692, Sarah Good was born to a prosperous innkeeper named John Solart on 11 July 1653. However, her father's estate became entangled in litigation leaving Sarah Good in poverty. Her first marriage was to a poor indentured servant named Daniel Poole who died in debt in 1686. After he died, Sarah married William Good. Also a poor man, the Goods lived a life of homelessness and begging, earning Sarah a reputation as an unsavory person, who was described by the people of Salem as being filthy, bad-tempered, and strangely detached from the rest of the village. She was often associated with the death of residents' livestock and would wander door to door, asking for charity. If the resident refused, Good would walk away muttering under her breath.

Sarah was accused of witchcraft on 25 February 1692, when Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris claimed to be bewitched under her hand. The girls claimed they had been bitten, pinched, and otherwise abused by her. When Reverend Samuel Parris asked “Who torments you?” the girls eventually shouted out the names of three townspeople: Tituba, Sarah Osborne, and Sarah Good.

On 1 March 1692, Good was tried for witchcraft. Sarah was the first of three accused women to testify; but never confessed guilt. When allowed the chance to defend herself in front of the twelve jurors in the Salem Village meeting house, she argued her innocence, proclaiming Tituba and Osborne as the real witches. Dorcas Good, Sarah's daughter, who was only four years-old at the time, was forced to testify against her, claiming that she was a witch and she had seen her mother consorting with the devil.

While she was jailed, her four year-old daughter Dorcas Good was also accused of witchcraft and was imprisoned. At the time, Sarah Good was pregnant and when she was condemned to hang, she was allowed to wait for the execution until the birth of her child. She gave birth to Mercy Good in her cell in Ipswich Jail. Mercy died shortly after birth, most likely due to malnutrition, lack of medical care, and unsanitary conditions.

On 19 July 1692, Sarah Good was hanged along with four other women convicted of witchcraft: Elizabeth Jackson Howe, Susannah North Martin, Rebecca Towne Nurse, and Sarah Averill Wildes. While the others quietly awaited execution, Good firmly proclaimed her innocence. Reverend Nicholas Noyes was especially persistent in his attempts to force Good to confess. Sarah yelled, "If you take my life away, God will give you blood to drink." It is said that when Noyes died twenty-five years later, it was found that there was blood in his mouth and down his throat.

In the meantime Dorcas was imprisoned for over eight months. Although the child was eventually released on bond, she was psychologically damaged for the rest of her life.


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Sarah Solart Good, Salem Witch Trial's Timeline

July 11, 1653
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
August 21, 1674
Age 21
Beverly, Essex, MA, USA
May 28, 1678
Age 24
Wenham, Essex, MA, USA
Age 34
July 19, 1692
Age 39
Age 38
September 14, 1983
Age 39
November 12, 1983
Age 39