Two of Windsor: Accused and Exonerated of Witchcraft

2023-10-20T16:21:34-04:00October 20th, 2023|Tags: |

Occurring over 40 years before the infamous Salem witch trials, Windsor has the unfortunate distinction of being the first town in Connecticut to execute a woman accused of witchcraft. Almost 400 years later, Windsor’s two 17th-century witch trial victims, Alice Young and Lydia Gilbert, finally received a measure of justice when the state officially exonerated them.

Founders’ Series: Bray Rossiter, Man of Science, Man of Mischief

2021-03-31T12:23:42-04:00August 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Bray Rossiter (1610-1672) was born to a family of wealth and power. They were Puritans, but were also loyal to the royal family. Bray was well-educated and likely received some medical training before coming to New England aboard the Mary and John in 1630, along with his father Edward, an influential Assistant of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and eleven other family members and servants.

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