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This week Kyle and I talked about some of the spooky cases up in New Hampshire. There were so many we had to pick just a few of our favorites. Let's jump in!
Eunice "Goody" Cole
Eunice was born around 1600 in England and eventually married a man by the name of William Cole. William and Eunice were both indentured servants to a wealthy London Merchant by the name of Matthew Craddock. Years later when they were released they traveled to America where they received 2 acres of land in Massachusetts.
They began to receive religious persecution from the puritans due to the fact that they were protestants. They left Massechessets and moved to Exeter, NH. Soon they also found themselves again at the pressure of persecution and left Exeter and moved to the small town of Hampton, NH. They ended up receiving a forty-acre swath of land in Hampton.
Again it wasn't long before the locals began to gossip about the Coles. A few subjects of the gossip were that the Coles were childless. This could have been one of two reasons, they already had their children back in England or they were unable to have children. Either way, it stacked the card against them. The other strong point again was they were not puritans.
In 1649, the puritans took over the courts in that region and began to draw a fine line between slander and witchcraft. One of the reasons they would do this is, if you speak out, you can be labeled a witch and killed, and the accusers get your land. So standing up for yourself especially as a woman during this time could easily cause you to end up being accused of witchcraft.
Eunice stars to get accused of slanderous speech by her neighbors. As such the began to accuse her of witchcraft.
Cole was formally accused of witchcraft three times in her lifetime
The first time in Boston 1656 when several townspeople testified against her.
They couldn't get the witchcraft conviction to stick, but they did get her whipped and thrown in jail for life
She was imprisoned until 1660 but was released until 1662
In 1662 her husband William passes, leaving her widowed on her 40-acre farm alone. The courts determined she had not served her time in jail so she was returned to prison until sometime between 1668 and 1671 with even more witchcraft claims against her. She was eventually acquitted, despite the "just ground of vehement suspicion" of her guilt. She was accused again in 1673, but acquitted, and once again in 1680, and although she was not indicted, she was still kept in prison.
Upon her death in 1680, she was hastily buried in an unmarked grave in Hampton; its whereabouts are still not known with any certainty to this day. A stake was driven into her body after her death "in order to exorcise the baleful influence she was supposed to have possessed," and a horseshoe hung on the stake, just to be on the safe side.
Hampton was a spirit-haunted town. Ghosts and witches and even the Evil one himself often appeared to its terrified inhabitants. One could not lie down in his bed at night with the peaceful certainty that no alarming specter would stalk through his room to trouble his slumbers.
She was accused of many things through the power of witchcraft. Two young men were drowned in Hampton River and their boat was believed to have been overturned through her agency. The village children who indulged in the fearful pleasure of peeping in at her window reported the Evil One in the shape of a little black dwarf with a red cap on his head sat at her table and that she frequently cuffed his ears to keep him in order. This does not sound like a demon but rather a fae. Specifically a Redcap fae. Redcaps are a type of malevolent, murderous goblin.
At the trial, Thomas Philbrick testified that she had said if any of his calves should eat her grass she wished it might poison them or choke them. Immediately one of the calves disappeared and the other came home and died about a week after. These alleged accusations were some of the causes for Goody Cole to be accused of witchcraft so often.
To this day they say she still haunts the area.
Moving on to our next case, I found this case particularly interesting and we aren't even leaving Hampton, NH!
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