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Notes for Lydia

There is a bit of indecision as to if Lydia was the spouse or mother of Thomas Gilbert. I feel, based on the information I've read that she was his wife. I leave this to the reader to decide based on their own research.

Lydia Gilbert of Windsor was condemned to death for witchcraft at a court session which began on 28 Nov. 1654 (Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639 [Hartford 1928] p. 131):

Lydea GiIburt thou art heere indited by that name of Lydea Gilburt that not hauing the feare of god before thy Eyes thou hast of late years or still dust giue Entertainement to Bather [sic] the greate Enemy of god and mankinde and by his helpe hast killed the Body of Henry Styles besides other witchcrafts for which according to the law of god and the Estableshed law of this Comon wealth thou deservest to Dye.

The charge was insane because Henry Styles had been accidently shot to death 3 years prior!

ye Party aboue mentioned is found guilty of witchcraft by ye Jury[.]

Source Information:, comp. Salem Witches. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000. Original information from surviving legal records from the towns and villages in question and appearing in Godbeer, Richard, comp. The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England: Appendices A & B. [Information taken from Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum, eds. The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak. 3 vols. New York, NY: 1977.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1992. @@

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