Monday, July 10, 2006

Woman Tries To Clear Witch Convicted 300 Years Ago

Grace Sherwood was a healer, a midwife and a widowed mother of three sons.

Her neighbors thought she also was a witch who ruined crops, killed livestock and conjured storms.

On July 10, 1706, the 46-year-old woman was tied up and "ducked" — dropped into a river — in what is now Virginia Beach. The theory behind the test was that if she sank, she was innocent, although she'd also likely drown.

She floated — proof she was guilty because the pure water cast out her evil spirit.

Three hundred years later, a modern-day resident of this resort city has asked the governor to exonerate Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch tried by water. Full Story

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

UFCTLGrace Sherwood was wrongly accused of being an evil witch.She may have been an extrordenary, talented,magical women.If she was a witch she would have used her powers for good things like healing people.witche are good, kind,brave, misunderstood people.A witch's power is made from the good in their souls.Those who locked her up are the evil ones.Witches have their hearts set on one thing...good magic,that is all.

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