Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Going on a Witch Hunt

I apologize for not informing people sooner, I just found out last minute myself.

A witch hunt occurred over the weekend and it did not involve one politician.  It is amazing other things are going on in the world or should I say Colony.

Pennsbury Manor, the location of the home of Pennsylvania's founder William Penn hosted a family fun day on Sunday that included a re-enactment of an actual witch trial that took place in Pennsylvania in 1684. Look to your left in the photograph and see the orb and the spirits entering the building.  If you look closer and see those reflections in the glass, it is most assuredly a fact, some are carrying pumpkins.
Some say the original witch trial of Margaret Mattson took place in Philadelphia, others say Chester, Pennsylvania. Penn was all over the place, this was 'His" colony. There are reasons to believe either could be true but trial location would be irrelevant in this case. Fact is it was not Salem and William Penn, a Quaker presided over the trial.
Margaret Mattson, who some accounts claim was from Tinicum while others suggest Ridley in the Ridley/Crum Creek area, was accused of being a witch by her neighbors. Either of these statements today could be covered by claiming "Delaware County, Native" but in 1684 this area was not known as Delaware County.

Why was this woman a witch, one might ask? Well one neighbor's cow stopped giving milk. Someone had to be blamed. It couldn't have been a condition with the cow!Someone else claimed she made a flock of geese attack them. Sounds like that one is for the birds.
Others did not exactly experience such willful wickedness, but they heard about it, so they knew it was true. This accused witchy, woman talked in tongues, translated into today's understanding, she spoke in a different language and didn't understand English. Perhaps in today's standards, they would have read about it on Facebook and joined in the conversation.

My own observation before the trial began was this woman walked in alone.  She was an older woman but pretty in the face.  She wore a black cap while the other women wore white ones. Was this purely a wardrobe malfunction or a status statement? There was not much interaction between the other women and her but one of the younger ones talked with her about their outfits.  I may have overheard incorrectly but I think the suspected witch had given the garb that the younger woman was wearing to her.  It was a hand me down. Again, I could be wrong because during the trial this young whipper snapper acted like the accused was an evil woman. I wouldn't be wearing anything made from evil. Would you?
The woman's own daughter was called upon to testify against her mother and she did, perhaps from the persuasion of the mob mentality. I actually saw the daughter earlier with a cell phone. No one knows what tales a daughter will tell if you take away her cell phone.
 Those in attendance were asked to question any of the players and at the conclusion of the town hall, a vote was taken. One gentleman took note of the time travel device on the accused wrist, this woman was watched. She quickly covered it up which only made her look guilty to me.

By an overwhelming majority in the room, the woman was found innocent of the crime of being a witch in form, but guilty of having the common fame of a witch.
I thought her punishment was harsh, her husband and her son who supported her, each had to pay a fine of 50 Pounds which according to her husband that sat next to me in the courtroom is one year's wages. The amount could be paid in installments, it did not have to be paid all at once. An even harsher punishment, she had to behave for six months. Do you know how difficult that is for a woman? The sum was to be returned if she exhibited good behavior. She complied, but I did read one account that the family later moved to Jersey.  We all know who lives there right??

Tomorrow:What the rest of the colony did while this trial was going on. Who made a bigger impact on history? You decide.

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