(WWLP) – Prior to the height of the witch hunt in Salem, a member of Northampton’s founding Parsons family was rumored to practice witchcraft.
Mary Bliss Parsons was first accused of being a witch in the 1650s by Sarah Bridgeman. Mary’s husband Joseph Parsons eventually took Bridgeman to trial for slander. Ultimately, Mary was acquitted.
She was later accused again of being a witch and taken to trial in Boston.