Posted on a building in Market Square, Newburyport, Massachusetts. In May 1680, Elizabeth Morse was convicted of "not having the fear of God before her eyes, being instigated by the Divil and had familiarity with the Divil."
According to a detailed article in
The Newburyport Daily News: "Gov. Simon Bradstreet ordered that she be hanged but granted her a reprieve until October.
While she was imprisoned in Boston, no one seemed in a hurry to carry out her execution. Indeed, members of the colony's House of Deputies wrote that they couldn't understand why she hadn't been executed.
Her husband petitioned the court, attempting to refute each of the 17 witnesses individually and asking the governor for mercy. Additional testimony in her case was taken in 1681.
Morse Society President Stafford-Ames Morse of Seattle, Wash., said there was some sort of dispute within the court system about whether to go ahead with her execution.
Eventually, she was sent home, with the restriction on her movements.
William Morse died in 1683. Neither Coffin nor Currier could find a date of death for Elizabeth, but Stafford-Ames Morse said it was 1690.
Stafford-Ames Morse said no one knows where her grave is, but she almost certainly isn't with her husband because witches couldn't be buried in church ground. Morse said no one knows where William is buried, either."