Harbert, Elizabeth

Female - 1708

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  • Name Harbert, Elizabeth 
    Gender Female 
    LEG 1662-3  Wethersfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • accused of witchcraft; not arrested

      ELIZABETH BLACKLEACH. A Hartford woman who was accused
      of witchcraft, along with her husband John, during the 1662?
      63 Hartford outbreak; never arrested; John Blackleach sued
      their accuser for molestation and defamation of character.
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    _UID E35F0848198A4762823576DD811C0C5AEB8D 
    Died 1708  Wethersfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8375  Buyer, Stier and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2010 

    Family Blackleach, John Jr.,   b. 1631, Salem, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1703, Wethersfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    _UID B4FF8F8CE7B044CB89EFB041B2E3887B7580 
     1. Blackleach, Benjamin Sr.,   b. 1643, Salem, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1711, Kent Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F2887  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • accused of witchcraft, 1662/3, Wethersfield CT


      Page 196-7 Name: Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach Location:
      Died 12 June, 1708. Invt. ú272-02-06. Taken August, 1708, by Joseph Wadsworth and Capt. Aaron Cooke.
      The nuncupative and last will and testament of Elizabeth Blackleach, late of Wethersfield, widow, decd., contained and expressed sundry testimonies and evidences thereof, as is here recorded:
      First, the testimony of John Stedman, of lawful age, is as followeth: That I being at the house of Mrs. Blackleach, 8th June, 1708, I then and there heard Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach say unto me, "Cousin Stedman, go unto Mr. Thomas Wickham's and get my will, for I will have none out, for my daughter Mary shall have it and do what she will with it, for Mary shall have all that I have, for I see what has become of what Betty had, and I see how it is with Mrs. Jesse now; for Mary has not carried herself so." And I did judge that she was in good understanding and memory.
      Sworn before the Court of Probates, 5th July, 1708.
      Test: Caleb Stanly, Clerk.
      Thomas Wickham, aged 57 years, testifieth as followeth: That sometime in June last, Mrs. Blackleach sent to me to bring her will over, which accordingly I did, and she desired me to read it over and I read it to her; and when I read it to her, then, with her leave, I read it to her daughter; and her daughter desired to have a perusall of it for to read it and promised me to return it, and so I left it in her hands, and this was the last will written of Mrs. Blackleach that ever I saw. 2 August, 1708. Being sworn before the Court of Probates.
      Test: Caleb Stanly, Clerk.
      The testimony of Sarah Benjamin, of lawful age, is as followeth: That I, being at the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach in Wethersfield, 8th June, 1708, then and there I heard Mrs. Blackleach order her will to be fetcht, which accordingly Mr. Thomas Wickham brought it unto Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach and the sd. Mrs. Blackleach desired Mr. Wickham to read the sd. will, which accordingly he did, and then Mrs. Blackleach bid her daughter Mary to take the will and keep it and "do what you will with it, for I give you all I have to dispose of as you see cause for my daughter in Boston has had her portion already, about œ500," and said her daughter Mary had not had her portion, and so declared that this was her will, and said the last will must stand. And further said she did not see cause her daughter should stoop to her children, but let them wait upon her as she has done upon me. Sarah Benjamin made oath on the 16th of June, 1708, before me.
      Robert Welles, Justice.
      At a Court of Probates holden at Hartford, 2 August, 1708, the within named Sarah Benjamin, being further examined upon her oath, did affirm and declare that Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach, decd., spake those words within mentioned to her daughter Mary Olcott immediately upon Thomas Wickham his reading the sd. written will and delivering it to the sd. Mary.
      Test: Caleb Stanly, Clerk.
      Testimony of Hannah Northway and Susannah Dix, who also appeared before the Court and testified to the above written statement.
      Court Record, Page 115--2 August, 1708: John Olcott and Mary Olcott his wife, one of the daughters of Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach, ??te of Wethersfield, decd., presented evidences which were accepted by this Court as annulling all former wills and devising her whole estate to her daughter Mary Olcott. Adms. to John and Mary Olcott.
      Page 122--7 March, 1708-9: Invt. exhibited.
      Page 24 1st January, 1710-11: This Court now grant to John Olcott, of Hartford, and Mary his wife, Adms. on the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach, late of Wethersfield, decd., further time to finish their Adms.
      Page 43 3 March, 1723-4: This Court grant Adms. on the estate of Mrs. Jo Blackleach, late of Wethersfield, decd., unto Mrs. Mary Wadsworth, daughter of sd. decd., provided bond be given according to law.
      Note: Page 201--Probate Side : Bond of John Blackleach to support his father, Benj. Harbord, and his mother, Jane Harbord, in consideration of their making over estate to him; and also see page 211: Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach's appeal to the Court of Assistants relating to the will of Christian Harbert, wife of Benjamin Harbert, who was father to Mrs. Elizabeth Blackleach.