| Execution by hanging|
Salem witch trials
| Ann Pudeator|
| nurse, midwife, housewife|
Convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials
Thomas Greenslade (died 1674)
Jacob Pudeator (m. 1676–1682)
Thomas Greenslade, Jr.
1692, Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Ann Pudeator (? – October 2 [O.S. September 22], 1692) was a well-to-do septuagenarian widow who was accused of and convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. She was executed by hanging.
Ann Pudeator Wikipedia
Ann's maiden name is not known, nor the place of her birth. Thomas Greenslade was her first husband and they had five children (Thomas, Jr., Ruth, John, Samuel, and James).
After Thomas' death in 1674, she was hired by Jacob Pudeator to nurse his alcoholic wife, who died in 1675. Ann then married Jacob in 1676. Jacob died in 1682, leaving Ann well-off.
Some have theorized that Ann Pudeator's likely occupation as a nurse and midwife, along with her being a woman of property, made her vulnerable to charges of witchcraft.
When she was accused of witchcraft, the inventory of Goody Pudeator's alleged misdeeds included:Presenting the Devil's Book to a girl and forcing her to sign it
Bewitchment causing the death of a neighbor's wife
Appearing in spectral form to afflicted girls
Having witchcraft materials in her home, which she claimed was grease for making soap
Torturing with pins
Causing a man to fall out of a tree
Killing her own second husband and his first wife
Turning herself into a bird and flying into her house
Many of these allegations were made by Mary Warren, one of the so-called "afflicted girls". Her other accusers were Ann Putnam, Jr., John Best, Sr., John Best, Jr., and Samuel Pickworth. Ann Pudeator was tried and sentenced to death on September 19 [O.S. September 9], 1692, along with Alice Parker, Dorcas Hoar, Mary Bradbury, and Mary Easty. She was hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem Town on October 2 [O.S. September 22]. It is not known where she is buried.
Ann's son Thomas testified against George Burroughs at his trial for witchcraft.
In October 1710, the General Court passed an act reversing the convictions of those for whom their families had pleaded, but Ann Pudeator was not among them. Pudeator was exonerated in 1957 by the Massachusetts General Court, partly because of the efforts of Lee Greenslit, a Midwestern textbook publisher who learned about Pudeator's execution while researching his family origins.