Martha Cory (Upham map # 128)

Probably born in the late 1620s, Martha Cory had first been married to a man named Rich prior to her marriage to Giles Cory. She was accepted into membership in the village church in April 1690, and had a reputation of being a pious, intelligent but somewhat overbearing woman. After her March 1692 arrest she was tried in September. Following her excommunication from the village church on September 14 and the death of her husband on September 19, Martha Cory was hanged on the twenty-second of September. In 1703 her excommunication was revoked by the village church. (Richard Trask, The Devil Hath Been Raised, 1997, p. 125.)