November 5, 2023
The 1829 Answer and Defense of Catharina Ziegler of Codorus Township to Accusations of Witchcraft.
Presented by Richard Konkel
The June 5, 1829 German language edition of the York Gazette features a lengthy article written by or for Catharina, wife of Johannes Ziegler of Codorus Township in answer to accusations made against her by "Doctor" Sebastian Keller and members of the Michael Lau family about participating in a Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) along the road to York lead by a musician clad in red (the devil); being able to read people's minds and other traits historically attributed to witches. The presentation will explore the parties involved, the accusations and the popular beliefs they were based on and how some of these beliefs have persisted into modern times. These events were almost exactly 100 years prior to the murder of Nelson Rehmeyer in 1928 and the 1929 Hex trials of the three murder suspects.
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South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society