In 1647, Alse Young was the first woman to be accused and executed of witchcraft in the thirteen American colonies. Very little is known about her. She had married a carpenter, John Young from Windsor, Connecticut. John had brought himself a small parcel of land in Windsor in 1641 and then sold it in 1649 after the execution of his wife, then he disappeared. Like similar cases of witchcraft cases, Alse Young was a woman without a son when the accusations was made, which meant that she would be eligible to receive through inheritance her husband's estate.
She had a daughter, Alice Young Beamon who was also accused of witchcraft in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, 30 years later.
Alse was hanged at the Meeting House Square in Hartford, Connecticut on what is now the site of the Old State House.
Let's remember Alse Young and her daughter, Alice Young Beamon. May their spirits find rest.