I would rather die than confess a falsehood so filthy.
Martha Carrier – the ninth great grandmother of our Director of Internet Services, John Endres – was a woman who stood for truth amidst hysteria during the 1692 Salem Witch Trials.
Carrier was accused of witchcraft in May of 1692. Though a confession could have saved her life, Martha refused to confess to an act in which she never took part. On August 19th, 1692, Martha went before a crowd at the gallows. Her final words were, “I would rather die than confess a falsehood so filthy.” Nearly 20 years after her death, on October 17, 1711, her name was cleared of all charges. She is one of the 25 innocent people who lost their lives during the trials.Further information about Martha Carrier can be found here.