Updated: Nov 24, 2020
This week Kyle and I talked about some of the spooky cases up in New Hampshire. There were so many we had to pick just a few of our favorites. Let's jump in!
Eunice "Goody" Cole
Eunice was born around 1600 in England and eventually married a man by the name of William Cole. William and Eunice were both indentured servants to a wealthy London Merchant by the name of Matthew Craddock. Years later when they were released they traveled to America where they received 2 acres of land in Massachusetts.
They began to receive religious persecution from the puritans due to the fact that they were protestants. They left Massechessets and moved to Exeter, NH. Soon they also found themselves again at the pressure of persecution and left Exeter and moved to the small town of Hampton, NH. They ended up receiving a forty-acre swath of land in Hampton.
Again it wasn't long before the locals began to gossip about the Coles. A few subjects of the gossip were that the Coles were childless. This could have been one of two reasons, they already had their children back in England or they were unable to have children. Either way, it stacked the card against them. The other strong point again was they were not puritans.
In 1649, the puritans took over the courts in that region and began to draw a fine line between slander and witchcraft. One of the reasons they would do this is, if you speak out, you can be labeled a witch and killed, and the accusers get your land. So standing up for yourself especially as a woman during this time could easily cause you to end up being accused of witchcraft.
Eunice starts to get accused of slanderous speech by her neighbors. As such, they began to accuse her of witchcraft.
Cole was formally accused of witchcraft three times in her lifetime
The first time in Boston 1656 when several townspeople testified against her.
They couldn't get the witchcraft conviction to stick, but they did get her whipped and thrown in jail for life
She was imprisoned until 1660 but was released until 1662
In 1662 her husband William passes, leaving her widowed on her 40-acre farm alone. The courts determined she had not served her time in jail so she was returned to prison until sometime between 1668 and 1671 with even more witchcraft claims against her. She was eventually acquitted, despite the "just ground of vehement suspicion" of her guilt. She was accused again in 1673, but acquitted, and once again in 1680, and although she was not indicted, she was still kept in prison.
Upon her death in 1680, she was hastily buried in an unmarked grave in Hampton; its whereabouts are still not known with any certainty to this day. A stake was driven into her body after her death "in order to exorcise the baleful influence she was supposed to have possessed," and a horseshoe hung on the stake, just to be on the safe side.
Hampton was a spirit-haunted town. Ghosts and witches and even the Evil one himself often appeared to its terrified inhabitants. One could not lie down in his bed at night with the peaceful certainty that no alarming specter would stalk through his room to trouble his slumbers.
She was accused of many things through the power of witchcraft. Two young men were drowned in Hampton River and their boat was believed to have been overturned through her agency. The village children who indulged in the fearful pleasure of peeping in at her window reported the Evil One in the shape of a little black dwarf with a red cap on his head sat at her table and that she frequently cuffed his ears to keep him in order. This does not sound like a demon but rather a fae. Specifically a Redcap fae. Redcaps are a type of malevolent, murderous goblin.
At the trial, Thomas Philbrick testified that she had said if any of his calves should eat her grass she wished it might poison them or choke them. Immediately one of the calves disappeared and the other came home and died about a week after. These alleged accusations were some of the causes for Goody Cole to be accused of witchcraft so often.
To this day they say she still haunts the area.
Moving on to our next case, I found this case particularly interesting and we aren't even leaving Hampton, NH!
General Jonathon Moulton
Jonathon Moulton was a decorated veteran of King Philip's War in England, the French and Indian War in America, and eventually the Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, he was tasked with defending the New Hampshire coastline. A short 18 mile stretch of land was the only line of defense from the British invading New Hampshire.
He was eventually promoted to Brigadier General for his merits during the Revolution. He was later elected into the State Assembly as well as serving on the Committee of Safety. In a short time, he also went from frontier trader to one of the wealthiest men in NH. Many people believe this was not by luck or fortune, instead, they believe it had a supernatural cause.
As we already know from Goody Cole, the Devil himself seemed to have been lurking in the township of Hampton. So it was not too much of a stretch to believe that Jonathon allegedly had dealings with the Devil too.
Apparently, he agreed to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for two boots full of gold. However, Jonathon was no fool, he cut holes in the floor in addition to the bottom of his boots. No matter how much gold the devil poured the boots wouldn't fill up. He allegedly had a basement full of gold and got to keep his soul since the devil couldn't fill up the boots.
One can not simply trick the devil and think they would be safe from his trickery. According to the legend the Devil had more than a few tricks up his sleeves for Moulton. The Devil apparently burned down Moulton's house in retaliation. Moulton and his family barely escaped alive. The Devil would eventually come back for more later on.
This was not the end of supernatural happenings within Jonathan's life. During the Revolution Moulton's wife, Abigail passed away from smallpox, within a year he remarried a prettier and younger woman named Sarah. Moulton apparently recycled his late wife Abigail's wedding ring and gave it to his new bride. After all, he was someone who valued his personal wealth more than anything and was not exactly keen on sharing but he did rather enjoy flaunting it. Allegedly on their wedding night, Abigail appeared to Sarah and stole the ring back off of her finger before slipping into the darkness under the bed.
Moulton died at the age of 61 on Sept 18th, 1787. Apparently, one of the pallbearers at Moulton's funeral took a peak in the casket to see his friend one last time. But his friend was not in the casket. In place of the body was a bag of coins with the Devil's face stamped on them. The Devil had indeed gotten his soul after all.
These two cases were so large and fascinating, but there were so many more! These next two cases were sent to us by our friend Brian Weaver over at GhostQuest.net. Thank you, Brian!
Strange lights and orbs are seen in the woods around Bow Lake in Strafford County, NH. Eerily locals have reported hearing disembodied screams and other strange unexplainable noises
Isle of Shoals
Just off the coast of Portsmouth, NH visitors have reported seeing apparitions and other unexplained paranormal phenomena such as cold spots, voices, and footsteps. There is also a spectral visage of a ghost ship called the Isadore which sank in 1843 that is reported to be seen sailing off the isles.