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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Stencel

Witchy woman


The inspiration for yesterday's recording was my Great-great-great-great-great Grandmother, Ruth Taylor Alger, 1750 -1816.


When Ruth Taylor was born on December 22, 1750, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, her father, John, was 21, and her mother, Mary, was 19. She married Stoughton Alger on September 3, 1772, in her hometown. They had five children in 18 years. She died on January 8, 1816, in Oneonta, New York, at the age of 65.


More interestingly, local legend states that she was a witch and could turn into a white crow.




Ruth Taylor Alger-->Elizabeth Alger Houghtailing -->Clarissa Houghtailing Tracey --> Nancy Tracey Devine --> Lulu Devine Kanter --> Ruth Kanter Leinfelder --> Julie Leinfelder Stencel --> Me


Her story was recounted in A History of Otego by Blakely, Stuart Banyar Cooperstown, N.Y. : Crist, Scott & Parshall, 1907, p. 145.



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