The Outcasts – now in paperback

The Outcasts

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Cousin Kathleen Kent has a new book

Early Reviews for The Outcasts

Starred Kirkus Review:
After two novels re-imagining the history of her own New England ancestors (The Heretic’s Daughter, 2008; The Traitor’s Wife, originally titled The Wolves of Andover, 2010), Kent turns her attention to post–Civil War Texas, where law and morality are far more elastic…..A cinematic but refreshingly unsentimental take on the classic Western, starring a woman who is no romantic heroine, but a definite survivor.

Barbara’s Pick, Library Journal:
As historically grounded and perhaps more explosive than her first works, this new offering should be great for book clubs, which have always favored Kent. With a multi-city tour to Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Nashville.

Library Journal Review:
The two story lines race in parallel through the book until they cross paths in a tension-filled scene worthy of the big screen. VERDICT: Kent has built a well-paced story, filled with twists and turns that will surprise most readers. A solid choice for those interested in a Western, a thriller, a historical novel, or even just something new.

Visit Kathleen’s Facebook page and “Like” her work.


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Investigating Our Family Lore

Hello, my name is Adrian and I came across this website while preparing a paper on my 8th great grandmother Goody Carrier (Martha).
I am currently in school to complete my PHD in history and as part of my thesis I am writing about my family’s early days in the new world. Excited to be part of this community and see what others have discovered.

My grandmother first introduced me to the story of Goody when I was just a child, passed on in verbal form as part of our family lore for generations along with a 400 year old family bible that had names, birthdays, marriages, and deaths listed. Martha’s name is listed with a line through it and a note that simply says “executed”. It would be years before I confirmed the family stories and documented our family tree.

In any case, being a student of history, and one with several ties to the early days of our nation, I am excited to see what others have to share about our common ancestor. Hopefully in my research I will be able to drop a few treasures of my own to this community here and there.

Funny/Fun note on one of Goody’s descendants… nearly 200 years after Salem, Goody’s 3rd Great Grand Daughter, Adelaide Jenkins (my 3rd Great Grandmother), was also accused by members of her church of using witchcraft in the mid 1800s to “maintain an oddly youthful appearance”. A trait that my family has been known for ever since, with many of my family looking as much as 10 to 20 years or more, younger than their actual age. I have a great aunt that passed away at a youthful 107 that hardly looked a day over 60; and my great uncle Joe is 96 and doesn’t have a single grey hair.

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Events for 2013

Hoping there will be some activities around Salem this year.  I just learned I am a descendant of Martha and family this winter…really enjoyed Kathleen Kent’s books!..I know I’ve got cabin fever, but would like to plan a trip to Salem this year.  Jerry Rhodes

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Smithsonian Magazine on the Salem trials

This is old, but I just ran across this Smithsonian magazine short summary of Salem’s famous trails. Click here.

Jim Carrier

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Salem memorial to be re-dedicated

Dear Carrier Family:

On September 9, 2012, the Salem Award Foundation will present a twentieth anniversary rededication ceremony of the memorial stones for the 20 men and women who were hanged as a result of the witch hysteria.

I am so honored to have been asked by the organizers to participate in the ceremony and to lay a wreath of flowers at the stone dedicated to our many times great grandmother, Martha Carrier.  There will be 19 other descendents present to do the honors for their respective forebears, and among the speakers will be Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and the actor, Greg Alan Williams, who received the first Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.

It is a public event which begins at 4:00 p.m. at the memorial, 43 Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  I hope that some of you will be able to attend—I would cherish the opportunity to see again those of you who attended the Carrier reunion a few years ago.

The memorial park and stones require continual maintenance and repair, and the Foundation is in need of support.  Any amount, even a few dollars, would help to keep the park a fitting and honored tribute to those whose sacrifice and steadfastness to the truth stand as beacons of courage against intolerance and injustice.  You can make on-line contributions at  or by mail to: The Salem Award for Human Rights & Social Justice Foundation, P.O. Box 8484, Salem, MA 01971.

I will be posting photographs of the event on the Kathleen Kent Author page on Facebook so you can share in the experience.   My very best regards to you and yours, and would love to see some of my Carrier family in Salem on the 9th!

With gratitude,
Kathleen Kent

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Help for a College Student on a Paper

Hi Cousins!

I am trying to help a college student with a Sociology paper.  He is writing about the Salem Witch Trials and would like to ask a few questions of descendants about any oral history passed down in the family about their ancestor.  If you can help out, I know he’d appreciate it!  is his email addy and his name is Kevin.


Thanks a lot!!


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Iowa branch checking in

Hi, all,

My name is John Choiniere, and I believe I’m a 10th-generation near-direct descendant of Martha.  My mother’s maiden name was Rebecca Carrier.  I’m here basically to either confirm the research my grandmother did a few years back or have my illusions shattered (heh).  Here’s what I’ve been told:

Andrew Allen had a daughter, Martha, who married Thomas Carrier. They had a son Richard Carrier, who was married twice: first to Elizabeth Sessions, then to Thankful Brown.  With Thankful, he had a son Amos, who married Phoebe Kneeland. They had a son Amariah, who married Honor Hogins. They had a son Robert, who married Calista Fenner. They had a son Alvester Robert Carrier (1844-1924), who married Arabella Frances Richardson (1842-1908).  They had a son Fred Lester Carrier (1874-1926), who married Emma Claus (1876-1947). They had a son Lewis Edward Carrier (1901-1982), who married Hilda Felder (1901-1986). They had a son Jerome Francis (Bud) Carrier (1932-2005), who married Carolyn Janet Tomkins (1935-).  They gave birth to my mom, Rebecca (1958-), who married my dad, John Choiniere (1952-).  They had me and my brother Dan, born 1985 and 1988 respectively.

So, Martha => Richard => Amos => Amariah => Robert => Alvester => Fred => Lewis => Jerome => Rebecca => Me!

The later generations (Alvester onward) are totally confirmable through family possesions, but I have no idea about the veracity of the earlier stuff.  For example, my grandmother also has Thomas Carrier’s life span as 1626-1735 (109 years!).  Does this match with what other people know? And if so, is there any information I can provide to people about this Iowan group?

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2012 Carrier Reunion?

Hello Cousins,

Is there a 2012 Carrier Reunion planned?  I have to chose vacation dates soon for 2012. 

Sue King-Marschalk,  Bristol Tennessee

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New witch hunt film blames Rev. Parris

A new film playing at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site describes the Rev. Samuel Parris as the key figure in the 1692 hysteria. The film, based on the latest research, produced by the Essex National Heritage Commission, plays four times a day.

Read this account of the film, and the historians behind it, from Religion News Service, published in the Washington Post.

Here is the link to the NPS.

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