I will Dave. Your history is interesting too. Yes it is fun to ponder but unfortunately I read this stuff at night and all my pondering makes it hard to sleep! It's just so exciting. Apparently this ancestor has had a lot written about her. Her name was Mary Bliss Parsons: http://ccbit.cs.umass.edu/parsons/hnmockup/home.html
She was a tough old broad!
I have been reading your Mary's site a bit lately and knowing what I know about this area since I moved here can sympathize with her quite a bit!
This area in the 1600's was the end of the world! The people who came here were either hunter/trappers, farmers looking for better land, adventurers or crazies/criminals that were driven out of the more structured or civilized area's like Salem or Boston area's. For a wealthy family to move out here at the time would not only be risky for them because of the Indian Wars, French(Quebec) antagonism but from the residents themselves. In a society that had so many pressures(let's not forget disease) just to survive the day a newcomer that had money would be fair game for the mentality of the day! If Mr. Parsons didn't hire someone they could hate him, a hungry person might hate him because he had plenty of food just for a couple of examples. Being out on the frontier, justice could be slow to non existent.
One other thing that many of us don't consider that in the Puritan world of the day, gossip, slander, fabricating lies and manipulating for bad intent was what was considered "conjuring"! In fairness this practice was a serious concern because it could be so devastating to a small town always on the brink of starvation or war that it was necessary to maintain a cohesiveness in the town or area for survival. This was not always fair but just how it was. These accusations had to be addressed and that's how they did it. The poorer uneducated frontiers people probably didn't even realized this was happening, they were just going with what they thought was right. Superstition and fear ruled the day back then and it's how it was.