Sarah Warren Osbourne was NOT a witch, but she was my 8th g grandmother. She married Robert Warren and had a farm. He died and she was older and left alone to care for the entire farm, and for the household. That meant she had to do the work of several people in one day! She tried to carry on but the place fell into disrepair and so she hired a local man, Osbourne, to help with the farm. He was there several years and as things can go, he became more than a hired hand. So the town got wind of it and proclaimed her a witch. Now Sarah had not been to meeting in several years and there was that hired hand living in....so they proclaimed her a witch. Makes sense to me...not!
So when the witch hunts began, she was quickly chosen and put in chains in "goal", now called jail. As the trials began and proceeded she lingered in goal. She died there, an old woman, and right after she died it was proclaimed that the whole witch hunt was a farce. The ones that were alive (there were men and women) were let go, but it was too late for Sarah and many others.
Mass hysteria created these witches. Most likely like Sarah the proclaimed witches were a little different or didn't go to meeting regularly, and so on.
That is what my research has shown me.....