- Mark A. Peterson
Hibbins, Ann (?–19 June 1656), early and unusually prominent victim of witchcraft persecution in colonial New England, was an . Her place of birth, parents, and maiden name are unknown. She came to New England in the 1630s during the Puritan Great Migration and settled with her husband, William Hibbins, in Boston. (It is not known if the couple had children.) William quickly grew to prominence as a merchant and political figure. He was elected as a deputy to the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court in 1641–1642 and in 1643 rose as an assistant to the upper house, where he remained until his death. During this time William Hibbins also served as the colony’s agent in England. His rapid advancement in affairs of state was matched by the family’s quick acceptance into the religious community. In 1639 Hibbins and her husband were together admitted to the Boston church, presumably by demonstrating their abilities to make orthodox confessions of faith and relate convincing descriptions of the work of God’s grace on their souls....