The Bathsheba Sherman Story

The Bathsheba Sherman Story

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Bathsheba Sherman story, which is linked to a previous article we published, located here – Old Arnold Estate – The Conjuring.

Accused of being a witch, even after she had proven her innocence – why were locals so convinced that she was in league with the devil?

Bathsheba Sherman History

Born in Rhode Island in 1812, Bathsheba Thayer married her sweetheart, Judson Sherman, on March the 10th, 1844. They were both is their thirties at the time (records do not show the exact ages).

Five years after they tied the knot, Bathsheba Sherman gave birth to their son, Herbert.

The Sherman family owned a farm which Judson ran alone, leaving Bathsheba to look after and raise their young son.

NOTE: Certain reports claim that the Sherman’s had three other children who all died at a young age. There is NO evidence to back this up! 

Bathsheba Sherman History

Life couldn’t be better really – the farm was doing exceptionally well and Bathsheba was doing a great job at raising young Herbert…

But all that changed in an instant, when a neighbor’s infant died whilst in her care.

Bathsheba Sherman the Witch

The infant died, or was murdered, in a rather gruesome fashion – the cause of death was found to be an impalement at the base of the youngster’s skull.

Bathsheba went to trial and was cleared of any wrongdoing…but the locals did not buy this – they believed that she sacrificed the child as an offering to the devil.

Unfortunately for Bathsheba – she was not the most popular character with local women before this incident. She was extremely good looking and most women who knew her resented this.

Bathsheba Sherman the Witch

She could not escape the opinions of everyone she knew, and she eventually led the sheltered life of a recluse.

This only added fuel to the fire, and the locals made up fresh rumors of what she did when she was locked away in the farm.

Reports suggest that this sheltered lifestyle eventually changed her personality, and she became incredibly nasty to the hired help that worked the farm.


Bathsheba is thought to have lived to the age of 72, but then died suddenly from a strange kind of paralysis. Reportedly the medical report on her death states that her body had turned as if to stone.

This strange death only ended up convincing the locals further that she was some kind of twisted and powerful witch.

Herbert went on to live a peaceful enough life and ended up having his own family.

Bathsheba is buried in the Harrisville Cemetery next to her husband, Judson Sherman.

The Real Bathsheba Sherman

The Bathsheba Sherman Story

Was Bathsheba Sherman a witch?

Well, there are no real facts to back this claim up anywhere. The death of the infant is extremely strange and horrific…but she was somehow cleared of any wrongdoing.

We suggest that you read our previous article on this subject, Old Arnold Estate – The Conjuring, before leaving your opinion in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.

13 comments on “The Bathsheba Sherman Story

  1. If the house belonged to Bathsheba, where does the name Arnold come from? I believed that eight generations of Arnold’s lived there? How and when did it come to Bathsheba Sherman?

    1. No idea Missy – have you clicked on the link in the article to the older piece we wrote? (there’s more info there…and I’m also on a bus responding to this on my phone!).

  2. This is such an intriguing story, I’m always somehow drawn to mysteries, love to read about stuff like that. Thanks for the time and effort to bring these to us. Will be checking out your paranormal and psychic sections as well, am so glad I stumbled upon your website tonight… 

    1. Well I’m glad you stumbled upon us too Joo (that rhymes!). Thanks for reading our work and I hope you enjoy the rest of the site! 🙂

  3. That was an interesting article. It’s amazing how people’s opinions of someone can totally change the course of their life. 

    I did read the earlier article and it sounds like she was not a very nice spirit in the afterlife. Maybe she was trying to get back at people for how she was treated in her life. 

  4. Thank you for this informative post which provides great insight into history. Having read the story from what you posted, there is no justification that Bathsheba could be a witch or a conjurer. She was just a victim of circumstance and being not in good term with the fellow women. You didn’t talk about the life of judstone thereafter. 

    1. Sorry Clement, I had a little difficulty trying to understand the end of your comment (I still don’t so I won’t answer that part!!!). Did you read the older article linked to this one? It may answer a few of your questions?

  5. This one is a bit tricky although we do have our different opinion about this, I do not think bathsheba sherman was a witch, looking at the previous article on the old Arnold Estate which I believe was an hunted mansion that made Mrs John Arnold hung herself in the barn. This can be said as the cause of death of bathsheba neighbours child.

  6. It’s so unfortunate that people get labelled as evil or possessed when such things cannot be proven. It is possible that the death of the child is as a result of some unexplained accident. The fact that she died of some “mysterious” illness, does nothing to prove that she was a witch. If it were to be in modern times, I believe her strange illness would have been diagnosed. Personally, I don’t believe in the paranormal. There must be some scientific explanation to all of those happenings.

    1. No problem mate – that’s your opinion and you’re completely entitled to it. Thanks for taking the time to leave it with us. 

  7. I think that spirit was not her that was a demon that transforms and make people think that was her. That’s what I think because that can happened. It happened to my aunt my grandma die when she was a teenager and one day my aunt was in a high building and she said she saw her and said to her come and she was going then my aunt said wait a moment my mom die. She look and that thing start to laugh at her and disappears. All is true.

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