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Jane Hooper was a Newburyport “school dame” in 1760, but after she lost that job she found fame as a fortune-teller and became known in our area as “Madam Hooper, the Witch.” The Madam had very bright grey eyes, and seemed to look through people. Her teeth were double all around, giving her chin a puffy look. Her wardrobe was extravagant — silks and satins beyond price. These antique garments were calculated to inspire credulous people with the awe which she coveted. Children ran at her approach and their elders, fearing the evil eye, were lavish in courtesy. The queerest thing of all was a jet black hen with a clipped bill which was her “familiar” and constant companion. The fowl inspired people with awe as if it were the devil incarnated.
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Jane Hooperunknown1760
 
17981798, May 16

Vincenta Da Ponteunknown1770
 
 
1780s 9unknown
 an Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. As a composer, Da Ponte is known only from an un...
Vincenta Da Ponteunknown1770
 
 
1780s 9unknown
 an Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. She was a member of the coro, or music school, o...
Maddalena Laura Sirmen1745, Dec 91766
 
 
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 an Italian composer, violinist, and later unsuccessful singer. In 1771, she debuted her "Concerto...
Elisabeth Thibleunknown1780
 
 
1789unknown
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17911795, Feb 11
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John Vallanceunknown1790
 
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 an English amateur/professional cricketer who made 5 known appearances in first-class cricket mat...
Joseph Haydn1732, Mar 311739
 
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 a prominent and prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the de...
Philip Astley1742, Jan 81759
 
18141814, Jan 27
 an English equestrian, circus owner, and inventor, regarded as being the "father of the modern ci...
Christoffer Christian Karsten1756, Sep 91773
 
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 a Swedish opera singer, sometimes called the greatest male opera singer in Swedish history. He wa...
Marianne Ehrenstrom1773, Dec 91790
 
18311867, Jan 4
 a Swedish writer, singer, painter, pianist, culture personality, memorialist, principal and lady-...
William Dunlap1766, Feb 191783
 
18341839, Sep 28
 a pioneer of American theater. He was a producer, playwright, and actor, as well as a historian. ...
Johannes Rienksz Jelgerhuis17701785
 
18361836
 a 19th-century painter and actor from the Northern Netherlands. He was also known for interiors a...
Thomas Moore1779, May 281795
 
18461852, Feb 25
 an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Min...
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