Monthly Archives: August 1835

Allegan Judge Connected with Witch Trials


Allegan County’s first Probate Court judge Oka Town had three aunts who were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.  It seems ironic that our subject would become a judge after his aunts had been so harshly judged (and hanged).

Judge Oka Town’s Aunts

Rebecca Towne Nurse (Salem)

Rebecca Town Nurse

Mary Towne Easty (Salem)

Mary Towne Easty

Though Judge Town’s aunt Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes was also accused, her life was spared.

Learn about all of Allegan County’s judges on Allegan County Justice