? Eggert Family Genealogy 

[F]     Barbara

Death:        29 Jun 1622
Burial:       Rhodt unter Rietburg?, Pfalz, Germany
Religion:     Lutheran

Married(1) Joachim Barth ( +<1580)
    1. Marx Barth ()
    2. Antinus Bart (*1572 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany)
    3. Clara Bart (*1573 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany)
    4. Johannes Barth (*1575 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany)

Married(2) Johan Zimmerman (*Rosenfeld, Württemberg, Germany +<1622)
	     26 Jan 1580 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany
    1. Solomon Zimmerman (*1581 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany)
    2. Margretha Zimmerman (*1583 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany)
    3. Hanß Jerg Zimmerman (*1585 Rhodt unter Rietburg, Pfalz, Germany +1622 Rhodt unter Rietburg?, Pfalz, Germany)

On 27 July 1592, Barbara was arrested by the beadle of Rhodt for witchcraft and was detained in the town hall. Earlier witch trials in the nearby towns of Kirrweiler and Edesheim had included confessions that incriminated her and Kol Appel of participating in witch dances. The official in Rhodt wrote to his district office for permission to proceed with a trial, but received the answer that the charges were insufficiently grave to justify a trial, and that he should let the accused free, but watch them. Kirrweiler and Edesheim were in the Bishopric of Speyer, but Rhodt belonged to Württemberg and followed a different law which required more than mere denunciation, but also actual crimes or proven black magic. Proof could only be produced via confession, which could be obtained by torture if sufficient evidence of guilt was present. Such evidence only existed for Kol Appel, who was in fact then interrogated without torture and confessed to a pact with the devil, witch's dances, altering the weather, killing human and animal victims, and other black magic as well as participation in a witch's sabbath.

Sources: FSGT(Batch: C99690-2, Origin: Germany-EASy, Film: 1457592, Reference: v KB01), FSDH(Batch: M99690-2, Origin: Germany-EASy, Film: 1457592), FSTB(Batch: B03614-3, Origin: Germany-EASy, Film: 1457592), RHODT3(Page: 56–58)
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