Regarding Whittier's poem, "The Witch's Daughter", the most important thing to keep in mind is that it is a fictional, poetic allusion to the events surrounding the witch hysteria. Whittier grew up in the same area where Susanna and George Martin lived and was thoroughly familiar with local legends. He probably picked and chose elements from history, legend and his own imagination to create the tone and message which he wanted for his poem. It would be a mistake to read it too closely as historical fact. It gives a great message about the need for tolerance and love, though, doesn't it?