Andrews, Mary (ca. 1871)
One of the earliest mediums for materialization. She was a
plain, uneducated woman of Moravia, near Auburn, New York.
Her seances were held in the house of a farmer named Keeler.
In the dark seances, questions were answered by spirit lights,
the piano was sounded, water was sprinkled into the faces of the
sitters, they were touched by phantom hands, and spirit voices
were heard. In the light seances, the second part of the exhibition,
the medium sat in a cabinet, and busts, arms, and hands
materialized, the lips of phantom faces were seen in motion,
and, despite the dim light, many departed relatives were recognized.
T. R. Hazard, Epes Sargent, and Eugene Crowell provided
accounts of Andrews’s sittings, while John W. Truesdell offered
a very critical appraisal of her seances.
Sources
Crowell, Eugene. The Identity of Primitive Christianity and
Modern Spiritualism. N.p., 1874.
Hazard, T. R. Eleven Days in Moravia. N.p., n.d.
Sargent, Epes. Proof Palpable of Immortality. N.p., 1875.
Truesdell, John W. The Bottom Facts Concerning the Science of
Spiritualism. 1883. Reprint, New York, 1884.

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