Thanks JenEllen Way for the suggestion and I have changed the last chapter at the end to make it flow better. I also forgot to add some information about where I got the idea for this story.

I put the link in my profile for the website about Martha Schuler but here is what it reads.

In 1664 in the town of Lindheim, Germany, Martha Schuler was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and eventually burned for witchcraft. Her husband, arrested with her, was able to escape. One of the most famous victims in this tragedy was Martha Schüler, a young innocent wife and mother who was tortured and burned in the Witchtower of Lindheim.

Unlike most other cases, the Church had no part in the Witchtrials at Lindheim. On the contrary, Konrad H. Ölker, the Vicar of Lindheim, offered support and comfort to all the pitiable people accused of being witches. The trials were, in fact, the deed of a few men who found a way to enrich themselves with the properties of the victims, namely the Bailiff Georg Ludwig Geis, who was both prosecutor and witch judge, as well as the lay assessor, Krieger, and the hangman.

Thanks to the diary of Vicar Hölker, we have not only the names of the victims but also informative background material, especially about his good friends, the Schüler family.

The Miller Johannes Philippe Schüler was a wealthy and warmhearted man, generally highly respected for his aid to the poor of the Lindheim community. He was married to Martha, sister of Weilburg's Vicar Frech. Martha, described as a young, educated woman with a nice appearance, was the mother of three children, namely Johannes, Elisabeth and little Adam.

The Witchjudge Geis had planned to get rid of the Schülers for quite some time but could not find any witnesses ready to accuse Johannes Schüler as a witchmaster. At last, he could no longer control his desire for the Miller's property, and he arrested Martha who, under torture of indescribable cruelty, admitted to being guilty of having killed, together with her midwife and five other women, her newborn baby and of having prepared a witch-ointment from the body. The truth was that Martha had given birth to a dead child, and her innocence could have been established by opening the grave where the body of the baby still lay in the coffin. But these facts were neglected by Geis, and as soon as Johannes returned to Lindheim after having informed the supremacy about Geis' outrages, he was imprisoned by Krieger and Geis and thrown into the Witchtower together with his wife.

With the help of the Vicar and his friends, Johannes escaped from the Tower, but Martha, too weak after the torture and terrible treatment, was unable to follow him. Johannes Schüler hesitated to leave his wife behind, but he was persuaded to do so as he might have a chance to put an end to the cruelties by contacting higher authorities. He appealed to the Supreme Court at Speyer, and he also received a Letter of Protection from the authorities represented by Heinrich Hermann von Oynhausen. However, before he could return to Lindheim, he received the message that Martha had been sentenced to death by Geis and burned inside the Witchtower on February 23rd around seven o'clock.*

Johannes feared to return to Lindheim and likely found a hiding place in a cave near Steinberg,