In Wilton\u2019s early days, bizarre occurrences were often attributed to witches and witchcraft. Among those believed to have possessed supernatural abilities were a man known as \u201cUncle Bill\u201d and his wife, \u201cAunt Syb.\u201d In 1884, Hurlbutt family descendant Samuel M. Main wrote down stories his grandmother, Ruth Gilbert, had told him about some \u201cstrange doings\u201d in the late-1700s. According to Main, Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb \u201cgreatly annoyed\u201d his great-grandfather, Capt. Daniel Hurlbutt, who lived in a farmhouse at present-day 175 Hurlbutt Street\u00a0in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb were constantly demanding favors of the Hurlbutts, and mischief would result if they were refused, according to Main. For example, he wrote, if a request for butter or milk was denied, cows would come down with disease or \u201cgive bloody milk\u201d or milk would sometimes \u201clopper in an hour.\u201d Pans of milk would be overturned with the milk remaining in them until a Hurlbutt family member would go to turn them right side up, wrote Main, whose ancestors also believed Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb would bewitch their cream so it would not turn into butter. According to Main, after the Hurlbutts refused to give pork to Aunt Syb, she bewitched their hog \u2014 causing it to squeal, run and butt its head \u201cagainst any wall or other obstruction.\u201d The hog \u201cimmediately recovered\u201d after the Hurlbutts cropped off one of its ears, after which Aunt Syb suddenly took to wearing a muffler around her ears. According to Main, it was believed her ear had been cut off simultaneously because \u201dshe had entered into the swine.\u201d On another occasion, Main wrote, the day after Uncle Bill was denied some favor by the Hurlbutts, Capt. Hurlbutt discovered three hogs \u201con the great girt of his barn\u201d and called his neighbor to get them down. When Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb were refused wool, six sheep went missing and were not found until the following spring, under a pile of wood with \u201ca great log lying across their necks,\u201d Main wrote. The Hurlbutt family resorted to \u201canti-witchcraft devices\u201d to stop Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb. The Hurlbutts threw a broom on the threshold of a door because it was believed a witch could not cross it. They also nailed a horseshoe, with the toe calks up, over their door to keep them out. A horse of Josiah Marvin, who lived in present-day Cannondale, went missing after he refused to loan it to Uncle Bill. Three to four weeks later, Marvin found his horse crunching hay in the back of his barn. \u201cHe had eaten a space in the solid haymow, large enough to turn around in. Yet, between the horse and the barn floor \u2026 were six or eight feet of haymow. No signs could be found of the removing of the boards, and so no other explanation could be found but that Uncle Bill had bewitched the horse and put him there.\u201d Main said this story was told to him by Capt. Nathan Gilbert, who helped get Marvin\u2019s horse out of the hiding place. There was also a woman named Patty Bedient who claimed Uncle Bill and Aunt Syb would \u201ccome through a keyhole and bewitch her, turning her into a large white horse that would make long [journeys],\u201d according to writings by late town historian G. Evans Hubbard. Sharp Hill Witch Another witch-related Wilton legend is that of the \u201cSharp Hill Witch.\u201d The legend originated from the 1857 death of 87-year-old Esther Abbott Betts, who was found dead in front of a fireplace in her red-shingled home at 186 Sharp Hill Road. According to an article in the Wilton Library History Room, \u201cthe belief in the witch was so strong at times\u201d that \u201cchildren in the neighborhood dared not venture close to the property\u201d and the old house remained uninhabited until 1948. The state of Connecticut later took the land under eminent domain and the house was moved to Chestnut Hill Road in the 1970s, according to a 1981 Wilton Bulletin article.