In February 1785, several children accused her of luring them into her home to draw blood from them. She was found guilty of witchcraft, banished from the village during a particularly harsh winter, and presumed dead.
By midwinter, all of Kedwards’s accusers, along with half of the town’s children vanished. Fearing a curse, the townspeople fled Blair and vowed never to utter the name Elly Kedward again.
Elly Kedward's name is likely a play on the name of Edward Kelley (1555 – 1597), an English Renaissance occultist and self-declared spirit medium. He claimed to be able to summon spirits or angels in a "shew-stone" or mirror, and may have invented an "angelic language" he claimed to use to speak to them.