Interested in sharing info on ancestors who were accused of witchcraft, as in Salem Witch Trials.
Just confirmed one in my line.
My 'witch' is Mary Towne Estey - who is your ancestor? If it's Mary, I have quite a bit of birth/death information to share about descendants.
Mary Towne married Isaac Estey in 1655, Topsfield, Essex, MA
Mary: b. 24 Aug 1634, Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - d. 22 Sep 1692, Salem, Essex, MA (Execution by hanging for witchcraft)
Isaac: b. 27 Nov 1627, Fenton Parish, England - d. 1711
Their son Isaac Estey married Abigail Kimball on 14 Oct 1689, Topsfield, Essex, MA
Isacc: b. abt 1656, Topsfield, Essex, MA - d. Apr 1714, Lynn, Essex, MA
Abigail: b. 22 Mar 1666, Ipswich, Essex, MA - d. 12 Feb 1760, Reading, Middlesex, MA
and so on…
Hi, Thanks for the response! No, Mary isn't my witch, but she's a very interesting one! Mine is Rebecca Shelly Chamberlain. She is listed in the History of Billerica, MA as having been imprisoned in Cambridge Jail on suspected charges of witchcraft. She never went to trial, but died in the Cambridge jail on Sept. 26, 1692. There is some question about the name Shelly -- she may have been the daughter of Isaac Addington. She married William Chamberlain of Billerica, also Woburn.
The website adeaw.com -- Associated Daughters of Early American Witches -- is interesting, and that's where I found Rebecca, in their list of witches. I'm checking on some otheres -- Mary Perkins m Thomas Bradbury, Elizabeth Dane Johnson, and Rebecca Blake Eames. Their in the tree somewhere, but I have to determine if they are direct lines.
Genealogy is almost an addiction!
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I'm not sure if I have any witches in my line, but I did publish 2 articles in Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People in an issue on witches. One of my articles was "The Littlest Witch." It was about 4-year-old Dorcas Good, who was imprisoned with her mother and infant sibling. Her mother was hanged, the baby died in prison, and Dorcas was kept for several more months. In 1710 her father sued the courts for the deaths of his wife and baby and Dorcas' emotional problems. He was awarded 30 pounds. Prisoners were charged for food, blankets, and heavy leg irons, but the "country" was charged for the Goods' supplies because they were paupers.
The "witch" in my family tree, who was hanged for the crime of witchcraft at Salem in July 1692, was Susanna North Martin.
See the attached story of her trial, death and postumous pardon.
Our paths cross again (Puffer family). Timothy, the witch in family tree is also Susanna North Martin as well as John & Elizabeth Proctor. Mine are all in my Pulisfer family line.
A couple weeks ago there was a special on National Geographics about the Witch Trials and research has revealed that the person responsible for starting the entire "witch hunt" was Reverand Samuel Parris. The book "In the Devil's Snare by Mary Beth Norton is an excellent source. @ Betsy - I will definitely check out Associated Daughters of Early American Witches. Thanks!!!
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I am interested in the witch trials also! Might I inquire as to who your ancester is? I alos think my family might have had a member acused also. Thomas Hardy would be the ancester I would like to know about. Was Thomas hardy from, Agawam, Ispwich, and Bradford Massachusetts, the same as Thomas Hardy from Piscataqua?
This was my 1st cousin 9x removed.
Samul Wardwell is my 9th great grandfather. But I have found others that I am related to also. .
My 9th gr grandfather, Roger Toothaker Jr., was tortured as a witch and died in prison. My 9th gr aunt, Martha Allin Carrier, was hanged as a "witch." My 9th gr grandmother, Mary Allin Toothaker and 10-year-old daughter, Margaret, confessed and were spared. Mary and Roger's other children were also arrested including daughter, Martha Toothaker Emerson. When Indians attacked 3 years later, Mary Allin Toothaker was massacred and Margaret, age 13, was abducted, never to be seen again. Timothy, I regret to say my 8th gr grandparents ,John Atkinson and Sarah Myrick Atkinson, testified against Susannah Martin. I, too, highly recommend Mary Beth Norton's book.
I will look up the book. I am also related to the Emersons though his daughter Hannah who is a great grandmother. I am very proud of Hannah. I would like to think that some of my strength comes from her.