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Benjamin Hutchinson v. George Burroughs

Benjemin huchension s'd that one the 21'st aprell 92 abegeral
wiluams s'd that there.was a lettell black menester that Lived at
Casko bay he told me so and s'd that he had kild 3 wifes two for
himself and one for mr Losen and that he had made nine Weches in
this plase and s'd that he Could hold out the hevest gun that Is
in Casko bay w'th one hand w'c no man Can Case hold out w't
both. hands this Is about a ll a clock and I ask her Where about this
lettel man stood s'd she Just where the Cart wheell went along I
had a 3 graned irne fork in my hnad and I thru it wher she said
he stud  
then we come into the house of left Ingersoll and I went into the
great Roome and abigle come in and said ther he stands I said wher
wher and presently draed my rapyer but he emmedetly was gon as
she said then said she ther is a gray catt then i said wher abouts
doth she stand ther s'd she ther than I struck # [with] with my
rapyer then she fell in afitt and when it was over she said you kild
hur and immedetly Sary good come and carrid hur away this was
about 12 a clock The same day after lecttor in the said: Ingersolls
chamber abigaill williams mary walcot said that goody hobs of
topfell bitt mary walcot by the foot then both falling into a fit
as soone as it was over the said william hobs and his wife goe both of
them a long the table; the said hucheson tooke his rapier stabed
goody hobs one the side as abigaill williams & mary walcot saide: 
the said abigaill & mar said the roome was full of them then the
said hucheson & Ely putnam stabed with their raperres at a ventor
then said mary & abigell you have killed a greet black woman of Ston- 
intown . and an Indian that comes with her for the flore is all covered
with blod.then the said mary and abigaill looked out of dores & said
they saw a greet company of them one a hill & there was three of
them lay dead the black woman & the indian & one more that they
knew not
This being about.4.a clock in the after noon
(On reverse side of paper) Ben Huchison


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Abigail Hobbs and Mary Warren v. George Burroughs et al.

1st June 1692
Abigaile Hobbs then confessed before John Hathorn & Jonathan cor- win Esq'rs That at the generall meeting of the Witches in the feild
near Mr Parrisse's house she saw Mr George Burroughs , Sarah Good
Sarah Osborne Bridgett Bishop a[lbar ]s. Olliver & Giles Cory , two or
three nights agone, Mr Burrough came & sat at the window & told
her he would terribly afflict her for saying so much ag't him & then
pinched her, deliverance Hobbs then saw s'd Burroughs & he would
have tempted her to sett her hand to the book & almost shooke
her to pieces because she would not doe it,
Mary Warren Testifyeth that when she was in prison in Salem about a
fortnight agone Mr George Burroughs , Goody Nurse Goody procter , 
Goody parker, Goody pudeator , Abigail Soames , Goodman procter , 
Goody Darling [Dowing?] & others unknowne came to this depon't
& Mr Burroughs had a trumpett & sounded it, & they would have
had this depon't to have gone up with them to a feast at Mr parris- ses & Goody Nurse & Goody procter told her this depon't they were
Deacons & would have had her eat some of their sweet bread & wine
& she asking them what wine that was one of them said it was blood
& better then our wine but this depon't refused to eat or drink with
them & they then dreadfully afflicted her at that tyme.
Sworne the first of June 1692 

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin { 
Assis'ts
M'd. that at the time of the taking of this deposicon Goody Nurse
appeared in the roome & afflicted the Depon't Mary & Deliverance Hobbs as they attested & alsoe almost Choaked abigaile Hobbs as
alsoe testified, & Mr English then run a pin into Maryes hand as she
attested 

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Allen Toothaker v. Martha Carrier

The deposition of Allin Toothaker aged about 22 years Saith
I heard Martha Carrier Saÿ that Benjamin Abbutt would wish he
had not medled with that land so Near our houwse for she would
stick as Cols to him as the barck to the tree, afore seaven years Com
a bout, & that doctor prescott should Never Cure him, & a bout last
march Richard Carrier & mÿ selfe had som difference, & said Rich- 
ard pulled me downe by the haer of mÿ head to the ground for to
beat me: I desired him to lett me Risse, when I was up I went to
strick at him, but I fell downe flate upon my back to the ground
& had not power to ster hand Nor foote, then I toold sayd Richard
I would yeald to him & owne him the best man & then I saw Martha Carrier goe of from mÿ brest, butt when I was Rissen up I saw non of
her, I was Wounded in the Warre, Martha Carrier tould me I Would
Never be Cured, afore she was Aprehended I Could thrust in mÿ 
Wound a knitting Nedle four Inches deep but, since she have been
Taken I am thorowlÿ healed: and have had more Ease then I have
had in halfe a year before Sometimes when Martha Carrier & I had
some difference she would Clap her hand at me & saÿ I should gett. 
Nothing by it: & #[still] with i[numl ] a daÿ, or two: I lost a three year
old heffer: Next a yealin: & then a Couw; & then had som litle dif- 
ference a gaine & lost a yearlin, #[ -- -- these aboves'd Creatures
which died, I could not Learn of any reason for their -- -- ] And I
knowe not of any naturall Causes of the death of the abovs'd Crea- 
tures , but have always feared it hath been the effect of my Aunt
Martha Carrier her malice:
Jurat in Curia
his mark 

Allen Toothaker
(Reverse) Allen Toothaker 

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Andrew Foster v. Martha Carrier , Mary Toothaker , and -- Toothaker

The tistimony of Andrew foster aged about 55 who saith that some
time Last may I being at the hous of Thomas Carrier I was saieing
that I hard that when Timothy oosgood and his Brother Samuell
want to Salam the other day thay goeing to Let Engerson one of the
afflicted maides lucked out and asked what thay brought them three
woman behind them fore thay asked what woman the maid sayd
Goodwife Carrier goodwife Touthacor and hir dughter and thay goe- 
ing into Engerson hous thay askeed the maide where goodwife car- rier was shee Answared thar shee sits by you upon the table upon
which the maide had a fitt: which #[almost] twisted her nick
almost round of. then goodwife carrier Answared no it is no matter
if hir nicke had ben quite of if shee sayd I was thiere
Jurat in Curia 


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Ann Putnam Jr. v. Mary Bradbury

[The d] eposition of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that
I being at [A]ndevour on the 26 day of July 1692 I saw there Mis Mary [Brad]bery the wife of Capt Tho: Bradbery of Salisbury or
hir [App]erance most grevious afflecting and tormenting of Timothy Swan of Andevor allmost Redy to kill him also severall times before
and sence that time I have seen mist. Bradbery or hir Apperance
most greviously afflecting Timothy Swan and I beleve that Mis Brad- bery is a most dreadfull wicth for sence she has been in prison she
or hir Apperance has com to me and most greviously afflected me
ann putnam ownid before the grand Inquest this har evidens to be
the truth one the oath that she hath taken: this: 8 day of September
1692
(Reverse) Anna putnam


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Ann Putnam, Jr. v. George Burroughs

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that on
the 5'th of may 1692 at evening I saw the apperishtion of Mr George Burroughs who greviously tortored me and urged me to writ in his
book which I refused then he tould me that his Two firs t wives
would appeare to me presently and tell me a grat many lyes but I
should not beleve them:then immediatly appeared to me the forme
of Two women in winding sheats and napkins about their heads: att
which I was gratly affrighted: a
gance against him: and also tould him that they should be cloathed
with white Robes in heaven, when he should be cast into hell: and
immediatly he vanished away: and as soon as he was gon the Two
women turned their faces towards me and looked as pail as a white
wall: and tould me that they ware mr Burroughs Two first wives
and that he had murthered them: and one tould me that she was his
first wife and he stabed hir under the left Arme and put a peace of
sealing wax on the wound and she pulled aside the winding sheat
and shewed me the place and also tould me that she was in the house
Mr parish now lives w'n it was don, and the other tould me that Mr Burrough and that wife which he hath now kiled hir in the vessell
as she was coming to se hir friends because they would have one
another: and they both charged me that I should tell these things
to the Magestraits before Mr Burroughs face and if he did not own
them they did not know but that they should appere their: thes
morning also Mis Lawson and hir daughter Ann appeared to me
whom I knew: and tould me that Mr Burroughs murthered them: 
this morning also appeared to me another woman in a winding sheat
and tould me that she was goodman fullers first wife and Mr Bur- roughs kiled hir because there was sum differance between hir hus- 
band and him: also on the 9'th may dureing the time of his ex- 
amination he did most greviously torment and afflect Mary Walcott
mercy lewes Eliz Hubburd and Abigail williams by pinching prick'g
and choaking them Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Ann putnam Cont Geo Burroughs Death of his wife
& Lawson's Childe


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Ann Putnam, Jr. v. George Burroughs

The Deposition of Ann putnam: who testifieth and saith that on
20'th of April 1692 :at evening she saw the Apperishtion of a Minister
at which she was greviously affrighted and cried out oh dreadfull: 
dreadfull here is a minister com:what are Ministers wicthes to: whence
com you and What is your name for I will complaine of:you tho you
be A minister: if you be a wizzard; and Immediatly I was tortored
by him being Racked and all most choaked by him: and he tempted
me to write in his book which I Refused with loud out cries and said
I would not writ in his book tho he tore me al to peaces but tould
him that it was a dreadfull thing: that he which was a Minister that
should teach children to feare G od should com to perswad poor
creatures to give their souls to the divill: oh. dreadfull tell me your
name that I may know who you are: then againe he tortored me
& urged me to writ in his book: which I Refused: and then presently
he tould me that his name was George Burroughs and that he had
had three wives: and that he had bewitched the Two first of them to
death: and that he kiled Mist. Lawson because she was so unwilling
to goe from the village and also killed Mr Lawsons child because he
went to the eastward with Sir Edmon and preached soe; to the
souldiers and that he had bewicthed a grate many souldiers to death
at the eastword, when Sir Edmon was their. and that he had made
Abigail Hobbs a wicth and: severall wicthes more: and he has con- 
tinewed ever sence; by times tempting me to write in his book and
greviously tortoring me by beating pinching and almost choaking me
severall times a day and he also tould me that he was above wicth
for he was a cunjurer
Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Ann putnam ag'st Burroughs 


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Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Bradbury

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that ever
sence the begining of May 1692 I have ben afflected by a woman
which tould me hir name was Mis Bradbery and that she came from
Salisbury, but on the 2'th day of July 1692 being the. day of the Ex- 
amination of Mis Mary Bradbery I then saw that she was the very
same woman that tould me hir name was Mis Bradbery and she most
greviously afflect and [and] torment me dureing the time of hir
Examination for if she did but look upon me she would strick me
down or almost choak me also on the day of hir Examination I saw
mis. Bradbery most greviously afflet and torment Mary Walcott. 
Sarah Vibber and Eliz. Hubburd and I beleve in my hart that Mis Bradbery is a wicth & that she has often affleted me and severall
others by hir acts of wicthcraft: also there Appered to me my uncle
Jno Carr in a winding sheet: whom I very well knew in his life time: 
and he tould me that mis Bradbery had murthered him and that his
blood did Crie for venjance against her: also mis Bradbery or hir
Apperance tould me that it was she that made my fathers sheep to
run a
[torn] they were all lost: and that she had killed my fathers
[torn] and also kiled that horse he took such delight in An: Put- 
nam affirmed to the Jury of inquest: to the truth of the above writ- 
ten evidence on oath Sept'r 9: 1692


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Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Sarah Buckley

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and [saith] that I
have a long time seen gooddy Buckly amongsts the wicthes but she
did not doe me much hurt tell the 23'th of Aprill 1692 and then she
fell upon me most greviously #[to writ in hir book] almost redy to
kill me urging me vehemently to writ in hir book: also on the 18'th may 1692 Sarah Buckly or hir Apperan [c]e did most greviously
to[r]ment me dureing the time of her Examina[tbar ][ibar ] for if she did but
look upon she would strick me down or allmost choak me: also on
the day of hir Examination I saw Sarah Buckly or her Apperan[c]e
most greviously afflect and torment Mary Walcott mercy lewes Abi- gail williams and Mary warren: and I beleve in my heart that Sarah Buckly is a wicth and that she has often afflected me and the affore- 
said parsons by acts of wicthcraft.
The above s'd Deponant Ann Putnam acknowledged before the
Grand inquest the truth of the above Evedence Upon her Oath this
15 of septe[mbar ] . 1692


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Answer of Mary Bradbury

The Answer of Mary Bradbury in the charge of Witchcraft or
familliarity with the Divell I doe plead not guilty.
I am wholly inocent of any such wickedness through the goodness
of god that have kept mee hitherto) I am the servant of Jesus Christ
& Have given my self up to him as my only lord & saviour: and to
the dilligent attendance upon him in all his holy ordinances, in
utter contempt & defiance of the divell, and all his works as horid
& detestible; and accordingly have endevo'red to frame my life; 
& conversation according to the rules of his holy word, & in that faith
& practise resolve by the help and assistance of god to contineu to
my lifes end:
for the truth of what I say as to matter of practiss I humbly
refer my self, #[my selfe,] to my brethren & neighbors that know
mee and unto the searcher of all hearts for the truth & upright- 
ness of my heart therein: (human frailties, & unavoydable infirmi- 
ties excepted) of which i bitterly complayne every day:/
Mary Bradbury 


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Confession from Prison of William Barker, Sr.

God having called me to Confess my sin and Apostasy in that fall
in giving the Devil advantage over me appearing to me like a Black, 
in the evening to set my hand to his Book, as I have owned to my
shame. He told me that I should not want so doing. At Salem Village, 
there being a little off the Meeting-House, about an hundred five
Blades, some with Rapiers by their side, which was called and might
be more for ought I know by B and Bu[rroughs] and the Trumpet
sounded, and Bread and Wine which they called the Sacrament, but I
had none; being carried all over on a Stick, never being at any other
Meeting. I being at Cart a Saturday last, all the day, of Hay and English
Corn, the Devil brought my Shape to Salem, and did afflict M[artha] S[prague] 
and R[ose] F[oster] by clitching my hand; and a Sab- 
bath day my Shape afflicted A[bigail] M[artin] and at night afflic- 
ted M[artha] S[prague] and A[bigail] M[artin] . E[lizabeth] J[ ohnson ] 
and A[bigail] F[aulkner] have been my Enticers to this great
abomination, as one have owned and charged her to her Sister with
the same. And the design was to Destroy Salem Village, and to begin
at the Ministers House, and to destroy the Church of God, and to set
up Satans Kingdom, and then all will be well. And now I hope God
in some measure has made me something sensible of my sin and apos- 
tasy , begging pardon of God, and of the Honourable Magistrates and
all Gods people, hoping and promising by the help of God, to set to
my heart and hand to do what in me lyeth to destroy such wicked
worship, humbly begging the prayers of all Gods People for me, I
may walk humbly under this great affliction and that I may procure
to my self, the sure mercies of David, and the blessing of Abraham.

 

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Death Warrant v. Bridget Bishop

To George Corwin Gent'm high Sherriffe of the County of
Essex Greeting
Whereas Bridgett Bishop a[lbar ]s Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop
of [Salem] in the County of Essex Sawyer at a speciall Court of
Oyer and Termin[er held at] Salem the second Day of this instant
month of June for the Countyes of Esse[x] Middlesex and Suffolk
before William Stoughton Esq'r and his Associates J[ustices] of the
said Court was Indicted and arraigned upon five severall
[Seal]I[ndictments] for useing practiseing and exercisein[g] [on
the Nyneteenth day of April] last past and divers other dayes
and times [before and after certain acts of] Witchcraft in and upon
the bodyes of Abigial Williams , Ann puttnam J[un'r] Mercy Lewis, 
Mary Walcott and Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem village singlewomen, 
whereby their bodyes were hurt, afflicted pined, consu[med] Wasted
and tormented contrary to the forme of the Statute in that Case
[made and] provided To which Indictm'ts the said Bridgett Bishop
pleaded no[t guilty] and for Tryall thereof put her selfe upon God
and her Country, where[upon] she was found guilty of the felo- 
nyes and Witchcrafts whereof she stood Indicted and sentence of
Death accordingly passed ag't her as the Law directs, Execution
whereof yet remaines to be done These are theref[ore] in the Name
of their Maj'ties William and Mary now King & Queen [over] Eng- 
land &c to will and Comand you That upon fryday next being the
Tenth day of this instant month of June between the houres of
Eight and twelve in the afternoon of the same day You safely con- 
duct the s'd Bridgett Bishop a[lbar ]s Olliver from their Maj'ties Gaol in
Salem afores'd to the place of Execution and there cause her to
be hanged by the neck untill she be de[ad] and of your doings here- 
in make returne to the Clerk of the s'd Court and pr'cept And here- 
of you are not to faile at your peril And this shall be [your] Suffi- 
cient Warrant Given under my hand & Seal at Boston. the Eig[hth
day] of June in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne
Lord and [Lady William & mary now King & Queen over England
&c Annoq'e D[mbar ] : 1692;
*Wm Stoughton 

June 10th -- 1692
According to the Within Written precept I have taken the body
of the within named Brigett Bishop of their Majes'ts Goale in Salem
and Safely Conveighd her to the place provided for her Execu- 
tion and Caused the s'd Brigett to be hanged by the neck untill
Shee was dead # [an d b uried in the pla] all which was according
to the time within Required and So I make Returne by me
George Corwin Sheriff 

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Deposition for Mary Bradbury

July 22'd 1692
Concerning m's Bradburies life & conversation
Wee the Subscribers doe testifie; that it was such as became the
gospel shee was a lover of the ministrie in all appearance & a dilligent, 
attender upon gods holy ordinances, being of a curteous, & peace- 
able disposition & cariag: neither did any of us (some of whom have
lived in the town w'th her above fifty yeare) ever heare or know that
shee ever had any difference or falling oute w'th any of her neigh- 
bors man woman or childe-but was allways, readie & willing to doe
for them w't laye in her power night & day, though w'th hazard of
her health: or other danger: more might be spoken in her co[mbar ][ebar ][nbar ]da[cbar ]on
but this for the [pbar ]r'sent
Martha Pike
Sam'l Easman
William Buswell
Mary French his wyfe
Sarah Buswell
Abigayl French
Samuell Felloes sen'r
John Allin
Rodger Easman
Mary Allin
Sarah Easman
William Carr
Joseph Fletcher &
Elizabeth Carr
his wyfe
Sam'll Colby
Joseph French
Samuell French & his wyfe
John French sen'r
Henry Ambros & his wyfe
Nathanel Stevens & his
Philip Grele and his wyfe
wyfe
Richard Hubbard
Ephraim Severans
Martha [?] Hubbard his wyfe
Lidia Severans
Daniell Moody
Sam'll Felloes jun'r
Elizabeth Moody
Abigail Felloes
Isaac Morrill
Phoeboe Morrill
John Clough & his wyfe
Elizabeth Easman
John Maxfeild
Joseph Eaton
Jarves Ring
Mary Eaton his wife
Hannah Ring
Robert Downer
Nathanel Whitter
Sarah Downer
Mary Whitther
Richard Long & his
Jacob Morrill
wyfe
Susannah Morrill .
Richard Smith & his wyfe
Elizabeth Maxfeild
Joseph True , & his wyfe
Hanah Stevens widdow
Andrew Greley & his
John Stevens
wyfe
Dorethie Stevens
William Hooke
Joanna Stevens
Elizabeth Hooke
Sarah Hacket
Benjamin Allin and Rachel
Marthe Carter
his wyfe
Elizabeth Gettchell
Benj Allin and Rachell
Benj: Eastmen
his wyfe
Ann Easman
Isaac Buswell , & his
Benony Tucker
wyfe
Ebenezer Tucker
William Allin
Nathanel Brown
Ephraim Eaton
Hannah Brown
Ephraim Winsley
Tho: Evens
Mary Winsley his wyfe
Hannah Evens
Nathaniel Eastman
Abraham Brown & his wyfe
Elizabeth Easman
Tho. Clough & his wyfe
John Eastman &
Sarah Conner widow
Mary Eastman his wife
John Tomson
Sarah Shepherd
John Watson & his wyfe
Willi: Osgood
Steven Tongue & his wyfe
Abigayl osgood
John Connor & his wyfe
Susanah Severance
Joseph Page
Onesiphris Page & his
Meres Tucker & his wyfe
wyfe
Henry Brown Sen'r &
Sam'll Bill & his wyfe
his wyfe

 

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Deposition of Susannah Sheldon v. Bridget Bishop

The Deposistion of Susannah Shelldin aged about 18 years who
testife and saith that on this 2 June 1692 I saw the Apperishtion
of Bridgit Bishop. and Immediatly appered to little children and said
that they ware Thomas Greens two tiwins and tould Bridget Bishop
to hir face that she had murthered them in seting them into fits
wherof they dyed
(Reverse) Susanna Sheldon Evid's ag't Bridgett Bishop

 

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Deposition of William Stacy v. Bridget Bishop

Bridgett Bishop of the Towne of Salem aged [ ] Years or thereabouts
dep. 
William Stacey Of the Towne of Salem Aged: Thirty Six Years or
thereaboutes Deposeth and Saith:/.
That about fourteene years agone this Deponant was Visited
with the Small Pox, then Bridget Bishop did give him a Visitt, and
withall Professed a great Love for this Deponant in his Affliction. 
more then ordinary, at which this Deponant admired, some time
after this Deponent was well, the said Bishop got him to do some
work for her. for which she gave him three pence, which seemed to
this Depo't as if it had been good Money,: but he had not gone not
above 3 or 4 Rods before he Looked #[on the Said mone againe] 
in his Pockett where he put it. for it; but could not find any some
time after this deponent met the said [ ] Bishop: in the Street
agoeing to Mill; she askeing this Deponent whether his ["his" 
written over "her"] father would grind her grist: he put it to the said
Bishop why she Asked: she answered because folks counted her a
witch this Depo't made answear: he did not Question but that his
fathe would grind it: but being gone about 6 Rod from her the said
Bishop; with a small Load in his Cart: Suddenly the Off wheele Slum- 
ped or Sunk downe into a hole upon Plain grownd, that this Depon't
was forced to gett one to help him gett the wheele out afterwards
this Depon't went Back to look for said hole where his wheele sunk
in but could not find any hole Some time after in the winter about
midnight #[being awake] this Deponent felt something betweene his lips
Pressing hard ag't his teeth: and withall was very Cold: insomuch that it did
awake him so that he gott up and sat upon his beed: he at the same time
seeing the said Bridgett Bishop sitting at the foot of his bed: being to
his seeming, it was then as light as if it had been day: or one in the
said Bishops shape: she haveing then a black cap, & a black hat, and a
Red Coat with two Eakes of two Coulers. then she the said Bishop
or her shape clapt her coate close to her Leggs. & hopt upon the bed
and about the Roome and then went out: and then it was Dark: 
againe some time after the s'd Bishop went to this Depon't and asked
him whither that #[above written] which he had reported was true, that he
had told to severall: he answered that was true & that it was she, and bid her
denigh it if she dare, the said Bishop #[could] did not denigh it. and went
away very Angry and said that this Dep't did her more Mischief: then
any other body he asked Why: she answared because folks would
beleive him before anybody Elce: some time after the said Bishop
thretned this Deponent and told him he was the occasion of bringing
her out about the brass she stole: some time after this Dep't in a
dark night: was goeing to the Barn who was suddenly taken or hoisted
from the Ground & threw ag't a stone wall after that taken up againe
a throwed Down a Bank at the End of his howse: some time after
this Deponent mett the said Bishop by Issaac Sternes Brick Kill: 
after he had Passed buy her: this Deponents Horse stood still with a
small load goeing #[along] up the Hill so that the Horse striveing to draw All
his Gears & tackeing flew in Peices. and the Cart fell downe afterward this
Deponent went to lift a Bagg of Corne of about 2 bushells but could not budge it
with all his might: This Deponent hath mett with severall other of her Pranks. at
severall times: which would take up a great time to tell of: This Deponet
doth veryly beleive that the said Bridget Bishop
was Instumentall to his Daughter Prisillas Death: aboute two years
agoe; the Child was a likely Thriveing Child. And sudenly Screaked
out and soe continued in an unusuall Manner for aboute. a fortnight
& soe dyed in that lamentable manner
Sworne Salem May the 30'th 1692
before us
*John Hathorne ) 
) Assis'ts
*Jonathan. Corwin ) 

Jurat in Curia June. 2'd 1692/ 
(Written on side of
paper) William stacy
(Reverse) William Stacy
May 30/92 

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Edward Putnam and Thomas Putnam v. George Burroughs

we whose names are under written being present with ann put- 
nam at the times above mentioned: saw hir tortured and hard hir
refuse to writ in the book also hard hir declare what is above writen: 
what she said she saw and hard from the Apperishtion of Mr. George Burroghs and from thos which acc[used him] for murthering of
them
Edward putnam
Thomas putnam
Ann putnam ownid this har testimomy to be the truth uppon har
oath.before the Juriars of Inquest this: 3. dy of agust 92 

 

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Elizabeth Balch and Abigail Waldon v. Sarah Bishop

The Depotion of Elizabeth Balch of Beverly Aged aboute Eight
& thirty years & wife unto Benjamin Balch ju'r This Deponant Testi- 
fieth hereby & saith that she being at Salem on the very Day that
Cap't Georg Curwin was buried & in the evening of s'd Day Cominge
from s'd Salem unto s'd Beverly on horse back with her sister then
known by the name of Abigaile Woodburie now Abigaile Waldon Liv- 
ing in Wenham wife unto Nathaniell Waldon Rideing behinde her
& as they were Rideing as befour & were Come soe far as Crane River
Common soe Called Edward Bishop & his wife over tooke us (on
horse back) who are both now in prison under suspition of witch- 
craft & had some words of Difference it seemed unto us. s'd Bishop
rideing in to the brooke pretty hastily she finding fault with his soe
doing & said that he would throw her in to the water or words to
that purpose s'd Bishop Answered her that it was noe matter if he
Did or words to that Effect: & soe wee Rode along all together to- 
ward Beverly & she blamed her husband for Rideing soe fast & that
he would Doe her a mischeife or words to that purpose & he An- 
swered her that it was noe matter what was Done unto her or words
to that purpose: And then s'd Bishop Directed his speech unto us
as we Rode along & s'd that she had ben a bad wife unto him ever
since they were marryed & reckoned up many of her miscarriages to- 
wards him but now of Late she was worse then Ever she had ben
unto him before (and that the Devill Did Come bodyly unto her
& that she was familiar with the Devill & that she sate up all the night
Long with the Devill) or words to that purpose & with such kinde of
Discourse he filled up the time untill we Came to s'd Bishops Dwell- 
ing house & this Deponant Did reproove s'd Bishop for speaking in
such a manner unto his wife s'd Bishop Answered it was nothing but
what was truth & s'd Bishops wife made very Little reply to all her
husbands Discourse Dureing all the time we wer with them & farther
said not
the mark of 

elezebeth Balch. 
the mark 

of Abigail walden . 
her Answer
if it be soe, you had neede pray, for mee 

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Examination of Mary Barker

29 August 1692. Before Maj'r Gidney Mr. Hauthorn and Mr. Corwin
The Examination and confession of Mary Barker of Andover
After severall questiones propounded and negative answe'rs Returned
she at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch, And
that #[this] sometine last #[spring] sumer she made a red mark in the devils
book with the forefinger of her Left hand, And the Devil would have her hurt
martha Sprague Rose foster and Abigail martin which she did upon
Saturnday and Sabath day last, she said she was not above a quarter of
an hour in comeing down from Andover to Salem to afflict, she
sayes she afflicted the above three persones bye squeezeing her hands. 
she confesses she was at the witch meeting at Salem Village with her
unkle, there was a great many theire, and of her company their was
only her unkle, W'm Barker and mary marston Martha Sprague said
that Mary Barkers apparition told that she was baptised at five myle
pond.
said Mary Barker said there was such a load & weight at her stom- 
ack that hindered her from speakeing And is afrayd she hes given up
her self soul & body to the devil she sayes she promised to serve
worship and beleeve in him And he promessed to pardone her sins, 
but finds he hes deserved her, and that she was Lost of god and
all good people, That Goody Jonson and Goody falkner appeared
at the same tyme and threatned to teare her in peeces if she did
not doo what she then did. she further sayth that she hes seen no
appearance since but a fly which did speake to her, and bid her
afflict these poor creatu'rs. which she did by pincheing with, and
Clincheing of her hands for which she is sorry, And further the Devil
told her it would be very brave and cliver for her to come down
here to Salem among these accused persones. And that she should
never be brought out. She promises to confess what more she shall
hereafter remember.
Mary Barker Signed and owned the abovesaid Examination & Confesion
THE MARKE of Mary. Barker:
17 Sep't 1692 before me 

*John Higginson Jus'e peace 


(Reverse) Confession of Mary Barker
acused. w'm Barker Sen'r
Goody Johnson
Goody Falkner
Goody Marston 

aflicted Martha Sprage
Rose Foster
Abigall Martin 

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Examination of Mary Barker , Second Version

29'th August 1692 Before Maj'r Gidney M'r Hathorne M'r Corwin
The Examination And Confession of Mary Barker of Andivor
afte Several Questions Propounded & Neagative ans'rs
Returned She at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson Made her
a witch & that Some time last Sumer She made a Red Mark in the
Divels book w'th the forefinger of her left hand & the Divel would
have her hurt Martha Sprage Rose Foster & Abigall Martin w'ch
She did on Satterday & Sabbath day last. She Said She was not above
a Quart'r of an hour a Coming Dwone from Andivor to Salem to
afflict She S'd She afflicted the above S'd 3 p'rsons by Squezing her
hands She Confesses She was at the witch Metting at Salem Village
w'th her Unckle, there was a grate many there & of her Company was
only her Unckle Wm Barker &. Mary Marston Martha Sprage S'd
that Mary Barkers apperition told that She was baptized at 5 Mile
pond -- S'd Mary Barker S'd ther was Such a load & weight at her
Stomack that Hindred her from Speaking & is afrayd She has Given
up herself Soul & body to The Divel She Says She promised to Serve
worship & beleive in him & he promised to pardon her #[] Sins but finds
he has deceived her & that She was left of god & all good people
& that Goody Johnson & Goody falkner apeared at the Same time
& threatned to tear her in peices if She did not doe what She then did
She further Said that She had Seen no aperance Since but a fly #[that had] 
w'ch did Speak to her & bid her afflict these poor Creaturs w'ch She did
by pinching With Clinching of her hands for w'ch She is Sorry
& furthe the Divel told her it would be Very brave & Cliver for her to
Come Dwone to Salem among these acused p'rsons & that She
Should Never be brought out She promised to Confese wh't more
She Shall hearafter Rememb'r
Mary Barker Signed & owned the abovesaid Examination & Confession
before me
*Jn'o Higginson Justice
of Peace 

17'th Sep't
1692/ 
The X Marke
of
Mary Barker 

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