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An American Family History

John Putnam's Complaint

  Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Volume. 1, Page 117  

Mercy Lewis was a servant in Thomas Putnam's home. She was born in Maine about 1673 and lost both parents in Indian attacks at a young age.

Many factors led to the witchcraft accusations in Salem.

Salem May the 20th 1692

There being Complaint this day made before mee by John putnam Jun'r. and Benjamin Hutcheson both of Salem Village, for them selfes and also for theire Neighbours, in behalfe of theire Majesties against Marah Easty the wife of Isaac Easty of Topsfield for sundry acts of witchcrafts by her Committed yesterday and this present day of the date hereof upon the bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams of Salem village to the wrong and Injury of theire bodys therefore crave Justice.

John putnam Jun
Benjamin Huchinson

Salem is in Essex County, Massachusetts and was a significant seaport in early America. John Endicott obtained a patent from England and arrived there in 1628. Salem originally included much of the North Shore, including Marblehead. Salem Village also included Peabody and parts of Beverly, Middleton, Topsfield, Wenham and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Deacon Edward Putnam (1654-1747) was about 38 at the time of the trials. His parents were Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke. He married Mary Hale. His brother was Thomas Putnam.
Ann Putnam was 12 years old at the time of the trials. She was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Putnam. Ann died in 1716 and was the only girl to apologize.
Constable John Putnam. Jr. (1627-1710). His parents were John Putnam and Priscilla Gould. He married Rebecca Prince.

Mary Walcott was about 17 at the time of the trials. She was the daughter of Captain Jonathan Walcott. She married Isaac Farrar and David Harwood. Her step-mother was Deliverance Putnam.

Abigail Williams was about 11 at the time of the trials. She lived with her uncle, the Reverend Samuel Parris.

The Salem witch trials were between February, 1692 and May, 1693.
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
 

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