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An American Family History

  Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Volume 1, Page 125  
The Salem witch trials were between February, 1692 and May, 1693.

the depesiasian of margret Redengton eged about seventiy
yers testifieth and saith that a bout three yers a gow I was at goodmon Esties and talking with his wife a bout an In fermety I hade and presantly after I fell Into a most sollom condision and the thres day before the thanksgiving that wee hade last.

In the afternone I was exseding elle and that night godey Estiey apered to mee and profered me a pece of fresh mete and I tolld hare twas not fete for the doges and I would have non of ite and then she vanished a waye

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.

Goodman was a courtesy title before the surname of a man not of noble and Goodwife or Goody was the courtesy title for a married woman not of noble birth.

 

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