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  Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 123  

Many factors led to the witchcraft accusations in Salem.

Mary Towne Estey was a victim of the Salem witch delusion on September 22, 1692.

To the Honered Court now Seting in Salem

Right honered the Constabll of Topsfild hath sarved a warent on me and too of my sons and too of my dafters to Apere this day at Salem

I humbly baig that your honers will not Impuet any thing concarning our not coming as Contempt of athority for ware I my selfe or any of my famely sent for in any capasete of Coming we would Com but we are in a Straing condicion and most of us can scars git of of our beads we are so wake and not abell to Reid at all: as for my dafter Rebaka she hath Straing fits somtimes she is knoked downe of a sodin


Mary Towne
Dat the 7th of September 1692

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.

The Salem witch trials were between February, 1692 and May, 1693.
 

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