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An American Family History

May 23, 1692 Indictment

  Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Volume 1, Page 118  
The Salem witch trials were between February, 1692 and May, 1693.

Many factors led to the witchcraft accusations in Salem.

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."

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sents

That Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfield husbandman

on the twenty third day of May in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland France and Ireland King & Queen Defenders of the faith etc

and divers other Dayes and times as well before as After, certaine Detestable arts called Witchcrafts and Sorceries Wickedly and feloniously hath used Practised and Exercised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and against one Marcy Lewis of Salem Villiage Singlewoman

by which said wicked Arts the said Marcy Lewis the Twenty third day of May in the year abovesaid and Divers other Dayes and times as well before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted & Tormented ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and ag't the form of the Statute in that case made and Provided -- Witnesses
Marcy Lewis Jurat [one who has taken an oath]
Ann Putman Jurat
Eliz. Hubbard Jurat
Mary Wolcott Jurat

The Juro's for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents

That Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfeild husbandman

the twenty third day of May -- in the fourth year of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady -- William & Mary by the
Grace of God of England Scottland France & Ireland King and
Queen Defenders of the faith etch

and Divers other Dayes and times as well before as after certaine Detestable Arts called witchcrafts & Sorceries wickedly and felloniously hath used Practised and Exer cised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd

in upon and ag't one Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem Singlewomen by which said wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the twenty third Day of May in the fourth year aboves'd and Divers other Dayes and times as well before, as after was, and is, Tortured Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted and Tormented ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and agt. the form of the Statute in that case made and Provided


Witnesses
Eliz. Hubbard Jurat
Marcy Lewis Jurat
Ann Putman Jurat

Very little is known about Elizabeth (Betty) Hubbard.

King William III (William of Orange) and Mary II ruled Great Britain together from February 13, 1689. Mary died in 1694 and William in 1702.

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.

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.

A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

 

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