v. Mary Easty, John Willard,
and Mary Witheridge
Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Volume 1, Page 122
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."
The Deposistion of Elizabeth Hubburt who testifieth and saith
I being caryed up to Constable Jno putnams house on the 20th
of may 1692 to se Mircy lewes who laid speachless and in a sad
I saw there the apperishtions of gooddy estick the very
same woman that was sent whom the other day and Jno. willard
and mary [Buckley] witherridgeAfflecting and tortoring of Mircy lewes in a
most dreadfull maner which did affright me most greviously and
immediatly gooddy Estick did sett upon me most dreadfully and
tortored me almost Ready to choak me to death and urged me
vehemently to writ in hir book
Sworne Salem Village May the 23d: 1692.
Before us John Hathorne
we whose names are under writen heaving been along with Elizabeth Huburd this time above mentioned herd hir declare what is
above writen and we read it to hir when we came away and she
said it was all true this 21 may 1692
Thomas putnam John putnam Jun
Jurat [one who has taken an oath] in Curia [a court of justice]
Sept'r. 9th. 1692
Eliz Hubburd further testifieth that on the 23 may 1692 being
the last day of the examination of mary Estick she did most greviously afflect and torment me dureing the time of hir Examination
dureing the time of her examination I saw mary Estick most greviously aflect and torment mary walcott mercy lewes Abigail williams and ann putnamby twisting and all most choaking them to death
and I verily beleve in my heart that mary estick is a most dreadfull
wicth and that she hath very often afflected and tormented me and
parsons above named by hir acts of wicthcraft
Eliz. Hubbard declared the two above written evidences: in this
paper before the Jury of Inquest to be the truth upon oath
August 4 1692
John Hathorne was born August 5, 1641 in Salem. He was distinguished in civil and military life and participated in the Indian wars. He was a magistrate and a cruel and intolerant judge during the witchcraft delusion.
Very little is known about Elizabeth (Betty) Hubbard.
Mary Buckley Witheridge married Sylvester Witheridge on November 17, 1684 and was a widow at the time of the trials.
She and her mother Sarah Buckley were both imprisoned as witches. She married
Benjamin Proctor on December 18, 1694.
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.
Abigail Williams was about 11 at the time of the trials. She lived with her uncle, the Reverend Samuel Parris.
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.
Judge Jonathan Corwin was born 14th of November, 1640. He presided at the Salem court on June 2 and 28, August 3 and September 9 and 17 where nineteen persons were tried, condemned and executed for witchcraft.
John Willard was accused of witchcraft at the end of April 1692, after refusing to arrest people that he believed were innocent. Willard was hanged on August 19, 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.
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.
Many factors led to the witchcraft accusations in Salem.