SWP No. 046: Esther Elwell
[November 5, 1692 ]
(Warrant for apprehension of Esther Elwell , Abigail Roe , and Rebecca Dike, and Officer's Return )
[November 5, 1692 ]
To the Sheriffe of Our County of Essex, his under Sheriffe or Deputy. or Constable of Glocester, or Constable. Whereas Complaint Is made by Leut. James Stevens & William Stevens & Nathaniel Coyt all of Glocester, In the County of Essex In behalfe of their Majesties, unto -- thair Majesties Justices. of the peace. against Esther Ellwell the wife of Samuel Elwell , & Abigail Roe daughter of Hugh Roe: #[Robta] & Rebecka Dike , the wife of Richard Dike . #[both] all of Gloster, af- foresaid, for that they have Grounded suspicion that the Said Elwell Dike & Roe have wickedly & felloniously Comitted Sundry acts of witchcraft upon the body of Mrs. Mary fitch the wife of Mr. John fitch of Gloaster afforesaid, unto the Wasteing pineing & Consume- ing of her body Contrary to the peace of our sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen & Contrary to the forme of the statutes in that Case made & Provided. & have Craved Justice & have Entered into Recognisance, to prosecute the Said Complaint to Effect. the which is therefore In their Majesties Names. William & Mary of England &c King & Queen to Require you by vertue hereof forwith or as soon as may be, to Apprehend Seize & Secure the Said Esther Ellwell Rebecka Dike & Abigall Roe & them haveing So Secured You are the first Convenient time to bring before their Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Essex that thay may be Examined & Provided with as the Law Directs of which You are not to faile at your Perrill & for So Doeing this shall be Your sufficient Warrant, & make a true Returne under Your hand according to Law -- Ipswich Novemb'r. 5th 1692 Given under my hand *Tho's. Wade . J: P.
(Reverse) This 7th of novemb 1692 By vertue of this within Within Written warrant I have the Apprehended & Seized the persons therein ordered to be Seized Viz [ ? ] Esther Ellwell, Rebecka Dike & abigall Roe all of Glocester & haue Conveyed them all to Ipswich, & haue ordered a Guard to secure them In order to thair Examination as Justice shall Require attests. Peter: Coffin Constabel
( Suffolk Court Files vol. 32, docket No. 2689 p. 17 )
(Testimony of James Stevens v. Esther Ellwell )
[November 8, 1692 ]
James Stevens testifieth and saith that Mary Fitch did say that she felt A woman upon the bed, and put forth hir hand, and felt the hair and felt the hair of hir head and A peg in it, also testifieth that she said she was squesed to pieces, whereas I saw no body hurt hur.
Ipswich Nov'br: the 8th 1692 sworne before us, *Daniell Epps , J: P:
Tho's. Wade: J: P:
( Suffolk Court Files Vol. 32, docket No. 2689 p. 17 )
[November 9, 1692 ]
The Deposition of Elizabeth Hubburd aged Seventeen years saith: that she saw Abigall Row Ester Elwell & Rebecca Dike ^or three in ther likeness^ o pressing Squezeing & choaking of mary ffitch the wife of John ffitch: which was done on thirsday the third of November ^1692^ and at Severall other times, & ye ^last^ night that. Night she said, fitch did she saw one on one side & another- on ye other side & one at her back. Ipswich 9br the 8th 1692. affirmed before us Daniell Epps, J:P Thos. Wade. J:P.
( MISC. MS. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.)