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SWP No. 8

Mary Barker

(See also: William Barker, Sr. -- Warrant; William Barker, Jr. -- Recognizance .)

SWP No. 8.1

(Examination of Mary Barker )

1st Paper

29 August 1692 Before Maj'r Gidney Mr. Hauthorn and Mr. Cor- win The Examination and Confession of Mary Barker of Andover.
After severall questions propounded and negative answ'rs Returned
she at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch, And
sometime last sumer she made a red mark in the devils book with the
fore finger of her Left hand, And the Devil would have her hurt
Martha Sprague , Rose Foster and Abigail martin which she did upon
saturday and sabath Day last, she said she was not above a quarter of
an hour in comeing down from Andover to Salem: to afflict, she
sayes she afflicted the above three persons by squeezing her hands.
She confesses she was at the witch meeting at Salem Village with her
unkle, there was a great many there, and of her company there was
only her unkle, Wm. Barker and Mary Marston . Martha Sprague said
that Mary Barkers apparition told that she was Baptisied at five myle
pond.

said Mary Barker said there was such aload & weight at her stom-
ach that hindered her from speaking. And is afrayd she has given up
herself soul and body to the Devil. she sayes she promised to serve
worship and believe in him and he promesed to perdone her sins,
but finds he has [dowtbed] her, and that she was Lost of God and
all good people, That Goody Johnson and Goody falkner appeared
at the same tyme and threatened to teare her in peeces if she did
not doo what she then did. she further Sayth that she has seen no
appearance since but a fly which did speake to her, and bid her
afflict these poor creatures. which she did by pinching with, and
Clincheing of her hands for which she is sorry And further the Devil
told her it would be very brave and clever for her to come down
here to Salem among these accused persones. And that she should
never be brought out. She promises to confess what more she shall
hereafter remember.

Mary Barker Signed and owned the above said Examination & Confession THE MARKE of Mary Barker

/17 Sep't 1692 before me

*John Higginson , Jus'e peace
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2678 Page 9 )

SWP No. 8.2

(Examination of Mary Barker , Second Version)

29'th August 1692 -- Before Maj'r Gidny Mr Hathorne Mr Cor- win The Examination And Confession of Mary Barker of And-
ivor -- after Several Questions Propounded & Neagative ans'rs
Returned She at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her
a witch & that Some time last Sumer She made a Red Mark in the
Divels book w'th the fore finger of her left hand & the Divel would
have her hurt Martha Sprage Rose foster & Abigall Martin w'ch
She did on Satterday & Sabbath day last She Said She was not above
a Quart'r of an hour a Coming Dwone from Andivor to Salem to
afflict She S'd She afflicted the above S'd 3 persons by Squezing her
hands She Confesses She was at the Witch Metting at Salem Village
w'th her unkle, there was a grate many there & of her Company was
only her unkle W'm Barker & Mary Marston -- Martha Sprage S'd
that Mary Barkers apperition told that She was baptized at 5 Mile
pond -- S'd Mary Barker S'd ther was Such a load & weight at her
Stomack that Hindred her from Speaking & is afrayd She has Given
up her Self Soul & body to the Divel She Says She promised to Serve
worship & beleive in him & he promised to pardon her Sins but finds
he has deceived her & that She was left of god & all good people
& that Goody Johnson & Goody falkner apeared at the Same time
& threatned to tear her in peices if she did not doe what She then did
She further Said that She had Seen no aperance Since but a fly w'ch
did Speak to her & bid her afflict those poor Creaturs w'ch She did
by pinching With Clinching of her hands for w'ch She is Sorry --
&further the Divel told her it would be very brave & Cliver for her to
Come Dwone to Salem among those acused persons & that She
Should Never be brought out She promised to Confese what more
She Shall hearafter Rememb'r

Mary Barker Signed & owned the abovesaid Examination & confession
before me

*Jno Higginson Justice
of Peace


17'th Sept.
1692
The Marke
of
Mary Barker
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 8 )

SWP No. 8.3

(Indictment v. Mary Barker )

2nd Paper

Essex in New England Ss Annoq'e RR's & Reginae Guilielmi & Mariae &c quarto Anno Domini 1692//

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen
doe present that Mary Barker of Andover in the County of Essex
aforesaid On or about the 29'th Day of August last In the Yeare
1692 and divers other Days and times both before and after. Certaine
detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly felloniously
& Mallitiously hath used practised and Exercised in & upon the Body
of Abigaill Martin of Andivor at and within the Township of Andivor
aforesaid And at Divers other Days and times as well as before as after
was and is Tortured aflicted and Tormented consumed pined and
wasted, Against the peace of our Sovraigne Lord and Lady King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the Statute of the first of
King James the first in that Case made and provided

(Reverse)

Billa vera
*Robert Payne
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2678 Page 9 )


SWP No. 8.4

(Indictment v. Mary Barker )

3rd Paper

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Ss . . . Anno R.R.'s & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &ca Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692//

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe
[pbar ] sent that Mary Barker of Andvor

In the County of Essex - - On or about the 29'th day of August
last - - In the yeare aforesaid and Divers other days and times as well
before as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorce-
ries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and
Exercised At and in the Towne of Andvor in the County of Essex - -
aforesaid in upon and against one Rose foster of [- - - -] afore-
said - - - by which said Wicked Acts the said Rose foster the Day
& Yeare - - aforesaid & Divers other Days and times both before and
after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tor-
mented . Against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme of the Stattute In
that case made & Provided.

(Reverse)

Billa Vera
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2678 Page 9 )