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The Salem witchcraft papers, original volumes edited by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum (1977) / revised, corrected, and augmented by Benjamin C. Ray and Tara S. Wood (2010)

Sarah Proctor

(Complaint v. Sarah Proctor , Sarah Bassett , and Susannah Roots )

Salem May the 21'th 1691

Thomas putnam and John putnam, of Salem Village yeomen made Complaint (before us) on behalfe of theire Majest's against [] Basset the wife of [Basset] of Lyn husbandman and [Roote] of Beverly widow, and Sarah procter of Salem farmes daugter of John procter of sayd place for Sundry acts of Witchcraft by them donne and Committed on the Bodys of Mary Walcot Abigail Williams Marcy Lewis ann putnam & others Lately whereby great hurt & Injury hath benne donne them therefore Craves Justice

*Thomas putnam

*John Putnam Jun.

This Compl't was Exhibted Salem 21'th May 1692

*John Hathorne

before us

*Jonathan. Corwin

[Pbar ] ord'r of the Govern'r & Councill

(At bottom of sheet-inverted) Rebecka Waltham wife of Jno Waltham Bethya Lovett the wife of Jno Lovett Sen'r

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 130 )


(Elizabeth Booth v. Sarah Proctor , John Proctor , and Elizabeth Proctor )

May. 20'th: 1692

Elizabeth Booth aged 18 years or thereabouts Testifieth & saith That Sarah Procter apeared unto her and brought her a Book and bid her sett her hand to it, this Deponent told her that she would not, ever sence this Deponent hath been greeviously afflicted by her the said Procter: and John Procter and his wife hath Pinch't & Pricked this Deponent Likewise: several times: and still continues to do to: day

(Reverse) Eliz Booth against Sarah procter

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 131 )


(Elizabeth Booth v. Sarah Proctor and Mary DeRich )

May the 23 1692

Elizabeth Booth aged 18 yeares or thereabouts deposeth & saith That Sarah Procter and Mary Derish the wife of Michell Derish apeared to this Deponent in the Night and Called her Jade, Mary Derish asked her what made her say any thing about #[Sarah Procter] Sarah Procter #[Replyed] said it was well.she did not come to the Village that Day: and with all afflicted, & Pinched, her, this Deponent most greviously and so Continues to afflict her this Deponet still and John Procter and his wife Likewise whos name is Elizabeth:Procter:

(Reverse) Eliz. Booth agst Sarah Procter & Mary Derich

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 131 )


(Mary Walcott v. Sarah Procter. )

The Depoestion of mary Walcott Who Testifieth and saith on the 20'th omay 1692 saw the apparition of Sarah Procter: come and choake me and pincht me and terrified me much and urged me greviously to write in her book: but I told her I would not touch itt and then she tormented me dreadfully

Sworne Salem Village May 23'd 1692

before us.

*John Hathorne ] Assists

*Jonathan. Corwin ] Assists

(Reverse) Mary Walcutt against sara Procktar

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 131 )


(Susannah Sheldon v. Sarah Proctor , Daniel Andrew , George Jacobs, Jr. , and Phillip English )

the co[mbar ]paint of Susanah Sheldon of Mr andras and sarah proctor 20 of this may thay both aflicted me the next day sarah procter brought the book to me and Sarah procter and andres and jorg jacobe thay mad me def and dum and blind al nigh and the next day tel 10 of clock then cam inges and brougt his book and drod his knife and said if I would not touch it he would cut my throt then thar A perd to me A. ded man ho told me his nam was Joseph rabson then he looked upon ingles and told him that he murderd him and drounded him in the se thar was a nother man in the boot A long with me and the boot tosed up and doun and turend over and my handes ware clunched that I could not lay hold the other man layd hold and was saved then he told me that I must tell mast[e]r hatheren and told me that I should not rest tel I had told it then inglish told me that if I did he would cut my leges of then ther a pered to me a shiny man and told me I should tel of it to morah then inglesh tole me that he would go kill the govenner if he could he would go try he was the gretes innemy he had then he sayd that he would kil 10 folck in boston before next six day if he was tacken up the greter [weman] a flict me stil not

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 132 )


( Thomas Putnam v. Sarah Proctor )

The Deposistion of Thomas putnam who testifieth and saith that with in these few days I have hard Elizabeth Hubbard and Ann putnam To of the afflected parsons greviously complaine of Sarah procter that she did tortor them very much urged them vehemently to writ in hir book

( Essex County Archives Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, Page 129 )


( David Ferneax and Jonathan Walcott , Jr. v. Sarah Proctor )

The Deposetion of David Furneax Aged 23 or their abouts and Jonathan Walcott Junior aged 21: who testifieth and saith that on the 20'th of may 1692 about 12 of the clock we hearde mary Walcott in one of her fitts say that she saw the apparition of Sarah Procttor come and hurte her by choaking and pinching of her we both also heard her say that she brought the book to her and urged her to write in her book we ware then both presante and heard her say I would not write in your book though you kill me

David Furneax Jonathan Walcott Junior
(Reverse) David furnex
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 129 )

( John Putnam, Jr. v. Sarah Proctor )

John putnam Juner testifieth that very latly he hath hard Elizabeth Hurburd complaine of Sarah proctor that she hath tortored hir very much and urgeth hir vehemently to writ in hir book --

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 129 )