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The Salem witchcraft papers, Volume 3 : verbatim transcipts of the legal documents of the Salem witchcraft outbreak of 1692 / edited and with an introduction and index by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum / revised, corrected, and augmented by Benjamin C. Ray and Tara S. Wood

Case Files

SWP No. 129

Roger Toothaker Died in Prison, June 16, 1692

SWP No. BoySal3-3.73

(Warrant v. Roger Toothaker )

To: the Marshall of Essex or his dept or Constables in Salem

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend forthwith and bring before us ( Roger Toothaker of Bilrica who stands Charged with sundry acts of Witchcraft by him Committed or donne on the bodys of Eliz-Hubert Ann putnam Mary Walcot &c of Salem Village in order to his Examination Relateing to the premises faile not

Dated Salem May 18'th 1692
*John Hathorne ] #[Assists]
*Jonathan, Corwin ] #[Assists]
[pbar ] order of the Gover'r and Councill
the parson spesefied in this warrante was Apprehended this day and broghte befoore the corte Acordinge to the tenner of this warrante by mee
*Joseph Neall
Constable in Salem May 18'th 1692:
Agst Toothaker
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.74

(Mittimus for Roger Toothaker , John Willard , Thomas Farrar , and Elizabeth Hart )

To the Keeper of Theire Majest's Goale in Boston

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to take into your care and safe Custody the Bodys of Roger Toothaker of Bilrica: John Willard of Salem Village, husbandman Thomas farrar of Lyn husbandman, and Elizabeth Hart the wife of Isaac Hart of Lyn husbandman, who all stand charged with Sundry acts of Witchcraft, by them and Every one of them Committed, on the Bodys of Mary Walcot Abigail Williams Mary Lewis Ann putnam and others of Salem Village or farmes, whom you are well to secure in order to theire tryall for the same. and untill they shall be delivered by due order of Law and hereof you are not to faile

Dated Salem May 18'th 1692
*John Hathorne *Jonathan. Corwin ] by order of the Goven'r & Councill
Toothaker Hart
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.75

( Thomas Gage and [] Pickworth v. Roger Toothaker )

The Deposition of Thomas Gage Aged aboute #[six &] thirty six years #[of age]

this Deponant saith & doth testifie that sometime this Last spring of the year, that Doctor Toothaker was in his house in Beverly (upon some occasion) & we Descoursed aboute John Mastons Childe of salem that was then sick & haveing unwonted fitts: & Likewise another Childe of Phillip Whites of Beverly who was then strangly sick. I perswaded s'd Toothaker to goe & see s'd Children and s'd toothaker answered he had seen them both allready and that his opinion was they were under an Evill hand And farther s'd Toothaker s'd that his Daughter had kild a witch & I asked him how she Did it, & s'd Toothaker answered readily that his Daughter had Learned something from him I asked by what means she Did it, & he s'd that there was a [a] Certaine person bewitched & s'd person Complained of beeing afflicted by another person that was suspected by the afflicted person: & farther s'd Toothaker s'd that his s'd Daughter gott some of the afflicted persons Urine & put it into an Earthen pott & stopt s'd pott very Close & putt s'd pott #[very Close] [in] to a hott oven & stopt up s'd oven & the next morning s'd [witch] was Dead other things I have forgotten & farther saith not [] ias Pickworth Aged aboute thirty foure years testifieth to all that is above written

(Reverse) Sworne by Thomas Gage Salem Village May. 2[0th 1692]

before us *John Hathorne ] Assists

*Jonathan. Corwin ] Assists

Gage [] Toothaker

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.76

(Coroner's Warrant)

Suffolk To the Constables of Boston, or either of them By Vertue of mine office, These are in the names of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary of England &c. --

to will and Require to Immediately, upon the Receipt and sight hereof, to Summons, and Warne, twenty four able and Suffisient men to be and appear before me at the prison forthwith, then and there, to do and execute such things, as on Their Majesties behalfe, shall be given them in charge, whereof faile ye not, as you and every of you, will answer the contrary at your perille, Dated Und'r my hand, & seal, the 16'th Day of June, in the year of our Lord 1692

By me *Edw Wyllys , one of the Coronoers of the County of Suffolk


( Suffolk County Court Records, Vol. 32, Case No. 2690 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.77

(Return of the Coroner's Jury on the Death of Roger Toothaker )

We whose names are underwritten being summoned by vertue of a Warrant from Mr. Edward Willis one of their Maj'sts Coroners of the County of Suffolk to view the body of Roger Toothacker who dyed in the Goal of Boston, in abovesaid, to which we have viewed the same and obtained the best Information we can from the persons near and present at his death and doe finde he came to his end by a natural Death as witness our hand, this 16 of June 1692

The s'd Toothacker was an Inhabitant of the Town of Bellricka in the County of Essex

*Benja' Walker foreman

*Enoch [illegible]

* Thomas Barnard

*Dan'll Powning

*Roger Gubberidg

*James Thornboro

*William Jaine

*Andrew Cunningham

*William Man

*John Shelby

*John Roulston

*Abraham Buk

*John Riggs

*Sam'l Wentworth

*Francis Threshor

( Suffolk County Court Records, Vol. 32, Case No. 2690 )