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SWP No. 124

Mary Taylor

SWP No. BoySal3-3.47

(Examination of Mary Taylor )

Mary Tayler examined before their Majest's Justies at Salem Sept'r 5'th 1692 Jno Hawthorn Esq & others

It was sayd to her you are acused for afflicting Mrs. Mary Marshall by witch craft: but she s'd she knew nothing of it

Mrs. Marshall did you acuse this woman or do you acuse her for hurting you [by] by witchcraft: A. Yes: she has beat me & came to purswade me to worship her god: & told me my god could not save me & she has brought images to me.

S'd Tayler Was bid to look on Mrs Mary Marshall: & did & Sd Marshall Was struck Down by it & S'd when she could speak it was s'd Tayler that struck her down: Mary lasey s'd also that s'd Tayler was upon s'd Marshall: Tayler was told she had a dangerous eye: that struck folk down which give ground to think she was a witch: but she s'd she was not sencible. she was one S'd Tayler : look't on Hannah Post: & Mary Lasey: & they fell Down & Susan Post s'd Taylor was upon them: Mary Warin fell Down also when she was to look on: s'd Whether Tayler hurt: Post & Lasey: s'd Tayler was asked how she kild Wm Hooper : but she dishond any knowledge of it: but Sam'll Wardwell asked her: if she never had falln out with: his bro Hooper : Maj'r Swayn s'd her falling out with Hooper would easyly be proved: Wardwell s'd their falling out was becaus s'd Hooper took his child from s'd Tayler: that she had to suckle: Mary Warin fell into a fitt: & was helped up again: by a touch of Taylers hand: she was asked if she had bin babtized: she s'd [the] at Charlstown: when she was a child but ownd nothing of witchcraft except: she had in a passion wished bad wishes becaus Mrs Marshall had complayned: of her. Maj'r Swayn told her she had used thretning words both to his sister & others. S'd Tayler was asked about burning Hoopers hous: when the fire began first: but s'd knew nothing of it she was att home in her hous: but Sam'll Wardwell told s'd Tayler: they had a meeting: in Tryumph after: the hous of Hoopers was burnt & Drank the wine that was provided for Hoopers funerall: & that s'd Tayler & Jane Lilly was there at the Drinking of it & one from Billerica: Maj'r Swayne s'd the wine for the buriall of Hooper was Drank: Sam'll Wardwell told Tayler she might remember the shoke & the shoke and the Double shoke: the shoke was the killing: the man the other shoke was: the firing the hous: being asked what the Duble shoke was s'd Wardwell knew not but that it might be the Destroying the rest of Hoopers family: the Reddin Constable s'd that: s'd Tayler yesterday s'd who ever lived to see would finde Mrs. Marshals cace like Mary Warins & That there was a hott pott now: & a hotter pott preparing for her here & being asked what she ment by the hotter Pott S'd that if Mrs Marshall wronged her hell would be prepared for her: but after ward she s'd she would tell: & Desired prayers that she might tell the truth: but was much hindred: but was asked if the last sabath was seven night. was not the first time of her hurting Mary Marshall: which at last she in a manner owned: & she s'd to Mr Noise & Mr Keyzer . The Devill [that] guids Destiny brought her a birch Rhine which she signed to: she owned she had promised the Devill to serv him worship him & trust in him: & to give up soul & body to him but: the first of her being a witch was her frequenting Good wife Dastins hous & Good wife Dastin had bin twice at her hous in the night to her: but she would not own that the Devil had babtized her: nor that she joyned in killing Hooper : nor burning his hous the time of her frequenting Dastins hous was the last winter she owned she had bent her fist & wished ill to Mrs. Marshall & that good wife Dastin & her Daughter was with her. & it was at Jane Lillyes hous & she begd forgivn's did aforesd.

this is the substance of what: Mary Tayler: s'd at her examination & of what was s'd there: taken out of my Charactors:

*Simon Willard

I und'r writen: being appointed by Authority: to take the above examination Doe testify upon oath taken in Court that this is a true Coppy of the substance of it to the best of my knowledge: 5 Janu'y 1692/3

*Simon Willard

(Reverse) The within Mary Tayler was examined before their Majesties Justice of the peace in salem

atest *John Higginson Just peace.

Owned before the Grand Jury

5 January 1692/3

*Robert Payne foreman.

Maj'r Jeramiah Swaine and one William Arnold Swoarn in Court to the truth of the within Confession being present at her examination.


*Jona' Elatson


( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2710 Page 43 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.48

(John Parker and Josiah Eaton v. Mary Taylor )

Sworne in Court [

Jno Parker
Josiah Eaton

Say that Mary Taylor thretened them Saying they were high but they should have a down fall and Used other thretening words

and also thretened Goodwif Marshall saying shee was the Cause of her displeasure aginst them and they should see what would become of her for her god would deceive her The said Parker said her god what do you mean by her God I [doubt] you have been somewhere to often/ but afterward goeing home ward one came runing and sed his son was redy to dy and he was prest almost Choked. and his wife s'd that if he the s'd Parker did not goe to Mary Taylor her husband would die & so soon as she had named her Parkers name his son became well Imideately and: Sundry times his son was strangly handled and was som times blind in one Ey and som times on the other Ey And the s'd Eaton Sweares to all but what related to s'd Parkers son.

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2710 Page 43 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.49

(Indictment v. Mary Taylor )

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss ]

Att a superior Court of Judicature held at Charleson Jan'ry 31'th 1692 Annoq RR's & Reginae & Gulielmi Mariae Angliae &c Quarto

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen [pbar ]rsent -- that Mary Taylor of Reding Wife of Sebread Taylor of Reding aforsaid In or about the last Winter in the yeare 1692 at & in the Towne of Reding in the County of Middlesex aforesaid Wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously A Covenant with the Devill did make, and made hir mark upon A Burch Lyme to Confirme the Said Couvenant & promised the Devill to Serve him & trust him & to give up hir Soule & body to him, By which diabollicall Covenant made with the Devill in Maner & forme aforsaid the Said Mary Taylor is become a Detestable Witch Against the peace of o'r Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity & the laws in that Case made & provided --

Billa Vera


*Simon Stone foreman

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2710 Page 43 )