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SWP No. 35

Sarah Cole (of Salem)

SWP No. BoySal1-1.83

(Warrant for Arrest of Hannah Carroll and Sarah Cole )

To the Sheriffe of the County of Essex or his Deputy Complaint
haveing ben made to us their Majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem
by Henery Brage of Salem labourer against Hannah Carrell wife of
Nathaniell Carell whele right. & Sarah Coale , wife of Abraham Coale
of Salem Taylor. for that the Said Hannah Carrell Did Sometimes
one of them & Sometimes Both. together Severall Times feloniously
afflict Torture & Torment William Brage Son of Henr' Brage by that
Diabollicall art of witchcraft, & the Said Henr' Brage hath given in
bond to procecut his said Complaint to Effect./ These are therefore
in their Majesties names to. -- require you forthwith to Apprehend
& Seize the Bodyes of the Said Hanah Carrell & Sarah Coale & Bringe
them before their Majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem in order
to their Examination for w'ch this shall be your sufficient warrant

Dated in Salem: 10'th Sep'r 1692.

*Bartho Gedney
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson

Sep 15'th 1692
By virture hereof I have apprehended the body of Sarah Cole within
named and left her under Guard in the [torn] of salem in order to
her Examination
by me *Geo. Herrick Dep'y sheriff
( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

SWP No. BoySal1-1.84

(Recognizance for Sarah Cole )


That on the fourteenth day of January 1692 in the fourth year
of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady William and Mary
by the Grace of God of [of] England &c King and Queen Defenders
of the faith &c Personally appeared before Jno Ha[] Esq'r one
of their Maj'ties Justices for the County of Essex #[There] Abraham Cole of Salem Taylor and acknowledged himselfe to be oweing and
Indebted unto our said Soveraigne Lord and Lady and the survivor of
them their Heires and Successors in the su[mbar ]e of fifty pounds money
to be Levied on his Lands and Tenements goods and Chattles for the
use of our s'd Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen or the
Survivor them on Condition That -- Sarah Cole his wife [shall] per-
sonally appear before the Justices of our s'd Lord and Lady the King
& Queen at the next Court of Assizes & Gen'll Goall Delivery to be
holden for the County of Essex and in the mean time to be of Good
behaveour and then and there to answer to all Such matters and
things as shall in their Maj'ties behaffe be alledged against her and to
do and receive that w'ch by the said Court shall be then and there
Injoyned her and thence not to depart without Lycence

*Joha. Elatson Cl[ebar ]r

Recognizance Abraham Coal of Salem for Sarah Coal his wife --
appeared & clear'd by proclamation
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 129 )

SWP No. BoySal1-1.84b

(Deposition of John Browne, Jr. v. Sarah Cole)

[in upper left corner: 692]
The Deposition of John Browne, Junr-. Aged about twenty five years
Saith. that a Mongth agoe Last Thursday knight I was taken wth a Shivering
cold, & full of paine. and full of notions that Good. w[ife] Cole Hurt me, and Extraor=
= dinaryly prest upon my Bowells and my Coller bone prest, as if it would be
broak, and could turn no wayes for Ease, and Soe continued for two or three
dayes; while my mother Carried whome a Barrell that we had of Good w- Coles,
and then Imediately I mended, & never have had such violent fitts after ---
But I never Saw Good w- Cole But have great Cause to thinke that Good w- Cole
hurt mee and that because my mother See Good. W- Cole and has been Sadly
Terrified by her and Saith that I heard the Blows that was Strook on the house
at the same time when my mother did, and heard my mother Crying out
Imediately of Good w- Coles afflicting of her. and heard my mother Cry out
much of Good w- Cole, hurting of her but never Saw her my Self ---
But heard [word crossed out] Noyeses as if Catts were [word crossed out above Catts, then next two words inserted] waulling[?] and crying [word crossed out below crying] upon the house. but
theire tredings were Like Great Doggs or of Bigger Creaturs which made
the House to Crack. and once as I Lay on my Bedd I heard Something
ffly by my Ear as if it were a Bird But Saw nothing But heard grate.
Noyeses about the House. at that time. and Crackings of the House. ---
verry Much.

Sworne in Court atests Jno Higginson Justice peace
3: october: 1692:

(Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Boston Public Library