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SWP No. 10

William Barker, Jr.

SWP No. 10.1

(Recognizance for William Barker, Jr., , and Mary Barker by John Barker & John Osgood Sr.)

[+ January 13, 1693 ]

Memorandum

That on the Thirteenth day of Jan'ry 1692 In the Fourth Year of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the
Grace of God of England &c King & Queen defenders of the faith
&c Personally appeared before W'm Stoughton Esq'r cheife Justice
of their Maj'ies Province of the Massachusets bay in New England
Jn'o Barker and Jn'o Osgood both of the Towne of Andiver in the
County of Essex Husbandmen and acknowledged themselves to be
Joyntly & Severally indebted unto our sd Sovereigne Lord & Lady
and the Survivor of them their Heires & Successors in the Sum of one
Hundred Pounds to be levied on their or either of their lands & Tenni-
ments goods & chattles for the use of our sd Sovereigne Lord
& Lady the King & Queen or Survivor of them on Condition that
W'm Barker Jun'r & Mary Barker haveing stood Committed for Suspition
of Witchcraft shall make their personall appearance before the Jus-
tices of our sd Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the next Court of
Assizes and Generall Goale Delivery to be holden for the County of
Essex then & their to answer to all such matters and things as shall
in their Maj'ies behalfe be alledged against them and to doe & re-
ceive that which by the sd Court shall be then & there Injoyned
them and thence not to departe without licence

Attest
*Jon'a Elatson Cler

(Reverse)
Recognizance of
Jn'o Barker &
Jn'o Osgood {
for
for W'm Barker Jun'r
& #[Mary Tyler]
Mary Barker
May 10'th Apeared
( Massachusetts Archives Collection, vol. 135, no. 105. Boston. )

SWP No. 10.2

(Indictment of William Barker, Jr. for Covenanting)

[+ January 1693 ]

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ss An'o RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq'e Dom 1692

The Ju'rors for o'r Sov'r lord & Lady the King & Queen p'rsent
That William Barker Junio'r of Andvo'r in the County of Essex aforsaid
Sometime in the moneth of August last in the yeare 1692 aforsd
Att or in the Towneship of Andivo'r in the Country of Essex aforsd
Wickedly mallitiously & felloniously A Covenant with#[e] the Devill
did make & Signed the Devills Booke and by the Devill was Baptized
& before him Renounced his form'r Baptizme & promised to be the
Devills for ever and ever By which wicked & Diabollicall Covenant
the Said William Barker is become A Detestable Witch Against the
peace of o'r Sov'r lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne
& dignity And the laws in that Case made & provided.

(Reverse)

William Barker Jun'r for Covenanting w'th the Devill
Billa vera
*Robert. Payne foreman:
ponet Se
#[fled]
Not Guilty
Court at Ipwich
Ipswich 2'd Tuesday May 1693

( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2761, p. 102, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives. )


SWP No. 10.3

(Indictment v. William Barker, Jr. for Afflicting Martha Sprague)

[+ January 13, 1693

Province of the Massathutetts Bay in New England Essex Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae. Angliae &'c Quarto Annoq'e Dom: 1692

The Juro'r for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
Presents
That William Barker Junio'r of Andivo'r in the County of Essex
aforesaid - - -
Sometime in the moneth of August last in the Yeare 1692 aforesaid - - - And
Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after Certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceries: Wickedly Mallishiously & fello-
niously hath used Practised & Exercised at &: in the Towne of
Salem -- in the County of Essex aforesaid upon and against one
Martha Sprague Allias Martha Tyler -- by which Wicked Artes the
Said Martha Sprague Alli Tyler the Day and Year aforesaid and
Divers -- other Dayes & times as well before as after was & is Tour-
tered Afflicted Tormented Pined & wasted against the Peace of our
Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity
and the Lawes in that Case made & Provided./

(Reverse)

William Barker Junio'r for bewitching Martha Sprague
Billa vera
*Robert: Payne foreman:
ponet Se
Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Records, Vol. 32, Case No. 2761, Page 103.Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston. )


SWP No. 10.4

(Examination of William Barker, Jr.)

[[September 12, 1693 ]

2nd Paper

Sep't 92
Before Maj'r Gidney m'r Hawthorn m'r Corwin & Cap't Higginsone.

The Examination and confession of W'm Barker aged 14 yeares or
#[there]about

He is accused for exerciseing acts of witchcraft upon the bodyes
of Martha Sprague Rose foster and Abigail Martin, which he did not
deny but could not remember it.
He confesses now that he hath not been in the snare of the devil
above six dayes, That as he was goeing in the woods one evening
to look efter cowes he saw the shape of a black dog which looked
very fiercely upon him And he was much disturbed in his mynd
about it and could not sleep well that night
And betymes next morneing he mett with a black man (he calls him a black man be-
cause he had black cloaths and thinks he had a black skin) who
bid him set his hand to a book and serve him as long as he the said
Barker Lived, which he promeised
And thereupon set his hand to the
book by putting his finger thereon, He saith the black man brought
red stuff along with him in an Inkhorn
And he the said Barker dipt
his finger into it and therewith made a red mark on the paper He
confesses he was to doe any service the black man appoynted him
and was to have a sute of cloaths for it. he said further the black
man would have him baptised but he never was.
He saith further that Goody Parker went with him last night to
afflict martha Sprague, And that he afflicts by clincheing his hands to-
gether. He now Saith he is sorry & hates the devill but yet struck
down the afflicted with his eyes,
And martha Sprague being re-
covered out of a fitt said that Barkers apparition and Goody Parker
rid upon a pole. and was baptised at five myle pond,-- He now sayes
there was such a load upon his Stomack that he could not speak,
A litle after he owned he was baptised by the black man at five
myle pond and did also renounce his former baptisme, he knowes
Goody Parker to be a witch
And sayes the devil dipt his head into
the water & spoke these words that he the said Barker was his
for ever and ever.
He said he could not think of his baptisme before,
And that the load that was upon his stomak is not so heavy as it was but just before
He #[said] still afflicted martha Sprague & shut her mouth but by layeing
his hand thereon opened it again. -- and afterwards confessed that
there were of his Company Goody Parker Goody Johnson Samuel Wardwell & his wife and two daughte'rs. And then could take the af-
flicted persones by the hand without doeing them any harme.

W'm Barker Jun'r Signed & owned the abovesaid
Examination & Confession.
before me

*John Higginson Just'e peace:
The marke
X of
William Barker Jun'r
(Reverse) Confession of William Barker Jun'r
acused. Goody parker
Goody Johnson
Sam'll wardell.
his wife
& 2 Daughters
aflicted
martha. Sprage
( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2761, p. 103, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, Massachusetts State Archives, Boston. )

SWP No. 10.5

(Examination of William Barker, Jr., Second Version ) [+ September 1, 1692 ]

1 Sep'r 92 Before Maj'r Gidney M'r Hathorne M'r Corwin Jn'o Higginson Esq'r

The Exam & Confe'son of Wm Barker Jun'r aged 14 Yeares or
their about He is accused for Exercising acts of Witchcraft Upon
the bodyes of Martha Sprauge Rosse fostter & abigall Martin w'ch
he did not deny but Could Not Rememb'r it -- He Confesses now
that he hath not been in the Snare of the Divel above Six # [Years]
days, that as he was Goeing into the Woods one Evening to loeck
after Cows he Saw the Shape of a black dog w'ch looked Verry
fercly Upon Him & he was Much disturbed in his Mind about it
& Could not Sleep well that Night & betimes Next Morning he Mett
w'th a black Man (he Calls him a black man because he had black
Cloaths & thinks he had a black Skin) Who bid him Sett his hand to
his book & Serve him as long as he the s'd Barker lived w'ch he pro-
mised And #[Soe] theirupon Sett His hand to this book by putting his
fing'r Thereon he Saith the black man brought Red Stuf along w'th
him in an Inkorn & he the S'd Barker dipt his finger into it and ther
w'th Made a Red Mark on the paper He Confesses he was to doe any
Servis the black man appointed him # [to doe] & was to have Suite
of Cloaths for it he S'd further the black man would have him bapt-
ized but he Nevr was -- he Saith further that good'e Parker went
w'th him last Night to afflictt Martha Sprauge & that he afflicts by
pinching his hands Together he Saith
he Now is Sorry & hates the Divel but Yett Struck dwone the afflicted w'th his
Eyes -- and Martha Sprauge being Recovered out of a fitt S'd that barkers apperition
& Good'e Parker rod Upon a pole & was baptized at 5 Mile pond -- He
Now Says there was Such a load Upon his Stomach that he Could
Not Speak a little affter he owned he was baptized by the black man
at 5 Mile pond & Renounced his former baptizime he Knows Good'e
parker to be a witch & Says the Divel dipt his head into the Watter
& Spook these words that he the S'd Barker was his for Ever & Ever
He S'd he Could not think of his baptizime before & that the Load
that was Up[] his Stomach Is not Soe heavy as it was Just now He
Stil afflicted Martha Sprauge & Shut her Mouth but by laying his
hand Theron opened it again -- and afterwards Confessed that
ther ware of his Comp'a Good'e parker Good'e Johnson Sam'll Wardwel
his wife & two Daughters & then Could take the afflicted
p'rsons by the Hand w'th out doeing them any harm

Wm Barker Jun'r Signed & owned the above S'd Exam'n &
Confession
before Me

*John Higginson Just'e peace
The Marke
X of
Wm Barker Jun'r
( Essex Institute Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. No. 24, 10r-v. )