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SWP No. 103

Susannah Post

SWP No. 103.1

(Examination of Susannah Post )

Susanah Post was examined before Maj'r. Gedney: & other their Majest's Justices August 25 1692

The Justices told her she was acused for afflicting. Martha Spreag & Rose Foster by witchcraft. When Susanah was Brought in before them: the afflicted: was greatly afflicted: Mary Warin & was recovered by her touching withe her hand: her sister Hannah Post s'd she was babtized: with her at five mile pond the afflicted persons. then charged her with afflicting them & that they saw her afflict #[&] but she Denyed it & s'd she knew not of it. Nor that she hade made a Covnant with the Devill.

but after ward: she confessed she had bin in the Devils snare three years: the first time she saw him he was like a Catt: he told her he was a prince: & I was to serve him I promised him to doe it the next shape was a yellow bird: it s'd I must serve him: & he s'd I should live well: the next time he appeared like a black man that time he brought a book & she touched it with a stick that was Dipt in an ink horne & it made a red mark: & Jno Jaxon sen'r was there when she signed: he that was the great eater: she would own but three times that she had seen the Devil: but it was told her it could not but be more in 3 years time: she was unwilling to own if she had afflicted. Martha Sprage Rose foster : but Mary Bridges s'd she use to afflict by sticking Pins into Cloaths: which she then owned: She s'd #[she s'd] she was now willing to renownce the Devil & all his works: & she went: when bid & begged forgivnes of the #[of the] afflicted & and could come to them and not hurt them she owned she had been babtized at 5 mile pond above halfe a year agoe & the Devil Dipt her head in the water & s'd she must serv she s'd there were a great many at the witch meeting at Andover: but knew not exactly how many their might be 200: & they eat white bread & drank: & their was a minister & they [torn] a sacrement: & there was 200 there & they eat bread that was white & drank some that was red: she s'd she heard there were 500 witches in the Country she s'd she & two of her sisters went to the villadge meeting & rod. upon a stik: the Devil Carried it & she rode before she s'd that Folkner Wilford of Haverell Sarah Parker was at the witch meeting & that she knew the two Jaxons good wife [torn] & Mr Howard of Rowley to be witches:

I und'r written being apponted to take the examination Doe Testifie upon oath taken in Court that this is a true coppy or substance of it, to the best of my knowledge

Janu'y 7'th 1692
*Simon Willard
(Reverse)
the within Hanah Post was examined before their Majesties Justises of peace in Salem
atest *John Higginson. J: Peace
owned before the Grand Jury
January 1692
*Robert Payne foreman
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2705 Page 28 )

SWP No. 103.2

(Indictment v. Susannah Post )

Province of the Massathutetts Bay in New England Essex ] Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Do[mbar ] 1692

The Jurrors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen Presents

That Susanneh Postt of Andover in the County of Essex Single-woman on the 25'th day of August in the yeare afores'd And divers other Dayes and times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Artes -- called Witch Crafts & sorceries Wickedly Mallishiously & felloniously hath Used Practised & Exercised at & in the Towne of Salem in the County afores'd Upon and against one Rose foster of Andoverr Single Woman -- By which Wicked -- Arts the said Rose foster the Day and year [afors'd] and Divers other Dayes and Times as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Consumed Pined and Wasted against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the Lawes in [that] Case made and Provided:

Witness Martha Sprague alias Tyler & her Owne Confession

(Reverse)

Billa Vera

Robert Payne

foreman

not Guilty

The Jury finds Susannah Post not gilty.

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2705 Page 28 )


SWP No. 103.3

(Indictment v. Susannah Post )

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ss ] Anno RR & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Do[mbar ] 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen pr'sent

That Susanah Post of Andiver In the County of Essex Single Woman about Three Years Since In the Towne of Andiver in the County of Essex aforesaid Wickedly Mallitiously & feloniously A Covenant with the Devill did make & Signed the Devills Booke & was Baptized by the Devill & promised to Serve the Devill By which Diabollicall Covenanting with the Devill (in Maner & forme aforesaid by the said Susannah Post made) Shee the [said] Hannah Post is become a Detestable Witch against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crown & Dignity, & the Laws in that Case [made] & provided.

Wittness hir owne Confession

(Reverse) Billa Vera

Robert Payne

foreman

Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2705 Page 28 )