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SWP No. 109

William Proctor

(See also Martha Carrier -- Complaint.)

SWP No. 109.1

(Warrant for apprehension of William Proctor )

To the Constable of Salem

You are hereby Required in theyr Majestyes Names to William procter of Salem Farmes son of John procter of s'd farmes Husbandman, upon Tuesday Next being the Thirty first day of May about Tenne of the Clock in the morning att the house of Leu't Nath'll Ingersolls in s'd Village, Whoe stands Charged w'th Sundry Acts of Witchcraft done or Comitted upon the Bodys of Mary Walcott & Susa[nbar ]ah Shelden & others of Salem Village to theyr great hurt, in order to his Examination, Relateing to the above s'd premises.and hereof You are nott to fayle

dated. Salem. May 28'th 1692

*John Hathorne ] Assis'ts

*Jonathan. Corwin ] Assis'ts

I have apprehended the parson above named and brought him to the place apinted --

By me *John Putnam Const of Salem

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 1 )


SWP No. 109.2

(Indictment v. William Proctor , No. 1)

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

The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present That William Procter of Salem In the County of Essex Husbandman In and Upon the Thirty first daÿ of Maÿ In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and #[& upon & Against] in the Towneship of Salem aforesaid in upon and against one Elizabeth Hobert of Salem aforesaid Single Woman #[aforesaid] by which said Wicked Acts the said Elizabeth Hobart , the day and Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed pined Wasted and Tormented and also for sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said #[Elizabeth Warren] William procter Comitted and done before and since that time against Our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme in the Stattute in that Case made and Provided.

Wittness

Mary Warren

(Reverse) IgnoRamus Wm Proctor

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 1 )


SWP No. 109.3

(Indictment v. William Proctor , No. 2)

the Massachusetts Bay in New England Ss/ ] Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692.

The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present that William Procter of Salem In the County of Essex Husbandman in & upon the thirty first day of May In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days & times as well before as after Certaine detestable Art called Witchcrafts and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towneship of Salem aforesaid in upon & against one Mary Warren of Salem aforesaid Single Woman by which said Wicked Acts Mary Warren aforesaid the day & yeare the aforesaid and divers other days and times both before & after was and is Tortured aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted & Tormented & also for sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said William Procter Comitted and done before & since that time against Our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen theire Crowne & Dignity and the forme in the Stattute in that Case made & Provided.

Wittness

Eliz. Hobert

(Reverse) IgnoRamus William Proctor

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 2 )


SWP No. 109.4

(Indictment v. William Proctor , No. 3)

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

The Jurors for our sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen [pbar ]r'sents That William Proctor of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid -- On the seaventeenth Day of September 1692 -- And Divers other Dayes and Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Artes called Witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly Mallishiously and felloniously -- hath Used Practised & Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd upon and against one Mary Walcott of Salem aforsaid Single Woman -- By which wicked Arts the said Mary Walcott -- The Day and year afores'd and Divers other Dayes & Times as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Consumed Pined & Wasted against the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and against the Lawes in that case made & Provided.

Wittnesses

Eliza' Hobert

Ann Puttnam

Allice Booth

Eliza' Booth

(Reverse) Ignoramus *Robert Payne foreman.

the within Wm Procture was examined before their Majesties Justices of peace in Salem

owned before the Grand Jury 7: Jan'y 1692

atest

*Jno Higginson

Just'e peace

*Robert Payne

foreman.

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2706 Page 29 )


SWP No. 109.5

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. William Proctor )

elizabeth hubart douth testify one har oath before the grand Inquest that william procter did aflicte me this deponant the 31. day of May 92. at the time of his examination: and all so I did see said william procter aflicte mary warrin at the time of his examination: and said william procter hath affliktid me this deponant severall time sins: september the 8. day 1692

(Reverse) William Procter

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 2 )


SWP No. 109.6

(Examination of William Proctor )

17 Sept:

The Examination of William Procter taken before Jno hauthorn Esq'r and other their majesties Justices 17 September 1692. He being s'd what he was acused of He lookeing upon Mary Warrin struck her down and by toucheing of her Recovered her again -- Mary Warrin said that Wm Proctor had almost murdered her to death this day by pains in all her bones and Inwards also And that she saw him afflict Mary Walcot Eliza booth, Eliz' hubbard and Ann putnam. The said Mary Walcott & Ann Putnam being in dreadful fitts Wm. Proctor recovered them again. Alice booth & Sarah Church in their fitts complained of Proctor And he by touching them recovered them again. Mary Pickworth was in a fitt & the above afflicted persons said they saw Proctor afflict her, and he by his touch recovered her Elizabeth Booth said she saw him twist and pinch [poppet] this very Day. she also was afflicted and he recovered her by his touch. Betty hubbard said Proctor afflicted her greviously this Daye and made her promise not to tell of him. Mary Walcot said the same.

Eliz Hubbard owned before the Grand jury upon the oath she had taken that s'd Will'm Proctor had aflicted her both befour her examination at that time, & since many times, notwithstanding his promise to her.

*Robert Payne Foreman. as Attest

(Reverse) I underwritten being appoynted by authority to take the within examination in [wbar ]ting Doe testify upon oath taken in Court that this is a true coppy of the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge 7't Jan'ry 1692/3

*Wm Murray

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2706 Page 29 )