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SWP No. 128

Mary Toothaker

(See also: Martha Carrier -- Complaint .)

SWP No. 128.1

(Mary Warren and Mary Ireson v. Mary Toothaker )

one may the 24 mary waren being in a feet and grevosly aflected then was in a tranc for sum tim we hard her say who ar ye what is your name and again. she said what totheker Doktr toothekers wiffe wee often herd her say I wont i wonte i will not touch y'r book and then the fet was over then she told us that Dockter toothekers wiff brought the book to her and a basen and a winding shet and grav cloths and said that she must set her hand to the book or elce she would kil her and stil she urged to touch the book or elc be wrapt in that sheet this have ben Done this Day by tooth ekers wiff

mary iyerson , wiff to bengemin iyerson at lin have[?] in the sam maner hav tormented almost to Deth and brought the book to her

(Reverse)

Mary Warren ag't Ierson Toothaker [Note: the name "Jerson" refers to Ierson, thus this line should read "Mary Warren ag't Ierson Toothaker" omitting the first names of both accused.]

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 55 )


SWP No. 128.2

(Examination of Mary Toothaker)

30 July 1692 The Examination and confession of widow Toothaker Taken before Majo'r Gidney m'r Hauthorn m'r Corwin & Cap'n Higginson.

After many questiones and negative answe's returned and her stricking down of severall of the afflicted persones with her looks, she was desired to tell the truth in this matter She then said that this may last she was under great discontentedness & troubled w'h feare about the Indians, & used often to dream of figheting with them. Being asked what was the devils temptation under her discontent[mbar]t She said she would confess if she could But that there was something at her breast that hindered her. she said she had often prayed but thought she was the worse for prayeing and knows not but that the devil hes tempted her not to pray, for #(my) her breath has been often stopt as it was just now; Being asked if the devil did not Desier her to renounce her baptisme, she answered that she had thoughts she was rather the worse for her baptisme and has wished she had not been baptised because she had not improved it as she ought to have done She saith she used to get into a corner alone and desired to pray but her mouth would be stopt but sometymes she had been helped to say Lord be mercifull to me a sinner. Being again asked how far she had yeilded to Satan she said the devil promised her she should not be discovered and if she wer discovered & brought down that she should goe home Innocent & cleare but now find he hes deluded her Being again asked how long it is since Satan first wrought with her in this manner she said she could not well tell how long but thinks it is not two years And confesses that she went in her spirit to Timothy Swans, and did often think of him & her hands would be clinched together, And that she would grip the dishclout or any #(thgelee) thing else. and so think of the persone; And by this & afflicting of othe's since she came down she is convinced she is a witch -- she saith now, the devil appeared to her in the shape of a Tawny man and promeised to keep her from the Indians & she should have happy dayes with her sone -- she was asked if she did not signe the devills book; answered he brought something which she took to be a peece of burch bark, and she made a mark with her finger by rubbing off the whit Scurff. And he promised if she would serve him she should be safe from the Indians (she was then a litle stopt again & believed it was the devil that did it) Being asked if the Devil did not say she was to serve him Answered yes, and signed the mark upon that condition and was to praise him w'h her whole heart, And it was to that appearance she prayed at all tymes for he said he was able to delyver her from the Indians And it was the feare of the Indians that put her upon it She confesses she hurt Timothy Swan and thinks she was twice at salem Village witch meeting and that goody bridges was one of her company -- she said as she came along in order to examinan she promised herself twenty tymes by the way (but fea's it was to the devil) That if she should dye upon the Gallowse yet she would not say any thing but that she was Innocent And rejoyced In the thought of it that she should goe home Innocent, -- she saith that Goody Green and Goody Broomage were also her companions and that Broomage afflicted Swan by squeezeing his armes, And is afrayd that she the s'd toothaker squeezed his throat -- she said further that when Goody Bridges (who had confessed before) urged her also to confess she had then no remembrance of this but with the justices discourse and the help of god it came into her mynd. She saith she thought that that appearance was God her creator & being asked if she did not know otherwise answered The devil is so subtil that when she would confess he stops her and deluds also by scripture and being asked what scripture he made use of to her she mentioned that in the psalms where it is said Let my enemies be confounded, And so shee hes wished them all Destroyed that raised such reports of her--She confesses that her sister was with her at all the meetings & particularly at Salem Village & there went with her Goody Bridges Goody foster Goody Green & Goody broomage Severall afflicted persones said they saw the black man before her in the tyme of her examination And she now herself confesses she saw him upon the table before her She sayes further there was a minister a litle man whose name is Burroughs that preached at the village meeting of witches, and she heard that they used bread & wine at these meetings And that they did talk of 305 witches in the countrey she sayth their discourse was about the pulling down the Kingdome of christ and setting up the Kingdom of Satan, And also Knew Goody How among the rest Being asked if their was not a woman that stirred them up to afflict swan Answered yes there was a pretty elderly woman that was most busie about him and encouraged the rest to afflict him. She thinks she set hir hand to that book at Salem Village meeting And thinks the end of all their setting their hands to that book was to come in, and afflict & set up the Devils Kingdome She being asked if her husband did not speak to his daughter to Kill one Bulton a reputed witch, Answered yes, and that they used to read many historyes, especially one book that treated of the 12 signes, from which book they could tell a great deal. -- she saith she never knew her daughter to be in this condition before this summer, But that she was at Sallem village meeting once with her, she cannot tell that her daughter did then signe the book but a great many did. Being asked how many were of her Society she said Goody Broomage , foster , green , the two mary Laceyes older and younger, Richard Carryer, her sister Carryer and another aged woman. She sayth she heard the Beating of a drum at the village meeting And thinks also she heard the sound of a trumpet

I underwritten being appointed to take the above & within examinat[?] in wryting Doe testify upon oath taken in court That this is a true coppy of the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge;

6't Jan'ry in 1692/3

*W'm Murray

The within named Mary Toothaker was examined by their Majesties Justices of the peace in Salem

Mary Toothaker: Examined 30 July 1692: -- acused Goody Bridges 2 lacys Goody Gren Goody Brumage R'd Carier

*Atest Jno Higginson Just'ce peace. owned before the Grand Jurey: 6 January 1692 atest.

Goody Carier

Goody foster

M'r Burroughs.

Goody How.

Math. Emerson

afflicted Timo Swan

*Robert Payne

foreman.

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2713 Page 50 )


SWP No. 128.3

(Indictment v. Mary Toothaker )

Province of the Massacusetts Bay in New England ss ]

At A Superio'r Court of Judicature held in Charlston for the County of Midlesex the 31: Jan'ry 1692/3 Annoq'e RR & Reginae Gulielmiae & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto

The Juro's for our Sover lord & lady the King & Queen present that Mary Toothaker of Billrica in the County of Midllsex Widow On or about [] at & In the Towne of Belerica in the County of Midlesex aforsaid Wickedly felloniously And mallitiously A Covenant with the Devill did make & for Confirmacon of the Said Covenant made A marke upon A peece of Birch Ryne which the Devill brought to hir, & promised to Serve the Devill, & to praise him with hir whole heart by which Diabolicall Covenant with the Devill made in maner & forme aforsaid the Said Mary Toothaker 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

Atest *Simon Stone foreman

(Reverse) Mary #(Tayler) Toothaker for Covenanting w'th the Devill. Pon't se: Non Cull

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2713 Page 50 )


SWP No. 128.4

(Examination of Mary Toothaker)

30th July 1692 The Examination & confession of widow Toothaker Taken
before Maj'r Gidney M'r Hauthorn M'r Corwin & Jno Higginson. -
After Many Questions propounded & Negative Answers #(propounded) Return'd
& her Stricking Dwone of Several of the afflicted p'rsons w'th Her looks,
She was Desired to tell the truth in this Matter, She then S'd that this May last
She was under great Discontentednes & troubled w'th fear @ the #(Devill) Ind's & used often to Dream of fighting w'th them being asked what was the
Divels Temptation under her Discontentment She Said She would confes if She
Could But that their was Somthing at her breast that hindred her, She S'd She had
often prayed but thought she was the worse for praying & knows not but
that the Divel has tempted her Not to pray for her breath was almost Stopt
as it was Just Now, Being asked if the Divel did not tempt her to renounce
her baptizm She answered that that She had #(that) thought She was n#(e)ather the
worse for her baptizing & has wished She had not ben bapt'ed because
She had not Improved it as She ought to have done She sai#(d)th She used
to gett into a Corner alone & Desired to pray but her mouth was Stopt
but Somtimes She has ben helped to Say Lord be Mercyfull to me a Siner
being asked again how far She had yelded to Sattan she S'd the Divel
Promised her She Should not be Discovered, And if she were Discovered
& brought Dwone yett She Should goe home Innocent & Clear but now
finds he has Deluded her, Bing again asked how long it is Since Satan first
wrought wth her in this Manner She S'd She could not tell how long but thinks
it is not two Years & Confessed that She went In her Spirit to Timo Swans
& did often think of him & her hands Would be Clinched together And that
She would grip the Dishclout or any thing Else & Soe think of pe'sons
And by this & afflicting of others Since She Came Dwone She is Convinced
She is a witch ---- She Saith now the Divel apeared to her in the Shap
of a Tawny Man & promised to Keep her from the Indians & Should have
happy Dayes w'th her Son -- She was asked if She did not Signe the --
Divels booke Answ'r he brought me Something #(like) which She to Be a peice of burch bark & She
made a mark w'th her finger by Rubing of the white Scruf & he promised
if She would Serve him She Should be Safe from the Ind's (She was then
a litle Stopt again & believed it was the Divel that did it) being asked
if the Divel did not Say She was to Serve him A Yes and Signed the
Mark upon that Condition & was to praise him w'th her whole hart &
it was to that aperance She prayed at all tymes for he Said he

was able to Deliver her from the Indians. & it was the fear of the Ind's that put her upon
it She Confesses She hurt Timo Swan and thinks She was twice at Salem Village
Witch Metting & that Good'e Bridges was one of her Company She S'd as She
Came along in order to her Examination She promised her Self twenty times
By the way (but feales it was to the Divel) that if She Should Dye upon the
Gallows. Yett She would not Say any thing but that She was Innocent & rejoyced
In (the thoughts of) it that She #(they) Should goe home Inocent -- She Saith that Good'e Green
& Good'e Broomage were also her Companyons & that broomage afflicted Swan
by Squesing his armes And is afraid that She the S'd Toothaker Squeezed his --
Throate--She S'd further that when Good'e bridges (who Had Confesed befor)
Urged her also to Confes She had no Remembrance of this but w'th the Justices--
Discourse & the help of god it Came unto her mind She Saith She thought
that that apperance was god her Creator & being asked if She did not now
otherwise A the Divel is Soe Subtil that when She would Confes he Stops her
& Deluds also by Scripture & being asked w't Scripture he made Use of to her
She mentioned that In the #(Samle) Psalmes where it is Said Lett my Enimies Be
Confounded And So She has wished them all destroyed that raised such reports of her
She Confesses that her Sister was w'th her at all the Mett'gs & particularly at Salem
Village & their went w'th her Good'e Bridges foster Goody Green & Good'e Broomage
--Severall of the afflicted pe'sons Said thay Saw the black man before her
In the time of her Examination & She Now her Self Confeses She Saw him
Upon the table befor her She Says further ther was a Minister a little man
Whose Name Is Burroughs that preached at the Village Metting of witches, &
She Heard that they Used bread & wine thes Metting & that they did talk of 305
Witches in the Country She Saith their Discourse was about pulling Dwone the
Kingdome of Christ & Setting Up the Kingdome of Satan And also knew Goody
How among the Rest Being asked if their was not a woeman that Stared
them Up to afflict Swan--A Yes their was a pretty Elderly woeman that was
most busie about him & Encouraged the rest to afflict him She thinks #(Sje ing)
She Sett her hand to that book at Salem Village Metting & --
thinks the End of all ther Setting their hands to that Book was to Come In & afflict
& Sett Up the Divel Kingdome She being asked if her husband did not Speak
to his Daughter to Kill on Button a reputted witch A Yes & that thay
Used to read many #(Histo) Histories Especially one book that treated of the 12
Signes from w'ch book they could #(Could) told tell, a greate Deal, She Saith
She Never New her Daughter to be in that Condision before this Sum[m bar]er
Butt that She was at Salem Village Metting once w'th her, can not
tell that her Daughter then Did Signe the book but a great many did being asked
how many ware of her Society She S'd Good'e Broomage foster & Green
the two Mary Laceys Rich'd Carrier her Siste Carr'r & another aged
Woeman She Saith She heard the bettinge of a Drum at the Village
Metting & Thinks also She heard ye Sound of a Trumpet --

[No signatures, no concluding remarks]

Essex Institute Collection