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SWP No. 50

Thomas Farrer Sr.

(See also: George Jacobs Jr. -- Complaint; Elizabeth Hart -- Warrant; Roger Toothaker -- Mittimus .)

SWP No. 50.1

(Deposition of Ann Putnam, Jr., Thomas Putnam and Robert Morrill v. Thomas Farrer )

[+May 16, 1692 ]

the deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that on the:
8.th of may 1692 : there appeard to me the Apperishtion of an
old gray-head man with a great nose which tortored me and almost
Choaked me and urged me to writ in his book: and I asked him
what was his name and from whence he came for I would complaine
of him: and he told me he came from linne and people used to call
him old father pharoah and he said he was my grandfather: for my
father used to call him father: but I tould I would not call him:
grandfather: for he was a wizzard and I would complaine of him:
and ever sence he hath afflected me by times beating me and pinch-
ing me and all most Choaking me and urging me continewally to
writ in his book

we whose names are under writen haveing been conversant with Ann putnam have hard hir declare what is above writen what she said
she saw & heard from the apperishtion of old pharoah and also have
seen hir tortors: and perceived hir hellish temtations by hir loud out
cries I will not writ old pharaoh I will not writ in your book

*Thomas putnam
*Roburt Morrell

(Reverse)
Ann. putnam ag. Tho. Farrer
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 no. 114. )

SWP No. 50.2

(Indictment v. Thomas Farrer Sr. for Afflicting Ann Putnam Jr. Returned Ignoramus)

[+ January 12, 1693 ]

Essex in the Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe Domini: 1692

The Juriors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen doe
present that Thomas Pharoh -- of Linn In the County of Essex
husbandman -- the 10th of May In the yeare aforesaid and Divers
other Dayes and Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly malitiously & felon-
iously hath used practised and Exersised at and in the Towne of
Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in and upon and against one
Ann Putnam of Salem. Singlewoman by which said wicked acts the
Said Ann Putnam The day and year aforesaid and Divers other Dayes
and Times both before and after was and is tortured afflicted Con-
sumed wasted Pined and Tormented against the peace of our Sover-
aigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and
the law in that Case made & Provided

Witnesses
Ann Putnam
Elizabeth Hubbard
Sarah Vibber

(Reverse)
Ignoramus
*Robert Payne
foreman
cleared by proclamation
paying fees
( Suffolk Court Records Files vol. 31, docket 2667 p. 149 )