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SWP No. 75

Mary Ireson

SWP No. 75.1

(Complaint v. Mary Ireson )

[June 4, 1692 ]

Deacon Edward putnam and Thomas Rayment both of Salem Village Complained on behalfe of theire Majesties against Mary Ireson the Wife of Benjamen Ireson of Lyn husbandman for Sundry acts of Witchcraft by her Committed Lately on the bodys of Mary Waren Susana Shelden & Mary Walcot & others of Salem Village whereby great hurt hath beane donne to theire bodys. therefore Craves Justice

*Edward Putnam

Salem June 4th. 1692
The Mark of Thomas Rayment
(In margin) also Eliz both Abi Williams Ann Putnam also
(Reverse) Ireson
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 no. 19 )

SWP No. 75.2

(Warrant for apprehension of Mary Ireson )

[June 4, 1692 ]

To the Sheriffe of the County of Essex or his deputie or Constable in Lyn

You are in theire Majests names hereby required to apprehend and bring before us Mary Ierson the wife of Benjamin Ireson of Lyn husbandman on Munday next about ten of the Clock in the forenoon at the house of Thomas Beadles in Salem who stands Charged on behalfe of theire Majests with haveing committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary Waren, Susannah Shelden Mary Walcot and Others whereby great hurt is donne to theire bodys.) in order to her Examination Relateing to the abovesayd premises faile not

Dated Salem June 4t 1692
[Pbar ] us [ *John Hathorne *Bartho Gedney *Jonathan. Corwin ] J:peace
(Reverse) According to this warrant I have Aprehended the person of mary Ierson #[and] wife of Benjemen Ierson of Lyn and brought her to the plase apoynted in order to her exemination
as atest my hand *Henery Collings Constabll for the town of Lyn
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 no. 18. )

SWP No. 75.3

(Examination of Mary Ireson, 6 June 1692

Mary Ireson was examined: before Majr Gedney: & other their Majestis justices June: 6th 1692

before sd Ireson was brought: into ye roome:in prayer time ye afflicted fell into a fitt & complayned of Mary Ireson when sd Ireson came in her sister came with her: & ye justices: cald to ye afflicted: to come & look on her sister: & see if that was she yt afflicted them but they sd that was not she that hurt them: it was she wt a hood on sd Ireson had a Riding hood on: it was asked sd Ireson doe you not see how you are discovered: she sd she: might be left: to this afflictione for her other sins for she had bin of a bad temper: for but for witchcraft she had not yt sin to answer for: Eliz Boothe Susana Sheldon Mary Warin & Mary Warin fell down when she looke on them: & were well again when she touched them with her hand several times it was so: they charged her with afflicting them: when some of them were well they charged her with hurting ye others yt were afflicted: they three of them: all but mary Wolcot sd they never had seen her in person: before: but they knew: yt this was ye woman yt had afflicted them: Mary Warin sd she had brought the book: to her to sign: a monthe before: Susana Sheldon sd she had brought ye book at that pressent time of her examination: & sd if she would not sign it she would tear her throat out: sd Iresons: eyes being fixed: it was asked her: what she fixed her eyes upon: ye afflicted sd ye black man was before her & bid her not confess both ye justices & sd Iresons Unkle: ffuller: that was there urged her to confess & breake ye snare of ye devill: but she sd she knew not yt she was in it: She asked weither she might be a witch & not know it: but was answered no: she sd then she could not confess till she had more Sight.

I undr writter being appointed by Authority to: take ye above examination doe testify upon oath taken in Court: that this is a true coppy of ye substance of it to ye best of my knowledge: Simon Willard

( MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 210, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Boston Public Library. Boston.)