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SWP No. 8

Mary Barker

(See also: William Barker, Sr. -- Warrant; William Barker, Jr. -- Recognizance .)

SWP No. 8.1

(Examination of Mary Barker )

[August 29, 1692.]

29 August 1692. Before Maj'r Gidney Mr. Hauthorn and Mr. Corwin

The Examination and confession of Mary Barker of Andover

After severall questiones propounded and negative answe'rs Returned
she at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch, And
that #[this] sometine last #[spring] sumer she made a red mark in the devils
book with the forefinger of her Left hand, And the Devil would have her hurt
martha Sprague Rose foster and Abigail martin which she did upon
Saturnday and Sabath day last, she said she was not above a quarter of
an hour in comeing down from Andover to Salem to afflict, she
sayes she afflicted the above three persones bye squeezeing her hands.
she confesses she was at the witch meeting at Salem Village with her
unkle, there was a great many theire, and of her company their was
only her unkle, W'm Barker and mary marston Martha Sprague said
that Mary Barkers apparition told that she was baptised at five myle
pond.

said Mary Barker said there was such a load & weight at her stom-
ack that hindered her from speakeing And is afrayd she hes given up
her self soul & body to the devil she sayes she promised to serve
worship and beleeve in him And he promessed to pardone her sins,
but finds he hes deserved her, and that she was Lost of god and
all good people, That Goody Jonson and Goody falkner appeared
at the same tyme and threatned to teare her in peeces if she did
not doo what she then did. she further sayth that she hes seen no
appearance since but a fly which did speake to her, and bid her
afflict these poor creatu'rs. which she did by pincheing with, and
Clincheing of her hands for which she is sorry, And further the Devil
told her it would be very brave and cliver for her to come down
here to Salem among these accused persones. And that she should
never be brought out. She promises to confess what more she shall
hereafter remember.

Mary Barker Signed and owned the abovesaid Examination & Confesion THE MARKE of Mary. Barker:

17 Sep't 1692 before me

*John Higginson Jus'e peace


(Reverse) Confession of Mary Barker
acused. w'm Barker Sen'r
Goody Johnson
Goody Falkner
Goody Marston

aflicted Martha Sprage
Rose Foster
Abigall Martin
( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2678, p. 10. )

SWP No. 8.2

(Examination of Mary Barker , Copy)

[ August 29, 1692 ]

29'th August 1692 Before Maj'r Gidney M'r Hathorne M'r Corwin
The Examination And Confession of Mary Barker of Andivor
afte Several Questions Propounded & Neagative ans'rs
Returned She at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson Made her
a witch & that Some time last sumer she made a red mark in the
Divels book w'th the forefinger of her left hand & the Divel would
have her hurt Martha Sprage Rose Foster & Abigall Martin w'ch
She did on Satterday & Sabbath day last. She Said She was not above
a Quart'r of an hour a Coming Dwone from Andivor to Salem to
afflict She S'd She afflicted the above S'd 3 p'rsons by Squezing her
hands She Confesses She was at the witch Metting at Salem Village
w'th her Unckle, there was a grate many there & of her Company was
only her Unckle Wm Barker &. Mary Marston Martha Sprage S'd
that Mary Barkers apperition told that She was baptized at 5 Mile
pond -- S'd Mary Barker S'd ther was Such a load & weight at her
Stomack that Hindred her from Speaking & is afrayd She has Given
up herself Soul & body to The Divel She Says She promised to Serve
worship & beleive in him & he promised to pardon her #[] Sins but finds
he has deceived her & that She was left of god & all good people
& that Goody Johnson & Goody falkner apeared at the Same time
& threatned to tear her in peices if She did not doe what She then did
She further Said that She had Seen no aperance Since but a fly #[that had]
w'ch did Speak to her & bid her afflict these poor Creaturs w'ch She did
by pinching With Clinching of her hands for w'ch She is Sorry
& furthe the Divel told her it would be Very brave & Cliver for her to
Come Dwone to Salem among these acused p'rsons & that She
Should Never be brought out She promised to Confese wh't more
She Shall hearafter Rememb'r

Mary Barker Signed & owned the abovesaid Examination & Confession
before me

*Jn'o Higginson Justice
of Peace


17'th Sep't
1692/
The X Marke
of
Mary Barker
( Essex Institute Collection, no. 24, 6v-7r.)

SWP No. 8.3

(Indictment v. Mary Barker for Afflicting Abigail Martin )

[+ January 13, 1693 ]

2nd Paper

Essex in New England ss/ Annoq'e RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c quarto Anno Domini 1692//

The Juriors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
doe present That Mary Barker of Andiver in the County of Essex
aforesaid On or about the 29'th Day of August last In the yeare
1692 aforsaid and divers other days and times both before and after,
Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly
felloniously & Mallitiously hath used practised and Exercised in & upon
the Body of Abigaill Martin of Andivor #[] at and within the Township
of Andivor aforesaid, by which said Wicked Acts the said Abigaill Martin
the day aforsaid in the yeare aforesaid And at Divers other days and
times as well before as After was and is Tortured aflicted and Tormented.
And injured ["And Injured" written over "and thereby"] consumed pined and
wasted, Against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady King and
Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the Statute of the first of
King James #[in] the first in that Case made and provided

(Reverse) Mary Barker for bewitching Abigaill Martin

Billa vera
*Robert Payne foreman:
ponet se
Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2678, p. 9.)


SWP No. 8.4

(Indictment v. Mary Barker for Afflicting Rose Foster )

[+ January 13, 1693 ]

3rd Paper

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss/ Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c'a Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692//

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe
[pbar ] sent That Mary Barker of Andvor - - - In the County of Essex - -
On or about the 29'th day of August last #[1692] - -
In the Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well
before as after Certaine detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorce-
ries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and
Exercised At and in the Towne of Andivo'r in the County of Essex - -
aforesaid in upon and against one Rose foster of [- - - -] afore-
said - - - by which said Wicked Acts the said Rose foster the day
& yeare - - aforesaid & divers other days and times both before and
after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tor-
mented #[and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by the said ]
Comitted and done before and Since that time] Against ["A" written
over "a"] the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme of the Stattute In
that case made & Provided.

(Reverse) Mary Barker: bewitching Rose foster

Billa vera
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Files, Vol. 32, docket No. 2678, Page 9. )