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SWP No. 97

Alice Parker Executed, September 22, 1692

(See also: Ann Pudeator -- Warrant; George Jacobs, Sr. -- Mittimus; Bridget Bishop -- Physical Examination.)

SWP No. 97.1

(Examination of Alice Parker )

The Examination of Alice Parker 12 May. 1692.

Q Mary Warren Charges you with Several acts off witchcraft; what Say you to it Guilty or not Guilty: A. I am not Guilty. You told her this day you cast away Thomas Westgate -- A. -- I know nothing of it -- You told her John [Lapthons] was [lost] in [] A. I never spoke a word to her in my Life. You told her also you bewitched her Sister, because her father would not mow your grass. I never saw her -- Warren desiring to go to strike her, was permitted, but Could not Come near so much as to touch her, but fel backward immediately into a dreadful fitt. Margaret Jacobs Charged her also to her face with seeing her in the North feild on fryday night last about #[nine oClock] an hour within Night in apparition -- Marshal Herrick also affirmed to her face that she told him this day after he had apprehended her and was bringing her to Examination, that there were threscore Witches of the Company, which he denyed not, But said she did not Remember, how many she said there was. But John Londer being by attested the same the Marshal had before. Mary Warren was grieviously afflicted dureing the whole time of her Examination. But being asked who told her there were threescore Witches, she answered she Could not tell. Mary Warren affirmd that Her Father having promised to mow the grass for her if he had time, which he not doeing she came to the house, and told him he had better he had done it, presently after that Her Sister fell ill and shortly after Her Mother was taken ill, and dyed. Mary Warren affirms that when Alice Parker brought the Poppet to her, she said if she would not Run the needle in, she would Run itt, into her heart. Mary Warren affirmd it to her face, but upon the Glance of Parkers Ey she immediately struck her down into a fitt. being Examined upon these things, she wished God would open the Earth and Swallow her up presently, if one word of this was true and make her an Example to Others -- Tho att the same times she practised her Witchcrafts before upon the Body of Mary Warren, dreadfully tormenting her. Moreover Warren affirmed that she told her this day that she was att the Bloody Sacrament in Mr Parris's Pasture, and [that] they were about thirty of them. Mary Warren also affirms that She told her this day also that she Ran after John Londer in the Common. Mary Warren affirms that the Spectrum came direct from her Body and afflicted her dureing the whole time off her Examination. Mr Noise in Time of Examination affirmed to her face, that he being with her in a Time of sicknes, discoursing with about her witchcrafts whether she were not Guilty, she answered If she was as free from other sins as from Witchcrafts she would not ask the Lord mercy. Mary. Warren being taken with a dreadful fit at the same time, w'rby her tongue hung out of her mouth until it was black, Parker being present said warrens tongue would be blacker befor she dyed. Parker being asked why she did thus afflict and torm't her, answered If I do, the Lord forgive mee --

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


SWP No. 97.2

(Indictment v. Alice Parker , No. 1)

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

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The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present That Alice Parker wife of John Parker of Salem in the County Essex Fisherman #[In the County of Essex] the Sixth day of September #[in the yeare afore s'd]

In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiouslynd felloniously hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex -- aforesaid in upon and against one Mary Walcot -- of Salem Village in-the-County -- aforesaid Single-Woman -- by which said Wicked acts the said Mary Walcott the day & Yeare aforesaid and divers other days & Times both before and after was and is Tortured aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted & Tormented and also for sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said Allice Parker Committed and done before and since that time against the peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the form of the Stattute in that case made and Provided

Witnesses

Ann Putman

Mary Warren

Eliz: Hubard

(Reverse)

Alice Parker Mary Walcott

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


SWP No. 97.3

(Indictment v. Alice Parker , No. 2)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Engl'd ss ] Anno RR's and Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692.

The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe [Pbar ]sent That Allice Parker Wife of John Parker of Salem -- In the County of Essex aforesaid fisherman, the #[twelfth] sixth day of #[May August] September -- In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously hath used practised & Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem #[aforesaid] aforesaid in upon & against one Mary Warren of Salem aforesaid Single Woman by which said Wicked acts the said Mary Warren the Day & year aforesaid and divers other days & times both before and after was and is Tortured afflicted Consumed Wasted Pined and Tormented, and also for Sundry acts of Witchcraft by the said Allice Parker -- Committed and done before and Since that time against the peace of Our Sov'r Lord & lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the forme of the Stattute in that case made and Provided

(Reverse)

Alice Parker Mary Warren

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


SWP No. 97.4

( Martha Dutch v. Alice Parker )

The Testimony of Martha Dutch aged about 36 years This Deponent Testifieth and saith that about 2 yeers Last past Jno Jarman of Salem Coming in from sea I This daponant & Alice parker of Salem Both of us standing Together said unto her w't a great mercy itt was for to see Them Come home well and Through mercy I said my husband had gone & Came home well many Times & I This deponant did saye unto the s'd parker that I did hope he would Come whome This voyage well allso & the s'd parker made answer unto me & said no Never more in This world the w'ch Came to pass as she then told me for he died abroad as I sertinly heare Jurat in Curia Sep'r 7. 92.

attest *Step. Sewall Cle

(Reverse) Martha Dutch Depo against Jarman [sic]

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 44 )


SWP No. 97.5

(Sarah Bibber v. Alice Parker )

Sarah Vibber: upon oath: affirmeth: to the #[grand] Jury of inquest: that she hath seen Alice Parker: afflict: Mary Warin Mary Walcot: & An Putnam: & that s'd Parker did choke s'd Warin the last night & griped her: abo't the waste: Septem'r 7: 1692 & that she hath afflicted this deponent


SWP No. 97.6

(Mary Walcott v. Alice Parker )

Mary Walcot : upon oath: affirmeth: to the Jury of inquest: that she hath: seen: Alice Parker: afflict: Mary Warin: Eliz Hubbard Mercy Lewis: & An Putnum perticulerly: the last night: by choaking of them & squeezing of them Septem'r 7: 1692 & that she aflicted this deponent


SWP No. 97.7

(Elizabeth Hubbard and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Alice Parker )

Eliz Hubard : on oath affirmd to the Jury of inquest: that Alice Parker: hath once afflicted her: & that was last night; Sept'r 7: 1692 An Putnum: upon oath: affirmd: to the Jury of Inquest: that she hath seen: Alice Parker afflict: Mary: Warin: Mary Walcot: goodwife Vibber & Sara Churchell by Choking: of them & squeezing. Mary Warin; this they did the last night in the Court: Septem'r 7: 16:92

( Bowditch Mss. Mass. Hist. Society )


SWP No. 97.8

(Mary Warren v. Alice Parker )

Mary: Warin : upon oath: affirms to the Jury of Inquest: that: she hath seen Alice Parker afflict: Mary Walcot: Eliz Hubbard An Putnam: & goodwife Vibber the last night: by choking: them & squeezing them: s'd Parker: has afflicted me: has brought me the book: to siign to she brought: me a poppit: & a needle: & thretned: to stab: me if I would not stick the needle into the Poppit: & she did run: the needle a little way into me: s'd Parker s'd she was a caus: of the death of Tho Wastgate: and crew: that was foundred in the sea: she was also a caus: of the death of goodwife ormes her son: that was drown'd before: there dore: and was a caus of the death of Jno Serles his -- boy: she was the caus also of: Michael Chapmans: Death in Boston harbour: she also told me she: bewiched my mother & was a caus of her death: also that: she bewiched my sister: Eliz: that is both deaf & dumb: September: 7. 92


SWP No. 97.9

( Abigail Hobbs v. Alice Parker )

Abigail: Hobbs: afirms: she has seen: Alice Parker: afflict: Mary: Warin: when s'd Warin was at prison. Also: I have seen her: aflict: An Putman: by Choking: of them: Septem'r 7: 1692: before the Jury of Inquest

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


SWP No. 97.10

(Deposition of Thomas Putnam & William Murray v. Alice Parker)

the deposistion of Tho: putnam aged 40: years and william murry aged
36: year. who: testifieth and saith: that several of the afflected:
perzens were as mary walcott and mary warren and seuerall other
and were much afflected on the: 6th Septr. 1692 dureing the time
of the Examination of Elce parker: and we obsarved that upon
the glance of hir Eies they were strucken down: and upon hir lay
--ing hir hand on them they were Recovered and we beleave that
Elce parker the prisoner att the barr has often hurt the
said persons by acts of witchcraf

Jurat in Curia Thomas putnam
Wm Murray

(Reverse:)

Tho: putnam &
Wm Murray
Elsi Parker

Essex County Court Achives, James Duncan Phillips Library, Salem