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SWP No. 98

Mary Parker Executed, September 22, 1692

SWP No. 98.1

(Indictment v. Mary Parker )

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss ] Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &ca Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692 The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen [pbar ]rsent That Mary Parker

of Andivor -- In the County of Essex Widdow In or about the last day of August -- In the Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised & Exercised at and in the Towne of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and against one Sarah Phelps of Andivor -- Aforesaid Single Woman -- by which said Wicked Acts the said Sarah Phelps the day & Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times both before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented, & also for sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Parker -- Comitted 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 forme Of the Stattute in that case made and Provided.

Inquir'd of Capt. Chandler

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


SWP No. 98.2

(Indictment v. Mary Parker )

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. ] Anno RR's Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae & Quarto. Annoq'e Domini 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen do present That. Mary Parker of Andiver in the County of Essex Widdow Upon or about the first day of September In the year aforesaid and divers other dayes and Times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly Mallistiously & felloniously hath used Practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Andivor in the County aforesaid in upon and against one Hannah Bigsbee of Andivor in the County aforesaid Wife of Daniell Bigsby of Andivor afors'd Carpenter by whitch Said wicked acts the said Hannah Bigsby the Day & Yeare aforesaid and divers other dayes and Times both before and after was and is Tortured aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented and also for Sundry othe[r] Acts of Witchcraft by the Said Mary Parker Comitted and done Before and Since That time against the peace of o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forome of the Stattute in That Case made and Provided.

Inquir'd of Capt. Chandler

(Reverse) Mary Parker Indictm't for bewitching Hanah Bigsby Billa Vera

( Essex Institute MSS Collection )


SWP No. 98.3

(Indictment v. Mary Parker )

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

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present that Mary Parker of Andivor In the County of Essex Widdow the first day of Septemb'r In the year aforesaid and divers other dayes and Times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallistiously and felloniously hath used Practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex -- aforesaid in upon and against one Martha Sprague of Boxford in #[aforesaid] the County of Essex aforesaid Single Woman By which said wicked Acts the Said Martha Sprague the day & year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured aflicted Consumed Pined wasted and Tormented and also for Sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Parker Comitted and done before and since that Time against the peace of o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne & dignity and the forme of the Stattute, in that Case made and Provided.

(Reverse) Indictm't ags't Mary Parker for bewitching Martha Sprague Ignoramus

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 30 )


SWP No. 98.4

(Examination of Mary Parker )

2 Sep'r 1692. The Examination of mary parker of Andover widow taken before Bartho' Gidny John Hathorne Jonat' Corwin & John Higginson Esq'rs ther majesties Justices of the peace for the County of Essex in the forth yeare of their majesties Reigne

upon mentioneing of her name, severall afflicted persones wer struck down as mary warrin Sarah churchhill. hannah post , Sarah Bridges Mercy wardwell, And when she came before the Justices, she recovered all the afflicted out of their fitts by the touch of their hand

She is accused for acting of witchcraft upon martha Sprague And Sarah Phelps . Q. how long have ye been in the snare of the devil. Ansr. I know nothing of it There is another woman of the same name in Andover But martha Sprague affirmed that that this is the very woman that afflicted her The said mary parker Lookeing upon Sprague struck her down, and recovered her again out of her fitt, Mary Lacey being in a fitt, cryd out upon mary parker, & s'd parker recovered her out of her fitt,

Mercy wardwell was twice afflicted by parker & recovered again by her

William Barker lookeing upon mary parker said to her face That she was one of his company, And that the last night she afflicted martha Sprague in company with him

Mercy wardwell said that this mary parker was also one of her company and that the said parker afflicted Timothy Swan in her company -- Mary Warrin in a violent fitt was brought neare haveing a pin run through her hand and blood runeing out of her mouth she was recovered from her fitt by s'd mary parker The said mary warrin said that this mary parker afflicted & tormented her, And further that she saw the said parker at ane examination up at Salem Village sitting upon one of the Beams. of the house./

I underwritten being appointed by the Justices of the peace in Salem to wryt down the Examination of Mary Parker abovementioned Doe testify this to be a true coppy of the originall examination As to the substance of it,

*W'm Murray

(Reverse) Exam'n of Mary Parker

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 30 )


SWP No. 98.5

( John Westgate v. Alice Parker )

Jno Wesgate aged about forty years This deponant Testifyeth thatt about Eight years since he being att the house of mr Sam'll Beadle In the company of Jno Parker and severall others, the wife of said Jno Parker came into the company and scolded att and called her husband all to nought whereupon I the said deponent tooke her husbands part telling of her itt was an unbeseeming thing for her to come after him to the taverne and raile after thatt rate w'th thatt she came up to me and called me rogue and bid me mind my owne busines and told me I had better have said nothing Sometimes afterwards I the s'd deponent going from the house of mr Dan'll King, w'n I came over against Jno Robinsons house I heard a great noyce coming from towards mr Babage his house then there apeared a black hogge running towards me w'th open mouth as though he would have devoured me att thatt Instant time I the said. deponent fell downe upon my hipp and my knife runn into my hipp up to the haft w'n I came home my knife was in my sheath w'n I drew itt out of the sheath then imediatly the sheath fell all to peaces, and further this deponant testifieth thatt after he gott up from his fall his stockin and shue was full of blood and thatt he was forc't to craule along by the fence all the way home and the hogg followed him and never left him tell he came. home, and haveing astout dog then with mee, the dog run then away from him Leapeing over the fence and Cryeing much which at other tymes used to Wory any hog well or Sufficiently, which hog I then apprehended was Either the Divell or some Evill thing not a Reall hog, and did then Really Judge or determine in my mind that it was Either Goody parker or by her meenes, and procureing fearing that she is a Witch,

Sworne Salem June 2'd 1692 Before *John Hathorne Assis't

Jno Wastgate declared the above written & what is written on the other side of this paper to be a true evidence before the Jury of Inquest upon the oath he hath taken: Septem'r 7: 1692


SWP No. 98.6

( William Barker, Jr. v. Mary Parker )

Wm Barker Jun'r affirmed to the grand Inquest: that: Mary Parker: did in Company with him s'd Barker : afflict Martha Sprag by: witchcraft. the night before: s'd Barker Confessed: which was: the 1 of Sept'r 1692: this he owned: to the grand Inquest: Sept'r 16: 1692

Owned in Court

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 33 )


SWP No. 98.7

( Mercy Wardwell v. Mary Parker )

Mercy Wardwell : owned to the grand Inquest that she had seen: the shape of Mary Parker : When she: s'd Wardwell : afflicted: Timo Swan : also: she: s'd she saw: s'd parkers Shape: when the s'd wardwell afflicted Martha Sprage : but I did not certainely know: that s'd parker was a witch: this she owned: to the grand Inquest: Sept'r 16: 1692

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 33 )


SWP No. 98.8

( John Bullock v. Alice Parker )

Jno Bullock aged 36 years testifieth that aboute the middle of January last past one of my neighbors told me that mrs park'r did lay upon the durt & Snow if I did not take care of her that she would perish where upon I did desire Some men that were in mye hous to goe & help her: & when they Came to her that they would not meddle because they thought she was ded there being a neighbor by said she saw her before in such kind of fits: then I perswaded one man bye; to take her upon his Shoulders & Carrye her home but in a little way going he let her fall upon a place of Stones: w'ch did not awake her w'ch Caused me to thinke she was really dead after that wee Carryed her into her hous & Caused her Cloaths to be taken of & while we were taking of her Cloaths to put her into bed She rises up & laughs in o'r faces.

Martha Dutch aged abo't 36 years: testifyeth: to the A bove written and farthar saith that I have sene said parker in such a Condition severall othar tims

Jurat in Curia Sep'r 7: 92.
*S Sewall Cle
(Reverse) John Bullock depo
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 33 )

SWP No. 98.9

( Samuel Shattuck v. Alice Parker )

Sam'll Shattock aged 41 years testifieth that in the year 1685: Goodwife Parker wife to Jno Parker Mariner Came to my hous: & went into the room where my wife & Children were & fauned upon my wife w'th very Smooth words in a Short tyme after that Child w'ch was Supposed to have bin under an ill hand for Severall years before: was taken in a Strange & unuseall maner as if his vitalls would have broak out his breast boane drawn up to gather to the uper part of his brest his neck & Eys drawne Soe much aside as if they would never Come to right againe he lay in So Strange a maner that the Docter & others did beleive he was bewitched Soom days after Som of the Visiters Cut Som of his hair of to boyle w'ch they saide altho they did w'th great tendernes the Child would Shreek out as if he had bin tormented: they put his hair in a skillet over a fier; w'ch Stood plaine on the hearth and it was throwne down & I came immediatly into the room as soon as they were gon out of the room & Could See no Creature in the room they put it on againe & after it had boyled Som tyme the above said Goodwife Parker Came in & asked if I would buye Soom Chickens I told her no: the women that were above in the Chamber said to me it is pitty you did not ask to See her chickens for they did beleive she had none to Sell: and advised me to send to her hous to buy Som w'ch i did & the messenger brought me word that she told him She had none & that the woman lived in the Same hous told him that the Said Parker had not had any in three weeks before: Soom days after She w'th her husband & two men moor Came to mye hous & to answer their request i went to them: She asked me if i Saide She had bewitched mye Child I told her I did belive She had: She Said to me you are a wicked man: the lord avenge me of you the lord bring vengance upon you for this wrong: one of the men asked her w't made you Com to this hous last Saturday She Saide to Sell Chicken: why did not you let him have them when he Sent for them Said he: She Said because She had Sold them he asked to whome She Said to Such a one: wee Sent presently to the party: & the answer was brought us that he never bought any of her well you see saide they you have told us that w'ch is not true w't did you w'th them She was at a Stand but at last Saide her Son Carryed them to Sea w'th him: her husband told her that was not true for her Son went to Sea last fryday: & if he had Carryed them to Sea She Could not brough them here the Saturday following She could not give any true account w't She did w'h them: but went into the room where the Child was & told my wife that She was a wicked woman for Saying Soe of her: & told my wife in these words I hope I shall see the downfall of you my wife told me and Soe went away in a great anger: & this is all true & reall to the uttermost of my remembrance & after this threatning or Evill wishing the Child has Continued in a very Sad Condition fowllowed w'th very Solem fits w'ch hath taken away his understanding

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Sam'll Shattock ag'st parker
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 31 )

SWP No. 98.10

(Petition of John Parker and Joseph Parker )

To his Excellency the Governor, and Councill and Representatives; now sitting in Boston

the humble Petition of John Parker, & Joseph Parker of Andover sheweth,

That whereas our mother mary Parker of Andover, was apprehended upon suspition of witchcraft, and being brought to a tryall at Salem Court, was condemned: since her death the sherriff of Essex sent an officer to seise on her estate. The said officer required us in their majestyes name to give him an Account of our mothers estate, pretending it was forfeited to the King; we told him that our mother left no estate; (which we are able to make appear) notwithstanding which, he seised upon our cattell, Corn & hay, to a considerable value; and ordered us to go down to Salem and make an agreement with the sherrife, otherwise the estate would be exposed to sale. We not knowing what advantage the Law might give him against us, and fearing we should sustain greater Damage by the loss of our Estate, went to the sherriff accordingly, who told us he might take away all that was seised. if he pleased, but was willing to do us a kindness by giveing us an oppertunity to redeem it. He at first demanded ten pounds of us, but at length was willing to take Six pounds, which he has obliged us by Bill to pay him within a moneth. Now if our Mother had left any Estate, we know not of any Law in force in this Province, by which it should be forfeited upon her condemnation; much less can we understand that there is any Justice or reason, for the sherriff to seise upon our Estate And tho it is true our own act has obliged us to pay him a Summ of money, yet we declare that we were drawn to it partly by the officers great pretences of Law for what he did, partly to prevent the loss of our estate which we feard would be immediately sold.

How we humbly pray this Hon'red Court to consider our case, and if it be judged that so much money ought not to have been demanded of us, upon the forementioned account: we pray that we may be discharged from that obligation, which the sherriff, taking advantage of our ignorance hath brough us under And yo'r Petition'rs as in duty bound shall ever pray &c --

Dated at Andov'r 7'th Novemb'r 1692
John Parker Joseph Parker
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 65 )