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SWP No. 85.4

(Recognizance for Stephen Johnson , Abigail Johnson and Sarah Carrier )

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[October 6, 1692]

Know all Men by these presents that Wee Walter Wright Weaver Francis Johnson Husbandman & Thomas Carrier Sen'r Husbandman All of the Town of Andover in the Cownty of Essex in New England, are holden & firmely Bownd Joyntly & Sevirally to theire Majesties King William & Queen Mary of England and Scottland france & Ireland King & Queen Defenders of the faith in the full & Just Sum of five hundrid pownds Sterling for the True And Juste payments of which Said Sum of five hundrid pownds to theire Majesties King William And Queen Mary, Wee do bind Our Selves Our heires Executtors Administrators And Assignes firmely by these presents Dated in Salem the Sixth day of Octo'r In the Year of Our Lord One thowsand Six hundrid Ninety & Two & in the fourth Year of the Reigne of Our Majesties King William & Queen Mary King & Queen of England Scottland france & Ireland Defenders of the faith --

The Condition of this Obligation is Such that Whereas the Above named Walter Wright weaver & francis Johnson & Thomas Carrier Husbandmen All of the Town of Andover in the Cownty of Essex in New England, having & taken Into there Care & Custody the Bodyes of Stephen Johnson Aged About thirteen Years & Abigail Johnson Aged about Eleven Yeares & Sarah Carrier aged About Eight Yeares who weare all Committed to there Majesties Goale in Salem in the Cownty of Essex in New England for havinge Used practised and Committed Divers Acts of Witchcraft Upon the Bodyes of Syndry persons who Also themselves have all of them Confessed the Same, If that the Aforesaid Walter Wright weaver & Francis Johnson & Thomas Carrier husbandmen Shall well & Truly keep the Aforesaid Stephen Johnson & Abigail Johnson & Sarah Carrier And them Secure Untill they shall Receive Order from George Corwin Sherrif of the Cownty of Essex to deliver the. Aforesaid Stephen Johnson Abigail Johnson & Sarah Carrier Unto William Downton Now Keeper of theire Majes'es Goale in Salem Or to Any Other Whome the Afforesaid George Corwin shall Appoint; that then they shall forthwith deliver the Same Stephen Johnson Abigail Johnson & Sarah Carrier according to his Order And if the above bownd do performe the above mentioned Articles & Shall pay Unto George Corwin the Sherrif aforesaid the forfieture of s'd Bond for theire Maj'ies Use in Case of Default then This Obligation shall be Void & of None Effect Or Otherwise to Stand in full force & Virtue in Wittness hereof we the above bownd have set Our hands & Seles this Sixth of October in the year of Our Lord One thowsand Six hundrid ninety two In the fourth year of ther Majesties Reigne --

Wittness *Joshua Conant

*Elizur Keysar

*Joseph Phippen Juner

Walter Wright his mark

[seal]

*Francis Johnson [seal]

Thomas Carrier his mark [seal]

( Massachusetts Archives Collection, vol. 135, no. 58. Massachusetts State Archives. Boston.)