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SWP No. 96.4

(Recognizance for Mary Osgood by *John Osgood & *John Frie )

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[(December 20, 1692) ]


That on the Twentieth Day of Decemb'r anno. D[mbar ] one thousand six hundred Ninty & two in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady, William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland & King and Queen Defenders of the Faith &c. Personally came and Appeared before me George Corwin high Shirriffe of the County of Essex of the Province of the Massathutetts Bay in New England: John Osgood Yeoman and Deacon John Fry both of Andevor and Acknowledged them selves & Each of them Indebted Unto our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Survivor of them their Heires & Successors in the Summe of two hundred pounds to be leaved on their goods & Chattles Lands & tenements for the Use of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the survivor of them if Default be made in the Performance of the Condition Under written.


The Condition of the above written Recognizance is such That Whereas Mary Ossgood wife of the aboves'd John Osgood of Andevor afores'd is Suspected & Accused of #[Witchcraft] Committing Divers Acts of Witchcrafts if therefore the said Mary Ossgood afores'd shall and do make her Personall Appearance before the Justices of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the Next Court of Assize of Oyer & Terminer Next Generall Goal Delivery to be held for or within the County of Essex afores'd to answear what shall be objected ag't her on their Maj'tes behalfe Refering to the Witchcrafts, & to do & Receive that by w'ch said Court shall be then & there Injoined & not to Depart w'out Lycence Then the above Recognizance to be Void or else to abide & Remaine in full force & Virtue In Wittness whereof the above Named Persons John Ossgood & John Fry have hereunto sett their hanes & seals this Twentieth Day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand Six hundred Ninty & two & in the fourt Year of their Maj'tes Reigne/:


*Joshua Conant

*Robert Gray

*Jno Gyles


*John Osgood L. S.
*John Frie L. S.

Mary Osgood Princp
Jno Osgood Jno Frye
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 74. Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, MA )