SWP No. 008: Mary Barker
(Examination of Mary Barker )
[August 29, 1692.]
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 stomack 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.
(Reverse) Confession of Mary Barker
( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2678, p. 10. )
(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
( Essex Institute Collection, no. 24, 6v-7r.)
(Indictment v. Mary Barker, for Afflicting Abigail Martin )
[+ January 13, 1693]
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
( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2678, p. 10.)
(Indictment v. Mary Barker, for Afflicting Rose Foster )
[+ January 13, 1693 ]
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 c'sent That Mary Barker of Andvor - - - In the County of Essex - - On or about the 29'th day of August last # - - 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 and Exercised At and in the Towne of Andivo'r in the County of Essex - - aforesaid in upon and against one Rose foster of [- - - -] aforesaid - - - 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 Tormented #[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
( Suffolk Court Files, Vol. 32, docket No. 2678, Page 9. )