Giles Corey

Caption: "Father! Father!"

Illustration of a scene in Mary Wilkins Freeman's play "Giles Corey, Yeoman." (1893) in which a fictional daughter, named Olive Corey, bids goodbye to her father before his torture by crushing stones.

Source: Giles Cory, Yeoman.A Play by Mary E. Wilkins Harper's New Monthly Magazine Volume LXXXVI. December 1892 to May, 1893 : 33. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1893. Artist: Howard Pyle.

Caption: "Look! Look! It is the ghost of Robert Goodell."

Description: Illustration of a scene in Henry Wardsworth Longfellow's play "Giles Corey of Salem Farms" in which Mary Warren sees the ghost of a man whom she believes Giles Corey killed. Seated next to Giles Corey, who stands in the dock, she calls out and points to the ghost. Seventeen years earlier, Giles Corey had in fact been accused of murdering a man named Jacob Goodale, a servant in his house, who died suddenly. Corey was later acquitted of the charge. It was Thomas Putnam, reporting his daughter Ann's vision of Goodale's ghost, who brought to the court's attention this old accusation of murder this old accusation of murder in a letter in 1692 as evidence against Corey.

Source:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Giles Corey of Salem Farms," in The Poetical Works of Longfellow. Houghton Mifflin Boston, 1902. Artist John W. Ehninger, 1880, p. 752.

Caption: "Trial of Giles Corey"

Description: Giles Corey being accused in court by one of the "afflicted" girls

Source :Giles Corey being accused in court by one of the "afflicted" girls. A Popular History of the United States. By William Cullen Bryant. Vol. II: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1878: 459. Artist: C. S. Reinhardt.
Description: Diorama showing Giles Corey being crushed with stones.

Source: Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
Photograph by Benjamin C. Ray, 1999.