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17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


Witchcraft Accusations

Preliminary Version, Updated 1/2/2004

The list below contains the basic information for over 200 people who were accused of witchcraft in 17th-century New England. The plan for this project is for entries to link to a page of information about the individual and their case, but this is a long-term plan, and I am nowhere near ready to embark on it.

Please note that this index only lists people who were accused of witchcraft in some public record, and does not currently include information about their fate. Not everyone who was accused of witchcraft necessarily came to trial, was convicted, or even punished if found guilty, although at least 15% of the people listed here were executed.

This preliminary list was created from only two sources of transcriptions of primary sources, a core set to begin with, but not definitive, by any means:

Also note that one person listed in Boyer & Nissenbaum, "Jerson Toothaker," is dismissed: there was no such person! The original manuscript from which this "case" is assumed to be from is actually a statement by Mary Warren against Mary Ireson (spelled " Ierson" in some places) and a member of the Toothaker family. Capital I's and J's in 17th century handwriting were often formed exactly alike, and somewhere along the line, someone inexperienced with such conventions simply assumed that the "Jerson" written on the back was simply an unusual first name. Check the manuscript images for yourself. The handwriting of this document is archaic, even by 17th century standards, and the transcription of it in Boyer & Nissenbaum has other errors. This is a prime example of why it is important to at least check the manuscripts of primary sources and not trust derivative works blindly.

 

Person Accused of Witchcraft Residence Year of Accusation Jurisdiction Reference
Abbott, Arthur Ipswich, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Abbott, Nehemiah, Jr. Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Alden, John Boston, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Andrew, Daniel Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Ayres, Goodwife  

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Barker, Abigail Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Barker, Mary Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Barker, William, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Barker, William, Sr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Barnes, Mary Farmington, CT

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 357-358
Bassett, Goodwife  

1651

Stratford, CT Hall pp.74-86
Bassett, Sarah Lynn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bayley, Goodwife New Haven, CT

1655

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 92-95
Bayley, Nicholas New Haven, CT

1655

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 92-95
Bibber, Sarah Wenham, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bishop, Bridget Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bishop, Edward Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bishop, Sarah Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Black, Mary Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bradbury, Mary Salisbury, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bradstreet, John Rowley, MA

1652

Essex County Quarterly Court Hall pp. 87-88
Bridges, Mary, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bridges, Mary, Sr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bridges, Sarah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Bromage, Hannah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Buckley, Sarah Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Burroughs, George Wells, Maine

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Burt, Ann Lynn, MA

1669

Essex County, MA Hall pp. 185-188
Candy Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carrier, Andrew Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carrier, Martha Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carrier, Sarah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carrier, Thomas, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carrington, Joan Wethersfield, CT

1651

Hartford, CT Hall p. 27
Carrington, John Wethersfield, CT

1651

Hartford, CT Hall p. 27
Carroll, Hannah Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carter, Bethia, Jr. Woburn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Carter, Bethia, Sr. Woburn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Cary, Elizabeth Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Churchill, Sarah Charlestown, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Clarke, Mary Haverhill, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Clawson, Elizabeth Stamford, CT

1692-1693

CT Hall pp. 315-355
Clenton, Rachel Ipswich, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Cloyce, Sarah (Towne) Bridges Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Cole, Eunice Hampton, NH

1656, 1673, 1680

MA Hall pp. 213-229
Cole, Sarah Lynn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Cole, Sarah Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Colson, Elizabeth Reading, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Colson, Mary  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Corey, Giles Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Corey, Martha Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dane, Deliverance Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Davis, Sarah Wenham, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Day, --  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
DeRich, Mary Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dicer, Elizabeth Piscataqua, ME

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dike, Rebecca Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Disborough, Nicholas Hartford, CT

1670's

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 189-191
Disborough, Mercy (Holbridge) Fairfield, CT

1670's

CT Hall pp. 315-345
Dolliver, Ann Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dowing, Mehitabel  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Draper, Joseph Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dustin, Lydia Reading, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Dustin, Sarah Reading, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Eames, Rebecca Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Easty, Mary (Towne) Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Elwell, Esther Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Emerson, Martha Haverhill, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Emons, Joseph Manchester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
English, Mary Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
English, Phillip Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Farrar, Thomas Lynn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Farrington, Edward Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Faulkner, Abigail, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Faulkner, Abigail, Sr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. I
Faulkner, Dorothy Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Flood, John Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Fosdick, Elizabeth Malden, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Foster, Ann Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Frost, Nicholas Manchester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Fry, Eunice Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Fuller, Rachel Hampton, NH

1680

Hampton, NH Hall pp. 191-196
Gilbert, Lydia Newbury, MA

1652

Essex County Quarterly Court Hall pp. 88-89
Glover, Mary Charlestown, MA

1688

Boston, MA Hall pp. 265-279
Godfrey, John Essex County, MA

1659

Essex County, MA Hall pp. 115-133
Godman, Elizabeth New Haven, CT

1653 & 1655

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 61-73
Good, Dorothy (a.k.a. "Dorcas" Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Good, Sarah Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Grant, Goodwife  

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Graves, William Stamford, CT

1666

  Hall pp. 164-169
Green, Mary Haverhill, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Greensmith, Nathaniel Hartford, CT

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Greensmith, Rebecca Hartford, CT

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Hardy, Thomas Piscataqua, Maine

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Harrison, Katherine Wethersfield, CT

1668 & 1670

CT & NY Hall pp. 170-184
Hart, Elizabeth Lynn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Harvey, Mary Fairfield, CT

1692-1693

CT Hall pp. 315-345
Harvey, Hannah Fairfield, CT

1692-1693

CT Hall pp. 315-345
Hatfield, Rachel  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hawkes, Margaret Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hawkes, Sarah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hawkins, Jane Boston

1637

Boston, MA Hall pp. 19-20
Hibbins, Anne Boston, MA

1655

Boston, MA Hall pp.. 89-91
Hoar, Dorcas Beverly, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hobbs, Abigail Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hobbs, Deliverance Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hobbs, William Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Holman, Mary Cambridge, MA

1659

Charlestown, MA Hall pp. 134-146
Holman, Winifred Cambridge, MA

1659

Charlestown, MA Hall pp. 134-146
How, Elizabeth Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Howard, John Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hubbard, Elizabeth Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Hutchins, Francis Haverhill, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Ireson, Mary Lynn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jackson, John, Jr. Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jackson, John, Sr. Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jacobs, George, Jr. Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jacobs, George, Sr. Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jacobs, Margaret Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jacobs, Rebecca Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jennings, Margaret Saybrook, CT

1659

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 97-98
Jennings, Nicholas Saybrook, CT

1659

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 97-98
Johnson, Abigail Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Johnson, Elizabeth, Jr.  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Johnson, Elizabeth, Sr.  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Johnson, Mary Wethersfield, CT

1648

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 23-24
Johnson, Rebecca Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Johnson, Stephen Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Jones, Margaret Charlestown, MA

1648

  Hall pp. 21-23
Kendall, Elizabeth  

between 1647-1651

MA Hall pp. 24-25
Knapp, Elizabeth Groton, MA

1671

  Hall pp. 197-2121
Knapp, Goodwife Fairfield, CT

1653

New Haven, CT Hall pp. 74-86
Lacey, Mary, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Lacey, Mary, Sr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Lake, Alice Dorchester, MA

1650

  Hall p. 28
Lee, John  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Lewis, Mercy Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Lilly, Jane Malden, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Marshfield, Widow Windsor, CT

1649

  Hall pp. 25-27
Marston, Mary Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Martin, Susannah Amesbury, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Miller, Goodwife  

1692-1693

CT Hall pp. 315-345
Morey, Sarah Beverly, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Morse, Elizabeth Newbury, MA

1680

Court of Assistants, Boston, MA Hall pp. 230-259
Nurse, Rebecca (Towne) Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Osborne, Sarah Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Osgood, Mary Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Paine, Elizabeth Charlestown, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Palmer, Goodwife  

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Parker, Alice Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Parker, Mary Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Parker, Sarah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Parson, Hugh Springfield, MA

1651

Massachusetts General Court Hall pp.29-60
Parson, Mary Springfield, MA

1651

Massachusetts General Court Hall pp.29-60
Parsons, Mary Northampton, MA

1674

Court of Assistants, Boston, MA Hall pp. 99-114
Pease, Sarah Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Peney, Joan Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Post, Hannah Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Post, Mary Rowley, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Post, Susannah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Powell, Caleb  

1680

Essex County Court, MA Hall pp. 230-259
Prince, Margaret Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Proctor, Benjamin Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Proctor, Elizabeth Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Proctor, John Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Proctor, Sarah Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Proctor, William Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. II
Pudeator, Ann Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Reed, Wilmott Marblehead, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Rice, Sarah Reading, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Roe, Abigail Gloucester, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Roots, Susannah Beverly, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Salter, Henry Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Sanford, Andrew Hartford, CT

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 355-356
Sanford, Mary Hartford, CT

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356
Sawdy, John Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Scott, Margaret   

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Seager, Elizabeth   

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-358
Sears, Ann Woburn, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Sheldon, Susannah   

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Somes, Abigail Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Sparks, Martha Chelmsford, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Staples, Mary Fairfield, CT

1651 & 1692

   Hall pp. 74-86, 315-354
Taylor, Mary Reading, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Tituba Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Tookey, Job Beverly, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Toothaker, --   

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Toothaker, Jerson: No such person! B&N Vol. III
Toothaker, Mary   

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Toothaker, Roger Billerica, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Towle, Isabelle NH?

1680

  Hall pp. 191-196
Tyler, Johanna Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Tyler, Martha Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Varlet, Judith  

1662

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Vincent, --  

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wakeley, James  

1661

Hartford, CT Hall pp. 147-163 & 356-357
Walford, Jane Portsmouth, NH

1648, 1656, & 1669

  Hall pp. 95-97
Wardwell, Mercy Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wardwell, Samuel Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wardwell, Sarah Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Warren, Mary Salem Town, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Webster, Mary Hadley, MA

1683

Northampton, MA Hall pp. 260-264
Wilds, Sarah Topsfield, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wilford, Ruth Haverhill, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Willard, John Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Williams, Abigail Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wilson, Sarah, Jr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Wilson, Sarah, Sr. Andover, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Witheridge, Mary Salem Village, MA

1692

Essex County, MA B&N Vol. III
Young, Alice Windsor, CT

1647

Hartford, CT Hall p. 21


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