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

(Petition of Francis Faulkner et al.)

To his Excellency the Governour, and Councill, and Representatives now in Generall Court Assembled; at Boston:

The Petition of severall of the Inhabitants of Andover, Salem village & Topsfield, humbly sheweth:

That whereas in the year 1692 some of your Petitioners and the near Relations of others of them, viz: Rebecca Nurse, Mary Estey, Abigail Faulkner, Mary Parker, of Andover John Procter & Elizabeth his wife: Elizabeth How, Samuel Wardwell & Sarah his Wife: were accused of Witchcraft by certain possessed persons, and thereupon were apprehended and Imprisoned, and at a Court held at Salem were condemned upon the Evidence of the aforsaid possessed persons; and sentence of Death hath been executed on them (except Abigail Faulkner, Elizabeth Procter & Sarah Wardwell) of whose Innocency those that knew them are well satisfyed. And whereas the invalidity of the aforesaid Evidence and the great wrong which (through Errors & mistakes in those tryalls) was then done, hath since plainly appear'd which we doubt not but this Honored Court is sensible of: Your Peti-tioners being dissatisfyed and grieved, that (besides what the aforesaid condemned persons have suffered in their persons and Estates) their Names are Exposed to Infamy and reproach, while their Tryall & condemnation stands upon Publick Record: We therefore humbly Pray this Honored Court, that something may be Publickly done to take off Infamy from the Names, and memory of those who have suffered as aforesaid, that none of their surviving Relations, nor their Posterity may suffer reproach upon that account. And yo'r Petition'rs shall ever pray &c.

Dated March 2d 1702/3

Francis Faulkner
Abigail Faulkner
Sarah Wardwel
John Parker
Joseph Parker
Nathaniel Dane
Francis Dane
Mary How
Abigail How
Issac Estey
Samuel Nurse
Phebe Robinson
Samuel Wardwell
John Tarbel
John Nurse
Peter Cloys sen'r
Isaac Estey Jun'r
Sarah Gill
Rebecca Preston
Thorndick Procter
Benjamin Procter

In the House of Representatives March. 18th 1702. Read & sent up


Pet'con of Fra. Faulkner &C.

(Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 110)

From The Salem Witchcraft Papers, pp.966-967

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