A Guide to the Primary Sources of the Salem Witch Trials
People Accused of Witchcraft in 1692
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For each person accused during the Salem witchcraft trials, you can access a large number (not all!) of the primary sources on-line, detailing what happened to them, as available in the original legal records and contemporary accounts. This is not an absolute definitive list, but it will get you started. The columns on the right will give you an idea of what kinds evidence exists in the case of each person as found in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt.
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If you are trying to understand what happened to a specific person, please download this helpful guide concerning what sort of information you can find in the primary sources in each of these categories.

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Column Headers
Arthur Abbott Topsfield
Nehemiah Abbott, Jr. Topsfield
John Alden Boston
Daniel Andrew Salem Village
Abigail (Wheeler) Barker Andover
Mary Barker Andover
William Barker, Jr. Andover
William Barker, Sr. Andover
Sarah (Hood) Bassett Lynn
Bridget (Playfer) Bishop [also: Wassalbee, Oliver] Salem
Edward Bishop, Jr. Salem Village
Sarah (Wilds) Bishop Salem Village
Mary Black Salem Village
Mary (Perkins) Bradbury Salisbury
Mary Bridges, Jr. Andover
Mary (Tyler) Bridges, Sr. [also: Post] Andover
Sarah Bridges Andover
Hannah (Farnum) Bromage [also: Tyler] Haverhill
Sarah (Smith) Buckley Salem Village
George Burroughs Wells
John Busse Durham
Candy Salem
Andrew Carrier Andover
Martha (Allen) Carrier Andover
Richard Carrier Andover
What kind of primary source evidence does a check in each column indicate?
  • Complaint or Arrest - Either a formal complaint or an arrest warrant against this person exists.
  • Examination - An account of an examination (interrogation) or confession before local magistrates or in prison exists.
  • Imprisonment - A mittimus to move this person to/from jail, a recognizance or bond to release the person from jail, a reference in a jailer's bill, or a request for compensation for time spent in jail exists.
  • Evidence Entered - At least one deposition, statement, testimony or petition from any proceeding (preliminary hearing, grand jury or trial) for or against this person exists.
  • Grand Jury or Indictment - A deposition, statement or testimony sworn before the grand jury of inquest, a physical examination of the body of this person, or an indictment brought before a grand jury exists.
  • Jury Trial - An entry in a court record book or a contemporary account of the trial exists.
  • Conviction - A death warrant indicating that the person was convicted, a notation about the case in a record book of the conviction, a statement that the person was convicted in either a request for reversal of attainder or for compensation from the Crown exists.
  • Execution - The return of an officer on a death warrant, a statement that the person was executed in a request for reversal of attainder or for compensation from the Crown, or an entry in Samuel Sewall's diary exists.
  • Restitution - Accounts submitted for restitution, orders for payment to survivors, acts for reversal of attainder or for payments of restitution, proclamations clearing the accused

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