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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Accused: Sarah Buckley, of Salem VillageReturn
No. 151: Complaint of Nathaniel Ingersoll & Thomas Putnam v. Daniel Andrew, George Jacobs Jr., Rebecca Jacobs, Sarah Buckley, Mary Whittredge, Elizabeth Hart, Thomas Farrar Sr., Elizabeth Colson, & Bethiah Carter Jr.                
No. 152: Warrant for the Apprehension of Daniel Andrew, George Jacobs Jr., Rebecca Jacobs, Sarah Buckley, & Mary Whittredge, and Officer's Return                
No. 164: Statement of Susannah Shelden v. Philip English, Sarah Buckley, Mary Whittredge, Bridget Bishop, Giles Cory, Mary English, & Martha Cory                
No. 165: Statement of George Herrick & Benjamin Wilkins v. John Willard & Sarah Buckley                
No. 168: Examination of Sarah Buckley                
No. 169: Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Sarah Buckley            
No. 170: Deposition of Ann Putnam Jr. v. Sarah Buckley                
No. 171: Testimony of Mary Walcott v. Sarah Buckley                
No. 216: Census of Prisoners and Dates of Prison Transfers                
No. 238: Statement of Susannah Shelden v. Giles Cory, Elizabeth Procter, Sarah Buckley, & John Willard                
No. 315: Testimony of William Hubbard for Sarah Buckley                
No. 618: Indictment of Sarah Buckley, for Afflicting Ann Putnam Jr.                
No. 637: Deposition of Benjamin Hutchinson v. Sarah Buckley & Mary Whittredge                
No. 746: Testimony of John Higginson Sr. & Samuel Cheever for Sarah Buckley                
No. 755: Court Record of the Trial of Sarah Buckley              
No. 895: Petition of William Buckley for Restitution for Sarah Buckley & Mary Whittredge                
No. 930: Summary of the Amounts Requested by the Victims & Their Relatives                
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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