People Accused of Witchcraft in 1692
What is this?
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.

Accused: Sarah Cole, of LynnReturn
No. 681: Complaint of Mary Brown & Benjamin Larobe v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 682: Warrant for the Apprehension of Sarah Cole (of Lynn), with Summons for Witnesses, and Officer's Return                
No. 683: Examination of Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 684: Deposition of John Browne Jr. v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 685: Deposition of John Cole v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 686: Deposition of Mary Eaton v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 687: Deposition of Elizabeth Wellman v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 743: Mittimus for Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, Mary Colson, Elizabeth Colson, & Sarah Cole (of Lynn), and Officer's Return                
No. 783: Deposition of John Brown v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)              
No. 784: Deposition of Abraham Wellman v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)              
No. 785: Deposition of Isaac Wellman v. Sarah Cole (of Lynn)              
No. 826: Indictment of Sarah Cole (of Lynn), for Afflicting Mary Brown                
No. 832: Court Record of the Trial of Sarah Cole (of Lynn)                
No. 856: Account for Payment Submitted by Israel Cheever, Jailkeeper                
No. 898: Petition of Sarah Cole for Restitution                
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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