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.

Accused: Mary Esty, of TopsfieldReturn
No. 79: Warrant for the Apprehension of William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Nehemiah Abbott Jr., Mary Esty, Sarah Wilds, Edward Bishop Jr., Sarah Bishop, Mary Black, & Mary English                
No. 86: Examination of Mary Esty                
No. 87: Deposition of Margaret Reddington v. Mary Esty                
No. 88: Deposition of Samuel Smith v. Mary Esty                
No. 94: Mittimus for William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Mary Esty, Sarah Wilds, Edward Bishop Jr., Sarah Bishop, Mary Black & Mary English                
No. 187: Complaint of John Putnam Jr. & Benjamin Hutchinson v. Mary Esty, with Warrant for the Apprehension of Mary Esty, and Officer's Return                
No. 191: Deposition of Jonathan Putnam, James Darling, Benjamin Hutchinson, & Samuel Braybrook v. Mary Esty                
No. 192: Testimony of George Herrick & John Putnam Jr. v. Mary Esty              
No. 197: Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Esty, John Willard, & Mary Whittredge            
No. 204: Deposition of Samuel Abbey and Testimony of Sarah Trask v. Mary Esty, John Willard, & Mary Whittredge                
No. 205: Deposition of Mary Walcott v. Mary Esty              
No. 206: Deposition of Abigail Williams & Ann Putnam Jr. v. Mary Esty, John Willard & Mary Whittredge and Testimony of Ann Putnam Jr. v. Mary Esty              
No. 216: Census of Prisoners and Dates of Prison Transfers                
No. 262: Testimony of Edward Bishop Jr., Sarah Bishop, & Mary Esty Regarding Mary Warren                
No. 362: Deposition of John Putnam Jr. & Hannah Putnam v. Rebecca Nurse, Mary Esty, & Sarah Cloyce                
No. 459: Indictment No. 1 of Mary Esty, for Afflicting Mercy Lewis                
No. 460: Indictment No. 2 of Mary Esty, for Afflicting Elizabeth Hubbard                
No. 461: Statement of Sarah Bibber v. Mary Esty              
No. 462: Statement of Mary Warren v. Mary Esty              
No. 549: Summons for Witnesses v. Mary Esty, Sarah Cloyce, Giles Cory, & Martha Cory, and Officer's Return                
No. 552: Statement of Thomas Fosse & Elizabeth Fosse for Mary Esty                
No. 554: Summons for Witnesses v. Mary Esty, and Officer's Return                
No. 576: Excuse of Mary Towne                
No. 579: Summons of Mary Towne & Rebecca Towne, and Officer's Return                
No. 596: Petition of Sarah Cloyce & Mary Esty                
No. 601: Deposition of Edward Putnam v. Mary Esty              
No. 602: Statements of John Arnold & Mary Arnold for Mary Esty & Sarah Cloyce                
No. 654: Petition of Mary Esty              
No. 869: Account for Payment Submitted by Isaac Little & John Harris, Sheriff's Deputy                
No. 870: Account for Payment Submitted by Robert Lord, Blacksmith                
No. 876: Petition of Francis Faulkner et al. to Clear the Records of Rebecca Nurse, Mary Esty, Abigail Faulkner Sr., Mary Parker, John Procter, Elizabeth Procter, Elizabeth How, Samuel Wardwell, & Sarah Wardwell                
No. 882: Petition of Isaac Esty Sr. et al. for Restitution for Mary Esty                
No. 883: Petition of Isaac Esty Sr. for Restitution for Mary Esty                
No. 929: Recommendation and Authorization for Compensation Claims and Amounts Allowed                
No. 930: Summary of the Amounts Requested by the Victims & Their Relatives                
No. 931: An Act to Reverse the Attainders of George Burroughs et al. for Witchcraft          
No. 933: Request for Copy of Act for Restitution                
No. 934: Order for Payment of Damages by Governor Joseph Dudley                
No. 958: Summary of Receipts of the Relations & Sufferers                
No. 959: Receipts for Sums Paid in Restitution                
No. 961: Order of George Abbott & Hannah Abbott for Payment, Case of Mary Esty                
No. 965: Order of Joseph Esty for Payment, Case of Mary Esty                
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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