The girls started naming names, or being drug into testify upon certain trigger words they’d flail and scream like idiots in trials scaring the church going innocent and a conviction was easily gotten. Ann FosterDied in jail on December 3, 1692. I was 8 years old at the time of his death and remember him with love. Also, did they mean the oldest victim in the witch trials or just the oldest person accused? In addition, 71-year-old Giles Corey died after being pressed with heavy stones—his punishment for refusing to enter an innocent or guilty plea to the court. John Proctor (Age: 61)John Proctor was a wealthy farmer who lived on the outskirts of Salem Village. Abigail Faulkner, SrBrought to trial on September 17 and found guilty. During her own examination, she told the judge “we must not believe all that these distracted children say.” In March, Giles Corey testified against his wife in court, stating that she may have bewitched his farm animals and himself. Oh…Susannah’s mother is really Joan Ursula Scott Bartram. This courthouse was torn down in 1760 but a plaque dedicated to the courthouse can still be seen today on the wall of the Masonic Temple on Washington Street. Kind of makes me proud! Burning at the stake was more popular in countries with a strong Catholic church because it did not involve the shedding of blood, which was not allowed in the Roman Catholic doctrine, and it ensured that the victim would not have a body to take with them to the after life. Rebecca Nurse, Salem Village John Proctor’s entire family was eventually arrested on charges of witchcraft. Like Bridget Bishop and many other witch trial victims, Wilmot Redd had also been accused of witchcraft before in 1687. Tantor Media Inc, 2002.Upham, Charles W. Salem Witchcraft: With an Account of Salem Village and a History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Spirits. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2002.Hill, Francis. The young girls knowing that dabbling at slight of hand with their maid may have been wrong, amongst people who didn’t even allow children to play. She is a former faculty member of the Humanist Institute. Mary Foster Lacey Sr. and Mary Foster Lacey Jr. and Ann Foster are ancestors on my mother’s side. She was sentenced to death but pardoned by Governor Phips. The clergy responded but it was too late to save Proctor, who was brought to trial on August 5 and executed on August 19, 1692. During the Salem witch trials of 1692, twenty-four accused witches died, 19 were hanged, one was pressed to death, and four died in prison. Bridget Bishop (Age: 50s)Bridget Bishop was a widow who lived in Salem town. I do apologize for not keeping up with the comments here. These were perpetually dark, bitterly cold, and so damp that water ran down the walls. These men were not well-liked in the community and many were very outspoken against the witch trials. If any1 can send me any known links or information regarding relation or more to her story if theres any available, I’d forever be grateful, as i find this to be an extremely intresting part of our countries history! [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. He was found guilty but only suffered a fine for his actions. A drawing of the death of Giles Corey who was pressed with heavy stones for failing to enter a plea to the charge of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. Shepard, 1904.“Site of the Salem Courthouse in 1692.” The Salem Witch Museum,“Massachusetts Clears 5 from Salem Witch Trials.” New York Times, New York Times Company,  2 Nov. 2001,“Salem Witch Trials Descendants.” The Salem Award Foundation,, John. While in prison, the accused were repeatedly humiliated by being forced to undergo physical examinations of their bodies. She was released from prison in March, 1693. This page honors, foremost, those who died, but Salem’s Witch Trials had many more victims than the 25 who lost their life. Thank you and sorry for the city’s loss. In 1992, on the 300th anniversary of the trials, the city of Salem built the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the city of Danvers built the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial in honor of the victims. Corey had a reputation for being a pious member of the community despite the well-known fact that she had a child out of wedlock in the 1670s. Sometimes it was the fruit of a protracted family feud, an insult uttered in haste, or a personal indiscretion – like Martha Corey’s – that the community refused to forget.”. The charges were eventually dropped or dismissed. During his examination at Beadle’s Tavern in Salem town, the incident with Bray Wilkins and Daniel Wilkins was brought up and the Wilkins family also accused Willard of beating his wife. Although many initially believed that Gallows Hill was the site of the executions, recent evidence from The Gallows Hill Project pinpointed Proctor’s Ledge as the exact site of the infamous Salem witch hangings. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Be it declared and enacted by His Excellency, the Governor, Council and Representatives authority of the same, That the several convictions, in General Court assembled, and by the judgments and attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacobs, John Willard, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Mary Easty, Sarah Wildes, Abigail Hobbs,Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Faulkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury, Dorcas Hoar, and any of them be and are hereby reversed made and declared to be null and void to all intents, constitutionalism and purposes whatsoever as if no such convictions, judgments and attainders had ever been had or given, and that no penalties or forfeitures of goods or chattels be by the said judgments and attainders or either of them had or incurred. So like sheep herded over a cliff, Andover’s women were seized, bound, served warrants, and loaded into the back of oxcarts for the four- or five-hour trip to Salem jail, their frantic relatives browbeating them the entire way. Contrary to popular belief, none of the victims were burned at the stake. I just spend my birthday on salem and the more. I’m related to the Colsons thru my father’s side. The influence and energy of the evil spirit so great at that time acting in and upon those who were the principal accusers and witnesses proceeding so far as to cause a prosecution to be had of persons of known and good reputation which caused a great dissatisfaction and a stop to be put thereunto until their majesties pleasure should be known therein; and upon a representation thereof accordingly made, her late Majesty, Queen Mary, the Second of Blessed Memory, by her Royal letter given at her court at Whitehall the fifteenth of April, 1693, was graciously pleased to approve the care and circumspection therein; and to will and require that in all proceedings against persons accused for witchcraft, or being possessed by the Devil, the greatest moderation and all due circumspection be used so far as the same may be without impediment to the ordinary course of justice. In May of 1692, afflicted girl Mary Warren suddenly accused Alice Parker of witchcraft. The English considered it an unacceptable death for women since it involved nudity. REFUSED TO ENTER A PLEA & TORTURED TO DEATH: Giles Corey (Age: 71)Giles Corey was a wealthy farmer who lived on the outskirts of Salem Village. The trials were then held in the Salem courthouse which was located in the center of Washington Street about 100 feet south of Lynde Street, opposite of where the Masonic Temple now stands. She was examined and indicted on two charges of witchcraft. I have been told that I am related to the oldest woman in the witch trials. There were many women from Gloucester, MA arrested. Their daughter, Elizabeth Virginia Stewart (aka, “Jennie” or “Ginnie”)(1861-1939?) This made her unpopular with her neighbors. There they were questioned by a judge in front of a jury, which decided whether or not to indict the accused on charges of witchcraft. Two dogs … You have Ms. Sarah Wildes is a fore mother of mine and it disheartens me into rage that she is one of the witches that were killed. On September 22, 1692, eight people were hanged for their alleged crimes as witches. Dorcas HoarBrought to trial on September 9, 1692 and found guilty. That’s very interesting, could I get ur Email, and Interview you for a history project? A depiction of Rebecca Nurse in chains during the Salem Witch Trials. Here are some of the lesser-known African American women scientists who have made groundbreaking impacts in their respective fields.