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Elizabeth Hutchinson Hart (1622-1700)
- Accused and imprisoned during the Salem witchcraft trials, Elizabeth was
born in Suffolk, England in 1622 to Thomas and Anne Browne Hutchinson.
Somewhere along the line, she obviously immigrated to the United States,
as she married Isaac Hart in about 1650. She was living in
Massachusetts when she was accused and arrested for witchcraft, having
Ann Putnam, Jr. It is not known if she was ever indicted, but she was
sent to prison in Boston on May 18, 1692 and held there until December.
Hawkes (1671-1716) - The daughter of Adam and
Sarah Hooper Hawkes Wardwell, Sarah, Jr. was born in
Massachusetts in 1671. Shortly
after she was born her father died, and her mother remarried Samuel Wardwell of Andover. After her step-father, Samuel Wardwell was accused
and arrested for witchcraft, Sarah, along with her mother,
Sarah Hooper Hawkes Wardwell and
half-sister, Mercy Wardwell, would also be accused and imprisoned. Her
step-father, Samuel Wardwell would be hanged on September 22, 1692.
Though she, her mother, and her sister would remain in prison for a time, they would
later be released.
Hobbs Family - The Hobbs family were from
Casco, Maine, the frontier of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, during a time
when there were many attacks by the Wabanaki Native Americans. Due to the
many attacks in the area, the family had relocated to
Topsfield, on the
Salem Village. William and Deliverance Hobbs were not church
members and their daughter, Abigail, had a reputation for being wild,
apparently roaming the forests at night, and described as being irreverent
and disrespectful. She would brag that she was not afraid of anything and
was known to mock the holy sacrament of baptism by sprinkling water on her
mother’s head and reciting the appropriate words. All three were accused
of being witches by Marcy Lewis, who was also from the same area in Maine.
Seventeen year-old Abigail Hobbs was the first arrested on April 18, 1692,
and Deliverance and William were arrested three days later.
a while, Abigail professed her innocence, but after a time, her resistance
and her will were broken by the harshness of the proceedings and she began
to confess to practicing witchcraft by afflicting Mary Lewis, acted as a
witness against her parents, and made accusations against others including
John Proctor. Deliverance Hobbs, about 50 years old at the time of the
trials, also confessed to practicing witchcraft and even acted as a
witness against her husband, who never swayed from his claims of
innocence. Despite the circle of accusations in the family, all three
Hobbs managed to avoid hanging. In 1710, William Hobbs, petitioned the
General Court to compensate him for £40 expenses that the family's
imprisonment cost him but, said he was willing to accept it.
(1645-??) - Of
Massachusetts, John Howard, was accused, along
with John Jackson, Sr. and John Jackson, Jr., by Susanna Post as witches.
All three were laborers in
Rowley and thought to have been related to
Elizabeth Jackson Howe, who was
hanged on July 19, 1692 for witchcraft. A complaint was filed by Joseph Tyler and Ephriam
Foster alleging that the three had committed acts of witchcraft against
Rose Foster and Martha Sprague of Andover. A warrant was issued for their
arrests on August 25, 1692. They were examined by Magistrate Hawthorne and
others who issued an indictment and all three men were imprisoned. However,
beyond their imprisonment, no other information is known.
Elizabeth Jackson Howe (1635?-1692) - Born to William and Deborah Jackson
in England in about 1635, she was little more than a year old when her
parents immigrated to the United States. Upon their arrival, the couple
Rowley, Massachusetts. By the age of seven Elizabeth was
already described as a maid who worked in the Reverend Ezekiel Rogers house.
When she was 21
years-old, she married James Howe in April, 1658, who came from the nearby
Ipswich. The couple would have five children and resided in
Though her husband James was blind, they seemed to have been successful farmers.
Elizabeth was known to have been an assertive personality, which probably
made her unpopular in the pious community. Elizabeth's problems first
started in 1682 when she was
45 years-old, at which time a young girl in the community named Hannah Trumble started
having fits, in which she sometimes accused Elizabeth Howe of using witchcraft to make her ill.
Though nothing came of this accusation, the damage was done and
Elizabeth's reputation was tarnished. Afterwards, she was refused admittance to
Ten years later, during the witch frenzy of
1692, Elizabeth would find herself accused again.
On May 28, 1692 a warrant was issued for her arrest for witchcraft acts
and others of
Salem Village. She was arrested the next day by
Constable Ephraim Wildes and taken to the home of Lieutenant Nathaniel
to be examined. During her examination,
Mercy Lewis and
Mary Walcott, two of her main accusers, fell into
fits and when Elizabeth looked at
she violently fell down.
Ann Putnam Jr.
and Susannah Sheldon would also testify against her. When asked how she
pled to the charges made against her, Elizabeth Howe boldly responded, “If
it was the last moment I was to live, God knows I am innocent of any thing
of this nature”. On June 1st, testimony was taken from the Perely family of
who claimed that their ten year-old daughter had been afflicted by Howe. The child complained of being pricked by pins and
sometimes fell into fits. In their testimony against Howe, they quoted their daughter as saying, “I could never afflict
a dog as Goody Howe afflicts me.”
On June 30th,
Elizabeth was one of five women arraigned in the first Salem witch trial.
During the proceeds, the Reverend Samuel Parris' slave, John Indian cried
out that she had bitten him and he fell into a fit. Despite strong support from
friends, she and the other four women tried that day were all found
guilty. On July 19, 1692
Elizabeth Jackson Howe,
Rebecca Towne Nurse,
Sarah Solart Poole Good,
Sarah Averill Wildes and
Susannah North Martin
were hanged on Gallows Hill in
Salem Towne and buried in a nearby crevice.
Frances Alcock Hutchins (1612-1694)
- Born in 1612 in Newbury,
Massachusetts, Frances grew up to marry a
carpenter named John Hutchins and the couple would have eight children.
They would later move to
Haverhill. There, he also had a partnership in a
sawmill and did some farming. Years previous to the witch trial hysteria,
she had been brought before Court in 1653 for wearing a silk hood. In
1650, the General Court had passed a law prohibiting the display of finery
by persons of meane condition; defined as persons whose property was
valued under £200. The charges were dropped, when it was found that
Frances' was not of "meane condition," and was "entitled" to wear the
She would find herself before the court again
after she was arrested on August 19, 1692 for the charge of witchcraft.
The complaint was filed by Timothy Swan of Andover and
Ann Putnam, Jr. and
Mary Walcott of
Salem Village. At the age of 80, she
was imprisoned and would stay there until December 21, 1692, when she was
bonded out. It doesn't appear that she was ever tried. She survived the
whole ordeal for another year and a half, dying in
Haverhill on April 5,
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