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
settled in 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