Salem Witch Trials Timeline

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July 1, 1692 – Margaret Hawkes and her slave from Barbados, Candy, were accused; Candy testified that her mistress had made her a witch.

July 2, 1692 – Ann Pudeator was examined in court.

July 3, 1692 – The Salem Towne church excommunicated Rebecca Nurse.

July 16, 18 and 21, 1692 – Ann Foster was examined; she confessed on each of the three days of examination and implicated Martha Carrier as a witch.

July 19, 1692 – Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Good and Sarah Wildes are hanged at Gallows Hill.

Mary Lacey, Sr. and her daughter, 15 year-old Mary Lacey, Jr. were accused of witchcraft.

July 21, 1692 – Mary Lacey, Jr. was arrested and she, along with Ann Foster, Richard Carrier and Andrew Carrier were examined by John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin and John Higginson. Mary Lacey, Jr. confessed and accused her mother of witchcraft.

Mary Lacey, Sr., was examined by Gedney, Hathorne and Corwin.

July 23, 1692 – John Proctor wrote a letter from jail to the ministers of Boston, asking them to stop the trials, have the venue changed to Boston, or have new judges appointed, due to the way that the trials were being conducted.

July 30, 1692 – Mary Toothaker was examined by John Higginson, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin. Hannah Brumidge examined by Gedney and others.

Did You Know???

In 1692, a witch was defined as a person who signed the devil’s book, which allowed him/her a specter or an animal to harm other people.

August 1, 1692 – A group of Boston ministers, led by Increase Mather, met and considered the issues raised by John Proctor’s letter, including the use of spectral evidence. They changed  their position on the topic of spectral evidence.

August 2, 1692 – The Court of Oyer and Terminer considered the cases of John and Elizabeth Proctor, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, Sr., Reverend George Burroughs and John Willard.

August 5, 1692 – George Jacobs, Sr., Martha Carrier, Reverend George Burroughs, John Willard, and John and Elizabeth Proctor are pronounced guilty and sentenced to hang. Elizabeth Proctor was given a temporary stay of execution because she was pregnant.

Early August, 1692 – Philip and Mary English escaped to New York, at the urging of a Boston minister. Their property in Salem Towne was seized by the Sheriff George Corwin.

Examination of a witch

Examination of a witch

August 11, 1692 – Abigail Faulkner, Sr., was arrested, accused by several neighbors. She was examined by Jonathan Corwin, John Hathorne and John Higginson. Accusers included Ann Putnam, Jr., Mary Warren and William Barker, Sr. Thomas Carrier, husband of Martha Carrier, who had been convicted on August 5th, and their 7 year-old daughter are examined.

August 19, 1692 – George Jacobs, Sr., Martha Carrier, Reverend George Burroughs, John Willard and John Proctor are hanged on Gallows Hill. Elizabeth Proctor is not hanged because she is pregnant.

Rebecca Eames was at the hanging and was accused by another spectator of causing a pinprick in her foot. She was arrested and she and Mary Lacey, Sr. were examined at Salem that day. Eames confessed and implicated her son Daniel Eames.

August 20, 1692 – Margaret Jacobs recants the testimony that led to the execution of her grandfather George Jacobs, Sr. and Reverend George Burroughs.

August 29, 1692 – Fourteen year-old Stephen Johnson and his 11 year-old sister, Abigail Johnson  were arrested.

August 30, 1692 – Abigail Faulkner, Sr., was examined in prison.

August 31, 1692 – Elizabeth Johnson, Sr.. and Abigail Johnson confessed, without implicating any others. Rebecca Eames was examined a second time, and she repeated her confession, this time implicating not just her son Daniel Eames but, also the “Toothaker Widow” and Abigail Faulkner, Sr.

Early September, 1692 – In an effort to expose the witches afflicting his life, Joseph Ballard of nearby Andover enlisted the aid of the “afflicted girls” of Salem Village. This action marked the beginning of the Andover witch hunt.

September 1, 1692 – Samuel Wardwell, Sr. was examined in court by John Higginson. Wardwell confessed to telling fortunes and making a pact with the devil. He later recanted the confession, but, testimony from others about his fortune telling and witchcraft cast doubt on his innocence.

September 5, 1692 – Jane Lilly and Mary Colson were examined by John Hathorne, John Higginson and others.

September 7, 1692 – Assisting Joseph Ballard, the Reverend Thomas Barnard ordered all those accused of witchcraft to come together at the Andover meeting house. Once the accused had all been gathered, he conducted the “”touch test”, one of the most diabolical schemes of the witch trials.

Justice of the Peace, Dudley Bradstreet dutifully wrote out the arrest warrants for 18 men and women who had been accused in the “touch test”. Some of these included Sarah Lord Wilson and her 14 year-old daughter, Sarah Wilson, Jr.; Mary Tyler and her daughter, Johanna; Abigail Wheeler Barker, and numerous others.

September 8, 1692 – Deliverance Dane confessed under examination.

September 9, 1692 – Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Dorcas Hoar and Mary Bradbury are pronounced guilty and sentenced to hang.

Mercy Lewis testified as a witness against Giles Corey. He was formally indicted on the charge of witchcraft and continued to refuse to plead either guilty or not guilty.

September 13, 1692 – Ann Foster was accused by Mary Walcott, Mary Warren and Elizabeth Hubbard.

September 14, 1692 – Mary Lacey, Sr. was accused by Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren. She was indicted on the charge of witchcraft.

1 thought on “Salem Witch Trials Timeline”

  1. As an eighth generation descendant of The Putnams of Salem Village, I am deeply disturbed by the manipulation of personal disagreements that used ‘religion’ and a general worldwide witch hysteria, to attempt to disrupt civil questions. It’s easy looking back to see the power that Puritans assigned to their religion, and to see the strong control persons with money were able to utilize to bend the church and local government to their will. I am sorry for the role my ancestors played in this ugly period of history in our struggle to eventually win independence from European monarchies. And I am alarmed to see President Trump and Republicans fall back into government by monarchy.

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