Salem Witch Trials Accusers

The Salem Witch Trials accusers were a group of people who accused the Salem Witch Trials victims of witchcraft in 1692.

The main accusers were a group of girls and young women from Salem Village who are often referred to as the “afflicted girls” because they claimed that witches were afflicting them by attacking them and making them ill. They accused the majority of the victims in the trials.

These afflicted girls were: Elizabeth Booth, Sarah Churchill, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, Ann Putnam Jr, Betty Parris, Susannah Sheldon, Mary Walcott, Mary Warren and Abigail Williams.

The other accusers were the parents of afflicted girls, who filed complaints on the girls behalf because they were too young, as well as various villagers who had either been advised by the afflicted girls that witches were harming someone in their family or villagers who believed that they had been afflicted themselves by one of their neighbors.

The accusers were from all over the Massachusetts Bay Colony, not just Salem. This is because as the trials dragged on in Salem, the witchcraft accusations started to spread to neighboring towns. Most of the accusers were from Salem Village but some were from Andover, Boxford, Ipswich, Gloucester, Reading and Marblehead.

The following is a list of the accusers and the people they accused. These names were collected from the arrest warrants, examination records and indictments of the accused:

Ebenezer Babson:

Ebenezer Babson was a 25-year-old fisherman from Gloucester.

In September of 1692, when Gloucester resident Eleanor Babson and her neighbor Mary Sargent began complaining of spectral visions of Indians and French soldiers someone, probably Eleanor’s son, Ebenezer, asked some of the afflicted Salem village girls to visit Eleanor in an attempt to find out who was afflicting her.

The two afflicted girls made the trip to Gloucester and claimed that the specters of Elizabeth Dicer and Margaret Prince were tormenting the women. As a result, Ebenezer filed complaints against the two women on September 3.

Joseph Ballard:

Joseph Ballard was the constable of Andover. In mid-July, Ballard brought two of the afflicted girls from Salem Village to Andover to visit his wife, Elizabeth, who had been mysteriously ill all summer. It is not known who the two girls were, but is believed to possibly be Ann Purnam Jr and Mary Walcott.

Using the touch test, which was when a suspected witch touched an afflicted person to see if their symptoms stop, it was determined that they were afflicted and they named several people who they said were afflicting them. Shortly after, on July 19, Joseph Ballard filed official complaints against Mary Lacey Sr and Mary Lacey Jr for bewitching his wife.

Sarah Bibber:

Sarah Bibber was a 36-year-old woman from Salem Village who was married to John Bibber with whom she had a 4-year-old child. She was described by Joseph Fowler, as well as various other people, in his testimony during Rebecca Nurse’s case as a “very turbulent unruly spirit” who had a habit of making mischief among her neighbors and would use foul language and quarrel with her husband often.

Sarah Bibber accused the following people of afflicting her: Mary Bradbury, Susannah Martin, Lydia Dustin, Dorcas Hoar, Sarah Morey, Mary Witheridge.

In addition, Bibber also served as a witness against the following people: Mary Bradbury, Giles Corey, Mary Easty, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Dorcas Hoar, George Jacobs Sr, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, John Proctor, Job Tookey, John Willard.

Elizabeth Booth:

Elizabeth Booth was one of the afflicted girls from Salem Village. She was born in Salem Village in 1674.

The Afflicted Girls of Salem Village
The Afflicted Girls of Salem Village

Booth accused the following people of afflicting her: John Alden Jr, Daniel Andrew, Martha Corey, Giles Corey, Mary DeRich, Philip English, Mary Ireson, John Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Margaret Prince, Elizabeth Proctor, William Proctor, Wilmot Redd, Job Tookey, John Willard, Mary Warren.

Mary Brown:

Mary Brown was a widow from Reading who accused Sarah Cole of Lynn of afflicting her in October of 1692. She accused Cole of appearing to her day and night and threatening her, making her ill, throwing stones against her house at night, sending cat-like creatures to run across her roof and making dog-like creatures appear to her at the local creek.

Henry Brag:

Henry Brag was a Salem laborer who accused Hannah Carrol and Sarah Cole of afflicting his son William Brage in September of 1692.

John Buxton:

John Buxton was a farmer from Salem Village who made accusations against a number of people on behalf of the afflicted girls of Salem Village.

In April of 1692, Buxton filed complaints against the following people for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Nehemiah Abbott Jr, Edward Bishop Jr, Sarah Bishop, Mary Black, Mary English, Mary Easty, William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Sarah Wildes.

Ezekial Cheever Jr:

Ezekial Cheever Jr was a 37-year-old tailor who lived in Salem Village.

In April of 1692, Cheever and John Putnam Jr filed complaints against the following people for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Bridget Bishop, Giles Corey, Abigail Hobbs and Mary Warren. In addition, Cheever also served as a witness against Martha Corey.

In Ann Putnam Jr’s testimony against John Willard, she stated that two ghosts told her Willard had killed them along with a handful of other people including two of Cheever’s children.

Sarah Churchill:

Sarah Churchill was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. Churchill was the 20-year-old servant of George Jacobs Sr and was a refugee from the Native-American raids in Maine.

In May of 1692, Sarah Churchill accused George Jacobs Sr of afflicting her when she testified that the Devil made her sign his book and she saw Jacobs name in it.

Shortly after her testimony that day, Sarah Churchill admitted to Nathaniel Ingersoll’s niece Sarah that she had lied about signing the Devil’s book because someone had threatened her and said if she didn’t say it she would be accused herself and thrown in jail with the others.

In June, Sarah Ingersoll testified that Churchill has admitted lying to her but her testimony was ignored.

In addition, Sarah Churchill served as a witness against the following people: Ann Pudeator, Bridget Bishop, George Jacobs Sr.

Nathaniel Coit:

Nathaniel Coit was a 33-year-old captain from Ipswich and the son of Mary Fitch of Gloucester. In November of 1692, Mary Fitch’s brother, Lieutenant James Stevens invited the afflicted girls of Salem Village to come to Gloucester and investigate why Mary was ill. The girls arrived and claimed that Mary Fitch was being afflicted and they named three women whose spectres they saw throttling her: Abigail Rowe, Rebecca Dike and Esther Elwell.

As a result, Nathaniel Coit, Lieutenant James Stevens and his son, William Stevens, filed complaints against the three women in Ipswich.

Thomas Dodd:

Thomas Dodd lived in Marblehead and filed a complaint against a local mariner named Nicholas Frost whom he believed was afflicting his daughter, Johanna Frost, in September of 1692.

Rose Foster:

Rose Foster was one of the afflicted girls of Andover, a group which also included Martha Sprague and Abigail Martin. Foster was about 14 years old and was the daughter of Ephraim Foster, the constable of Andover. Foster accused the following people of afflicting her: Abigail Barker, Mary Barker, Mary Bridges Jr, Abigail Faulkner Sr, Stephen Johnson, Susannah Post, Henry Salter, Hannah Tyler.

Ephraim Foster:

Ephraim Foster was a 35-year-old constable of Andover. In August of 1692, Foster filed complaints against John Howard. John Jackson Sr and John Jackson Jr for afflicting his daughter Rose Foster and her friend Martha Sprague, a young woman from Boxford. Ephraim Foster was also summoned to provide testimony against Samuel Wardwell, who was accused of witchcraft by Martha Sprague.

Zebulon Hill:

Zebulon Hill was a 71-year-old cooper who had moved from Gloucester to Salem in 1657. In September of 1692, he filed a complaint against Joan Penney, a recently widowed woman from Gloucester, for afflicting his 25-year-old daughter Mary Hill.

Zebulon’s wife, Elizabeth, was the step-daughter of Joan Penney’s deceased spouse Thomas Penney, who had died in August and left almost his entire estate to Joan. After Joan was arrested, Thomas Penney’s grandson from his first marriage, Josiah Kent, appealed to the local magistrates to grant him the administration of Thomas Penney’s estate on the grounds that he was Thomas’ only male heir, indicating that there was a battle between Joan and Thomas’ children for control over his estate and it may have been what prompted the accusation (Karlsen 95.)

Joseph Houlton:

Joseph Houlton was 71 years old at the time of the trials and lived in Salem Village. Houlton had previously worked as an indentured servant for Richard Ingersoll when he was 20 years old and later married Richard’s daughter, Sarah, in 1652.

In 1652, Houlton was awarded a tract of land in Salem Village and he chose land adjacent to Ingersoll and Nathaniel Putnam. This made him neighbors to the two and later brought him into the Allen-Putnam-Endicott lawsuit about the boundary of Bishop farm.

In May of 1692, Houlton and John Walcott filed complaints against various people for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Nehemiah Abbott Jr, Arthur Abbott, John Alden, Martha Carrier, John Flood, Elizabeth Fosdick, Elizabeth Howe, William Proctor, Wilmot Redd, Sarah Rice and Mary Toothaker,

Yet, that same month Houlton also signed a petition defending Rebecca Nurse against her accusation of witchcraft.

Elizabeth Hubbard:

Elizabeth Hubbard was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. She was a 17-year-old orphan at the time of the trials after having lost her parents in a Native-American raid in Maine. Hubbard lived in Salem Village with her aunt Rachel Hubbard Griggs and her husband Dr. William Griggs and worked as their servant.

Hubbard accused the following people of afflicting her: George Burroughs, Bridget Bishop, Martha Carrier, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Lydia Dustin, Mary DeRich, Philip English, Mary Easty, Ann Foster, Sarah Good, Dorcas Hoar, Abigail Hobbs, Rebecca Jacobs, Margaret Jacobs, Mary Lacey Sr, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourne, William Proctor, Benjamin Proctor, Sarah Pease, Sarah Morey, Tituba, Mary Warren, John Willard, Mary Witheridge.

In addition, Hubbard also served as a witness against the following people: Mary Bradbury, Bridget Bishop, Sarah Buckley, George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rebecca Dike, Mary Easty, Esther Elwell, Ann Foster, Sarah Good, Abigail Hobbs, Dorcas Hoar, Rebecca Jacobs, Sarah Osbourne, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, George Jacobs Sr, Benjamin Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, William Proctor, Mary Lacey Sr, Mary Abigail Row, Wilmot Redd, Job Tookey, Tituba, Margaret Scott, Mary Warren, John Willard, Mary Witheridge.

Benjamin Hutchinson:

Benjamin Hutchinson was a 26-year-old farmer and the adopted son of Nathaniel Ingersoll. He was born to Joseph Hutchinson but was adopted by Ingersoll as an infant after Ingersoll’s only child had died.

Benjamin Hutchinson filed complaints accusing the following people of afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Elizabeth Cary, Mary Easty, George Burroughs, Sarah Buckley and Mary Witheridge.

Joseph Hutchinson:

Joseph Hutchinson was a 59-year-old yeoman who lived in Salem Village. Hutchinson filed complaints accused the following people of afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourn, Tituba.

Hutchinson also gave a deposition regarding Abigail Williams during which he confirmed to the court some of the things Abigail Williams had told him, such as that she was visited by the devil who asked her to sign her name in a red book.

John Indian:

John Indian was Samuel Parris’s slave and is believed to be Tituba’s husband. He was one of the afflicted people of Salem Village. Although John didn’t file complaints against anyone himself, other villagers like John Walcott and Nathaniel Ingersoll filed complaints against people suspected of bewitching him.

John attended court proceedings, showed symptoms of affliction when accused witches were present and testified against some of them. John Indian was named as an afflicted person in cases against Sarah Bibber, Sarah Cloyce, Mary Easty, Elizabeth Howe, Deliverance Hobbs, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor, Susannah Martin, Mary Warren, John Willard, Wilmot Redd.

Lieutenant Nathaniel Ingersoll:

Nathaniel Ingersoll was a 58-year-old tavern owner and farmer from Salem Village. He was a well respected man in the community.

In April of 1692, Nathaniel Ingersoll and Captain John Walcott filed complaints against Elizabeth Proctor and Sarah Cloyce for afflicting the girls of Salem Village.

In May of 1692, Ingersoll and Sargeant Thomas Putnam filed complaints against the following people also for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Daniel Andrew, Sarah Buckley, Elizabeth Colson, Bethia Carter Jr. Thomas Farrer, Elizabeth Hart, George Jacobs Jr, Rebecca Jacobs, Mary Witheridge.

In addition, Ingersoll testified that the afflicted girls showed symptoms of affliction during the examinations of the following people: Sarah Cloyce, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, John Willard, Sarah Wilds.

In addition, Ingersoll also testified that he was a part of a jury that viewed the body of Daniel Wilkins, whom John Willard was charged with afflicting, and believed him to be the victim of witchcraft.

Elizer Keyser:

Elizer Keyser was a 45-year-old tanner and cousin to Thomas Putnam.

In August of 1692, Keyser testified against George Burroughs, stating that he saw strange lights and apparitions in his chimney after noticing that George Burroughs was staring at him at Beadles tavern earlier in the day.

In September of 1692, Elizer Keyser and Simon Willard filed a complaint against Joseph Emons of Manchester for afflicting Mary Warren.

Henry Kinney Sr:

Henry Kinney was a 68-year-old farmer from Salem Village. In mid-March of 1692, Kinney Sr filed a complaint against Martha Corey for afflicting the girls of Salem Village.

Henry Kinney Jr:

Henry Kinner Jr was also a farmer from Salem Village and was the son of Henry Kinney Sr. Kinney Jr was married to Mercy Lewis’ sister Priscilla. In late March of 1692, Kinney Jr testified against Rebecca Nurse during her examination, stating that he began suffering seizures as soon as she entered the room.

Mercy Lewis:

Mercy Lewis was an afflicted girl from Salem Village. She was a 19-year-old servant who had lost her parents in a Native-American raid in Maine in 1689.

After being orphaned at 16 years of age, Lewis worked as a servant for Reverend George Burroughs until he decided to move his family to Wells, Maine and Lewis instead joined a group of refugees migrating to Salem Village where she eventually found work as a servant for Thomas Putnam.

After Lewis began showing symptoms of being afflicted, other villagers, such as John Walcott, Nathaniel Ingersoll, Thomas and John Putnam, filed complaints against various people suspected of bewitching Mercy Lewis.

Lewis accused the following people of afflicting her: John Alden Jr, Arthur Abbott, Nehemiah Abbott Jr, Daniel Andrew, Sarah Bassett, Bridget Bishop, George Burroughs, Sarah Buckley, Edward Bishop Jr, Sarah Bishop, Mary Black, Martha Carrier, Elizabeth Cary, Bethiah Carter Sr, Bethiah Carter Jr, Elizabeth Colson, Martha Corey, Sarah Cloyce, Giles Corey, Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, Mary Easty, Philip English, Mary English, Elizabeth Fosdick, Thomas Farrer, Elizabeth Hart, Dorcas Hoar, Abigail Hobbs, William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Abigail Hobbs, Elizabeth Howe, George Jacobs Jr, George Jacobs Sr, Rebecca Jacobs, Mary Lacey Sr, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Elizabeth Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Elizabeth Paine, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor, Susannah Roots, Wilmot Redd, Sarah Rice, Ann Sears, Mary Toothaker and her daughter, Mary Witheridge, John Willard, Mary Warren, Sarah Wildes.

In addition, Lewis also served as a witness against the following people: Martha Corey, Giles Corey, Lydia Dustin, Philip English, Mary English, Thomas Farrer, Dorothy Good, Abigail Hobbs, George Jacobs Sr, Elizabeth Johnson Sr, Susannah Martin, Sarah Osbourne, Elizabeth Proctor, John Willard.

Mary Marshall:

Mary Marshall was a 46-year-old widow from Reading. In May of 1692, Marshall accused the following people of afflicting her: Elizabeth Colson, Mary Colson, Lydia Dustin and Jane Liley. In addition, Marshall also served as a witness against Elizabeth Colson.

Abigail Martin:

Abigail Martin was one of the afflicted girls of Andover. Martin was the 16-year-old daughter of Samuel Martin.

After Martin began showing symptoms of being afflicted, Samuel Martin filed complaints against the following people suspected of bewitching her: William Barker Sr, Mary Barker, Mary Barker, Mary Marston.

Samuel Martin:

Samuel Martin was the father of Abigail Martin. He filed complaints against the following people for afflicting his daughter: William Barker Sr, Mary Barker, Elizabeth Johnson Sr, Abigail Johnson, Mary Marston.

Sarah Phelps:

Sarah Phelps was from Andover and was the daughter of Samuel Phelps. In August of 1692, Sarah Phelps testified against Abigail Faulkner Sr, saying she was afflicted by Faulkner during her examination. Then, in September of 1692, Phelps accused Mary Parker of afflicting her since the beginning of August.

Thomas Preston:

Thomas Preston was a yeoman from Salem Village who was married to Rebecca Nurse Jr, making him Rebecca Nurse Sr’s son-in-law.

On February 29, 1692, Thomas Preston Joseph Hutchinson, Edward Putnam and Thomas Putnam filed complaints against Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourn and Tituba for afflicting the girls of Salem Village after the girls had named the three women as their tormentors.

Edward Putnam:

Edward Putnam was a deacon of the Salem Village church and the brother of Thomas and Joseph Putnam. He filed complaints against the following people for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Dorcas Good, Sarah Good, Mary Ireson, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourn, Tituba.

Edward Putnam also testified against George Burroughs, Martha Corey, Mary Easty. Dorcas Hoar, Elizabeth Proctor, Mary Ireson, Rebecca Nurse, John Willard.

Thomas Putnam Jr:

Thomas Putnam Jr was a farmer from Salem Village and the father of Ann Putnam Jr.

Putnam filed complaints against the following people for afflicting his daughter and the other girls of Salem Village: Nehemiah Abbott Jr, Daniel Andrew, Sarah Bassett, Edward Bishop Jr, Sarah Bishop, Mary Black, Sarah Buckley, George Burroughs, Candy, Elizabeth Cary, Elizabeth Colson, Bethia Carter Jr, Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, Mary Easty, Mary English, Philip English, Thomas Farrer, Sarah Good, Dorcas Hoar, Margaret Hawkes, William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Elizabeth Hart, George Jacobs Jr, Rebecca Jacobs, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Sarah Osbourn, Sarah Proctor, Susannah Roots, Tituba, Mary Witheridge, Sarah Wildes.

Thomas Putnam also testified against George Burroughs, Martha Corey, Sarah Cloyce, Martha Carrier, Thomas Farrer, Dorcas Hoar, George Jacobs Sr, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Alice Parker, John Willard.

Ann Putnam Jr:

Ann Putnam Jr was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village, She was the 12-year-old daughter of Thomas Putnam Jr and Ann Putnam Sr.

Ann Putnam Jr accused the following people of afflicting her: Arthur Abbott, Daniel Andrew, John Alden Jr, Sarah Bassett, Bridget Bishop, Sarah Buckley, George Burroughs, Candy, Giles Corey, Elizabeth Colson, Bethia Carter Jr, Martha Carrier, Lydia Dustin, Philip English, Mary Easty, Thomas Farrer, John Flood, Elizabeth Fosdick, Sarah Good, Dorcas Hoar, Abigail Hobbs, Elizabeth Howe, Margaret Hawkes, Elizabeth Hart, Francis Hutchins, Mary Ireson, George Jacobs Jr, Rebecca Jacobs, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourne, William Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Susannah Roots, Wilmot Redd, Sarah Rice, Marth Toothaker, Tituba, Mary Warren, Mary Witheridge, Ruth Wilford.

She also served as a witness against the following people: George Burroughs, Mary Bradbury, Sarah Buckley, Giles Corey, Sarah Dustin, Mary Easty, Rebecca Eames, Thomas Farrer, Abigail Faulkner Sr, Sarah Good, Dorcas Good, Abigail Hobbs, Elizabeth Hart, Dorcas Hoar, George Jacobs Sr, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourne, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Job Tookey, Tituba, Sarah Wildes, John Willard.

Ann Putnam Sr:

Ann Putnam Sr was the mother of Ann Putnam Jr and the wife of Thomas Putnam Jr. According to the court records, she didn’t accuse anyone herself but she did testify against the following people: Martha Corey, William Hobbs Rebecca Nurse, John Willard.

John Putnam Sr:

John Putnam Sr was 63 years old and the uncle of John Putnam Jr. According to the court records, John Putnam Sr didn’t accuse anyone himself but he did testify against the following people: George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, Rebecca Nurse.

John Putnam Jr:

John Putnam Jr was the 36-year-old constable of Salem, the son of Nathaniel Putnam and Elizabeth Putnam and the nephew of John Putnam Sr.

Putnam accused the following people of afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Sarah Bassett, Bridget Bishop, Bethiah Carter Sr, Bethiah Carter Jr, Giles Corey, Sarah Dustin, Mary Easty, Abigail Hobbs, Sarah Proctor, Susannah Roots, Ann Sears, Mary Warren.

John Putnam Jr also testified against the following people: Sarah Cloyce, Martha Carrier, Mary Easty, George Jacobs Sr, Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, Sarah Proctor, John Willard,

In addition, John Putnam Jr also testified that he was a part of a jury that viewed the body of Daniel Wilkins, whom John Willard was charged with afflicting, and believed him to be the victim of witchcraft.

Lieutenant Nathaniel Putnam:

Nathaniel Putnam was a lieutenant in the local militia and lived in Salem Village. Putnam accused Elizabeth Fosdick and Elizabeth Paine of afflicting the girls of Salem Village. Putnam also served as a witness against John Willard and Sarah Buckley.

In addition, Nathaniel Putnam also testified that he was a part of a jury that viewed the body of Daniel Wilkins, whom John Willard was charged with afflicting, and believed him to be the victim of witchcraft.

Thomas Rayment:

Thomas Rayment was a yeoman from Salem Village. Rayment accused the following people of afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Benjamin Proctor, Mary DeRich, Sarah Pease, Mary Ireson.

Susannah Sheldon:

Susannah Sheldon was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. Sheldon and her family were refugees and survivors of numerous Native-American raids in Maine during King Philip’s War and King William’s War.

Sheldon was 18 years old at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. She accused the following people of afflicting her: George Burroughs, Elizabeth Colson, Lydia Dustin, Ann Dolliver, Philip English, Dorcas Hoar, Mary Ireson, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, William Proctor.

In addition, Sheldon also served as a witness against the following people: Daniel Andrew, Bridget Bishop, Sarah Buckley, Elizabeth Colson, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Elizabeth Colson, Philip English, Mary English, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Hart, George Jacobs Jr, Rebecca Jacobs, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Job Tookey, Mary Witheridge, John Willard.

Martha Sprague:

Martha Sprague was one of the afflicted girls of Andover. She was the 16-year-old stepcousin of Rose Foster and the stepdaughter of Moses Tyler.

Sprague accused the following people of afflicting her: Sarah Bridges, William Barker Jr, William Barker Sr, Mary Barker, Abigail Faulkner Sr, John Howard, John Jackson Sr, John Jackson Jr, Elizabeth Johnson Sr, Stephen Johnson, Abigail Johnson, Mary Marston, Mary Parker, Susannah Post, Hannah Post, Sarah Wardwell.

In addition, Sprague also served as a witness against the following people: Samuel Wardwell, Abigail Faulkner Sr.

Lieutenant James Stevens:

Lieutenant James Stevens was the brother of Mary Fitch of Gloucester. In November of 1692, Stevens invited the afflicted girls of Salem Village to come to Gloucester and investigate why Mary was ill. The girls arrived and claimed that Mary Fitch was being afflicted and they named three women whose spectres they saw throttling her: Abigail Rowe, Rebecca Dike and Esther Elwell.

As a result, Lieutenant James Stevens, his son, William Stevens,and his nephew Nathaniel Coit, filed complaints against the three women in Ipswich.

William Stevens:

William Stevens was the son of Lieutenant James Stevens and, along with his father and cousin, accused Abigail Rowe, Rebecca Dike and Esther Elwell of afflicting his aunt, Mary Fitch of Gloucester. According to the court records, William Stevens also served as a juror during Rebecca Jacobs trial in January of 1693.

Timothy Swan:

Timothy Swan was a 29-year-old man from Andover who was ill when the Salem Witch Trials began and in July of the year, began to accuse the following people of afflicting him: Hannah Bromage, Mary Bridges Sr, Mary Bradbury, Mary Clarke, Richard Carrier, Rebecca Eames, Mary Green, Francis Hutchins, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Ruth Wilford, Mercy Wardwell.

John and Robert Swan:

John and Robert Swan were the brothers of Timothy Swan and filed a complaint against Mary Clarke of Haverhill in August of 1692 for afflicting their brother.

Joseph Tyler:

Joseph Tyler lived in Boxford and filed complaints against the following people for afflicting the girls of Andover: John Jackson Sr, John Jackson Jr, John Howard in August of 1692.

Moses Tyler:

Moses Tyler was the 51-year-old stepfather of Martha Sprague and lived in Andover. Tyler’s family had a history of accusing others of witchcraft after, Moses’ father, Job, accused fellow Andover resident, John Godfrey, of witchcraft in the 1650s when a long land dispute between the two of them ended badly and Job lost his land.

In August of 1692, Moses Tyler accused the following people of afflicting his stepdaughter Martha: William Barker Sr, Mary Marstone, Mary Barker, Abigail Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson Sr.

Mary Warren:

Mary Warren was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. Warren was the 20-year-old servant of John and Elizabeth Proctor and a refugee from Native-American raids in Maine during King William’s war.

Between April and June of 1692, Warren accused the following people of afflicting her: John Alden Jr, Candy, Mary DeRich, Ann Dolliver, Daniel Eames, Joseph Emons, Martha Emerson, Elizabeth Fosdick, Edward Farrington, Elizabeth Hart, Margaret Hawkes, John Jackson Sr, John Jackson Jr, Benjamin Proctor, Sarah Pease, Elizabeth Paine, Ann Pudeator, William Proctor, Sarah Pease, Abigail Somes, Job Tookey.

In addition, Warren also served as a witness against the following people: John Alden Jr, Bridget Bishop, Giles Corey, Mary Bradbury, George Burroughs, Elizabeth Cary, Lydia Dustin. Rebecca Eames, Mary Easty, Ann Foster, Abigail Faulkner Sr, Sarah Good, George Jacobs Sr, Mary Lacey Sr, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourn, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, Wilmot Redd, Abigail Soames, Margaret Scott, Mary Toothaker, Job Tookey, Samuel Wardwell.

In mid-April, Mary Warren was accused of witchcraft herself by Ezekiel Cheever and John Putnam, Jr, for afflicting the other girls of Salem Village.

Mary Walcott:

Mary Walcott was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. Walcott was the 17-year-old daughter of Captain John Walcott. After Mary’s mother died when she was 10, John married Thomas Putnam’s sister, thus making Mary Walcott cousins with Ann Putnam Jr.

Mary Walcott accused the following people of afflicting her: Arthur Abbott, John Alden Jr, Nehemiah Abbott Jr, Daniel Andrew, Sarah Bassett, George Burroughs, Bridget Bishop, Edward Bishop Jr, Sarah Bishop, Mary Black, George Burroughs, Sarah Buckley, Hannah Bromage, Candy, Mary Clarke, Bethiah Carter Sr, Bethiah Carter Jr, Sarah Cloyce. Giles Corey, Martha Carrier, Elizabeth Carey, Elizabeth Colson, Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, Mary Easty, Mary English. Philip English, John Flood, Ann Foster, Thomas Farrer, Elizabeth Fosdick, Mary Green, Elizabeth Hart, Dorcas Hoar, Abigail Hobbs, William Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, Margaret Hawkes, Elizabeth Howe, Francis Hutchins, George Jacobs Jr, George Jacobs Sr, Rebecca Jacobs, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Post, William Proctor, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Alice Parker, Susannah Roots, Sarah Rice, Wilmot Redd, Ann Sears, Sarah Wildes, Mary Witheridge, Ruth Wilford, Mary Warren, Mary Toothaker and her daughter.

In addition, Mary Walcott also testified against the following people: George Burroughs, Sarah Buckley, Mary Bradbury, Martha Carrier, Mary Easty, Abigail Faulkner Sr, Ann Foster, Sarah Good, Dorothy Good, Abigail Hobbs, Dorcas Hoar, George Jacobs Sr, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, Wilmot Redd,Job Tookey, John Willard, Sarah Wildes, Samuel Wardwell.

Captain John Walcott:

Captain John Walcott was a captain in the local militia and the father of Mary Walcott. In April of 1692, Walcott filed complaints against the following people for afflicting Mary and the other afflicted girls: George Burroughs, Lydia Dustin, Philip English, Dorcas Hoar, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey.

Abigail Williams:

Abigail Williams was one of the afflicted girls of Salem Village. She was the 12-year-old niece of Reverend Samuel Parris and the cousin of Betty Parris and lived with the family at the Salem Village parsonage, along with the family’s slaves Tituba and John Indian.

Abigail Williams accused the following people of afflicting her: Arthur Abbott, Daniel Andrew, John Alden Jr, Sarah Buckley, George Burroughs, Sarah Bassett, Bridget Bishop, Martha Carrier, Sarah Cloyce, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Elizabeth Colson, Bethiah Carter Jr, Mary DeRich, Lydia Dustin, Mary Easty, Philip English, Elizabeth Fosdick, Thomas Farrer, John Flood, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Hart, Abigail Hobbs, Elizabeth Howe, Dorcas Hoar, Mary Ireson, Susannah Martin, Sarah Morey, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourne, Elizabeth Proctor, William Proctor, Benjamin Proctor, Sarah Pease, Sarah Proctor, Sarah Rice, Wilmot Redd, Susannah Roots, Mary Toothaker, Tituba, Mary Warren, Mary Witheridge.

In addition, Abigail Williams also testified against the following people: Sarah Cloyce, Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Sarah Churchill, Philip English, Mary English, Sarah Good, Dorothy Good, Margaret Jacobs, George Jacobs Sr, George Jacobs Jr, Rebecca Jacobs, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Osbourn, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Tituba, John Willard, Sarah Wilds.

Simon Willard:

Simon Willard was a 42-year-old former resident of Concord who later moved to Ipswich and then to Salem where he served as the deacon of the First Church or Salem and also as marshal of Essex county in 1689.

In August of 1692, Simon Willard served as a witness against George Burroughs.

In September of 1692, Simon Willard filed complaints against the following people for afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Joseph Emmons.

Joseph Whipple:

Joseph Whipple was from Salem Village. In May of 1692, Whipple accused the following people of afflicting the girls of Salem Village: Elizabeth Fosdick and Elizabeth Paine.

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Rebecca Beatrice Brooks is the author and publisher of the History of Massachusetts Blog. Rebecca is a freelance journalist and history lover who got her start in journalism working for small-town newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire after she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Visit this site's About page to find out more about Rebecca.

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