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WITCH TRIALS
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Sarah (Lord) WILSON SR.

AND

HER 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, SARAH LORD JR.
Part 1

Sarah Wilson Jr., is the 15th Cousin, 9 times removed to Sarah Elizabeth Rose

Sarah (Lord) Wilson Sr. born: 1624 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT
married: about 1640 at Watertown, MA
died: 07 April 1650 at Wethersfield, Hartford, CT

Sarah Lord Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Rose are

14th cousins 10 times removed, through their shared ancestors,

Reinfred DE ARUNDEL & Alice DE UMFREVILLE

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Sarah Lord was born about 1648 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, daughter of Mary (Waite)
(some think daughter of Hannah Day) and Robert Lord, a prominent resident of
Ipswich who served as Town Clerk from 1645 until his death in 1683. In 1678 Sarah
Lord married widower Joseph Wilson of Andover, son of William Wilson, the emigrant
ancestor, and his wife Patience. Their children included daughter Sarah Wilson, Jr.,
born in 1678. In 1692 at the height of the infamous Salem witchcraft trials, Sarah,
aged about 44, her husband, Joseph, a cooper, their daughter Sarah Wilson, Jr., aged
14, and their other children were living in the south part of Andover, MA. Joseph
and his wife were both members of the Andover church. On Wednesday morning,
September 7, 1692, the Reverend Thomas Barnard called certain members of Andover's
elite to the meeting-house. Some children were also invited. The majority of the
congregation, however, was absent. When they arrived, they found the group of
Andover's "afflicted" girls already present. After a short prayer, Rev. Barnard
launched into a sermon describing the evils of witchcraft. "Perhaps there are few
persons, ever allured by the Devil unto an explicit covenant with himself. If any
among ourselves be so, my counsel is, that you hunt the Devil from you."

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Five of the women present, Mary Osgood, Deliverance Dane, Sarah (Lord) Wilson,
Mary (Lovett) Tyler, Abigail Barker, and one girl, Hannah Tyler, later made this
statement about what followed. "After Mr. Barnard had been at prayer, we were
blindfolded, and our hands were laid upon the afflicted persons, they being in
their fits and falling into their fits at our coming into their presence, as they
said. Some led us and laid our hands upon them, and then they said they were well
and that we were guilty of afflicting them; whereupon we were all seized, as
prisoners, by a warrant from the justice of the peace [Dudley Bradstreet] and
forthwith carried to Salem. "And by reason of that sudden surprise, we knowing
ourselves altogether innocent of that crime, we were all exceedingly astonished
and amazed, and consternated and affrighted even out of our reason; and our
nearest and dearest relations, seeing us in that dreadful condition, and knowing
our great danger, apprehending that there was no other way to save our lives,
as the case was then circumstantiated, but by our confessing ourselves to be
such and such persons as the afflicted represented us to be, they, out of tender
love and pity, persuaded us to confess what we did confess. "And indeed that
confession, that it is said we made, was no other than what was suggested to us
by some gentlemen, they telling us that we were witches, and they knew it, and
we knew it, and they knew that we knew it, which made us think it was so; and
our understanding, our reason, our faculties almost gone, we were not capable
of judging our condition; as also the hard measures they used with us rendered
us incapable of making our defense, but said anything and everything which they
desired, and most of what we said was but in effect a consenting to what they
said. Some time after, when we were better composed, they telling us of what we
had confessed, we did profess that we were innocent, and ignorant of such things;
and we hearing that Samuel Wardwell had renounced his confession, and quickly
after condemned and executed, some of us were told that we were going after
Wardwell."

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Why were these particular people, the leading citizens of Andover, singled out
to come together at the meeting house in Andover to be put to the touch test?
In the settlement of Andover, those who came first obtained the most desirable
and largest portions of land; latecomers were given the crumbs, small farms on
marginal land. The controlling elite - those who gained their large land-holdings
by the good fortune of being the town's first settlers - were now under attack.

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In the eight weeks from July 15, 1692 until the touch test on September 7, Dudley
Bradstreet, acting in his capacity as justice of the peace, had granted out arrest
warrents against, and committed, some thirty Andover persons to prisons for supposed
witchcrafts. Now, on September 7, Dudley Bradstreet dutifully wrote out the arrest
warrents for the eighteen who were accused in the touch test. Torn from their homes
without warning, stripped of their dignity and their rights, these women with terror
in their hearts found themselves being carted off to Salem prison, accused of
witchcraft. Sarah (Lord) Wilson and her 14 year-old daughter, Sarah, Jr. were among
those imprisoned. Sarah was the sister of Ephraim Foster's aunt, Abigail (Lord)
Foster. On September 14, Ephraim Foster testified against Samuel Wardwell, who was
hanged on September 22, 1692.

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The touch test was cunningly executed. The elite of Andover were caught off guard.
Capt. Osgood, Deacon Frye, and others had urged their wives to confess. Apparently
these men, pillars of the church, believed the message preached by Barnard that
confession was the way to eternal life. They also may have hoped that confession
would save the lives of their wives. And "confess" these women did. Those who did
not were in danger of being tried and executed. Not until their wives and children
were in prison did the minds of these men begin to clear. They then realized that
they had been deceived by the fanaticism of their younger minister, Thomas Barnard.

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Capt. Osgood, Deacon Frye and the other good men of Andover now began to comprehend
the full implications of the storm raging in their midst. They turned to their older
minister, Rev. Francis Dane, and formed a resistance movement. Under his guidance
they started to take the strong steps required to free the imprisoned members of
their families.

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The officials were desperate for evidence to use against Abigail Faulkner in her
forthcoming trail, as she had made only a partial confession. "Also, [the children]
Martha Tyler, Johanna Tyler, Sarah Wilson [Jr.], and Joseph Tyler, confessing
themselves witches, did all acknowledge that they were led into that dreadful sin of
witchcraft by the means of the aforesd Abigail Faulkner." On October 15 the officials
allowed Sarah Wilson, Jr. to be released on bail after six weeks imprisonment. The
other imprisoned Andover children were also allowed to be released on bail about the
same time.

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The ministers visited the prisons to confer with the prisoners in an effort to elicit
confessions. In October, Rev. Increase Mather visited the Salem prison and interviewed
Sarah (Lord) Wilson. In his "Report of his Conversation in Prison with Sarah Wilson, Sr."
he stated:

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Goodwife Wilson said that she was in the dark as to some things in her confession. Yet
she asserted that, knowingly, she never had familiarity with the Devil; that, knowingly,
she never consented to the afflicting of any person, &c. However, she said that truly she
was in the dark as to the matter of her being a witch. And being asked how she was in the
dark, she replied, that the afflicted persons crying out of her as afflicting them made
her fearful of herself; and that was all that made her say that she was in the dark.

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On October 8, 1692, one month after the "touch test", Thomas Brattle wrote, "Deacon
Frye's wife, Captain Osgood's wife, and some others, remarkably pious and good people
in repute, are apprehended and imprisoned [at the touch test]; and that that is more
admirable, the forementioned women are become a kind of confessors, being first brought
thereto by the urgins of their good husbands, who having taken up that corrupt and
highly pernicious opinion, that whoever were accused by the afflicted, were guilty, did
break charity with their dear wives, upon their being accused, and urged them to confess
their guilt; which so far prevailed with them as to make them say, they were afraid they
were in the snare of the Devil; and which, through the rude and barbarous methods that
were afterwards used in Salem, issued in somewhat plainer degrees of confession, and was
attended with prison. The good Deacon and Captain are now sensible of their error they
were in; do now grieve and mourn bitterly, that they should break charity with their own
wives, and urge them to confess themselves witches. They now see and acknowledge their
rashness and uncharitableness."

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Dudley Bradstreet, the justice of the peace, had also come to his senses. His warrants had
put in jail nearly fifty Andover citizens. After the touch test, he refused to grant out
any more warrants. Soon after his decision, Dudley Bradstreet and his wife, Ann, were
cried out upon. The afflicted claimed he had killed nine persons by witchcraft. In
response, Bradstreet and his wife found escape their safest course and in short order
they fled from Massachusetts. However, he later returned to Andover and his name appears
first on the petition written in late December.

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Continued on Sarah (Lord) Wilson SR & JR Part 2

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This data came from Sam Behling.
Thank you for sharing the data for
several of these women with us.
Sam's website is at:
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~sam/wilson/sarah.html

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