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WITCH TRIALS
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Sarah (Towne) Cloyce Part 2

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Continued from Sarah (Towne) Cloyce Part 1
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The humble Request of Mary Easty and Sarah Cloys stand now before the Honoured court charged with the
suspition of Witchcraft, our humble request is first that seeing we are neither able to plead our own
cause, nor is councell allowed to those in our condition, that you who are our Judges would please to
be of councell to us, to direct us wherein we may stand in neede, Secondly that whereas we are not
conscious to ourselves of any guilt in the least degree of that crime, whereof we are now accused
(in the presence of ye Living God we speake it, before whose awfull Tribunall we know we shall ere
Long appeare) nor any other scandalouse evill, or miscaryage inconsistant with Christianity. Those
who have had ye Longest and best knowledge of us, being persons of good report, may be suffered to
Testifie upon oath what they know concerning each of us. viz. Mr. Capen the pastour and those of ye
Towne and Dhurch of Topsfield, who are ready to say something which we hope may be looked upon, as
very considerable in this matter: with the seven children of one of us, viz. Mary Easty, and it may
be produced of like nature in reference to the wife of Peter Cloys, her sister. Thirdly that the
testimony of witches, or such as are afflicted, as is supposed, by witches may not be improved to
condemn us, without other Legal evidence concurring, we hope the honoured Court and Jury will be soe
tender of the lives of such as we are who have for many yeares Lived under the unblemished
reputation of Christianity, as not to condemne them without a fayre and equall hearing of what may
be sayd for us, as well as against us. And your poore supplyants shall be bound always to pray &c.""
(Records of the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, MA: Essex Co. Court Records)

 

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Summons for witnesses from Topsfield to testify versus Sarah Cloyce and Mary Easty. (Records of the
Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, MA)
Jan 3, 1693; Superior Court of Judicature dismisses charges against Sarah. Peter pays the prison fees
for her release. She and him eventually leave Salem and settle in Marlborough, Mass., then Sudbury.
She spent the 10 years before her death trying to clear her sister's names. (The Devil Discovered -
Robinson: Daily News Record - 8/19/1993)

 

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Tradition says she was conveyed by night to Framingham. (History of Framingham) Her case was marked
"Ignoramus".
March 2, 1702-3; A Petition to the Governor and General Court requesting the reversal of Attainder
"on thoses Executed and those Condemned in 1692" was made by "severall of the Inhabitants of Andover,
Salem Village, and Topsfield." Among the signers were Peter Cloyes, senior, Isaac Easty, Isaac Easty,
Junior, Samuel Nurse, and John Nurse. Summons for witnesses from Topsfield to testify versus Sarah
Cloyce and Mary Easty. (Records of the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, MA) 1957; Massachusetts
General Court resolved "that no disgrace or cause for distress" be borne by descendants of accused
witches. (Daily News Record - 8/19/1993)

 

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See PBS movie Three Sovereigns for Sarah for the story of Sarah and her
sisters. Available on video. 1997; Place of burial has not ever been found,
earliest known gravestone of the Salem refugees at Framingham and belongs
to her son Benjamin Bridges. (Framingham Town Historian - Steve Herring)"On
March 21st, 1692, the Magistrates met in Salem and Rev. Noyes opened with
prayer. On the 24th they met at the village, and Rev. Mr. Hale prayed. On
the 26th they met again in Salem, and kept the day in fasting and prayer.
On the 23rd of March a warrant was issued for the arrest of Rebecca (Nourse)
Nurse and Dorcas Good, of the village, and the former was examined on the
24th, the day when the Magistrates met there. John Proctor was arrested and
examined on the 11th of April, his wife Elizabeth and SARAH CLOYES having
been arrested on the 8th, and who were examined on the 11th, also. On the
12th of April John Proctor, his wife Elizabeth, SARAH CLOYES, Rebecca Nurse,
Martha Cory and Dorcas (Dorothy) Good were sent to Boston jail in charge
of Marshal George Herrick. On the 21st of April a warrant was issued for
the arrest of William Hobbs and Deliverance, his wife, and for Nehemiah Abbott,
Mary Esty, wife of Isaac Esty (who was a sister with Sarah Cloyes), Sarah
Wilds, wife of John Wilds, all of whom were from Topsfield and Ipswitch,
also of Edward Bishop husbandman and Sarah his wife, and many others. .......
There is a disposition of one witness remining on the Court Records, taken
very probably after the confession of Mrs. Hobbs, stating that there were
some three hundred of more witches in the country, and that their object
was the destruction of Salem Village. The horror, alarm and rage which must
have followed such confessions can only indeed be imagined by those who know
the religious tendencies and convictions of the Puritans at that day. Such
confessions, moreover were supposed to reveal the secret of the Devil's campaign
in the war--his plan of attack--and consequently Salem Village became the
very point and center of the battle. There the Devil and his emissaries
were perhaps to wage their most furious fight--that was the place to strengthen
against him, and his followers there as elsewhere must be exterminated at
all hazzards. It was in this light, that Salem Village, and the witchcraft
there, excited such a portentous interest in the religious fancies, imaginations
and beliefs of our fathers. It accounts in good part for the frenzy and madness
which scoured the land to secure the hellish conspirators against its safety
and peace, and the safety in fact of the Colony. The accused of witchcraft
had generally indeed many crimes for which to answer. They were often individual
ones, but the destruction of the village was a systematic plot and plan--the
beginning only of the destruction of the State--a grand conspiracy against
man and God--with its agents and ramifications throughout the county, if
not the whole state of Massachusetts. Silence, darkness, mystery, diabolism,
all brooded over it and lent their aid. The delusion was widespread, and
the burden of it was borne be the general opinion of man at that day. Salem
Village, was indeed the center in 1692, but the circumference could alone
be found on the borders of the Colony, even to the bordres of New England.
................The name of Nehemiah Abbott, Jr., weaver, of Topsfield and
Ipswitch, who was arrested on April 21 (1692) does not appear on the warrant,
only on the record. The next person named on the warrant of the day was Mary
Easty wife of Isaac Easty (and sister of Sarah Cloyes). She was arrested
and examined at a Court at Salem Village on april 22nd (1692) before Judges
Hawthorne and Curwin. She behaved with great dignity and firmness and good
character, perhaps the recommendations of her neightbors, evidently caused
the magistrates to hesitate in her case, since on May 20th (1692) she was
set at liberty, all of her accusers clearing her, save Mercy Lewis. Mercy
said she was immediately so inflicted and tormented by Mary Easty for a period
of two days and a night that she (Mary Easty) had to be arrested again. She
was tried again, found guilty and sent to Boston jail. While arraigned Mary
Easty and Sarah Cloyes her sister, also a prisoner for witchcraft--humbly
petitioned the Court....................unfortunately for Mary Easty, the
Court like the Public were beyond the Law and Evidence. Judges and Juries
were alike engulfed in the sea of madness--saw in the prisoners only the
destruction of the Church and State--and the petition (of the accused) was
heard alone by great Judge of Judges, and the sufferer granted in his own
time the perfect liberty of the children of God. On the 8th of April 1692,
a warrant was issued for the arrest of the wife of John Proctor (Elizabeth
Proctor), and for Sarah Cloyes, the wife of Peter Cloyes, both of the Village,
for suspcion of witchcraft which it was said both women practiced upon Abigail
Williams, Mary Walcott, Ann Putnam, and Mercy Lewis. It would seem from the
records that Mrs. Proctor and Mrs. Cloyes were brought before a Council held
at Salem April 11 (1692) and found guilty.*ote: Mary Easty, a sister of Sarah
Cloyes was burned at the stake. Rebecca Nurse (Nourse), also a sister of Sarah
Cloyes, was burned at the stake, it is said she was inhumanely treated during
her imprisonment. Sarah Cloyes fared better than her sisters, as the night
before she was to be executed, her husband Peter Cloyse succeeded in freeing
her from jail, and together they fled in the night with their family to
Framingham, Massachusetts, where they both lived until their seperate deaths.
(Cloyes - Dagwell Family Genealogy - Obetz) Obviously an incorrect statement
about the burning.

 

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9/12/1682; "the widow of Edmund Bridges and her children were ordered out of
Topsfield by the constable, September 12, 1682. She was Sarah Town, daughter
of William, and had probably returned to Topsfield after the death of her
husband which had occured a few months earlier. She soon became the second
wife of Peter Cloyse and was accused of witchcraft but was not executed."
(History of Topsfield) 1/17/1683; Petition for settlement of a small estate left
the undersigned by their father, who died ten years ago leaving no will,
but left his estate in the hands of their mother who was appointed administatrix
and the estate remained unsettled until her death, and now they desire that
the following division may be allowed: the land to be divided equally to
his three sons, Edmond, Jacob, and Joseph and the moveables equally to the
three daughters, Rebecca, Mary, and Sarah; also the three brothers to pay
all debts now due and what charges shall arise in settlement of the estate
to be equally borne by all six. Signed by Mary (her mark) Towne relict of
Edmond, Jacob Towne, Joseph (his mark) Towne, Francis (his mark) Nurse with
the consent of Rebecca, Mary (her mark) Esty formerly Mary Towne, Sarah (her
mark) Bridges. Witness: John How, John Pritchet Allowed by the court at
Ipswich April 10, 1683 (Ipswich Deeds, Vol 4 page 515)1692; not attending
church. (Salem Witchcraft Vol II by Upham) 4/3/1692; Sunday - left church
during services, slamming door behind herself due to nature of sermon (devils).
(The Devil Discovered by Enders A. Robinson) 4/4/1692; Monday - complaint
of witchcraft brought against Sarah. (Salem Witchcraft Vol II by Upham: The
Devil Discovered by Enders A. Robinson))4/8/1692; Warrant issued for Sarah.
(Salem Witchcraft Vol II by Upham) 4/11 - 4/12/1692; Monday - examination
before the highest tribunal in the colony. Sarah examined first. Refused
to confess - sent to jail at Salem where her sister Rebecca awaited. Placed
in hand and leg irons. Later was removed to Boston prison. (Salem Witchcraft
Vol II by Upham: The Devil Discovered by Enders A. Robinson] 6/1692; a
declaration by John Arnold and wife Mary, prison keepers at Boston reports
no ill conduct but only sober and civil behaviors exhibited. (The Devil
Discovered; Robinson)

 

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6/6/1692; petitioned court with Mary to receive some sort of
counsel as none had been allowed, and the right to have people testify in
their defense. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson) Mid June 1692; Sarah and
Mary moved to Ipswich prison. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson) 7/31/1692;
Account of blacksmith Robert Lord of Ipswich shows a charge of 1# 20.0 for
four pairs of iron fetters and 2 pairs of handcuffs for Sarah, Mary and two
others. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson) Itt m for making fouer payer of
iron ffetters and tow payer of hand Cuffs and putting them on to ye legs
and hands of Goodwife Cloys, Estes, Bromidg and Green all att one pound aleven
Shillings money" (History of Ipswich, MA)

 

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8/31/1692; "......Brother Cloyse hard to be found at home being often with his
wife in Prison in Ipswich for Witchcraft...." (Danvers Church Records)
9/5/1692; Account of John Harris, Deputy Sherriff of Ipswich: "For providing
a jury to make search upon Sarah Cloyce, Mary Easty, Rachel Clinton, Dorcas Hoar,
Mary Bradbury, and Corey and his wife...4s" (Records of the Peabody Institute
Library, Danvers, MA) "An account from John Harris sherife deputy of sondry
charges at ye Corts of Iran terminer held at Sallem in ye yere 1692...Itt. for
providing a Jury to make search upon Cori & his wife & Clenton Easty: hore:
Cloiss: & mrs. Bradbury...4 #" (History of Ipswich, MA) Summons for witnesses
to testify against Sarah Cloyce, Mary East, Martha and Giles Corey. (Records of
the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, MA) 9/6/1692; Mary and Sarah petition
court to have some counsel for their case as none has been allowed, and ask that
others be able to testify in their defense. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson)
The humble Request of Mary Easty and Sarah Cloys stand now before the Honoured
court charged with the suspition of Witchcraft, our humble request is first that
seeing we are neither able to plead our own cause, nor is councell allowed to
those in our condition, that you who are our Judges would please to be of councell
to us, to direct us wherein we may stand in neede, Secondly that whereas we are
not conscious to ourselves of any guilt in the least degree of that crime, whereof
we are now accused (in the presence of ye Living God we speake it, before whose
awfull Tribunall we know we shall ere Long appeare) nor any other scandalouse
evill, or miscaryage inconsistant with Christianity. Those who have had ye Longest
and best knowledge of us, being persons of good report, may be suffered to Testifie
upon oath what they know concerning each of us. viz. Mr. Capen the pastour and those
of ye Towne and Dhurch of Topsfield, who are ready to say something which we hope
may be looked upon, as very considerable in this matter: with the seven children
of one of us, viz. Mary Easty, and it may be produced of like nature in reference
to the wife of Peter Cloys, her sister. Thirdly that the testimony of witches, or
such as are afflicted, as is supposed, by witches may not be improved to condemn
us, without other Legal evidence concurring, we hope the honoured Court and Jury
will be soe tender of the lives of such as we are who have for many yeares Lived
under the unblemished reputation of Christianity, as not to condemne them without
a fayre and equall hearing of what may be sayd for us, as well as against us. And
your poore supplyants shall be bound always to pray &c."" (Records of the Peabody
Institute Library, Danvers, MA: Essex Co. Court Records) Summons for witnesses from
Topsfield to testify versus Sarah Cloyce and Mary Easty. (Records of the Peabody
Institute Library, Danvers, MA) 1/3/1693; Superior Court of Judicature dismisses
charges against Sarah. Peter pays the prison fees for her release. She and him
eventually leave Salem and settle in Marlborough, Mass., then Sudbury. She spent the
10 years before her death trying to clear her sister's names. (The Devil Discovered
Robinson: Daily News Record - 8/19/1993) Tradition says she was conveyed by night to
Framingham. (History of Framingham) Her case was marked "Ignoramus". 3/2/1702-3; A
Petition to the Governor and General Court requesting the reversal of Attainder "on
thoses Executed and those Condemned in 1692" was made by "severall of the Inhabitants
of Andover, Salem Village, and Topsfield." Among the signers were Peter Cloyes, senior,
Isaac Easty, Isaac Easty, Junior, Samuel Nurse, and John Nurse. Summons for witnesses
from Topsfield to testify versus Sarah Cloyce and Mary Easty. (Records of the Peabody
Institute Library, Danvers, MA)

 

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the warrant

Indictment v. Sarah Cloyce , No. 2) Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692
The Juniors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present that Sarah Cloyce
wife of Peter Cloyce of Salem -- In the County of Essex In or upon the Eleventh Day of
April.

In the yeare aforesaid and Divers other Days and times as well before as after Certaine
detestable arts called Withcrafts and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously
hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem -- aforesaid in the County
of Essex -- aforesaid in and upon & against one Mary Walcott of Salem -- afore-said Single
Woman -- by which said Wicked acts the said Mary Walcott -- the Day & yeare
-- aforesaid and divors other Days and times both before and after was and
is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Wasted Pined and Tormented, and also for Sundry
other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Sarah Cloyce -- Comitted and done before
and since that time against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King
and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme in the Stattute In that
case made and Provided (Reverse) Ignoramus. *Robert Payne foreman
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2677 Page No. 7 )
The above account came to us from Cathy, at
http://www.pearllakehist.com/witchsarah.html
I thankher for sharing this with us

 

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WARRANT
FOR THE ARREST OF ELIZABETH PROCTOR AND SARAH CLOYCE (APRIL 4, 1692):
Salem Aprill. 4'th 1692


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There Being Complaint this day made (Before us) by
capt Jonat Walcott, and Lt Natheniell Ingersull both of Salem Village,
in Behalfe of theire Majesties for themselfes and also for severall of
their Neighbours Against Sarah Cloyce the wife of peter Cloyce of Salem
Village; and Elizabeth Proctor the wife of John Proctor of Salem farmes
for high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft donne or Committed by
them upon the bodys of Abigail Williams, and John Indian both of Mr Sam
parris his family of Salem Village and mary Walcott daughterof the abovesaid
Complainants, And Ann Putnam and Marcy Lewis of the famyly of Thomas
Putnam of Salem Village whereby great hurt and dammage hath beene donne
to the Bodys of s'd persons above named therefore Craved Justice. You
are therefore in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend and
bring before us Sarah Cloyce the wife of peter Cloyce of Salem Village
and Elizabeth proctor the wife of John Procter of Salem farmes; on
Munday Morneing Next being the Eleventh day of this Instant Aprill
aboute Eleven of the Clock, at the publike Meeting house in the Towne,
in order to theire Examination Relateing to the premesis aboves'd and
here of you are. not to faile Dated Salem Aprill 8'th 1692 To George
Herick Marshall of the County of Essex, John Hathorne, Jonathan
Corwin Assists

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The above is from :
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASAL_WA.HTM
and I thank them for it.

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