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WITCH TRIALS
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MARY (PERKINS) BRADBURY
Part 1


Mother of 11 children
born: 1615, in England
married: May 1636 in Salisbury, Essex,Massachusetts
to Thomas bradbury
died: 20 Dec 1700 at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts



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Mary (Perkins) Bradbury and Sarah Elizabeth Rose

are thirteenth cousins 11 times removed,

through their shared ancestors,

King John I "Lackland" PLANTAGENET

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THE CHARGE AGAINST MARY



On July 26, 1692 Mary Bradbury was brought before the

court of Essex in Massachusetts Bay in New England. "In the

yeare aforesaid and divers other dayes and times as well before

a safter Certaine Detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries

Wickedly Matllitiously and felloniously hath used practiced and

Exercised At and int eh Township of Andivor in the County of

Essex aforesaid in upon & against one Timothy Swann of

Andivor In the County aforesaid Husbandman -- by which

said Wicked Acts fthe said Timothy Swann upon the 26th day

of July Aforesaid and divers other days & times both before and

after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted

and Tormented, and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by

the said Mary Bardbury Comitted and done before and since

that time against the peace of our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King

and Queen theire Crowne and dignity And the forme Of the

Statute In that case made and Provided." Wittness Mary Walcott

Ann: Puttnam (Reverse) Indictm't vs Bradbury for Bewitching

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(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft

Vol. 2 p. 34) On July 2nd Mary Bradbury was charged with

"certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries

Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised

and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem...the said Sarah

Vibber the second day of July aforesaid & divers other

days and times both before and after was and is Tortured

Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted & Tormented & also for

sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Bradbury

Comitted Acted and done before and since that time against

the peace of our Sov'r Lord...." Witness Mary Walcott Eliz.

Hobard Eliz. Booth Mercy Lewis (Reverse) Indictmt. Bradbury

-- Vibber bil a vera

 

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MARY DEFENDS HERSELF



(Essex County Archives, Salem --

Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. (Answer of Mary Bradbury) "The Answer

of Mary Bradbury in the charge of Witchcraft or familliarity

with the Divell I doe plead not guilty." "I am wholly inocent

of any such wickedness through the goodness of god that have

kept mee hitherto. I am the servant of Jesus Christ & Have

given my self up to himas my only lord & saviour: and to the

dilligent attendance upon him in all his holy ordinances, in

utter contempt & defiance of the divell, and all his works as

horid & detestible;; and accordingly have endevo'red to frame

my life; & conversation according to the rules of his holy word,

& in that faith & practise resolve by the help and assistance of

god to contineu to my lifes end:" For the truth of what I say as

to matter of practiss I humbly refer my self, to my brethren &

neighbors that know mee and unto the searcher of all hearts

for the truth & uprightness of my heart therein: (human frailties,

& unavoydable infirmities excepted) of which I bitterly complayne

every day:" Mary Bradbury (Essex County Archives, Salem --

Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 35)

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MARY'S HUSBAND OF 55 YEARS,

THOMAS, DEFENDS HIS WIFE



On May 26th 1692 those who made

complaint against Mary Bradbury, Sarah Rice, Wilmott Reed, and

Elizabeth Fosdick were: Mary Walcott, Ann Putnam, Marcy Lewis.

"The same wtells them that see afflicts mr Tufts Negro" attest

*Geo Herrick Marshall (Essex County Archives, Salem --

Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 35) (Thomas Bradbury of Mary Bradbury)

July 28, 1692 "Concerning my beloved wife Mary Bradbury

this is that I have to say: wee have been maried fifty five yeare:

and shee hath bin a loveing & faithful wife to mee, unto this

day shee hath been wonderfull laborious dilligent & industryous

in her place and imployment, about the bringing up o'r family

(w'ch have bin eleven children of o'r owne, & fower grand-

children; shee was both prudent, & provident: of a cheerful

Spiritt liberall Charitable: Shee being now very aged & weake,

& greived under her affliction may not bee able to speake much

for herselfe, not being so free of Speach as some others may

bee: I hope her life and conversation hat been such amongst

her neighbours, as gives a better & more reall Testimoney

of her, then can bee exprest by words. own'd by mee *Tho:

Bradbury (Reverse) Capt Bradberys testamony of his wif (Essex

County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 36)

 

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THE WITNESSES
ARE SUMMONED


(TESTIMONY FOR MARY)

"Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England

Scotland France & Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith

& c.a" {LS} "To Thomas Ring of Amesbury or Salsbury Timothy

Swann of Andover Richard Carr & James Carr of Salsbury.

Greeting Wee Comand you all Excuses Set apart to be and

personaly appear at the next Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at

Salem On Tuesday Next at Twelve of the Clock or as soon after

as possible There to Testify the truth on Severall Indictments to

be Exhibited against Mrs. Mary Bradbury & other prisoners to

be Tried for the horrible crime of Witchcraft, hereon Make

return fail not dated in Salem Sep'r 5'th 1692 & in the fourth

year of Our Reign" To the Sheriff of Essex or Constables of

Andover Haverill Salsbury Amesbery, Bradford or Newbury.

*Stephen Sewall Cler (Reverse) Zerub. Endecot Sam. Endecot

James Carr Rich'd Carr Timo: Swan Jos: Ringg (Essex County

Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 36) (Deposition for

Mary Bradbury) July 22'd 1692 Concerning m's Bradburies

life & conversation A petition was signed concerning the

character and disposition of Mary Bradbury by over 110 persons.

"Wee the Subscribers doe testifie; that it was such as became

the gospel shee was a lover of the ministrie in all appearance &

a dilligent attender upon gods holy ordinances, being of a

curteous, & peaceable dispostion & cariag: neither did any of

us (some of whom have lived in the town w'th her above fifty

yeare) ever heare or know that shee ever had any difference or

falling oute w'th any of her neighbors man woman or childe-

but was allways, readie & willing to doe for them w't laye in

her power night & day, though w'th hazard of her health: or

other danger: more might be spoken in her comendacon but

this for the pr'sent"

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 40) James Allen,

Robert Pike, and John Pike for Mary Bradbury "Being desired to

give my testimony concerning the life & conversation of mrs. Bradbury

of Salisbury amonst us: w'ch is as followeth. viz. I having lived nine years

at Salisbury in the work of the ministry--& now four years in the office

a Pastour; to my best notice & observation of mrs Bradbury she hath lived

according to the rules of the gospell, amongst us, was a constant attender

upon the ministry of the word; & all the ordinances of the gospell; full of

works of charity & mercy to the sick & poor. Neither have I seen or heard

any thing of her unbecoming the profession of the gospell:--" *James

Allin "mr James Allin made oathe to the truth of w't is above written

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SEE PART 2 FOR THE: TESTIMONY AGAINST MARY


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PAGE 1
WITCHTRIALS
MARY
(PERKINS)
BRADBURY
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WITCHTRIALS
MARY
BRADBURY
Part 2
PAGE 4
WITCHTRIALS
ELIZABETH
KNAPP
PAGE 5
WITCHTRIALS
ELIZABETH
KNAPP
Part 2
PAGE 6
WITCHTRIALS
SUSANNAH
(NORTH)
MARTIN
PAGE 7
WITCHTRIALS
REBECCA
(TOWNE)
NURSE
PAGE 8
WITCHTRIALS
MARY
(BLISS)
PARSONS
Part1
PAGE 9
WITCHTRIALS
MARY
PARSONS
Part 2
PAGE 10
WITCHTRIALS
SARAH
WILSON
SR. & JR.
Part 1
PAGE 11
WITCHTRIALS
SARAH
WILSON
Part 2
PAGE 12
WITCHTRIALS
MARY
(TOWNE)
ESTEY
PAGE 13
WITCHTRIALS
INFANT DAUGHTER
DEWOLF
PAGE 14
WITCHTRIALS
SARAH
(TOWNE)
CLOYCE
Part 1
PAGE 15
WITCHTRIALS
SARAH
CLOYCE
Part 2
PAGE 16
WITCHTRIALS
ELIZABETH
(HUTCHINS)
HART
PAGE 17
WITCHTRIALS
ANNE
PUTNAM
PAGE 18
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