Who was... Alice Parker?

The actual, historic Alice Parker is a mystery. She was first proclaimed to be a witch by her neighbor Margaret Jacobs at the height of the hysteria. As soon as Margaret said Alice was a witch, others came forward to claim she had bewitched them or drowned a few fishermen.

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Who was... Ann Pudeator?

Ann Pudeator was estimated to be in her mid-seventies when she was hanged on September 22, 1692. She had worked in Salem Town as a midwife and nurse since her first husband's death (in 1674) left her destitute with five children to raise. She married John Pudeator, a wealthy blacksmith, in 1676. He bequeathed her with the land.

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Who was... Bridget Bishop?

Bridget Biship was born in England in the 1640s. She moved to Salem Town in the 1660s. She tended to flaunt Puritan sensibilities by wearing a red paragon bodice when traditional Puritan dress was all black. She was generally unliked by her neighbors.

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Who was... Elizabeth Howe?

Elizabeth Howe was born in England around 1635. Her parents immigrated to New England when she was a little more than a year old. As a child, she worked as a maid in a wealthy neighbor's home. She married James Howe when she was 21 years old. They had six female children, and by all accounts lived a happy life in Topsfield, Massachusetts on the border with Ipswich.

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Who was... George Burroughs?

George Burroughs is one of the most controversial characters in the Salem Witch Trials. The accusers and the minds of Salem Village, he was the "ringleader" of the witches. This charismatic, friendly man who'd been their paster a few years prior, never for one minute believed they would hang him.

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Who was... Giles Corey?

Giles Corey captures the imagination because he refused to participate in the Witch Trials. His refusal to participate infuriated the Sheriff who pressed him to death over the course of 3 days in a field near Salem Village.

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Who was... John Willard?

There are two main stories about John Willard -- in one, he's a constable that turned his back on the trials; in another, he married into a contentious Wilkins family.

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Who was... Margaret Scott?

Like many of the men and women hanged in Salem Village, there is little known about Margaret Scott's personality or life.

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Who was... Martha Carrier?

For all that has been written about Martha Carrier, like most of those who lived in Salem Village, very little is actually known about Martha. We don't know her birth date or even the year she was born. We don't know whether she loved Thomas Carrier, and thus had his child before marriage, or if she became pregnant after being raped. Further, she claimed that Thomas was the father of her child, but we don't really know that either. It's just as likely that her wealthy father paid off Thomas Carrier's indentured tenant in order to marry off the daughter he was ashamed of.

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Who was... Mary Towne Eastey?

First and foremost, Mary Towne Eastey was the sister of Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Cloyce. The "Towne girls," were born in Suffolk, England and lived with their husbands in Topsfield, a town just north of Salem Village. Rebecca was the much elder, senior "girl", Sarah was known for her quick temper and Mary was known for her intelligence and grace. The sisters were well respected and considered to be pious in nature.

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Who was... Mary Ayer Parker?

Mary Ayer Parker is a little bit of an oddity. Most of the books about the Salem Witch crisis note how little is known about her.

However, a little research into her wealthy husband, Nathan Parker, and her wealthy father, John Ayer, and suddenly it's clear that there's a lot of information about Mary.

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Who was... Rebecca Nurse?

In the simplest terms, Rebecca Nurse was a sick, hard of hearing, elderly woman from a powerful, wealthy family, and the eldest of three sisters who lived in and around Salem Village. She was known for her piety and almost regal bearing. More significantly, her family had a long standing feud with the Putnams (the main accusors in the Salem Witch Trials) over land.

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Who was... Samuel Wardwell?

Samuel Wardwell was an affable carpenter who told fortunes and had a penchant for finding things. After his first wife died, he moved to Andover where he married the wealthy, young widow, Sarah Hawkes. They had six children along with Samuel's son from his first marriage and Sarah's daughter. Through his skill and hard work as a carpenter, as well as Sarah's wealthy, the Wardwells lived comfortably. They lived in Andover when King Phillip's War erupted in 1676 and the Indians attacked Andover.

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Who was... Sarah Good?

Sarah Good was a rage-filled, homeless thirty year old. Or was she?

The records in the Salem Witch Trials were written by wealthy, literate men. In this record, Sarah and her husband William seem to be the worst sort. They beg for food and a place to live. They have no place to live and are mired in debt. The good Christians of Salem Village were said to be on their last nerve with Sarah and her family.

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Who was... Sarah Wildes?

Sarah Averill Wildes was an experienced herbalist who married late (36 years old). In 1649, she was tried for "too close an intimacy" (often said to be fornication) with Thomas Wordell for which she was sentenced to be whipped. In 1663, she was charged with wearing a red scarf. But Sarah's real crime was that of marrying her husband, John Wildes, within five months of his wife dying, which cause his first wife's family to spread rumors that Sarah practiced witchcraft.

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Who was... Susannah Martin?

Susannah Martin was a smart, articulate housewife. She was born the youngest child and the fourth daughters to Richard and Joan North of Buckinghamshire, England. Her family immigrated to New England around 1639. She married George Martin, a blacksmith and widower, when she was twenty-one years old. She and George had nine children. They lost one child in infancy.

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Who was... Wilmot Redd?

We don't know how many children she had. We don't know how old she was or where she was born. A few websites suggest that she as born in the colony and was 54 years old, but there's no reference so we don't know where this idea came from.

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