Summer 2021

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Sept. & Oct. 2021

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Ipswich an initial Period ZOOM presentation; very first Period walking tourism (Essex Heritage)


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“The evidence was that the usual absurd character; Sarah good had been confined in Ipswich jail. Joseph Herrick, the Constable of Salem, testified the she had been committed to his charge to bring to Ipswich. That night, the affirmed, he had actually a safety over she in his very own house, and also she disappeared for a time, ceiling foot and also bare-legged, and ‘went and also afflicted Elizabeth Hubbard."”

Elizabeth Howe that Linebrook roadway in Ipswich was charged because that bewitching her neighbor’s child, was arrested on may 28, 1692 and also was hanged in Salem top top July 19, 1692


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Many of the accused were retained in the Ipswich gaol (jail) i beg your pardon was erected near the Meeting house in 1652. The Court paid the goalkeeper 5 shillings per prisoner and also ordered the each prisoner should furthermore pay the keeper before they could be released because that “their food and also attendance.” Those who were can not to pay for their food were allowed only bread and water.

The Ipswich jail to be filled with the accused. Amongst them was mar Easty, the wife of Isaac Easty that Topsfield, and also sister the Rebecca Nurse. She petitioned the Court to continue with caution, as numerous self-confessed witches had belied themselves:

“I was confined a entirety month top top the exact same account that i am currently condemned, and also then cleared by the afflicted persons as some of your honors know; and also in 2 days time i was cried out upon by lock again, and have been confined, and now am condemned come die. The Lord over knows my innocence climate and similarly doth now, as at the good day will be recognized by men and angels.”

The prison keeper, thomas Fossie and also Elizabeth, his wife, testified the they “saw no angry carriage or deportment” while mar Esty to be confined in Ipswich jail. She was carried to execution v her fellow-prisoners, Martha Corey, Ann Pudeater, and also five other unfortunates:

“When she took she last farewell of she husband, children and also friends, she was, together is reported by lock present, together serious, religious, distinct and affectionate as could well it is in expressed, drawing tears indigenous the eyes of virtually all present.”


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Robert lord Jr. To be a blacksmith and made the hefty leg-irons i beg your pardon secured the victim of the witch hysteria who were sent to Ipswich to await trial and execution.

In 1692 both Joan Braybrook and also her 40-year-old stepdaughter Mehitable to be accused the witchcraft and landed in jail, and are found among the 10 persons petitioning for release. The trials pertained to an end prior to the judges heard your cases and they to be released.

Giles Corey was taken indigenous Ipswich prison, whereby he made his will, come Salem, and there was pressed to fatality by heavy weights upon his chest, since he refused to plead.


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John Harris, the Deputy Sheriff, had actually charge of carrying the prisoners, and his account v the county reveals numerous sorrowful journeys the the deemed witches, through the roadways from the jail to Salem Court or Gallows Hill.

The early on trials the the accused were before the Court of Assistants, the which major Samuel Appleton to be a member, yet a special Commission the Oyer and also Terminer to be issued to numerous Justices, and significant Appleton had no part in the deliberations the this Court, which proceeded at when to pass significant sentence upon the understood witches. Significant Appleton, despite an Assistant, and a Magistrate in ~ the an initial trial, had no further connection with the matter, and his loss from the scene may be construed as indicating that his large and well-balanced mind condemned this travesty that Justice.

On January 3, 1692-3, by virtue of an act of the general Court, the an initial Superior Court, referred to as the “Court that Assizes and also General goal Delivery” was convened at Salem. The grand Jury included Mr. Robert Paine, Mr. Richard Smith and Mr. Cutting board Boardman that Ipswich.

Robert Paine was the son of the elder Robert Paine whose farm was ~ above Jeffreys Neck Road and also who had actually dealt so generously v the Ipswich School. Robert Payne the junior graduated in the Harvard class of 1656, was a preacher, and attained regretful prestige as foreman that the grand Jury that carried in the indictments in the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692.


The Robert Payne home on Jeffreys Neck Road. Robert Payne was foreman of the grand Jury that brought in the indictments in the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692.

On the “Jury for Tryalls,” to be Ensign thomas Jacob, Sargent Nathaniel Emerson, Sen., Mr. Jacob Perkins, Jr., Mr. Matthew Whipple Sen., john Pengery, Seth Story, thomas Edwards and also John Lamson. The cool Jury, of i m sorry Mr. Paine to be foreman, found nothing versus thirty that were indicted because that witchcraft, and also true bills against twenty-six. That those top top trial, three only were uncovered guilty, and also sentenced to death. These to be the critical to suffer. Nineteen were hanged and Giles Corey had been pressed to death; man Proctor and Elizabeth How had perished, however other Ipswich folk, Elizabeth Proctor, Rachel Clinton and Sarah Buckley had actually escaped.


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All the ministers put themselves on record as out of sympathy with the popular delusion, and Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Wise made formal appeals for the accused. Rev. Man Wise, the minister of the Chebacco Parish had actually roused the city to brave resistance the the Andros edict and also had suffered fine and also removal from his pulpit. Once the Witchcraft delusion swept plenty of of the coolest and also best balanced men off their feet, he dared to protest, and addressed a Petition’ to the Magistrates, signed by plenty of of his parishioners, in behalf of john Proctor, Jr. And also his wife, imploring the favor of the Court because that these chaste victims of a false charge.

It is stated that the group of accusing girl were carried to Ipswich but were refused permission to cross the bridge into town. In November, 1692, the afflicted girls involved Ipswich, and also meeting one old mrs at the bridge, they started their usual fits. But the civilization of Ipswich had not sent for the girls, and also were fed up with the witchcraft accusations. Your antics to be ignored, and there to be no further accusations.

Samuel Appleton offered as a righteousness of the Quarterly and also General Sessions Court in Ipswich, and also was a judge on the Court of Oyer and Terminer i beg your pardon was organized in Ipswich ~ above April 16, 1693 together the critical of the witchcraft trials. At this court, unequal Salem, every were acquitted.


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Atempts to make amends for the irreparable injury soon started to be made. Twelve ministers that the county of Essex, consisting of William Hubbard, john Rogers, Jabez Fitch, and John Wise, petitioned the basic Court in July 1703, to clear the names of the accused and also relieve those who had suffered.

In 1711, the legitimate disabilities result from the witchcraft executions and also imprisonments were removed and also damages awarded come the survivors and the families of the dead. Man Appleton, Esquire, that Andros fame, and also Nehemiah Jewett, Esquire, who had been a member that the house sixteen times and thrice its speaker, were members that this committee.

Ipswich had suffered grievously in the grim ordeal, but as contrasted with every other crucial town in the County, she had actually been favored indeed. Nobody of she citizens, except Elizabeth Howe indigenous the Linebrook Parish, close to to Topsfield, to be executed, and those that were accused were not condemned. No together delirium as afflicted Salem, Beverly, Wenham, Andover, Salisbury, Gloucester, and Newbury was ever manifest here. The very same judicious and far-seeing temper that made Ipswich the leader the the nest in the usurpation period, preserved her balance in the wild excited of the Witchcraft time.

Source: Ipswich in the Massachusetts just Colony, Vol. 1 by thomas Franklin Waters

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Mehitabel Braybrooke, in the shadow of Salem - "In the shadow of Salem" by Donna B. Gawell is about the life that Mehitabel Braybrooke that Ipswich, said in the an initial person. 17th Century court records exist that describe the charges against her, but the author"s an extensive research provided depth to the portrayal of this unfortunately young woman"s life.
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" data-medium-file="https://ipswich.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/peg_wesson1.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ipswich.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/peg_wesson1.jpg?w=710" /> Peg Wesson, the Gloucester witch - an old legend about the Gloucester witch Peg Wesson is often mentioned, however never was it called in such information as in this story published in the Boston night Transcript, October 14, 1892. That was carried in documents throughout the country.
The witchcraft attempt of Elizabeth Howe, hanged July 19, 1692 - Elizabeth Howe and also her husband James resided on external Linebrook. She was charged v bewitching her neighbor’s child and also was arrested on might 28, 1692. She was one of the five women hung in Salem ~ above July 19, 1692.
mary Perkins Bradbury, charged together a witch - mar Perkins was born in 1615, the daughter the Sergeant man Perkins, Sr. And Judith Perkins. She ended up being the wife of Capt. Cutting board Bradbury that Salisbury, and was sentenced to death as witch in 1692, but was no executed. Over a hundred next-door neighbors testified in her support.
The witchcraft accusations against Sarah Buckley and also Mary Witheridge - On might 23, 1692, a complain for witchcraft was filed against Sarah Buckley and also her widowed daughter mary Witheridge. The "bewitched" girl of Salem village claimed that the women"s specters had attacked them. Organized in impeded in the cold crowded jail, both to be acquitted in January,1692
The Witchcraft psychological of Elizabeth Morse of Newbury, 1680 - Elizabeth Morse of Newbury to be accused and also found guilty of being a witch. She was originally sentenced to be hanged, but after security a year in the Boston jail, she was sent out home
Rachel Clinton arrested for witchcraft, might 28, 1692 - Everything about Rachel Clinton"s life go wrong, and also in she old period she was an easy target for the witchcraft hysteria that spread from Salem transparent Essex County.
“We go in the clouds and could not view our way” - The mam of Rev. John Hale the Beverly participated in the witch trials until his wife was accused. Hale later published an analysis in which the asserted that Satan had tricked the Puritans, and made a plea for forgiveness.
The Legend that Goody Cole - Some claimed that Goody Cole took the forms of eagles, dogs, cats and also apes. At critical she place under sentence of death in the Ipswich prison for transforming a kid in that is cradle.
Four-year-old Dorothy great is jailed for witchcraft, in march 24, 1692 - On march 24, 1682. A child, Dorothy good of Salem to be taken custody, and interrogated through the neighborhood magistrates for two weeks. Hungry, cold and lacking her mother, Dorcas damaged down and told the inquisitors what they want to hear, the her mother was a witch, and also consorted v the devil.
The Spectre Leaguers, July 1692 - In the middle of witchcraft accusations in 1692, Gloucester was got into by a spectral firm for a fortnight. Your speech remained in an unknown tongue, and bullets passed right through them.
Ipswich and also the Salem witchcraft trials - during the Salem witch trials, Elizabeth Howe that Linebrook road was tried and hanged. The Ipswich jail was filled v the accused, however the ministers of the city opposed the trials together a delusion. Residents blocked the bridge to protect against the accusing girls from being brought into Ipswich.

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Lucretia Brown and the last witchcraft trial in America, may 14, 1878 - Lucretia Brown, an invalid life on the South environment-friendly in Ipswich to be a disciple of mar Baker Eddy,. As soon as she experienced a “relapse” in 1875, Mrs. Eddy persuaded her that Daniel Spofford was working out mesmeric powers upon her.