Mary (Perkins) Bradbury (documented on Sept. 9th in the witchcraft trials) was tried for Witchcraft in 1692 (Salisbury, Mass.), was ably & courageously defended by Maj. Robert Pike, convicted but not executed. The papers pertaining to the case are of deep interest, and show the high estimation in which she was held." Mary was the wife of Capt. Thomas Bradbury, a prominent citizen of Salisbury.
Cutter in his "Historic Homes" gives the following:
"Mrs. Bradbury in her old age was tried for witchcraft and convicted July 28, 1692. The evidence in her defense is a fine testimonial to a worthy life. Her husband's testimony was: "We have been married fifty-five years, and she has been a loving and faithful wife unto me unto this day. She hath been wonderful laborious, diligent and industrious in her place and employment about the bringing up of our family which have been eleven children and four grandchildren. She was both prudent and provident, of a cheerful spirit, liberal and charitable. She being now very aged and weak, and grieved under afflictions, may not be able to speak much for herself, not being so free of speech as some others might be. I hope her life and conversation among her neighbors has been such as gives a better or more real testimony than can be expressed by words." One hundred and eighteen of her friends signed a statement commending her good character: "she was a lover of the ministry in all appearance, and a diligent attender upon God's holy ordinances, being of a courteous and peaceable disposition and carriage, neither did any of us (some of whom have lived in the town with her above fifty years) ever hear or know that she had any difference or falling out with any of her neighbors, man woman or child, but was always ready to do for them what lay in her power, night and day, though with hazard of her health and other danger."
Rev. James Allen, her pastor, said: "I having lived nine years at Salisbury, in the work of the ministry and now four years in the office of pastor, to my best notice and observation of Mrs. Bradbury, she hath lived according to the rules of the Gospel amongst us; was a constant attender upon the ministry of the word, and all the ordinances of the gospel full of works of charity and mercy to the sick and poor; neither have I seen or heard anything of her unbecoming the profession of the gospel." The evidence against her was as scant as it was nonsensical. Mrs. Bradbury was defended by Major Robert Pike. She was convicted with four others who were hanged in September, 1692. Mrs. Bradbury's execution was postponed, why we know not, but the delusion passed and her life was spared."
Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex COunty Massachusetts. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1968. p. 613
Davis, Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1996.
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The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The Whitgift-Bradbury Family, Mary Perkins, Daughter of John and Judith Perkins of Ipswich. Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Vol. 23, 1869.
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