Susanna (Clarke) Rootes was accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials
Susanna was accused of witchcraft on 21 May 1691 along with Sarah Procter and Sarah Bassett:
Note: We do not know Susannah's maiden name, but she is known as one of the unfortu- nate women to be accused of witchcraft. The only charge against her was that when she was living in the home of Andrew Elliott that she was heard to rise in the night and talk in the room below, also "flying in ye chamer over said roome as if there were 5 or 6 persons with her." She was tried and sent to jail in Boston with other prisoners, Monday the 23rd of May 1692, where she was put in irons . There is no record of her appearance before the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which had jurisdiction in cases of Witchcraft. She was probably dis- charged because of insufficient evidence.....Ref: "Root Genealogical Records 1600 to 1870." p 52
17 October 1710, Convictions Reversed, The General Court of Massachusetts Bay, An act, the several convictions, judgments, and attainders be, and hereby are, reversed, and declared to be null and void.
17 Dec 1711, Compensation to Survivors, Governor Dudley, GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY, approved compensation to such persons as are living, and to those that legally represent them that are dead
28 Aug 1957, No Disgrace to Descendants, General Court of Massachusetts, ...such proceedings, were and are shocking, and the result of a wave of popular hysterical fear of the Devil in the community, and further declares that, as all the laws under which said proceedings...have been long since abandoned and superseded by our more civilized laws, no disgrace or cause for distress attaches to the said descendants or any of them by reason of said proceedings.
31 Oct 2001, Additional Victims Included, Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives in General Court, AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE WITCHCRAFT TRIAL OF 1692, chapter 145 is hereby further amended by adding Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd.
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Towns Records, 1579-2001, images, FamilySearch: accessed 2013, Essex > Beverly > Births, marriages, deaths 1653-1890 > image 258 of 589 for John 2d Lovett and Bethia Rootes family entries.