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Jonathan Corwin (1640 - 1718)

Captain Jonathan Corwin
Born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 20 Mar 1669 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Died at age 77 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Jonathan Corwin was involved in witch trials



Jonathan Corwin was born on November 14, 1640 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay. His parents were George Corwin and Elizabeth Herbert. He married Elizabeth Sheafe on March 20, 1669. He died on July 09, 1718 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay. [1]

Together they had 10 children:

  1. Elizabeth Corwin
  2. George Curwen
  3. Anna Corwin
  4. Harbert Corwin
  5. John Corwin
  6. Jonathan Corwin
  7. Jonathan Corwin
  8. Margerett Corwin
  9. Margerett Corwin
  10. Sarah Corwin

"Jonathan Corwin (also Curwin or Corwen, November 14, 1640 – June 9, 1718) was a wealthy New England merchant, politician, and magistrate. He is best known as one of the judges involved in the Salem witch trials of 1692, although his later work also included service as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature, the highest court of the Province of Massachusetts Bay."[2]

Find A Grave Judge Jonathan Corwin Famous memorial; BIRTH 14 Nov 1640 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; DEATH 9 Jun 1718 (aged 77) Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; Parents: George Curwin 1610–1685 and Elizabeth Herbert Curwin 1611–1668; Spouses: Margaret Winthrop Corwin 1648–1711 (m. 1665) and Elizabeth Sheafe Corwin 1644–1718 (m. 1676). Jurist. He was a judge in the infamous Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, assisting in conducting examinations of many of those accused of witchcraft, which helped create a hysteria in the coastal Massachusetts town. As a result of the witchcraft trials, 20 people from in and around Salem Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts were hanged, and several other died in jail awaiting trial.[3]


  1. (1) JONATHAN, published in "The Corwin genealogy : (Curwin, Curwen, Corwine) in the United States" by Corwin, Edward Tanjore, 1834-1914. Publication date 1872; Publisher New York : S.W. Green, printer; Contributor Robarts - University of Toronto; Language English; 248 pages; Available online at, ( Page 130 Accessed by Scheffer-943.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Jonathan Corwin," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 30, 2019).
  3. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 21 August 2023), memorial page for Judge Jonathan Corwin (14 Nov 1640–9 Jun 1718), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12540466, citing Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.

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Best known today as one of the judges of the Salem Witch Trials. His house still stands, and is open to the public.

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