Capt. John Floyd
Residence: Rumney Marsh is now, now Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Captain Floyd was in Governor Andros' expedition of 1688 against the Indians to the east, and in 1689 was in command of a military post on the Saco River. In 1690 he was made captain of a troop and stationed at Portsmouth, and for about three years after this, he saw service against the Indians in what was called King Phillips War. It were his ties to Maine during this war that most likely made him a target of Salem accusers. Some of these young girls had been orphaned during an Indian attack in 1690 at Saco, Maine. Captain Floyd and other military men had connections with some of the local Indians, often trading with them, which was seen by the young girls of Salem Village as scandalous. In late May, 1692 a number of people from Maine were charged with witchcraft, including Captain John Floyd. No examination records survive regarding Captain Floyd, but, he was obviously released at some point. He remained in Rumney Marsh until his death on February 1, 1701 (or 1702). He was buried at Lynn, Massachusetts. legendsofamerica.com/ma-witches-f-g.html
From 1692 to 1694, a mass hysteria was embedded into communities surrounding Boston on falsely accused and self-proclaimed witches and warlocks. In the City of Chelsea, a man - Captain John Floyd - was accused of witchcraft.
"Say you are the child of the devil and you will not hang." In Danvers, these are the words inscribed on a monument dedicated to the men and women accused of witchcraft. From 1692 to 1694, mass hysteria was embedded into communities surrounding Boston on falsely accused and self-proclaimed witches and warlocks. In the city of Chelsea a man was accused of witchcraft.
John Floyd lived in Rumney Marsh (then Chelsea, now Revere) where he owned much land. He had distinguished himself for service as a captain in the Indian War. By his wife Sarah, he had seven children born between 1662 and 1675, the first recorded in Lynn, the last two in Malden. In 1692 he was in his mid fifties. On May 28, 1692, the conspiracy filed a complaint against Captain John Floyd and 10 others. He was imprisioned. On August 11, 1692, at the examination of Abigail (Dane) Faulkner of Andover, "Faulkner had a cloth in her hand, that when she squeezed her hand the afflicted fell into grevious fits as was observed. The afflicted said that Daniel Eames and Captain Floyd was upon that cloth when it was upon the table."
Nineteen were accused of witchery and hanged at Gallows Hill in Salem. Most of the Salem witches were not from Salem. Most of the accused in 1692, came from Andover, North Shore and Salem Village, which is now Danvers and Peabody, MA. From 1692 to 1693, 168 were accused and in various jails, notably Salem's Witch Dungeon, awaiting examination and/or trial, hoping the General Court would release them.
Sir William Phipps was the first Royal Governor of Massachusetts in 1692. He was in England at a time when the hysteria broke loose in Massachusetts. He arrived back in Boston just in the time to be embroiled in the witch trials and executions in Salem. He believed in witches and soothsayers, but when his own wife was accused of witchcraft, he put an end to the executions at Gallows Hill. It was Governor Phipps who liberated 168 people in Salem's Witch Dungeon who were awaiting the hangmans noose. Captain John Floyd of Chelsea was one of those liberated.
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