John Hathorne was a witchcraft accuser in the Salem Witch Trials
John Hathorne was baptized on 2 Aug 1641 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, the third son and fifth child born to Major William and Anna Hathorne.
On 22 Mar 1674, he married Ruth Gardner in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
He became a prosperous merchant in Salem and a judge on the Superior Court. He was also commander-in-chief against the Indians in 1696. He is best known, however, as the "witch judge" as he was a magistrate of the Court of Oyer and Terminer and the chief interrogator of the accused witches in the Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692.
He died on 10 May 1717 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay  and was buried at the Charter Street Burying Point in Salem.
He was a Great Grandfather of author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who held John Hathorne in some disdain and may have added the "w" to his surname to distinguish himself from this ancestor .
"I know not whether these ancestors of mine bethought themselves to repent, and ask pardon of Heaven for their cruelties; or whether they are now groaning under the heavy consequences of them, in another state of being.“ - Nathaniel Hawthorne. 
↑ 1.01.1 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).
↑ “Soldiers in King Philip's War.” Google Books. Google. Accessed December 29, 2019. https://books.google.com/books?id=ewMOAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA318#v=onepage&q&f=false. "John Hathorne distinguished both in civil and military affairs, serving as Captain in the war with the Eastern Indians, the Colonel of a regiment and in the expedition of 1696 chief commander; admitted freeman 1677; Deputy 1683; Assistant, 1684 1711 (except in Andros's brief rule) and is remembered unhappily as the most intolerant and cruel of the judges in the witchcraft delusion."