Location: Salem, Ma. and Hartford, Ct.
Witch trials; A number of relatives were involved in the Salem and Hartford Witch trials - as accusers, judges, individuals found guilty (and executed), individuals found guilty and released, people acquitted, people released as well as people of influence who both supported and opposed these events.
Hartford Witch trials - relatives: Gershom Bulkeley (Bulkeley-62). He wrote a letter disputing the witchcraft charges against his servant, Mercy (holbridge) Desborough, and detailing his disputes with the testimonies of the witnesses in her case.
Salem Witch trials - relatives: Judges at the Salem Witch Trials who were ancestors included: Bartholomew Gedney of Salem (Gedney-58) and John Richards (Richards-1225), Nathaniel Saltonstall (Saltonstall-26) and Wait Winthrop (Winthrop-110) as well as the Sheriff of Essex County, George Corwin (Corwin-9).
Relatives who supported Salem Witch Trials: Rev. Cotton Mather (Mather-42#) - minister at North Church, Boston. wrote in support of use of spectral evidence.
Relatives who wrote opposing the legality Salem Witch rials - Thomas Brattle (founder of Brattle St. Church in Boston, and a Scientist and Mathematician (Brattle-12#). He was also treasurer of Harvard College for 20 years. Also
Found guilty and executed: Rev. George Burroughs (Burroughs-971), John Proctor (after defending his wife who was accused - Proctor-736)
Accusers Benjamin Abbot (Abbot-57) , Thomas Putnam (Putnam-75): Afflicted:Ann Booth Putnam (Booth-3768). Person not likely: Elizabeth Booth Pease (likely not - Booth-768)
Pardoned: Elizabeth Proctor (Proctor-1452) - she was pregnant. Escaped: John Alden Jr. (Alden-6)
Accused: child - Stephen Johnson (Johnson-267) - confessed and indicted, but released on bond and never tried.
Are these people on wikitree? ? Ephraim stevens - escaped ? Sarah Morey ? Shana Elderson ? Cynthia Boris ?Thomas Farrer ?Rev Percy Jackson