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Mary (Wardwell) Wright (1673 - 1754)

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Mary "Mercy" Wright formerly Wardwell
Born in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Wife of — married 31 Aug 1697 in Andover, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Mary (Wardwell) Wright was involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
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Mary (Wardwell) Wright was accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials

Birth and Early Life

Mary Wardwell, called Mercy, was born on 3 October 1673 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay as the first of six children to Samuel Wardwell (1643-1692) and Sarah Hooper (1650-1692).


  1. Elizabeth Wardwell was born on 3 September 1675 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. She died on 9 September 1675 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.
  2. Samuel Wardwell Jr. was born on 24 February 1677 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay. He married Return Giles on 20 December 1716 in Beverly, Massachusetts. He had been placed with his Uncle John Ballard for a year after the trial of his parents.
  3. William Wardwell was born on 9 November 1679. He died on 22 April 1751. William married Dorothy Wright who was born in 1688 on 25 November 1706. She died on 15 November 1773. They had eleven children. [1] William had been placed with Corp. Samuel Fry to learn the trade of weaver after the trial of his parents.
  4. Eliakim Wardwell was born on 17 August 1687. He was placed with Daniel Poor until he reached his majority after the trial of his parents.
  5. Rebecca Wardwell was born on 10 September 1691. She married Ezekiel Osgood. Aftr the trial of her parents, she was placed with John Stevens until age 18.

Accused of witchcraft along with both of her parents, both of whom were convicted. Her father Samuel was executed. Mercy confessed but was never tried. [2]

Marriage and Family

She married John Wright (1675-1752) on 31 August 1697 at Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay.



  1. Stay, p. 9
  2. Witches of New England; Legends of America webpage


  • Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, birth, name, marriage.
  • Massachusetts Town Birth Records, 1620-1850 for Samuel Wardwell son of Samuel and Sarah.
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011, Marriage record for John Wright & "Mercie" Wardwell. Vol 003, 1849, pg 68, "Marriages in Andover from 1647 to 1700".
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts Town Marriage Records, 1620-1850. Record for marriage of Samuel Wardwell and Return Giles.
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011, death of Elizabeth Wardwell, daughter of Samuel and Sarah on 9 September 1675. Taken from Deaths in the Town of Andover, MS from 1650-1700.
  • Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926. About John Wright. Names and marriage date and place.
  • Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
  • US, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, name, birth, marriage.
  • Pope, Charles Henry and Hooper, Thomas. Hooper Genealogy. Boston, MA: Charles H. Pope, 1908. Pages 4 &5. Marriage of Samuel Wardwell, son of Thomas and Elizabeth of Andover who married Sarah Hooper (Hawkes). Discusses his execution and her prison sentence. It also gives the names and dispositions of their children.


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I believe Experience (Wright) Atherton Wright-12721 should be connected as a daughter. Birth is recorded in Vital Records of Andover to End of Year 1849, page 387.
posted by Sven Davisson

Mary is 17 degrees from Greg Clarke, 12 degrees from George Hull and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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