Sarah (Warren) Osborne
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Sarah (Warren) Osborne (1642 - 1692)

Sarah Osborne formerly Warren
Born in Watertown, Massachusettsmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 5 Feb 1662 in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Wife of — married 30 Jun 1674 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 14 Jan 2021
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Sarah was involved in the Salem witch trials.

Sarah Warren (b. abt. 1643 Watertown, Massachusetts), had two sons and a daughter with her first husband, Robert Prince (d.1674).[1] Her second husband was Alexander Osborne.[2] If the 1st son James, who died in childhood, is counted, there were 3 sons.

In February of 1692, she became one of the first to be accused during the Salem Witch Trials.[2] She never confessed or implicated anyone else of witchcraft. She was jailed in Boston and died in prison at age 49 on May 10, 1692. [3]

Unfortunately, Sarah didn't make it to trial. But she was certainly convicted. (Where does this assertion come from? She was never exonerated, as were all those who were convicted.) [2]

  • Fact: "On May 9, 1992, the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial of Danvers, Massachusetts was dedicated before an audience of over 3,000 people. It was the first such Memorial to honor all of the 1692 witchcraft victims, and is located across the street from the site of the original Salem Village Meeting House where many of the witch examinations took place. The Memorial serves as a reminder that each generation must confront intolerance and "witch hunts" with integrity, clear vision and courage."

The first death as a result of the witch hunts is in stone on the memorial:

"Died in jail May 10, 1692 SARAH OSBURN (Warren) of Salem Village." source,

Massachusetts Remediation

  1. 17 October 1710, Convictions Reversed, The General Court of Massachusetts Bay, An act, the several convictions, judgments, and attainders be, and hereby are, reversed, and declared to be null and void.[4]
  2. 17 Dec 1711, Compensation to Survivors, Governor Dudley, GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY, approved compensation to such persons as are living, and to those that legally represent them that are dead
  3. 28 Aug 1957, No Disgrace to Descendants, General Court of Massachusetts, ...such proceedings, were and are shocking, and the result of a wave of popular hysterical fear of the Devil in the community, and further declares that, as all the laws under which said proceedings...have been long since abandoned and superseded by our more civilized laws, no disgrace or cause for distress attaches to the said descendants or any of them by reason of said proceedings.[5]
  4. 31 Oct 2001, Additional Victims Included, Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives in General Court, AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE WITCHCRAFT TRIAL OF 1692, chapter 145 is hereby further amended by adding Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd.[6]


  1. James (b. abt. 1668); Joseph (b. abt. 1672); Elizabeth (Carroll, n.d.; Wikipedia)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Carroll, n.d.
  3. Witches of Massachusetts, Legends of America Website
  4. “Salem Witchcraft : with an Account of Salem Village, and a History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects : Upham, Charles Wentworth, 1802-1875, Author ” [1].

Name Sara Waren
Marriage Date 5 Feb 1662
Marriage Place Salem, Massachusetts
Spouse Name Robert Prince
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Name Alexander Osborn
Marriage Date 30 Jun 1674
Marriage Place New England, USA
Spouse Sarah Osborn
  • New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. [2]
Marriage 1662
Location Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Original Text PRINCE, Robert (-1674) & Sarah WARREN, Watertown, m/2 Alexander OSBORNE 1674+; 5 Apr 1662; Salem {Salem 2:31; Prince (1899) 12; Essex Ant. 27:171; Putnam's Mag. 6:180; TAG 14:84}
Spouse Robert PRINCE
Volume Name Volume 2 Page 1234
  • [3] Sarah Osborne (also variously spelled Osbourne, Osburne, or Osborn; née Warren, formerly Prince, born c. 1643 – died May 10, 1692) was one of the first women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692.


  • Warren-5734 was created by Lori Guess through the import of HollenbeckFamilyTree_2014-06-25.ged on Jun 25, 2014.

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Please see Anderson: GM:VII; p. 250 that states there is nothing to connect Sarah Warren who married Robert Prince to Abraham Warren. Her father should probably be removed. Her origins remain unknown.

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