A Guide to the Primary Sources of the Salem Witch Trials
People Accused of Witchcraft in 1692
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For each person accused during the Salem witchcraft trials, you can access a large number (not all!) of the primary sources on-line, detailing what happened to them, as available in the original legal records and contemporary accounts. This is not an absolute definitive list, but it will get you started. The columns on the right will give you an idea of what kinds evidence exists in the case of each person as found in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt.
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Accused: Mary Bradbury, of SalisburyReturn
No. 219: Statement of George Herrick v. Mary Bradbury, Sarah Rice, Wilmot Redd, & Elizabeth Fosdick                
No. 431: Petition in Support of Mary Bradbury                
No. 439: Testimony of Thomas Bradbury for Mary Bradbury                
No. 548: Summons for Witnesses v. Mary Bradbury                
No. 571: Testimony of James Allen, Robert Pike, & John Pike for Mary Bradbury                
No. 572: Deposition of William Carr for Mary Bradbury                
No. 580: Deposition of Ann Putnam Jr., v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 584: Indictment of Mary Bradbury, for Afflicting Sarah Bibber                
No. 585: Indictment of Mary Bradbury, for Afflicting Timothy Swan                
No. 586: Deposition of Sarah Bibber v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 587: Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 588: Deposition of Ann Putnam Jr. v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 589: Deposition of Mary Walcott v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 590: Deposition of Mary Walcott v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 591: Deposition of Mary Warren v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 597: Plea of Mary Bradbury                
No. 598: Deposition of James Carr v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 599: Deposition of Richard Carr & Zerubable Endicott v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 600: Deposition of Samuel Endicott v. Mary Bradbury              
No. 855: Account for Payment Submitted by William Baker, Constable                
No. 869: Account for Payment Submitted by Isaac Little & John Harris, Sheriff's Deputy                
No. 886: Petition of Jane True & Henry True for Restitution for Mary Bradbury                
No. 929: Recommendation and Authorization for Compensation Claims and Amounts Allowed              
No. 930: Summary of the Amounts Requested by the Victims & Their Relatives                
No. 931: An Act to Reverse the Attainders of George Burroughs et al. for Witchcraft              
No. 934: Order for Payment of Damages by Governor Joseph Dudley                
No. 958: Summary of Receipts of the Relations & Sufferers                
No. 959: Receipts for Sums Paid in Restitution                
No. 963: Order of John Stanyon & Mary Stanyon for Payment, Case of Mary Bradbury                
What kind of primary source evidence does a check in each column indicate?
  • Complaint or Arrest - Either a formal complaint or an arrest warrant against this person exists.
  • Examination - An account of an examination (interrogation) or confession before local magistrates or in prison exists.
  • Imprisonment - A mittimus to move this person to/from jail, a recognizance or bond to release the person from jail, a reference in a jailer's bill, or a request for compensation for time spent in jail exists.
  • Evidence Entered - At least one deposition, statement, testimony or petition from any proceeding (preliminary hearing, grand jury or trial) for or against this person exists.
  • Grand Jury or Indictment - A deposition, statement or testimony sworn before the grand jury of inquest, a physical examination of the body of this person, or an indictment brought before a grand jury exists.
  • Jury Trial - An entry in a court record book or a contemporary account of the trial exists.
  • Conviction - A death warrant indicating that the person was convicted, a notation about the case in a record book of the conviction, a statement that the person was convicted in either a request for reversal of attainder or for compensation from the Crown exists.
  • Execution - The return of an officer on a death warrant, a statement that the person was executed in a request for reversal of attainder or for compensation from the Crown, or an entry in Samuel Sewall's diary exists.
  • Restitution - Accounts submitted for restitution, orders for payment to survivors, acts for reversal of attainder or for payments of restitution, proclamations clearing the accused

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