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: Martha Cory, of Salem FarmsReturn
No. 15: Warrant for the Apprehension of Martha Cory, and Officer's Return                
No. 16: Examination of Martha Cory                
No. 17: Examination of Martha Cory, as Told by Deodat Lawson                
No. 18: Deposition of Ezekiel Cheever & Edward Putnam v. Martha Cory              
No. 19: Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Martha Cory            
No. 20: Deposition of Samuel Parris, Nathaniel Ingersoll, & Thomas Putnam v. Martha Cory                
No. 21: Deposition of Edward Putnam v. Martha Cory              
No. 24: Statement of Giles Cory Regarding Martha Cory                
No. 30: Deposition of Ann Putnam Sr. v. Martha Cory & Rebecca Nurse, and Testimony of Ann Putnam Jr. v. Rebecca Nurse, Martha Cory & Sarah Cloyce                
No. 47: Council Record Pertaining to Sarah Cloyce, Martha Cory, Dorothy Good, Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth Procter, & John Procter                
No. 48: Deposition of Ephraim Shelden v. Sarah Cloyce                
No. 61: Statement of Samuel Parris Concerning Abigail Williams & Mary Walcott v. John Procter, Elizabeth Procter, Sarah Cloyce, Martha Cory, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good & Dorothy Good                
No. 66: Deposition of Benjamin Gould v. Giles Cory, Martha Cory, & John Procter                
No. 164: Statement of Susannah Shelden v. Philip English, Sarah Buckley, Mary Whittredge, Bridget Bishop, Giles Cory, Mary English, & Martha Cory                
No. 216: Census of Prisoners and Dates of Prison Transfers                
No. 217: Mittimus for Martha Cory, Rebecca Nurse, Dorothy Good, Sarah Cloyce, John Procter, & Elizabeth Procter                
No. 239: Deposition of Mercy Lewis v. Martha Cory                
No. 240: Testimony of Abigail Williams v. Martha Cory                
No. 269: Testimony of Ann Putnam Sr. v. John Willard, William Hobbs, & Martha Cory                
No. 446: Testimony of Mary Webber v. George Burroughs                
No. 458: Testimony of Mary Warren v. George Burroughs, John Alden, Martha Cory, & Ann Pudeator                
No. 476: Indictment No. 1 of Martha Cory, for Afflicting Elizabeth Hubbard                
No. 477: Indictment No. 2 of Martha Cory, for Afflicting Mercy Lewis                
No. 549: Summons for Witnesses v. Mary Esty, Sarah Cloyce, Giles Cory, & Martha Cory, and Officer's Return                
No. 858: Account for Payment Submitted by William Dounton, Jailkeeper, Copy                
No. 862: Account for Payment Submitted by Nathaniel Ingersoll, Innkeeper                
No. 869: Account for Payment Submitted by Isaac Little & John Harris, Sheriff's Deputy                
No. 899: Petition of John Moulton for Restitution for Martha Cory & Giles Cory                
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. 974: Resolve Allowing 50 to Thomas Rich                
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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