Salem Witch Trials

Genealogy and bio: Witch trials of Massachussetts: William Barker Sr., Jr.

 

William Barker, Sr. is rather distantly related to us (7th cousin, 11 times removed), but I find the story of him and his family and their family’s Barker witch trials of Masssachusetts so enthralling, I just had to include it here.

 

The following is the back story and transcriptions of key documents regarding the Barker family’s involvement in the Salem Witch Trials of Salem, Massachusetts. (Original data, images and more are available for this individual and family on Blythe Genealogy.) 

 

Born in 1645 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA to Richard Barker (abt 1621 to 18 Mar 1692/3) and Johanna (abt 1625 to 11 Apr 1687), William married Mary Dix on 20 Dec 1676 in Andover. Their son was William Barker, Jr. (abt 1678 to 16 Jan 1745).

William Barker Sr. died 4 Mar 1718 and was buried in North Andover.

Barker witch trials of Masssachusetts
William Barker Sr. tombstone.

Tombstone inscription.

* “Here Lyes Buried The Body of William Barker Who Died March The 4th 1718 In 73rd Year of His Age” (Plate 35).

[http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/tour/andover.shtml]

 

 

According to the Legends of America website, the Barker family members tried during the Salem Witch trials included:

 

William Barker, Sr. (1646?-1718) – From Andover, Massachusetts, William Barker, Sr. was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned; but, managed to escape. On August 25, 1692, a complaint was filed by Samuel Martin and Moses Tyler against William and his nieces Mary Barker and Goodwife Mary Marston, for afflicting Abigail Martin, Jr., Rose Foster, and Martha Sprague. Four days later, on August 29th, Constable Epharaim Foster traveled to Andover and arrested the three accused. Barker was examined the same day and confessed to having been in the snare of the devil for three years. He went on to describe the devil looking like a black man with a cloven foot. He stated that the Devil promised to pay all of his debts if he would give him his body and soul. He continued by confessing to having afflicted his accusers and also accused the Reverend George Burroughs of being the ringleader of the witches and that Goody Howe was also a witch. William Barker, Sr. was imprisoned, but, somewhere along the line, he was able to escape. Obviously at some point, he returned to Andover where he lived out his life and died in 1718, at the age of 73.

 

Barker, William Jr.; tombstone
Tombstone of William Barker Jr.

William Barker, Jr. (1678-1745) – From Andover, Massachusetts 14 year-old William, Jr. was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned. During that frightening summer of 1692, two of his family members had already been accused and jailed. His first cousin, 13 year-old Mary Barker and his father, William Barker Sr.. had been arrested in August. On September 1st Constable Epharaim Foster arrested 14 year-old William, and the Reverend Francis Dane’s grandson, Stephen Johnson, whose mother, sisters, and aunt were already in prison. Examined the same day he was arrested, he, like his father, William Barker, Sr., confessed. He said that he had so recently converted to witchcraft that he had only been in the snare of the Devil six days. During his examination he also accused Goody Parker. Though there were several Parker women in the area, the court magistrates took it upon themselves to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mary Ayer Parker without making sure they had the right woman in custody. Unfortunately, Mary Ayer Parker would be hanged just weeks later on September 22, 1692. William Barker, Jr. remained imprisoned until he was released on bail in January, 1693. He was tried the following May in Ipswich and was acquitted. He lived until January 16, 1745, dying at the age of 67.

 

Abigail Wheeler Barker (1656-1743) – From Andover, Massachusetts, Abigail was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned. Abigail was born to David and Sarah Wise Wheeler in 1656. She grew up to marry Ebenezer Barker, also of Andover. Abigail’s sister was Lydia Wheeler Eames, who was married to Daniel Eames. By the early part of August, 1692, Abigail’s brother-in-law, Daniel Eames, and his mother, Rebecca Blake Eames, both found themselves in prison accused of witchcraft. On August 29, 1692 Ebenezer’s brother,William Barker Sr., and his niece, Mary Barker were also imprisoned for witchcraft. Three days later, Ebenezer’s nephew, William Barker, Jr, was also arrested on September 1st.

On September 7th, the Reverend Thomas Barnard conducted what was known as a “Touch Test” in the Andover Church. In this ludicrous exercise, those who were accused of witchcraft were blindfolded and forced to touch the “afflicted” girls, which could identify them as a witch. With such evidence, Abigail Barker was arrested. Her husband, Ebenezer Barker, quickly joined the newly formed Andover resistance and was a signer of petitions of October 12, October 18, and December 6 sent the governor and the high court. Despite the petition, the grand jury at the Superior Court of Judicature indicted Abigail. However in a trial by jury on January 6, 1693, she was found not guilty. She was released, having been imprisoned for 18 weeks in Salem. Afterwards, Abigail went back to her life in Andover and was 87 years-old when she died there in 1743.

 

Mary Barker (1679-1752) –  From Andover, Massachusetts, 13 year-old Mary Barker was accused of being a witch and imprisoned. On August 25, 1692, a complaint was filed by Samuel Martin and Moses Tyler against her, her uncle, William Barker Sr., and Mary Osgood Marston, for afflicting Abigail Martin, Jr., Rose Foster, and Martha Sprague. Four days later, on August 29th, Constable Epharaim Foster traveled to Andover and arrested the three accused. The daughter of an Andover church deacon, Mary felt confident that she would be freed after questioning. However, though she initially denied the charges, she soon confessed and blamed Goodwives Faulkner and Johnson of forcing her to sign the Devil’s book. She then began to demonstrate hysterical symptoms. She was  placed prison, but, was later found not guilty.

The following are transcriptions of important documents related to the examinations, indictments and trials of the Barker family members.

 

William Barker Sr.

Indictment v. William Barker, Sr.

Province of the Massachusetts

Bay Essex In New England Ss       Anno R R’s & Regina Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae & Quarto Anoq’e

Do

m 1692

The Jurors for our Sov’r Lord & Lady the King & Queen p r’sent that William Barker Senior of Andivor In the County of Essex aforsd Husbandman

About Three Years past in the Towneship of Andivo’r afores’d Wickedly, Mallitiously & felloniously a Covenant with the Devill did Make, And did Signe the Devills Booke with Blood, & gave himselfe Soule & body to the Devill, By Which Wicked & diabollicall Covenant with the Devill made in maner & forme Aforesaid The Said William Barker is become A [A] detestable Witch Against the peace of o’r Sover’ Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & dignity & the Laws in that Case made & provided, (Reverse) William Barker Senior for Covenanting with Devill. Billa vera *Robert Payne foreman

 

Indictment v. William Barker, Sr.

Province of the Massathutetts

Bay in New England Essex             Anno R R’s & Reginae Gulielmi

& Mariae Angliae &c Quarto: Annoq’e D

 m 1692

The Juror for our Sov’r Lord and Lady the King & Queen Presents That William Barker Seinor of Adivor in the County of Essex aforesaid Husband

Sometime in August last 1692 afors’d — — -And

Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceryes Wickedly Mallishously & felloniously hath Used Practised & Exercised at and in the Towne of Andivor — in the County of Essex afores’d Upon & against one Abagaiele Martin of Andivor SingleWoman By which Wicked Arts the said Abagaile Martin — the Day and year afores’d and Divers other Dayes and Times as well before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Consumed Pined & wasted ag’t the Peace of Sov’r Lord & Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity & the Lawes in that case made & Provided:

Wittnesses: Rose foster —

Matha Tyler

(Reverse) William Barker Senior for afflicting Abigaill Martin Billa Vera

*Robert Payne foreman fled fled Persons fled

 

Examination of William Barker, Sr.

29. agust. 92.

Coram

Maj’r Gidney

Mr. hathorn

Mr. Corwin

Capt higginson

William Barker of Andovers examination & confession

He confesses he has been in the snare of the devil three years, that the devil first appeared to him lyke a black man and perceived he had a cloven foot, That the devil demanded of him to give up himself soul & Body unto him, which he promesed to doe. He said he had a great family, the world went hard with him and was willing to pay every man his own, And the devil told him he would pay all his debts and he should live comfortably — He confesses he has afflicted Sprague foster and martin, his three accusers. That he did syne the devils book with blood brought to him in a thing lyke an Inkhorn that he dip’t his fingers there in and made a blott in the book which was a confirmation of the Covenent with the devil.

He confesses he was at a meeting of witches at Salem Village where he judges there was about a hundred of them, that the meeting was upon a green peece of ground neare the ministers house, He said they mett there to destroy that place by reason of the peoples being divided & theire differing with their ministers

Satans design was to set up his own worship, abolish all the churches in the land, to fall next upon Salem and soe goe through the countrey, He sayth the devil promeised that all his people should live bravely that all persones should be equall; that their should be no day of resurection or of judgement, and neither punishment nor shame for sin — He sayth there was a Sacrament at that meeting, there was also bread & wyne Mr. Burse was a ringleader in that meet ing and name several persones that were there at the meeting, It was proposed at the meeting to make as many witches as they could, and they were all by Mr. Burse and the black man exhorted to pull down the Kingdome of christ and set up the kingdome of the devil, He said he knew Mr. Burroughs and Goody How to be such persones, And that he heard a trumpet sounded at the meeting and thinks it was Burse that did it, the sound is heard many myles off and then

they all come one after another — In the spring of the yeare the witches came from Connecticut to afflict at Salem Village but now they have left it

off And that he has been informed by some of the grandees that there is about 307 witches in the country, — He sayth the witches are much disturbed with the afflicted persones because they are descovered by them, They curse the judges Because their Society is brought under, They wold have the afflicted persones counted as witches but he thinks the afflicted persones are Innocent & that they doe god good service And that he has not known or heard of one innocent persone taken up & put in prisone — He saith he is heartily sorry for what he has done and for hurting the afflicted persones his accusers, prayes their forgiveness, desyres pray’rs for himself, promises to renounce the devil and all his works, And then he could take them all by the hand without any harme by his eye or any otherwise -5. 7: 92 the aboveSaid is the Truth as wittnese my hand: *William Barker

(In left margin) he owned this in the Court of Oyre & Terminer as on the back Side

(Reverse) At a court of Oyer & Terminer held at Salem Sep’r 16. 92: Owned in Court at Salem Sept’r 16. 1692

Attest * St Sewall

*William Barker

 

Examination of William Barker, Sr.

Second version.

29 August 1692 . W’m Barker Sen’r of Andivers Examination & Confession

Before Maj’r Gidney Mr. Hathorne Mr. Corwin Jno Higginson Esq’r — He Conffesses he has been in the Snare of the Divel [@’bt] Three Years that the first apeared to Him in the Shape of a black man & perceived he had a Cloven foott that the Divel deman’d of him to give up himself Soul & body to him w’ch he promised to doe he Said he had a greate family the world went hard w’th him & was willing to pay Every Man his owne & the Divel told him he would pay all his Debts & he Should live Comfortably — He Conffesses he has afflicted Sprauge fostter & Martin his three akusers that he did Sign the Divel book w’th blood brought to him in a thing like an Inkhorn that he dipt his finger therein and made a bloot in the book w’ch was a Confermation of a Covenant made w’th the divel — He Conffesses he was at a metting of the witches at Salem Village where he Judges there was about a hundred of them that the meeting was upon a green peice of ground Near the Ministers house he Says they Meet their to destroy that place by reason of the peoples being devided & their differing w’th there Ministers — Satans desire was to Sett up his own worship, abolish all the Churches in the land to fall next upon Salem & Soe goe through the Country he Saith the Divel promised al his people should live Bravely that al persons Should be Equal that their Should be no day of resurection or Judgment And Nither Punishment nor Shame for Sin — he Saith their was a Sacrement at the Metting there was also bread & wine Mr Burse was a Ring Leader in that Metting & named several persons that Ware there at the Metting It was proposed at the Metting to make as Many witches as they Could & they were al by Mr. Burse & the black Man Exhorted to pull dwone ye Kingdom of Christ & Sett Up the Kingdome of the Divel, He S’d he knew Mr. Burroughs & Goody How to be such persons & that he heard a trumpet Sounded at the Metting & thinks it was Burse that did it the Sound is heard Many Miles of and then they all Come one after another — In the Spring of the Year the witches Came from Connecticut to afflict at Salem Village butt now they have left it of, & that he has been Informed by Some of the Grandees that there is @ 307 witches in the Country — He Saith the witches are much disturbed w’th the afflicted persons because they are Discovered by th’m, they Curse the Judges because their Society is brought under they would have the afflicted persons Counted as witches but he thinks the afflicted persons are Inocent & that they doe god good Service & that he has not knowne or heard of one Inocent person taken up And putt in prison — he Saith he is hartyly Sorry for W’t he has done & for hurting the afflicted persons his accusers, prays there forgivenes, desire prayers for him Self promises to Renounce the Divel & al his works & then he could take them all by the hand w’thout any harme by his Eye or otherwise — the above S’d is the truth as wittnesse my hand -*William Barker

(In left margin)

d mo

5″ 7″ 92″

 

Warrant for Arrest of William Barker, Sr., Mary Marston and Mary Barker, Aug. 25, 1692.

Warrant for the Arrests of William Barker...
Warrant for the Arrests of William Barker…
Warrant for the Arrests of William Barker...
Warrant for the Arrests of William Barker…

Essex

To the Constables of Andov’r:

Complaint being made to me this day, by Sam’l Martin of Andover & Moses Tyler sen’r of Boxford, against Will Barker sen’r Mary Marstone the wife of John Marstone jun’r & Mary Barker the Daughter of Lef’t John Barker, all of Andov’r in that the aboves’d William Barker Mary Marstone & Mary Barker, have woefully afflicted & Abused, Abigail Martin & Rose foster of Andov’r, & Martha Sprague of Boxford by witchcraft, Contrary to the peace of O’r Sovereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary King & Queen of England &c: & to their Majes’ts Laws in that Case provided:

These therefore require you in their Majes’ts names upon sight hereof, to apprehend & seize the bodies of William Barker sen’r Mary Marstone the wife of John Marstone jun’r & Mary Barker the Daughter of Lef’t John Barker all of Andov’r & them safely Convey to Salem, before their Majes’ts justices of the Peace there, to be examined & Proceeded with according to law, for which this shall be the warrant: given und’r my hand

& seal this 25’th [25] day of

August Anno Domini 1692: in the fourth year of their Majes’ts Reigne:/

*Dudley Bradstreet justice of Peace the S’d Martin & Tyler have given sufficient bond to prosecute s’d persons to effect, which bond remains with me:

(Reverse) [torn]

persons and have brought them to Salem the 29’th of August 1692 Before their. honours mentined in the Rit: p’r *Ephriam Foster

Constable of Andover

 

Confession from Prison of William Barker, Sr.

God having called me to Confess my sin and Apostasy in that fall in giving the Devil advantage over me appearing to me like a Black, in the evening to set my hand to his Book, as I have owned to my shame. He told me that I should not want so doing. At Salem Village, there being a little off the Meeting-House, about an hundred five Blades, some with Rapiers by their side, which was called and might be more for ought I know by B and Bu[rroughs] and the Trumpet sounded, and Bread and Wine which they called the Sacrament, but I had none; being carried all over on a Stick, never being at any other Meeting. I being at Cart a Saturday last, all the day, of Hay and English Corn, the Devil brought my Shape to Salem, and did afflict M[artha]

S[prague] and R[ose] F[oster] by clitching my hand; and a Sabbath day my Shape afflicted A[bigail] M[artin] and at night afflicted M[artha] S[prague] and A[bigail] M[artin]. E[lizabeth] Johnson ] and A[bigail] F[aulkner] have been my Enticers to this great abomination, as one have owned and charged her to her Sister with the same. And the design was to Destroy Salem Village, and to begin at the Ministers House, and to destroy the Church of God, and to set up Satans Kingdom, and then all will be well. And now I hope God in some measure has made me something sensible of my sin and apostasy , begging pardon of God, and of the Honourable Magistrates and all Gods people, hoping and promising by the help of God, to set to my heart and hand to do what in me lyeth to destroy such wicked worship, humbly begging the prayers of all Gods People for me, I may walk humbly under this great affliction and that I may procure to my self, the sure mercies of David, and the blessing of Abraham.

 

William Barker Jr.

Recognizance for b , and Mary Barker

Memorandum

That on the Thirteenth day of Jan’ry 1692 In the Fourth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England &c: King & Queen defenders of the faith &c: Personally appeared before W’m Stoughton Esq’r cheife Justice of their Maj’ies Province of the Massachusets bay in New England Jno Barker and Jno Osgood both of the Towne of Andiver in the County of Essex Husbandmen and acknowledged themselves to be Joyntly & Severally indebted unto our s’d: Sovereigne Lord & Lady and the survivor of them their Heires & Successors in the sum of one Hundred Pounds to be levied on their or either of their lands & Tenniments goods & chattles for the use of our s’d: Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or Survivor of them on Condition that W’m Barker Jun’r & Mary Barker haveing stood Committed for Suspition of Witchcraft shall make their personall appearance before the Justices of our s’d: Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the next Court of Assizes and Generall Goale Delivery to be holden for the County of Essex then & their to answer to all such matters and things as shall in their Maj’ies behalfe be alledged against them and to doe & re-
ceive that which by the s’d: Court shall be then & there Injoyned them and thence not to departe without licence —

Attest
*Jo[nbar ]’a Elatson Cle[rbar ]

(Reverse)
Recognizance of Jn’o Barker
Jn’o Osgood {
W’m Barker Jun’r
for
& Mary Barker
May 10th Apeared

 

Indictment v. William Barker, Jr.

Indictment of William Barker Jr.
Indictment of William Barker Jr.
Indictment of William Barker Jr.
Indictment of William Barker Jr.

1st Paper

Case of William Barker Witchcraft-Aug 1692-May 1693)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex Ss An’o Rr’s & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq’e Do[mbar ] 1692

The Jurors for o’r Sov’r lord and Lady the King & Queen [pbar ]r’sents that William Barker Junior of Andver in the County of Essex aforsaid sometime in the month of August last in the yeare 1692 afors’d Wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously a Covenant withe the Devill did make & Signed the Devills Booke and by the Devill was Baptized & before him Renownced his form’r Baptisme & Promised to be the Devills for ever and ever By which wicked & Diabollicall Covenant the Said William Barker is become A Detestable Witch Against the Peace of o’r So’r lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity And the laws in that Case made & provided.

(Reverse)

Billa Vera
*Robert Payne
Foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty
Court of Ispswich
Ipswich 2 Tuesday May
1693

 

Indictment v. William Barker, Jr

Indictment of William Barker, Jr.; 3rd paper.
Indictment of William Barker, Jr.; 3rd paper.

3rd Paper

Province of the Massathusetts Bay in New England Essex Anno RR’s & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto annoq’e Do[mbar ]: 1692

The Jurors for our Souvereigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen Presents – That William Barker Junior of Andiver in the County of Essex aforesaid –
Sometime in the Moneth of August in the Yeare 1692 aforesaid And Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceries: Wickedly Mallishiously & felloniously hath used Practised & Exercised at &: in the Towne of Salem — in the County of Essex aforesaid upon and against one Martha Sprague Allias Martha Tyler — by which wicked artes the Said Martha Sprague All[ibar ] Tyler the Day and Year aforesaid and Divers — other dayes & times as well before as after was & is Tourtered Afflicted Tormented Pined & Wasted against the Peace of our Souvereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes in that Case made & Provided.

(Reverse)

Billa Vera
*Robert Payne
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty

 

Examination of William Barker, Jr.

Examination of William Barker Jr.
Examination of William Barker Jr.
1 Sep’r 92 Before Maj’r Gidney Mr Hathorne Mr Corwin Jno Higgin- son Esq’r

The Exam & Confes'[obar ][nbar ] of W[mbar ] Barker Jun’r aged 14 Yeares or their about He is accused for Exercising acts of Witchcraft Upon the bodyes of Martha Sprauge Rosse fostter & abigall Martin w’ch he did not deny but Could Not Rememb’r It – He Conffesses now that he hath not been in the Snare of the Divel above Six # [Years] days, that as he was Goeing into the Woods one Evening to louk after Cows he Saw the Shape of a black dog w’ch looked Verry fercly Upon him & he was much disturbed in his Mind about it & Could not Sleep Well that Night & betimes Next Morning he Mett w’th a black Man(he Calls him a black man because he had black Cloaths & thinks he had a black Skin) Who bid him Sett his hand to his book & Serve him as long as he the s’d Barker lived w’ch he promised And theirupon Sett His hand to this book by putting his fing’r Thereon he Saith the black man brought Red Stuf among w’th him in an Inkorn & he the S’d Barker dipt his finger into it and ther w’th Made a Red Mark on the paper He Conffesses he was to doe any Servis the black man appointed him # [to doe] & was to have Suite of Cloaths for it he S’d further the black man would have him baptized but he Never was — he Saith further that goode Parker went w’th him last Night to Afflict Martha Sprauge & that he afflicts by Clinching his hands together he Saith he Now is Sorry & hates the Divel but yett Struck dwon the afflicted w’th his Eyes – and Martha Sprauge being Recovered out of a fitt S’d that barkers apperition & Goode Parker rod upon a pole & was baptized at 5 Mile pond – He Now Says there was Such a load Upon his Stomach that he Could Not Speak a little affter he owned he was baptized by the black man at 5 Mile pond & Renounced his former baptizime he Knows Goode parker to be a witch & Says the Divel dipt his head into the Watter & Spook these words that he the S’d Barker was his for Ever & Ever He S’d he Could not think of his baptizime before & that the Load that was Up[on] his Stomach Is not Soe heavy as it was Just now He Stil afflicted Martha Sprauge & Shut her Mouth but by laying his hand Theron opened [it] again — and after wards Confessed that there ware of his Compa’ Goode parker Goode JohnSon Sam’ll Wardwel his wife & two Daughters & then Could take the afflicted p’rsons by the Hand w’th out doeing them any harm

Wm Barker Jun’r Signed & owned
the aboveS’d Exa[mbar ] & Conffession
before Me

John Higginson Just’e peace
The Marke

of
W[mbar ]. Barker Ju[nbar ]

Examination of William Barker, Jr. , Second Version

Examination of William Barker Jr.; 2nd paper.
Examination of William Barker Jr.; 2nd paper.
Examination of William Barker Jr.; 2nd paper.
Examination of William Barker Jr.; 2nd paper.

2nd Paper

Sept. 12 Before Maj’r Gidney Mr Hawthorn Mr Corwin & Cap’t Higginsone

The Examination and Confession of W’m Barker aged 14 yeares or thereabout

He is accused for exerciseing acts of witchcraft upon the bodyes of Martha Sprague Rose foster and Abigail Martin , which he did not deny but could not remember it.

He confesses now that he hath not been in the snare of the Devil above six Dayes, That as he was goeing in the woods one evening to look after cowes he sene the shape of a black Dog which looked very fiercely upon him And he was much disturbed in his mynd about it and could not sleep well that night. And betymes next morneing he mett with a black man (he calls him a black man because he had black cloaths and thinks he had a black skin) who bid him set his hand to a book and serve him as long as he the said Barker Lived, which he promised And thereupon set his hand to the book by putting his finger thereon, He saith the black man brought red stuff along with him in an Inkhorn And he the said Barker dipt his finger into it and therewith made a red mark on the paper He confesses he was to doe any Service the black man appoynted him and was to have a sute of cloaths for it, he said further the black man would have him baptised but he never was.

He saith further that Goody Parker went with him last night to afflict Martha Sprague , and that he afflicts by clinching his hands together . He now saith he is sorry & hates the Devill but yet struck down the afflicted with his eyes, And Martha Sprague being recovered out of a fitt said that Barkers apparition and Goody Parker rid upon a pole and was baptized at five myle pond He now sayes there was such aload upon his stomach that he could not speak, a little after he owned he was baptised by the black man at five myle pond and did also renounce his former baptisme, he knowes Goody Parker to be a witch and sayes the Devil Dipt his head into the water and spoke these words that he the said Barker was his for ever and ever

He said he could not think of his baptisme before, And that the load that was upon his stomach is not so heavy as it was but just before

He still afflicted Martha Sprague & Shut her mouth but by layeing his hand thereon opened it again – and afterwards confessed that there were of his Company Goody Parker Goody Johnson Samuel Wardwell & his wife and two Daughters. And then could take the afflicted persons by the hand without Doeing them any harme.

W’m Barker Jun’r Signed
& owned the abovesaid
Examination & Confession.
before me

*John Higginson
Just peace:

The Marke
of
William Barker Jun’r
(Reverse) Confession of William Barker Jun’r
acused Goody Parker
Goody Johnson
Sam’l Wardell
his wife
& 2 Daughters
afflicted
Martha Sprague

Examination & Confession of William Barker, Jr.

Examination and Confession of William Barker Jr.
Examination and Confession of William Barker Jr.
Examination and Confession of William Barker Jr.
Examination and Confession of William Barker Jr.
1 Sep 92 Before Majr Gidney Mr Hathorne Mr Corwin Jno Higginson Esqr – The Exam & Conffson of Wm Barker Junr aged 14 yeares or their about He is accused for Exercising acts of Witchcraft Upon ye bodyes of Martha Sprauge Rosse ffostter & abigall Martin wch he did not deny but Could not Remember it —- He Conffesses now yt he hath not been in ye snare of ye Divel above Six yeares days; yt as he was Going into ye Woods one Evening to look after Cows he saw ye shape of a black dog wch looked verry fercly Upon Him & he was Much disturbed in his mind about it & Could not sleep well yt night & betimes next morning he mett wth a black man (he Calls him a black man because he had black Cloaths & thinks he had a black – skin) Who bid him sett his hand to his book & serve him as long as he ye sd Barker lived wch he promised And soe ^thereupon^ sett His hand to the book by putting his fingr Theron he saith ye black man brought Red stuf along wth him in an Inkhorn & he ye sd Barker dipt his finger into it and ther wth made a Red Mark on ye paper He Conffesses he was to doe any servis ye black man appointed him to doe & was to have Suite of New Cloaths for it he sd further ye black man would have him baptized but he never was – he saith further yt goode Parker wentwth him last night
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to afflictt Martha Sprauge & yt he afflicts by Clinching his hands Together he saith he now is sorry & hates ye Divel but Yett struck downe Ye afflicted wth his Eyes —- and Martha Sprauge being Recovered out of afitt Sd ye barkers apparition & Goode Parker rod Upon a pole & was baptized At 5 Mile pond —- He Now says there was Such a load Upon his Stomach yt he Could Not Speak alittle affter he owned he was baptized by ye black man at 5 Mile pond & Renounced his former baptisme he knows Goode parker to be a witch & says ye Divel dipt his head into ye Watter & Spook these words yt he ye sd Barker was his for Ever & Ever He sd he Could not think of his baptizime before & yt ye Load yt was Upon his Stomack Is not soe heavy as it was Just now

He stil afflicted Martha Sprauge & Shut her Mouth but by laying his hand Theron upon [ink blot covers word] again —- and after wards Confessed yt ther were of his Compai Good[ink blot] parker Good JohnSon Saml Wardwel his wife & two Daughters & yn Could take ye afflicted persons by ye Hand wthout doing ym any harm

Wm Barker Junr signed & owned
ye abovesd Exam & Conffession
before Me John Higginson Justs peace
The Marke
of
Wm Barker Junr

Abigail Barker

Indictment v. Abigail Barker

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts bay In New England Ss// Anno R R’s & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq’e \ Do[mbar ] : 1692

The Jurors for o’r Sov’r: lord and Lady the King and Queen present…

That Abigaill Barker Wife of Ebenezer Barker of Andivor In & upon the Eighth day of September last in the Yeare aforesaid & divers other days & Times as well before as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcrafts & Sorcerys Wickedly Mallitously & felloniously hath used practised & Exersised at & in the Town of Andivor aforesaid in the County of Essex aforesaid upon & Against One Rose foster of Andivor by which Said Wicked Arts the Said Rose foster the day & year afores’d & divers others days & times both before & after, was & is Tortured Afflicted Consumed pined Wasted and Tormented Against the peace of o’r Sov’r lord & lady the King & Queen their Crowne & dignity & the laws & Acts in that Case made & provided

 

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Sources:

  1. The Salem witch trials: a day-by-day chronicle of a community under seige.
  2. Salem Witchcraft Trial Records; William Barker, Sr.
  3. Barker, William and Dix, Mary; Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850, Film # 0496897., Internet; 10 July 2013.
  4. William Barker, Sr.; University of Virginia; Internet; 13 Feb 2016.
  5. William Barker, Jr.; University of Virginia; Internet; 13 Feb 2016.
  6. Mary Barker; University of Virginia; Internet; 13 Feb 2016.
  7. Abigail Barker; University of Virginia; Internet; 13 Feb 2016.
  8. William Barker Sr.; Tombstone.
  9. William Barker Jr.; Tombstone
  10. Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849.
  11. Barker, Richard; Massachusetts, Town Birth Records, 1620-1850, Internet; 11 July 2013.
  12. The Witches of Massachusetts – B, Internet; 13 Feb 2016.
  13. Miscellaneous Papers — Essex Institute, Miscellaneous Papers; Salem Nos. 3, 8, 9
  14. Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2678 Page 9
  15. John Hale, A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft [Boston, 1702], excerpted in George Lincoln Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 [N.Y., 1914; reissued , 1968], pp. 419-420.
  16. Boston Public Library; Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts
  17. Mass. Archives Vol. 135 Nos. 37, 38, 39, 54, 105.
  18. Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2761, page 102; Case No. 2678, page 9.
  19. Essex Institute Archives; Website; Internet; 13 Feb 2016.

 

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