The following is my transcription of the examination, confession and indictment of Mary Barker during the Salem witch trials.
Examination of Mary Barker.
29 August 1692
Before Maj’r Gidney Mr. Hauthorn and Mr. Corwin The Examination and Confession of Mary Barker of Andover. After severall questions propounded and negative answ’rs Returned she at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch, And sometime last sumer she made a red mark in the devils book with the fore finger of her Left hand, And the Devil would have her hurt Martha Sprague, Rose Foster and Abigail martin which she did upon saturday and sabath Day last, she said she was not above a quarter of an hour in comeing down from Andover to Salem: to afflict, she sayes she afflicted the above three persons by squeezing her hands. She confesses she was at the witch meeting at Salem Village with her unkle, there was a great many there, and of her company there was only her unkle, Wm. Barker and Mary Marston. Martha Sprague said that Mary Barkers apparition told that she was Baptisied at five myle pond.
said Mary Barker said there was such aload & weight at her stomach that hindered her from speaking. And is afrayd she has given up herself soul and body to the Devil. she sayes she promised to serve worship and believe in him and he promesed to perdone her sins, but finds he has [dowtbed] her, and that she was Lost of God and all good people, That Goody Johnson and Goody falkner appeared at the same tyme and threatened to teare her in peeces if she did not doo what she then did. she further Sayth that she has seen no appearance since but a fly which did speake to her, and bid her afflict these poor creatures. which she did by pinching with, and Clincheing of her hands for which she is sorry And further the Devil told her it would be very brave and clever for her to come down here to Salem among these accused persones. And that she should never be brought out. She promises to confess what more she shall hereafter remember.
Mary Barker Signed and owned the above said Examination & Confession THE MARKE of Mary Barker
17 Sep’t 1692 before me *John Higginson, Jus’e peace
Examination of Mary Barker.
29’th August 1692 — Before Maj’r Gidny Mr Hathorne Mr Corwin The Examination And Confession of Mary Barker of Andivor — after Several
Questions Propounded & Neagative ans’rs Returned She at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch & that Some time last Sumer She made a Red Mark in the Divels book w’th the fore finger of her left hand & the Divel would have her hurt Martha Sprage Rose foster & Abigall Martin w’ch She did on Satterday & Sabbath day last She Said She was not above a Quart’r of an hour a Coming Dwone from Andivor to Salem to afflict She S’d She afflicted the above S’d 3 persons by Squezing her hands She Confesses She was at the Witch Metting at Salem Village w’th her unkle, there was a grate many there & of her Company was only her unkle W’m Barker & Mary Marston — Martha Sprage S’d that Mary Barkers apperition told that She was baptized at 5 Mile pond — S’d Mary Barker S’d ther was Such a load & weight at her Stomack that Hindred her from Speaking & is afrayd She has Given up her Self Soul & body to the Divel She Says She promised to Serve
worship & beleive in him & he promised to pardon her Sins but finds he has deceived her & that She was left of god & all good people & that Goody Johnson & Goody falkner apeared at the Same time & threatned to tear her in peices if she did not doe what She then did
She further Said that She had Seen no aperance Since but a fly w’ch did Speak to her & bid her afflict those poor Creaturs w’ch She did by pinching With Clinching of her hands for w’ch She is Sorry — &further the Divel told her it would be very brave & Cliver for her to Come Dwone to Salem among those acused persons & that She Should Never be brought out She promised to Confese what more She Shall hearafter Rememb’r
Mary Barker Signed & owned the abovesaid Examination & confession before me
Justice of Peace
17’th Sept. 1692
The Marke of Mary Barker
Indictment v. Mary Barker
Essex in New England Ss
Annoq’e RR’s & Reginae Guilielmi & Mariae &c quarto Anno Domini 1692//
The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present that Mary Barker of Andover in the County of Essex aforesaid
On or about the 29’th Day of August last In the Yeare 1692 and divers other Days and times both before and after. Certaine detestable arts called witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly felloniously & Mallitiously hath used practised and Exercised in & upon the Body of Abigaill Martin of Andivor at and within the Township of Andivor aforesaid And at Divers other Days and times as well as before as after was and is Tortured aflicted and Tormented consumed pined and wasted, Against the peace of our Sovraigne Lord and Lady King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the Statute of the first of King James the first in that Case made and provided (Reverse)
*Robert Payne foreman ponet se Not Guilty
Indictment v. Mary Barker.
Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
Ss . . . Anno R.R.’s & Reginae Gulielmi& Mariae Angliae &ca Quarto Annoq’e Domini 1692//
The Jurors for our Sov’r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe p..sent that Mary Barker of Andvor
In the County of Essex — On or about the 29’th day of August last — In the yeare aforesaid and Divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Andvor in the County of Essex — aforesaid in upon and against one Rose foster of [ — — ] aforesaid — -by which said Wicked Acts the said Rose foster the Day & Yeare — aforesaid & Divers other Days and times both before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented . Against the Peace of our Sov’r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme of the Stattute In that case made & Provided.
Billa Vera foreman ponet se Not Guilty
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