Are you sure of it? What do you say Goody Proctor to these things? I take God in heaven to be my witness, that I know nothing of it, no more than the child unborn. Does she bring the book to you?
Related accuser[ edit ] One other family member was drawn into the Trials, joining the accusers: Elizabeth and her son remained in jail until Maywhen a general release freed all of those prisoners who remained jailed.
Unfortunately, even though the general belief was that innocent people had been wrongly convicted, Elizabeth had been convicted and was considered guilty. Elizabeth petitioned the court for a reversal of attainder to restore her legal rights. No action was taken for seven years.
She testified in court that "in that sad time of darkness before my said husband was executed it is evident somebody had contrived a will and brought it to him to sign, wherein his whole estate is disposed of.
They requested that "something may be publicly done to take off infamy from the names". Two more petitions were filed in June These included requests from eleven ministers to reconsider the convictions and restore the good names of the citizens.
However, they only gave reversal of attainder only for those who had filed petitions. In another petition was filed requesting a more equitable settlement for those wrongly accused.
In May22 people who had been convicted of witchcraftor whose parents had been convicted of witchcraftpresented the General Court with a petition to take action on the proposal demanding both a reversal of attainder and compensation for financial losses.
In May the legislature appointed a committee to hear the petitions. There was no reversal of attainder for them. The bill read as follows: An act to remove the attainders of George Burroughs and others for Witchcraft.
Forasmuch as in the year of Our Lord, one thousand six hundred and ninety-two several towns within the Province were infested with a horrible witchcraft or possession of devils. The influence and energy of the evil spirit so great at that time acting in and upon those who were the principal accusers and witnesses proceeding so far as to cause a prosecution to be had of persons of known and good reputation which caused a great dissatisfaction and a stop to be put thereunto until their majesties pleasure should be known therein; and upon a representation thereof accordingly made, her late Majesty, Queen Mary, the Second of Blessed Memory, by Her royal letter given at her court at Whitehall the fifteenth of Aprilwas graciously pleased to approve the care and circumspection therein; and to will and require that in all proceedings against persons accused for witchcraft, or being possessed by the Devil, the greatest moderation and all due circumspection be used so far as the same may be without impediment to the ordinary course of justice.
And some of the principal accusers and witnesses in those dark and severe prosecutions have since discovered themselves to be persons of profligate and vicious conversation. Upon the humble petition and suite of several of said persons and of the children of others of them whose parents were executed.
Be it declared and enacted by His Excellency, the Governor, Council and Representatives authority of the same, That the several convictions, in General Court assembled, and by the judgements and attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacobs, John Williard, sic Giles Core, Martha Core, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah Wild, Abagail sic Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abagail sic Faulkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury, Dorcas Hoar, and any of them be and are hereby reversed made and declared to be null and void to all intents, constitutionalism and purposes whatsoever as if no such convictions, judgements and attainders had ever been had or given, and that no penalties or forfeitures of goods or chattels be by the said judgements and attainders or either of them had or incurred.
Any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding. And that no sheriff, constable, goaler sic or other officer shall be liable to any prosecution in the law for anything they then legally did in the execution of their respective offices.
However, reversal of attainder and monies were only awarded to the accused and their heirs who had asked for it.
His older brother Benjamin objected as he had been the one responsible for taking care of his siblings during this time.Elizabeth Proctor was convicted of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials of She was the wife of John Proctor, who was also convicted, and he was executed.
Her execution sentence was postponed because she was pregnant. In the new governor, Sir William Phips, freed prisoners, including Elizabeth. The widow Proctor remarried in , to Daniel Richards.
In she and her late husband John . Clarke's Bookshop (established in ) is situated in Cape Town, South Africa and carries both new and second hand books on Southern Africa. Mary Walcott () – The cousin of Ann Putnam Jr., Mary Walcott was a regular witness in the witch trials of Salem, pfmlures.com was born to Jonathan Walcott, Captain of the Salem Village Militia, and Mary Sibley Walcott on July 5, When Mary was young, her mother died and her father married Deliverance Putnam, thus making him the brother-in-law of Thomas Putnam, Jr., who.
John Proctor was an elderly man of 60 years of age when accused, tried, and hanged for practicing witchcraft in Maintaining his innocence until death, he challenged the court to reexamine the validity of spectral evidence. Elizabeth Proctor, wife of Salem Village farmer John Proctor, was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials in The Proctors were a wealthy family who lived on a large rented farm on the outskirts of Salem Village, in what is now modern day Peabody.
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Salem Witch Trials: John Proctor Biography. John was a native of Ipswich, Massachusetts and moved to Salem Town in Upon his father's death, he inherited a share of a profitable estate. Elizabeth, when she was.