To get the true story of John Proctor, one must look to other sources including Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum's Salem Possessed, Bernard Rosenthal's Salem Story, and Charles Upham's Salem Witchcraft. Danforth looks up at him questioningly. If the Putnams could bring her down, they would be free, not only politically, but psychologically as well, to play out their compulsions on a still larger scale Boyer and Nissenbaum, page 146-147. They were driven to last out at persons of real respectability — persons, in short, who reminded them of the individuals actually responsible so they believed for their own reduced fortunes and prospects…Corey was the ideal transition figure: she combined respectability with a touch of deviance. Goody Osburn were midwife to me three times.
Phips' share amounted to 11,000 pounds after the crews were paid and one tenth was given to the king. Although the child of six years was eventually released on bond, she was psychologically damaged for the rest of her life. Phips' crew recovered between 205,000 and 210,000 English pounds of treasure. Corey was a newly accepted member of the village church and broke the established mold of only social pariahs being accused of practicing witchcraft. Ann Putnam, like many other accusers, probably turned gossip into a formal accusation. He moved to Boston and during his first New England winter married Elizabeth Eldridge.
His connection with the Wilkins family played a large role the accusations against him. Deposition quote and description from Gage, The History of Rowley, 175; Robert Shillito was buried 21 August, 1637 according to Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts 343. Although historians have blamed her accusation on causes ranging from a conspiracy against Andover's proprietary families to reaction against threats to patriarchal inheritance, her contentious spirit and the earlier charge of witchcraft seem the most plausible explanation. Source The Witch of Salem or Credulity Run Mad. The same could well have happened in the case of Martha Corey, causing speculation about the validity of her reputed adherence to Christianity Norton, page 46.
In such a tense environment where New England was tormented by Satan through witches and Indians, who were thought to be servants of the devil, young girls would have been willing to accuse any one who was remotely suspicious making Scott, who already had a shady reputation, an easy target. Afraid of possible indictment, Willard approached his wife's grandfather, Bray Wilkins an influential church member for help, but Wilkins was unable to meet with Willard at that time. On February 29, 1692, under intense adult questioning, the Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams named Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba as their tormentors. A spirited, feisty, buxom, and lusty woman who flaunted Puritan morals with a happy public house where drinking and gambling occurred. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! The Devil in Massachusetts, A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials. Consequently, but not surprisingly, it was members of the Putnam family who accused Osborne. What really happened in 1692 to Mary Ayer Parker? When Corey refuses to name the person who heard Putnam declare these intentions, Corey is charged with contempt of court and dies when the court orders him to be weighted with stones to coerce him to admit the name.
All of these explanations fall short, however. Why was Mary Ayer brought to trial? Before his arrest, Corey himself was clearly concerned about his extensive estate, and he wrote a will that deeded his land to his sons-in-law William Cleeves and John Moulton. However, her father's estate was tied up in litigation that left Good virtually nothing. Martin's descendant, John Greenleaf Whittier, immortalized her innocence and bravery in his poem The Witches Daughter, published in 1857. Of all the children, only three lived to adulthood.
Ann is thought to have been born in England sometime between 1622 and 1627. This discord would have been worsened by the alliance between the Tyler and Parker families through Hannah Parker and John Tyler's marriage in 1682. Despite her accusations, Abigail is an unabashed liar who charges witchcraft against those who oppose her, even Elizabeth Proctor in an attempt to take her place as Proctor's wife. In the end of the novel Parris does show remorse for the whole ordeal, once John Proctor is sentenced to hang Parris finally realizes that this has all been wrong. Historians generally agree that this accusation by Good was one of the first and strongest legitimizations of the witchcraft trials. The artist also depicts the large crowd of onlookers that typically attended the trials in Salem. The family was regarded as a nuisance to the town, and by 1692 they were virtually beggars.
The Putnams of Salem Village embodied this battle in their quarrels with the Nurse family, Mary Easty's brother-in-law. Parris agreed and he and his family immediately moved to Salem Village, settling into the parsonage, and beginning his ministerial duties that same month. She was the first to hang. Mary Ayer married Nathan Parker sometime before her father's death in 1657. She insisted that she did not know her accusers, nor anything of the art of witchcraft.
Proctor has always disliked him, and stopped … attending sunday service long before the witch trials began. Governor, Sir William Phips Written by Kelly Mayer, 2003 Salem Witch Trials in History and Literature An Undergraduate Course, University of Virginia Fall Semester 2003 William Phips was born in a small English community in coastal Maine, now called Woolwich, on February 2, 1651. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. There, he established himself as a credit agent for other sugar planters. Ann Putnam claimed that the two wives came to her as visions and told her that Burroughs had killed them and that he was indeed working for the Devil. Hanged on June 10, her death warrant emphasizes only the harm done to her accusers, primarily on the day of her examination, as the legal justification for the execution.