Thomas and Mary Bradbury lived for a short time in York, Maine but by 1640 they had settled in the new plantation of Salisbury. They were a successful couple, Thomas was a schoolmaster, town clerk, clerk of courts and a military commander. Mary had a successful butter business, making enough butter to sell to the sailing ships. They raised a family, losing some children along the way, as did most families of that period.
aforesaid and divers other yeare and times as well before as after dayes Detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Certaine and Matllitiously hath used practiced and Exercised At and int felloniously Township of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon & against one eh of Andivor In the County aforesaid Husbandman Timothy Swann by which said Wicked Acts -- said fthe upon the 26th day of July Aforesaid and divers other days & times both before and after was and Timothy Swann Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented, and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Bradbury is Tortured and done before and since that time against the peace of our Comitted Lord & Lady the King and Queen Sov'r Crowne and dignity And the theire Of the Statute In that case made and Provided."Witnesses: Mary Walcott and forme Ann Puttnam
The Answer of Mary Bradbury in the charge of Witchcraft or
familliaritywith the Divell :
I doe plead not guilty.""I am wholly
inocentof any such wickedness through the goodness of god that have kept meehitherto. I am the servant of Jesus Christ & Have given my selfup to himasmy only lord & saviour: and to the dilligentattendance upon him in all his holy ordinances, in utter contempt & defiance of the divell, and all his works as horid& detestible ;; and accordingly have endevo'redto frame my life; & conversation according to the rules of his holy word, & in that faith & practise resolve by the help and assistanceof god to contineuto my lifesend:" For the truth of what I say as to matterof practissI humbly refer my self, to my brethren & neighbors that know meeand unto the searcher of all hearts for the truth & uprightness of my heart therein: (human frailties, & unavoydableinfirmities excepted) of which I bitterly complayneevery day:" Mary Bradbury
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Want to read a great book about the Salem Witchcraft Trials? I recommend The Witches by Stacy Shiff.