52 Relatives in 2018 #35 Elizabeth Johnson (1670-?)

Elizabeth Johnson “Jr.”

relationship:  2nd cousin 9x removed

At this rate, I will finish my 52 relatives just on those I’m related to associated with the Salem Witch Trials.

Elizabeth Johnson is another victim of the Salem Witch trials.  Her mother Elizabeth Dane Johnson, her sisiter Abigail Johnson, and her brother Stephen Johnson were all accused and arrested.  I find it interesting that her father had died about 2 years before these arrests.

Elizabeth Johnson Jr was examined on 10 August 1692.  She confessed to witchcraft.  She was found guilty in January 1693 and sentenced to hang.  She was not hanged due to the intervention of the Governor of the colony.

birth: about1670  (unable to find proof of birth at this time)

parents: Stephen Johnson (1640-1690) and Elizabeth Dane (1641-1722)

 

No definitive proof of marriage or death found at this time (August 2018)

 

Sources:

Lewis, Jone Johnson. “Elizabeth Johnson Jr.” ThoughtCo, Jun. 7, 2017, https://www.thoughtco.com/elizabeth-johnson-jr-3528116

“Witches of Massachusetts – I-J.” Legends of America, Legends of America, 2018, http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ma-witches-i-j/.

Ray, Benjamin.   Elizabeth Johnson Jr in “Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project.  University of Virginia.  Retrieved 08/13/2018  http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?div_id=n83

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52 Relatives in 2018 #34 Stephen Johnson (1679-?)

Stephen Johnson

relationship: 2nd cousin 9x removed

Stephen Johnson is another person accused of witchcraft at age 13 during the Salem Witch Trials.  He was arrested, examined, confessed, and eventually released on bail with his sister Abigail Johnson and cousin Sarah Carrier.  His mother Elizabeth Dane Johnson and sister Elizabeth Johnson were also accused and arrested.  It appears he was arrested about 1 September 1692 and released about January 1693.

Here is a copy and transcription of his examination/confession.

JOHNSON Stephen salem witch trial doc

 

1st Sept: 92 Before Maj’r: Gidney Mr: Hathorne Mr: Corwin & Jno Higginson Esq’r:
The Examination & Confession of Steph’n: Johnson aged 14 Yeares —

In the time of his Examinat’n he afflicted Martha: Sprauge Mary lacy & Rose fostt’r: by looking on them & Recovered them again by laying his hand Upon there Rist or arme & at last Conffesed thus — that @ hilling time this Su[mbar ] being alone he Saw a Speckled bird not soe big as a pigeon which Spake to him & the Next day he Saw a black Catt & after that Came a black man who told him he must Set his hand to a book & Soe [pbar ]rsented him a Single paper to which he Sett his hand being asked after w’t maner he did it he Said he prickt his fing’r: & blood Came out & he Stampt his fing’r: Upon the paper & made a red Mark He S’d that he was also to Serve the Black man one Year & his Servis was to afflict prsons & further that the Divel asked him to give up him Self Soul & body to him & Soe he did & thinks also that the Divel was to Have him at the Years End being asked w’t he was to have of the Divel for his Service s’d a pair of french fall Shouses w’ch he never yett had He Saith also that he was baptized at Shaw Shim River alittle after he Saw the Divel the first time. The Ma[nbar ]er was thus having ben at work at Benja: abbotts he went alone in the Evening to Swim In the Watt’r: & there mett w’th: the black Man who told him he must be his Servant & must be also baptized & Soe the black man took him Up & flung in his Whole body over the bank into the Watt’r: being Ready Stript before to goe in him Self, & [then] then this black man told him he must be his & must Renounce his first baptizime & Soe he did he Saith their was also a couple of Mades & 2 Men he Conffess that Yersterday he afflicted Martha Sprauge & that he did it by Squeezing his hands together he Conffesses also that he and the Rest of his Comp’y: did Daunce at Moses Tylers House & Made Martha Sprauge Sing he Says he is Sorry for w’t he has done Renounces the Divel & all his Works & then Could Take the afflicted by the Hand w’th out hurting of them —

Stephen Johnson Signed & owned the above S’d Examination & Conffesion

The Marke of Stephen Johnson
15 Sept: 92.
Before Me *Jno Higginson Just’e peace

birth: 7 December 1679 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

parents: Stephen Johnson (1640-1690) and Elizabeth Dane (1641-1722)

There is conflicting information at this time for marriage, spouse, residence, and death.

 

Sources:

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

Ray, Benjamin.   Stephen Johnson in “Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project.  University of Virginia.  Retrieved 08/13/2018 http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?div_id=n85

SNGF – His Ancestors in SSDI

Genea-Musings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
It’s Saturday Night again – time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Michael John Neill wrote a blog post this week listing his ancestors that have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  He had seven ancestors in the SSDI.

2)  This week, review your files and determine which of your ancestors have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (free on FamilySearch.org – see https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535).  How many do you have?

3)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or Google Plus.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog post if you write one.

7 officially found, 8 if you include Dad

Father:  John Michael Matulich (1930-2015) Index only goes to 2014 but I’m assuming he would show up.

Grandfather:  Mark Paul Matulich (1890-1979)
Grandmother:  Margaret Gospodnetich Matulich (1896-1974)
Grandmother:  Violet Alene Farley Petersen Pemberton (1911-1995)
Why isn’t the other grandfather found??

Great Grandfather:  Alfred Adams Farley (1874-1962)
Great Grandmother:  Lurena Dell Hill Farley (1881-1965)
Great Grandfather:   Christian Simon Petersen (1874-1953)

Great Great Grandfather:  John Alvin Hill (1852-1944)

 

SNGF – Her Ancestors in the SSDI

Genea-Musings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
It’s Saturday Night again – time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Michael John Neill wrote a blog post this week listing his ancestors that have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  He had seven ancestors in the SSDI.

2)  This week, review your files and determine which of your ancestors have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (free on FamilySearch.org – see https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535).  How many do you have?

3)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or Google Plus.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog post if you write one.

6 officially found, 7 if you include my “Grandpa Burton”, 8 if you also include my Dad who passed a few months ago.

My father passed too recently to be found in online Social Security Death Index.  I’m assuming he will since my mom is getting his Social Seccurity.

Grandfather:  Marathon Benjamin Gott Burton (1911-1977)
Grandmother:  Elvera Evelyn Peterson Burton (1914-1989)
Grandmother:  Helen May Fetherkile Vernak (1906-1993)

Great Grandfather: Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980)
Great Grandfather:  William Leroy Gott (1880-1944)
Great Grandmother:  Mary Harriet Squires Marshall Gott Burton (1891-1974)

Not biologically related but married Marathon’s mother when he was 4, Marathon used his last name for remainder of life.
Great StepGrandfather:  Franklin George Burton (1880-1968)

WDYTYA and Salem Witch Trials

I’m finally catching up on the recent episodes of the series “Who Do You Think You Are?”  The most recent episode features Jean Smart and talked about the Salem Witch Trials!  How coincidental that I have been focusing on this!

Once they mentioned Essex County in the 1600’s, I knew the Salem Witch Trials were going to be mentioned.  I paused every time a name was mentioned or shown on screen to see if that person was in my tree – I guess that makes me normal in the genealogy world!

As I watched, I am related to:

  • Nathaniel Ingersoll – 10th great-uncle
  • John Hathorne – 1st cousin 11x removed
  • Mary Parker of Andover – 9x great-grandmother

My list of relatives associated with the Salem Witch Trials keeps getting longer.

 

 

 

52 Relatives in 2018 #33 Abigail Johnson (1682-?)

Abigail Johnson

relationship: 2nd cousin 9x removed

Abigail Johnson was just 10 years old when she was accused and arrested for witchcraft with her mother, Elizabeth Dane Johnson.  She was arrested on 30 August 1692 and released upon bail with her brother Stephen Johnson and cousin Sarah Carrier in October 1692.

Johnson elizabeth dane arrest salem witch

birth: 16 Mar 1682 in Andover, Massachusetts, United States

parents:  Stephen Johnson (?-1690) and Elizabeth Dane Johnson (1641-1722)

marriage:  unknown

spouse:  unknown

children:  unknown

death:  unknown

 

Sources:

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

Ancestry.com. New England, Salem Witches and Others Tried for Witchcraft, 1647-1697 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
Original data: Original information from surviving legal records from the towns and villages in question and appearing in Godbeer, Richard, comp. The Devil’s Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England: Appendices A & B. [Information taken from Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum, eds. The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak. 3 vols. New York, NY: 1977.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Ray, Benjamin. “Elizabeth Johnson Sr.” Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, University of Virginia, 2002, salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?div_id=n82.

Children of the Salem Witch Trials

This is an interesting article written by Darya Mattes and placed on the Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project website.  It appears it was an assignment for a class – History 209 at Cornell University.

Link/Title: “Accused Children in the Salem Witchcraft Crisis”

The essay summarizes the accusation and arrest of the “children” of the Salem Witch Trials.  The author defines a child as under 12.  All but one is from Andover, Massachusetts, one being from Salem.  All were accused by the “afflicted girls”, all confessed, all had an accused mother

Andover Children: I am “related” to all of these children.  Johanna Tyler is a “relative” via marriage of her uncle John Tyler to Hannah Parker, daughter of Mary Ayer Parker who was hanged for witchcraft.

Abigail Johnson, aged 11, mother Elizabeth Dane Johnson – my 2nd cousin 9x removed

Sarah Carrier, aged 7, mother Martha Allen Carrier (hanged) – my 2nd cousin 9x removed
Thomas Carrier Jr, aged 10, mother Martha Allen Carrier (hanged) – my 2nd cousin 9x removed

Margaret Toothaker, aged , mother Mary Allen Toothaker and father Roger Toothaker – 2nd cousin 9x removed

Dorothy Faulkner, aged 10, mother Abigail Dane Faulkner – my 2nd cousin 9x removed
Abigail Faulkner, aged 8, mother Abigail Dane Faulkner – my 2nd cousin 9x removed

Johanna Tyler, aged 11, mother Mary Tyler – my niece of husband of 9th great-aunt

 

Salem Child:

Dorcas/Dorothy Good, aged 4/5, mother Sarah Good (hanged)

 

 

Source:

Ray, Benjamin. “Important Persons in the Salem Court Records – Children.” Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, University of Virginia, 2002, salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb41.