52 Relatives in 2018 #40 Sarah Carrier (1684-1772)

Sarah Carrier

relationship: 2nd cousin 9x removed

Sarah is a child victim of the Salem Witch Trials, being just 7 years old at the time of her arrest.  Her mother Martha Allen Carrier and 3 brothers – Thomas, Richard, and Andrew – were also arrested.  Her mother was executed for witchcraft.

Sarah confessed to witchcraft.  She was released in October 1692 with her Johnson (Stephen and Abigail) cousins.

confession document and transcript

carrier sarah salem witch trials confession

[+August 11, 1692. ]

The Examination of Sarah Carrier Taken before Dudly Broad- steat Sarah Carrier being accused of witchcraft Confeseth as fol-
loweth that she hath been a witch Ever Since She was Six years Old
that her Moth’r brought a red book to her and She touched it that
her Moth’r Baptiz’d her in Andrew fostters pauster the day before
She went to prison & that her Moth’r promised her she should
not be hanged that her Mother taught her how to afflicte persons
by pinching them or Setting on them that She began to afflict Sarah Phelps last Satterdy & that Betty Johnson was w’th her that her
Moth’r gave her a Spear last Night & that She pricked Sarah Phelps
& Ann Puttnam w’th it.

(On side of paper) Sarah Carrier

 

birth:  17 November 1684 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

parents: Thomas Carrier (1626-1735) and Martha Allen (1649-1692)

marriage:  7 September 1707 in Colchester, Connecticut, United States

spouse:  John Chapman (1685-1745)

children:

Jeane/Jane Chapman (1708- )
Sarah Chapman (1710-) married Samuel Dodge
Luse Chapman (1712-)
John Chapman (1714- )
Jason Chapman (1716-)
James Chapman (1719- )
Abner Chapman (1722- ) married Dinah Butler
Ziporah Chapman (1724-1772 )
Gideon Chapman (1726- ) married Lucretia Chapman
Delight Chapman (1728- ) married Asahel Newton

death: 7 December 1772 in Colchester, New London County, Connecticut, United States

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. Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
Ancestry.com. Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
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 ed, “Sarah Carrier”, Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, 2002, retrieved 25 Aug 2018 from http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?div_id=n26

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