Book Review – The Heretic’s Daughter

While on vacation, I read “The Heretic’s Daughter” by Kathleen Kent.  I would give it 4/5 stars.

The main character is Sarah Carrier, daughter of Martha Allin Carrier who was one of the women hanged during the Salem Witch Trials.  It is told in the first person narrative by Sarah.

The story shows the changes she undergoes as their lives are turned upside down by the witch hunts and the eventual death of her mother.

I may have found this more interesting since Sarah and her mother Martha are relatives (2nd cousin 9x removed and 1st cousing 10x removed).  Mary Ayer Parker was my 9x great grandmother who was also condemned and hanged for withcraft during this same time period.

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52 Relatives in 2018 #26 Abigail Faulkner Lamson

Abigail Faulkner Lamson

relationship:  Her 2nd cousin 9x removed

Like her mother Abigail Dane Faulkner and  sister Dorothy Faulkner Nurse, Abigail was accused and arrested for witchcraft during the summer of 1692.  She was 9 years old at the time of her arrest on 16 September 1692.  She was eventually released and pardoned many years after the fact.  She was “persuaded” to testify against her mother.

Dorothy Faulkner was released from prison in October 1692 after relatives Nathaniel Dane and John Osgood posted bail for her and several other child relatives.

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birth:  12 August 1683 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

parents:  Francis Faulkner (1651-1732) and Abigail Dane (1652-1729)

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marriage: 6 April 1708 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

spouse:  Thomas Lamson (1682-1767)

children:

Abigail Lamson (1708- ) married Francis Whipple (1705-1787)
Thomas Lamson (1710- ) married Mary Adams
Paul Lamson (1714- )

The following are on various trees and websites but I haven’t found evidence to support the claim.
Martha Lamson married Knowlton
Sarah Lamson married Forbush
Elizabeth Lamson married Fisk

death:  unknown

burial:  unknown

 

Sources

Wikipedia contributors. (2018, April 6). Abigail Faulkner. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:44, May 23, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abigail_Faulkner&oldid=835104579

“Confessions of Dorothy and Abigail Faulkner, Jr. [Legal Document],” in Children and Youth in History, Item #284, http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/items/show/284 (accessed May 22, 2018). Annotated by Tom Rushford

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).

New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts, Town Birth Records, 1620-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts, Town Marriage Records, 1620-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

 

 

 

52 Relatives in 2018 #25 Dorothy Faulkner Nurse (1680-?)

Dorothy Faulkner Nurse

relationship: Her 2nd cousin 9x removed

Dorothy was just a child when her mother, Abigail Dane Faulkner, was arrested for witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts during the summer of 1692.  Dorothy was accused and arrested for witchcraft AT THE AGE OF 12 on 17 September 1692.  She and her sister Abigail confessed to being witches and were persuaded to admit their mother Abigail Dane Faulkner was a witch.

Dorothy Faulkner was released from prison in October 1692 after relatives Nathaniel Dane and John Osgood posted bail for her and several other child relatives.

faulkner confession salem witch trial

Primary Source Text taken from Children and Youth in History website:
Confessions of Dorothy Faulkner, Abigail Faulkner, Jr., et al.
dorritye Forknor and Abigale Forknor children: to [Abigall Forknor of Andover now in prison confarsed before the honoured majastrats upon thire exsaminations heare in Salam the 16 day of this enstant subtember: 1692 that thire mother apared and mayd them witches and also marth [a] Tyler Johanah Tyler: and Sarih Willson and Joseph draper all acknowlidge that they ware lead into that dradfull sin of witchcrift by hir meanse: the fores’d Abigale forknor

The above named persons Each & Every one of them Did affirm before the Grand inquest that the above written Evidences are truth:

17 sept: 1692

(Reverse) Dorety Falkner vs Abigail Falkner

Recognizance for Dorothy Faulkner and Abigail Faulkner Jr.
Know all Men by these presents That I John Osgood sen’r. of Andover in the Cownty of Essex in New England And Nathan’ll: Dean Sen’r of the Same Town & Cownty afforesaid Husbandmen Are holden & firmely Bownd Joyntly & Sevirally to theire Majesties King William & Queen Mary of England & Scottland France & Ireland King & Queen Defenders of the faith in the full & Juste Sum of five hundrid pounds Sterling for the True & Just payment of which s’d Sum of five hundrid Pownds to theire Majesties King William & Queen Mary Wee do bind Our Heires Executtors Adminstrators & Assignes firmely & By these presents Dated in Salem

the Sixth day of october in the Year of Our Lord One thousand six hundrid & Ninety & to and in the fourth Year of the Reign of Our Majesties King William & Queen Mary King & Queen of England Scottland france & Ireland Deffenders of the faith —

The Condition of this Obligation is Such that whereas the Abovenamed John Osgood Sen’

 

birth: 15 February 1680 in Massachusetts, United States

parents: Francis Faulkner (1651-1732) and Abigail Dane (1652-1729)

marriage: 25 November 1708 in Massachusetts, United States

spouse:  Samuel Nurse (1678-1740)

children:

Abigail Nurse (1710-?) married John Jacobs
Rebeckah Nurse (1712-1734)
Samuel Nurse (1715-1790) married Abigail Barnard (in 1734) and Elizabeth Kellogg (in 1739)
Francis Nurse (1717-1780) married Eunice Putnam (in 1739)
Eunice Nurse (1718-1774) married Benjamin Porter
Phebe Nurse (1721-1729)

death:  unknown

burial:  unknown

 

Sources:

Source number: 221.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: WDN
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Wikipedia contributors. (2018, April 6). Abigail Faulkner. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:44, May 23, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abigail_Faulkner&oldid=835104579
“Confessions of Dorothy and Abigail Faulkner, Jr. [Legal Document],” in Children and Youth in History, Item #284, http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/items/show/284 (accessed May 22, 2018). Annotated by Tom Rushford
New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts, Town Birth Records, 1620-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
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).

52 Relatives in 2018 #24 Abigail Dane Faulkner (1652-1729)

Abigail Dane Faulkner

relationship: Her 1st cousin 10x removed

Continuing on the theme of the Salem Witch Trials, Abigail was accused of witchcraft and arrested on 11 August 1692 and questioned by many, including John Hathorne (also a cousin of mine).   Several of Abigail’s relatives were arrested, including her 9 and 12 year old daughters Abigail and Dorothy.  Abigail was found guilty but her execution was delayed due to pregnancy.  Abigail was released from prison in December 1692 and fully exonerated in 1711.

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birth:  13 October 1652 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

parents: Francis Dane (1615-1696) and Elizabeth Ingalls (1618-1676)

marriage:  12 October 1675 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

spouse:  Francis Faulkner (1651-1732)

children:

Elizabeth Faulkner (1676-1678)
Elizabeth Faulkner (1678-1735) married John Butterick (1680-1759)
Ammi Ruhammah Faulkner (1692-1756) married Hannah Ingalls (1696-1781)
Abigail Faulkner (1683-1746) married Thomas Lamson (1682-1767)
Dorothy Faulkner (1680-) married Samuel Nurse (1678-1740)

death:  5 February 1729 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

burial:  Old North Parish Burying Ground, North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

 

Sources 

Wikipedia contributors, “Abigail Faulkner,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abigail_Faulkner&oldid=835104579 (accessed May 22, 2018)
New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts, Town Birth Records, 1620-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
New England Historic Genealogical Society. Massachusetts, Town Death Records, 1620-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
Ancestry.com. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012.
Original data: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
FindAGrave, “Abigail Faulkner,” https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14242621 (accessed May 21, 2018)

http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?div_id=n52

 

52 Relatives in 2018 #23 Benjamin Abbott 1661-1703

Benjamin Abbott

relationship:  Her 9x great-Uncle

Benjamin was an accuser of Martha Allen Carrier  during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.  He is also the step-son of Francis Dane, Martha’s Uncle by marriage.  Many of Francis Dane’s daughters, granddaughters, and son-in-law were accused.  Makes one wonder what he had against his step-father’s family!  Part of their dispute involves property boundaries. Is this enough to accuse someone of witchcraft and have them condemned to death?

Benjamin Abbott Testimony against Martha Allen Carrier:

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Here is a picture of the Abbot home which still stands in Andover, MA.  Wikipedia link here.  It is rumored to have been built by Benjamin but evidence does not support the rumor.  The land was part of the estate of his father, George Abbott.

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birth:  20 December 1662 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

parents:  George Abbott (1615-1689) and Hannah Chandler (1630-1711)

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marriage: 22 April 1685 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

spouse:  Sarah Farnum

children:

Benjamin Abbott (1686-
Jonathan Abbott (1687-
David Abbott (1688-
Samuel Abbott (1694-1762) married Mary Lovejoy (?-1754)

death:  30 March 1703 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

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burial:  Presumed to be at South Church Cemetery, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, 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. Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850. With some noted exceptions all marriage records in this collection can be found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and may be available through Family History Centers throughout the United States. See table below for information listed.
Dalton, B. (2010, June 24). Dalton Column: Witches and Stitches: The Benjamin Abbot House. The Andover Townsman Online. Retrieved from http://www.andovertownsman.com/community/dalton-column-witches-and-switches-the-benjamin-abbot-house/article_6954f4c3-c022-5274-814e-a15d94ac99d5.html
Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project. Testimony of Benjamin Abbot v. Martha Carrier. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2018, from The University of Virginia website: http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/swp?term=abbben&div_id=n24.8&chapter_id=n24#
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).  [pg 11]

52 Relatives in 2018 #22 Sarah Parker 1670-?

Sarah Parker

relationship: 9x great-Aunt

Accused of witchcraft along with her mother Mary Ayer Parker in 1692.

birth: 3 April 1670 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts

parents: Nathan Parker (c1622-1685) and Mary Ayer (1634-1692)

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marriage:  unable to confirm – like her mother, there are many in the area with the same name but no confirmation they are this Sarah Parker.

spouse:  unable to confirm

death:  unable to confirm

burial:  unable to confirm

 

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).

52 Relatives in 2018 #21 Mary Ayer Parker 1634-1692

Mary Ayer Parker

relationship:  Her 9x great-Grandmother

Mary Ayer Parker was one of the many women hanged during the Salem Witch Trials.  She refused to confess (which evidently didn’t help her case) and even pointed out there were other Mary Parker’s in the area.  Her children were also accused and tortured to get confessions that their mother was a witch.

birth: about 1634 in Norfolk, England

parents: John Ayer and Hannah

marriage: 1653 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

spouse: Nathan Parker (1622-1685)

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children:

John Parker (1653-1738) married Hannah Browne
James Parker (1655-1677)
Mary (1657-1676)
Hannah Parker (1659- ) married John Tyler (1653-1742)
Elizabeth Parker (1663-1717) married John Farnum (1664-1729)
Robert (1665-1688)
Sarah Parker (1670-?)
Joseph Parker (1672-?)
Peter (1676- ?)

death:  22 September 1692 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States.

burial:  Placed in unmarked common grave with other accused witches hanged the same day.

 

Sources:

Ancestry.com. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012.
Original data: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.  [pg 558]
Ancestry.com. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: New England Historic Genealogical Society. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society. [pg 378]
Ancestry.com. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
Book Title: Tyler Genealogy Descendants of Job Tyler [pg 32]
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 April 2018), memorial page for Mary Ayer Parker (1637–22 Sep 1692), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8306, citing Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
Salem Witch Trials. Retrieved April 30, 2018, from The University of Virginia website: http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=&mbio.num=mb42
History of American Women. (n.d.). Retrieved April 30, 2018, from http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2008/06/mary-ayer-parker.html
Kelly, J. (). “The Untold Story of Mary Ayer Parker: Gossip and Confusion in 1692”. Common-place The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, Inc, 6(2), Retrieved from http://www.common-place-archives.org/vol-06/no-02/norton/