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Salem Witches

sara bishop cofer (View posts)
Posted: 3 Nov 2000 3:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 2:56PM GMT
Surnames: BISHOP, OLIVER, WILDES
iam a direct decendent of 3 very well known withces from the salem witch trials, BRIDGET OLIVER BISHOP,SARAH WILDES BISHOP,AND EDWARD BISHOP JR, I have some info from my family history including court trials. Im interested in looking into it more and really trying to locate some photos....if any one can help me please post me a message

Questions??

Kimberly J Reeves (View posts)
Posted: 17 Nov 2000 11:31AM GMT
I dont have any info for you but maybe we can help each other. My grandmothers great great aunt was burned in Salom for being a witch I want to find out alot more.
Posted: 26 Jan 2001 10:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Nov 2002 3:35PM GMT
i have a few books that i got when i was up in Salem. I learned a lot both times i was up there. i also took a lot of pictures of houses and even the cemeteries. maybe i can help...

SALEM WITCHES

JOANNE WILDES WILGO (View posts)
Posted: 18 Feb 2001 9:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 3:02PM GMT
Surnames: WILDES
SARA, I TOO AM A DIRECT DESCENDENT OF SARA WILDES. I GREW UP IN TOPSFIELD, DAUGHTER OF ROGER AND JOANNE WILDES. WE LIVED NEXT DOOR TO MY GRANDPARENTS, WILLIAM AND LILA WILDES. THERE IS A PLAQUE IN THE TOPSFIELD LIBRARY NAMING MOSES WILDES AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF TOPSFIELD. MY PARENTS STILL LIVE THERE. I NOW RESIDE IN DANVERS, MA AND WE HAVE A VERY EXTENSIVE ARCHIVE CENTER AT OUR GRORGE PEABODY LIBRARY. THE DIRECTOR OF THE ARCHIVE CENTER IS ROBERT TRASK AND HE MAY BE OF HELP TO YOU. I AM JUST BEGINNING MY GENEOLOGY SEARCH AS I GREW UP WITH MY GRANDFATHER TELLING ME FAMILY HISTORY AND ABOUT THE WITCH TRIALS. THERE IS A MONUMENT DEDICATED YO THE MEMORY OF THE WITCH TRAILS IN BOTH DANVERS AND TOPSFIELD. I WILL TRY AND POST PICTURES. I WILL TRY AND SPEND SOME TIME AT OUR ARCHIVE CENTER AND DO MORE RESARCH AND WILL FORWARD ANY INFO I CAN!

Village of Salem-Maps

Posted: 18 Apr 2001 3:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 2:59PM GMT
Surnames: BISHOP, EASTY, CLOYSE, TOWNE, NURSE
Here's a link to a map that shows Edward Bishop house at #68 &69 in relationship to the meeting house etc.
as well as other houses like my great aunties Mary Towne Easty, Sarah Towne Cloyse, and Rebecca Towne Nurse. The hill of execution is marked at "W" on the map, lower right quad.

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/maps/

Salem Witches

Tina Chacon (Murry) (View posts)
Posted: 14 May 2001 11:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 3:01PM GMT
Surnames: TOWNE
I have found out that i'm related to Mary, Rebecca and Sarah Towne. I would love any info. about them. Thanks!!

Salem Witches... have possible useful info...

Valerie Fairchild Hixson (View posts)
Posted: 5 Jun 2001 7:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 2:58PM GMT
MM. It may interest you to know that there WERE NO witches involved in the Salem Witch Trials... mass hysteria ruled over reality. However, I'd love to hear what you've found as a direct descendent. You may want to try a site called "Witches Voice" or "WitchVox". Sorry, the URL escapes me. It may be "http://www.witchvox.com". Try it and see. They have a HUGE site with state listings of witch-related organizations, and they are well-respected within the pagan community. Hope this helps, & I'd love to hear from you.
Blessed Be,
Valerie/Elfarran

Bridget (Playfer) (Wasselbee) (Oliver) Bishop

Heather Wilkinson Rojo (View posts)
Posted: 5 Jun 2001 10:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Sep 2001 2:54PM GMT
Surnames: PLAYFER, WASSELBEE, OLIVER, BISHOP
I am also a descendant of the witchcraft trial victim Bridget Bishop through her daughter Christian Oliver. Bridget's maiden name was Playfer. She was married to Samuel Wasselbee in 1660 at St. Mary in the Marsh, Norwich, Norfolk County, England, and had two children who apparently died young, but were baptized at the same church. She married Thomas Oliver about 1664, probably in Salem, and daughter Christian was born 08 May 1667. Thomas died in 1678. She married Edward Bishop in 1685 in Salem.

In their book, "Salem Possessed," Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum have this to say about Bridget Bishop. In 1685 Bridget Oliver of Salem Town married her third husband - old Edward Bishop, one of the founders of the Beverly Church - and moved from the center of town to his house on the Ipswich Road in Salem Villiage. (The Bishops retained the title to Bridget's house in the town, however, and derived income from it as a rental property.) Having already built up a long reputation for aggressive behavior in petty commercial transactions, Bridget soon turned the Bishop house into a place of late-night conviviality where she sold cider manufactured from apples grown in her private orchard. As one witness put it, Bridget "did entertain people in her house at unseasonal hours in the night to keep drinking and playing at suffleboard, whereby discord did arise in other families, and young people were in danger to be corrupted.

In 1678, Thomas Oliver died under circumstances which gave the townsfolk leave, (in their minds at least), to start whispering the dreaded word "witchcraft!" in connection with her. Oliver had
left her a bit of land with house, but his creditors took every cent that came her way. Bridget ended up being forced to petition the town for relief... an act which we can well imagine she had no taste for!

Apparently Bridget was suspicious because she was merely an assertive female!

Also, two townspeople, John Bly and his son,(also relatives of mine) found some "Poppets" hidden in Bridget's cellar. These were dolls or figures used for magic, and had pins stuck in them. Whether she really practiced magic or not has never been proven. At her trial her last husband testified against her. She was hung. He re-married very soon after her execution.

The Bishop house, which was a tavern, still stands.

Re: Questions??

Posted: 13 Sep 2001 10:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Apr 2002 5:42AM GMT
You may already know this by now, but there were no witches burned at Salem. These victims were hanged, except for Giles Corey, who was pressed to death by weight being piled upon him until he could no longer breathe. I have heard that his last words were, "More weight", but, of course, I have no way of knowing if that is true or not.

Re: Salem Witches

Posted: 23 Jan 2002 4:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jun 2002 4:42AM GMT
Surnames: johnson,aikens
I stumbled across your posting when I entered my family
surnames. They are Johnson,aikens,wildes,bishop. Would
you know how these names connect and if I too am a relative
of the salem witches. My great grandfather was John johnson
who was elderly and married to a Mary aikens around 1925.
Beyond that I only have the last names of there relatives.
thanks in advance for any clues you may have for me.
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