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Ann(?) Jacobs- MOODEY wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey once thought to be a Witch?

Ann(?) Jacobs- MOODEY wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey once thought to be a Witch?

Nana (View posts)
Posted: 12 Oct 2002 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Oct 2002 9:11AM GMT
Would anyone know about or have info on the 2nd wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey of Portsmouth, NH, Ann (maiden name unknown) JACOBS (widow of Samuel Jacobs), once having been thought to be a Witch herself ? I don't find her name among the accused of Salem in 1692, but perhaps she was thought to have been prior to 1692? I just read this and am curious to know if there are more details about her.
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Re: Ann(?) Jacobs- MOODEY wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey once thought to be a Witch?

Posted: 15 Oct 2002 5:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Nov 2002 8:18PM GMT
I checked Richard Godbeer's _The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England_ (Cambridge University Press, 1992). This book contains two appendices which list all of the people accused at Salem (or, all the ones that had legal proceedings initiated against them) and all of the pre-1692 witch trials in New England.

Ann Jacobs/Moodey did not appear in either list, which means that either she wasn't accused, or her case never went to trial. None of my other books mentioned her, though they did refer to two witchcraft cases in which the Reverend Moodey played a small roll.

John Putnam Demos' _Entertaining Satan_ (New York, 1982) contains a list of the New England witchcraft cases which did not reach trial (it's on pp. 402-409, according to Godbeer). Unfortunately I don't have a copy of this excellent book, so I can't check to see if Ann appears on that list.


Re: Ann(?) Jacobs- MOODEY wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey once thought to be a Witch?

Posted: 19 Oct 2002 3:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Jan 2005 12:15PM GMT
In Mary Beth Norton's "In The Devil's Snare" I found the following which you may find helpful. I quote from pp. 236-7:
Just a day later, John Proctor and other ( unnamed) imprisoned suspects wrote from the Salem jail to a group of Boston clergymen, charging that Richard and Andrew Carrier had been tortured to make them confess. The petitioners informed Increase Mather, Samuel Willard, James Allen, John Bailey (Allen's assistant), and Joshua Moodey that the young men had been " tyed. . . Neck and Heels till the Blood was ready to come out of their Noses," and that Proctor's son William had earlier received the same treatment. Such actions, they charged, resembled " Popish Cruelties." The judges, accusers, and jury had "Condemned us already before our Tryals, being so much incensed and engaged against us by the Devil." They begged the ministers to attend at their upcoming trials, " hoping thereby you may be the means of saving the shedding of our Innocent Bloods."

How the five recipients of this missive responded is unknown. Samuel Willard had continued to preach his sermon cycle on I Peter 5: 8 during July, but without the explicit references to the witchcraft crisis evident in his sermon of June 19th. Instead, he phrased the later homilies generally, presenting his message in purely spiritual terms. Possibly the mid-June sermon aroused so much controversy he thereafter deliberately toned down his words and his actions, or perhaps he feared that another witchcraft accusation directed at him would not so immediately be rejected by the judges. If anyone took positive steps, it might well have been the Reverend Joshua Moodey. Himself a former resident of New Hampshire who had once been unlawfully imprisoned, and with a wife rumored to have been named as a witch in June, Moody was probably the most likely of the group to sympathize with the prisoners' plight. Indeed, he reportedly soon intervened in another case, as shall be seen shortly. [note: Edward Bromfield sermon notebook, v. 6, notes on Willard's sermons for 26 July [i.e., June], 10 July, 17 July, July 24, 1692, Massachusetts Historical Society (Mark Peterson, transcript, pp. 17-20, 33-35, 44-47, 52-54); " Joshua Moodey, " Sibley's Harvard Graduates I:367-80. For the reputed accusation of Ann Jacobs Moodey, see Joshua Broadbent to Francis Nicholson, June 21, 1692, abstracted in J. W. Fortescue, ed. , Calendar of State Papers, Colonial
Series, American and West Indies (London, 1901), 13: 653. Broadbent, who wrote from New York, included garbled information about the crisis, and it is unclear whether his information about the accusation of Ann Moody was accurate, for it cannot be confirmed in another source.]

Re: Ann(?) Jacobs- MOODEY wife of Rev. Joshua Moodey once thought to be a Witch?

Posted: 10 Aug 2013 3:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a book from the Original Narratives of Early American History series entitled "NARRATIVES OF THE WITCHCRAFT CASES 1648-1706" Edited by George Lincoln Burr, L.L.D., Litt.D. (Professor of Medieval History in Cornell University) and published by Charles Scribner's Sons of New York in 1914. In it I found a letter written in Salem Prison July 23, 1692 to Mr. Mather, Mr. Allen, Mr. Moody, Mr. Willard, and Mr. Bailey. The note following states "The Boston Tory Joshua Broadbent, writing on June 21 from New York, reported that 'Mrs. Moody, parson Moody's wife is said to be one' of the witches".
I'm not sure if this is the Mrs. Moody you are seeking, but hope the info is helpful.
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