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Deliverance Hobbs

Erin (View posts)
Posted: 8 Dec 2002 8:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hobbs
I am looking for any possible sources or information on Deliverance Hobbs besides court transcripts, which i already have. In my research, I have been unable to find much background information on Deliverance or her family, including when she married William, when they arrived in Topsfield, and whether Abigail was her daughter or step-daughter. Any information or sources you can give me would be very much appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
Erin S.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

Lisa_S (View posts)
Posted: 13 Jan 2003 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Jan 2003 11:34AM GMT
Surnames: HOBBS
Deliverance Hobbs
Deliverance Hobbs, about 50 years old at the time of the trials, was the wife of William Hobbs and the mother of Abigail Hobbs. All three members of the Hobbs family were accused of witchcraft. Abigail had a reputation for being a wild, irreverent and disrespectful young girl. She would brag that she was not afraid of anything. She was also known to mock the holy sacrament of baptism by sprinkling water on her mother's head and reciting the appropriate words. Abigail was one of the first arrested, and acted as a witness against both of her parents. She also enthusiastically contributed to efforts to accuse and convict other supposed witches.

A warrant was issued for Deliverance on April 21. She was arrested two days later and committed to prison. For a while Hobbs professed her innocence. After a time her resistance and her will were broken by the harshness of the proceedings. Hobbs was the fourth Salem resident to confess to practicing witchcraft, preceded only by her daughter, Abigail, and Mary Warren. She then readily confessed to anything the magistrates, afflicted girls, or the crowds would suggest. She even acted as a witness against her husband, who never swayed from his claims of innocence.

Despite the circle of accusations in the family, all three Hobbs managed to avoid the noose. Confession became seen as one option open to accused witches for avoiding the gallows, but of course confessions also had the effect of confirming suspicions of witchcraft and widening the circle of accusations.

Deliverance's breakdown and confessions was gradual, and can be followed through her confessions. Her first confession, given before George Burroughs had been brought back to Salem and accused, made no mention of Burroughs, although it was a lengthy and detailed confession. However, once it had become publicly known that Burroughs had been charged, she confessed again, this time freely implicating Burroughs in the circle of witchcraft in Salem, and claiming that he was the leader of the meetings. Hobbs also claimed that her mother-in-law served the refreshments of red wine and red bread at the witch meetings.

Despite his wife's and daughter's confessions, William Hobbs steadfastly denied all accusations of witchcraft. He remained in prison until December 1692, then left town.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

Posted: 10 Jul 2003 6:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 24 Jul 2003 6:33PM GMT
Surnames: Hobbs
according to a book i read, "in the devil's snare", it says that deliverance ( mnu ) hobbs was the stepmother to abigail hobbs, not her mother. abigail's mother was avis ( mnu ) hobbs, william's first wife.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

MoorDragon (View posts)
Posted: 26 Nov 2003 4:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Nov 2003 4:35PM GMT
Surnames: Hobbs
I read that William Hobbs actually died before he could be brought to trial. This flies in the face of other accounts that state that he did go to trial and later left town.

I am fascinated with what became of the Hobbs family after the Salem Witch Trial hysteria subsided and what became of Tituba as well.

Since my last name is Hobbs and I am a witch, I would love to know more about these accused witches from Salem.

)O(

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

melanie viselli (View posts)
Posted: 29 Mar 2004 4:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Mar 2004 5:29PM GMT
Surnames: Hobbs
i just had one quick question. would any of these hobbs' be kin or in anyway linked to a Thomas Hobbs from about 1690-1695, and there is also a Thomas Hobbs from about 1760.
these particular hobbs' branches came from england and eventually settled in north carolina, but i know there were sometimes 8-12children in these families sometimes. so i was just wondering. if you don't happen to know for sure, that's fine. but i had to check.
thank you.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

MoorDragon (View posts)
Posted: 29 Mar 2004 4:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Mar 2004 5:29PM GMT
Surnames: Hobbs
I'm sorry Melanie, but I really don't have a clue. My research into the family history has only barely scratched the surface. Better to talk to someone who's been really digging into the past much more than I have at this point.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

Maritza J. (View posts)
Posted: 16 Apr 2004 2:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Apr 2004 2:26PM GMT
Surnames: Hobbs
I am doing a research paper on Deliverance Hobbs and her trial. I was wondering if you could help me with any other sources, other than those found on the internet. If not that's ok, but if you have any other useful sources, I would greatly appreciate all of your help. If you want to contact me directly just send me an e-mail: ritzda8988@aol.com. Thank you in advance.

Re: Deliverance Hobbs

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 1:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: my great of 7 deliverence of salem
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