Mary Parker

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Mary (Ayer) Parker of Andover, Mass., the daughter of John Ayer,[1] was executed September 22, 1692, with several others, for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials. She was 55 years old and a widow. Mary's husband, Nathan, died in 1685.[2] Nicholas Noyes officiated.

Her daughter, Sarah Parker, was also accused.[2][3]

Mary was an 8th great-grandmother of U.S. President George W. Bush who is a descendant or relative of up to 217 of the trials' participants.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, R.C., Reitwiesner, W.A., Roberts, G.B. (1977) "The Matrilinear Line of President Ford" The American Genealogist 53:56
  2. ^ a b Kelly, Jacqueline "The Untold Story of Mary Ayer Parker: Gossip and Confusion in 1692." Revised for presentation at the Berkshire Conference. June 2005.
  3. ^ Robinson, Enders A. "Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables." pp. 251-5. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books. 1992.

Further reading[edit]

Upham, Charles (1980). Salem Witchcraft. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 2 vv, v.2 pp 324–5, 480.