Mercy Lewis was born in Falmouth, Maine. On September 30, 1689 an Indian attack killed both of her parents; as a result the 14-year-old Mercy was placed as a servant in the household of the Reverend George Burroughs. By 1691 she was a servant in Thomas Putnam’s household. She played a crucial role during the accusations of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, when 20 people were executed for witchcraft - including her former master George Burroughs.
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