Mercy Lewis

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Mercy Lewis
Born ca. 1674/1675
Falmouth, Maine
Residence
Occupation Maidservant
Known for Accuser in the Salem witch trials
Spouse(s) Mr. Allen
1876 illustration of the courtroom; the central figure is usually identified as Mary Walcott

Mercy Lewis (ca. 1674 or 1675 – ?) 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.[1]

Salem Witch Trials[edit]

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.

After the trials, Mercy moved to Boston to live with her aunt. There she bore an illegitimate son. By 1701 she had married a Mr. Allen in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

Ficton[edit]

Mercy Lewis is one of the featured characters in Arthur Miller's fictional play and later film The Crucible. She is also a character in the 2014 TV series Salem portrayed by Elise Eberle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carroll, Meghan; Stone, Jenny (2002). "Mercy Lewis". Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Genealogy Publishing Co., Inc. 

Sources[edit]

  • Mary Beth Norton, In the Devil's Snare, 2001.
  • Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed, 1974.
  • John Hale, Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft, 1702.
  • Carol F. Karlsen, Devil in the Shape of a Woman, 1998.
  • Bernard Rosenthal, Salem Story, 1993.
  • Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft,1867.
  • Clarence Almon Torrey and Elizabeth Petty Bentley, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 1985.