Samuel Wardwell was born on May 16, 1643 to Thomas Wardwell and Elizabeth Hooper in Boston, Massachusetts. His father Thomas Wardwell had been a follower of John Wheelwright and Anne Hutchinson. Samuel was executed due to his retracting a "forced" confession.
As well, his family suffered, too. Samuel's wife Sarah and daughter Mercy Wardwell were both accused but not executed. The "state" confiscated his property which left his family destitute. Samuel's son, too young at the time, later sued and won some compensation for the family's ordeals.
- Elizabeth Wardwell Stay (1906) Wardwell, Sketch of the Antecendents of Solomon Wardwell .. E.A. Hall & Co (via Internet Archive)
"Samuel Wardwell". Retrieved 2009-03-02.
Upham, Charles (1980). Salem Witchcraft. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 2 vv., v. 2 pp. 324, 384, 480.
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