List of people of the Salem witch trials

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The central figure in this 1876 illustration of the courtroom in the Salem witch trials is usually identified as Mary Walcott, one of the accusers.

This is a list of people associated with the Salem witch trials, a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, most of them women.

Surnames in parentheses preceded by "née" indicate birth family maiden names (if known) of married women, who upon marriage generally took their husbands' surnames. Due to the low population of the Massachusetts North Shore at the time of the trials, a significant percentage of local residents were related to other local residents through descent or by marriage. Many of the witchcraft accusations were driven at least in part by acrimonious relations between the families of the plaintiffs and defendants. Unless otherwise specified, dates provided in this list use Julian-dated month and day but New Style-enumerated year (i.e., years begin on January 1 and end on December 31, in the modern style).



Other accusers (including accused witches who "confessed")[edit]

Physician who diagnosed "bewitchment"[edit]


Convicted and executed[edit]

Convicted and died in prison[edit]

  • Ann Foster (née Alcock) – died in custody in December 1692

Convicted but escaped[edit]


Convicted and pardoned[edit]

Pled guilty and pardoned[edit]

  • Mary Lacey Sr. (née Foster) – daughter of Ann Foster

Not found guilty or otherwise survived the trial period[edit]

Refused to plead[edit]

Died in custody[edit]

  • Lydia Dustin – found not guilty but died in custody

Unindicted or acquitted[edit]

Released on bond[edit]


  • John Alden, Jr.
  • William Barker, Sr.
  • Mary (née Hollingsworth) and Philip (or Phillip) English (married couple)
  • Edward Farrington

Not tried[edit]

Born in prison[edit]

  • Mercy, daughter of Sarah Good, born and died in prison some time prior to her mother's execution.

Died in prison[edit]

Released from prison after the Governor ended the Witch Trials[edit]

Indicted by grand jury[edit]

  • Stephen Johnson
  • William Barker, Sr.
  • Edward Farrington (escaped)
  • Mary Green (escaped)
  • Elizabeth Hutchinson Hart (released after 7 months in jail after her son Thomas filed petitions on her behalf)[1]

Not indicted[edit]

Evaded arrest or escaped[edit]

  • Daniel Andrew
  • George Jacobs, Jr.

Named, but no arrest warrant issued[edit]

  • Anne Bradstreet (née Wood)
  • Dudley Bradstreet
  • John Bradstreet
  • Rev. John Busse (or Buss) – minister in Wells, Maine
  • Rev. Francis Dane – minister in Andover, Massachusetts
  • Sarah Hale (née Noyes) – wife of Rev. John Hale, minister in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • James Howe (or How) – husband of Elizabeth Howe (or How)
  • Lady Mary Phips (née Spencer) – wife of Massachusetts Governor Sir William Phips
  • Sarah Swift (née Clapp)
  • Margaret Sheaf Thacher (née Webb) – Jonathan Corwin's mother-in-law

Court personnel[edit]


Court of Oyer and Terminer, 1692[2][edit]


Superior Court of Judicature, 1693[3][edit]


The list of jurors who served in the trial of Rebecca Nurse does not include other jurors who served in prior and subsequent trials.

Trial of Rebecca Nurse[edit]

  • Captain Thomas Fisk, Sr., jury foreman
  • Gavin Storch
  • John Dane
  • Andrew Eliot
  • Joseph Evelith
  • Captain Thomas Fisk, Jr.
  • William Fisk
  • Henry Herrick, Jr.
  • John Peabody
  • Thomas Pearly, Sr.
  • Thomas Perkins

Public figures[edit]



  1. ^ Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2668, p. 149, "Petition of Thomas Hart"
  2. ^ Massachusetts Archives Collections, Governor's Council Executive Records, Vol. 2, 1692, pages 176–177. Certified copy from the original records at Her Majestie's State Paper Office, London, UK, September 16, 1846.
  3. ^ Records of the Massachusetts Supreme Court of Judicature, 1692/3, Page 1. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives

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