Mary Parker (Salem witch trials)

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Mary Parker
Born Mary Ayer
Died (1692-09-22)September 22, 1692
Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay
Cause of death Execution by hanging
Nationality English
Known for Convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials

Mary (née Ayer) Parker of Andover, Massachusetts Bay Colony, the daughter of John Ayer,[1] was executed by hanging on 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]

Parker was an 8th great-grandmother of U.S. President George W. Bush, who is a descendant or relative of up to 217[how?] 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. 251-55. 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.