This follow-up post will be mostly about my Kemp & Blood ancestors, while discussing how they were affected by the arrests of their Foster & Lacey relatives.
There had been a general panic [which eventually led to mass hysteria] in several communities, primarily in Essex Co [esp. Salen Town & Salem Village] , but also in Middlesex & Suffolk Co.s, since about March of 1692.As I already stated in my previous post, Ann Foster was the first person arrested in Andover, on July 15th.No doubt that resulted in a frenzy among the inhabitants of that community, but when Ann's dau Mary Lacey & grandau Mary Lacey, Jr were also arrested, I can only imagine the terror felt by her other surving children & grand children of Ann.
Ann's eldest dau Sarah Foster had married Samuel Kemp of Billerica, and their eldest dau Abigail Kemp had married James Blood of Groton [where Samuel & Sarah had removed to from Billerica by 1668, the same year that James Blood's father Richard Blood was Town Clerk of Groton].
Samuel Kemp appeared in the records of Groton in 1692 as a part of the local militia or home guards.Apparently, soon after the arrest of Ann, Mary & Mary, Jr, in July of 1692, or soon after the conviction of Ann & the death of James Blood [both on Sep. 13, 1692], Samuel & Sarah (Foster) Kemp were no longer mentioned in the records of Groton.
It is stated that Abigail (Kemp) Blood appeared in the records of Andover in 1695, along with other members of the Foster family.That is the last known record of Abigail that I know of.[Her brother Jonathan Kemp born April 6, 1668 Groton, died April 3, 1752 Billerica & her sister Mehitable Kemp (Mrs Moses Keyes)born January 4, 1673 Groton, died April 14, 1768 Chelmsford.Abigail's twin brother Samuel II born March 27, 1665 Billerica is said to have died about 1714 Groton & her brother Zerubbable born May 23, 1677 Groton is said to have died about 1762 Groton.It is probably just a coincidence that those two brothers who are said to have died in Groton are the only sibs of Abigail with no actual dates of death.]
It has been said that Samuel & Sarah signed as grantors to a deed of land or lot in Charlestown [now part of Boston] to their son Samuel II in the year 1697.I'm not quite sure if anyone has found the deed of that land or lot with Samuel & Sarah as the grantees of it.Removing to the more populated area of Charlestown makes sense, esp. if you're the only surviving dau of Ann who hasn't been arrested, but signing a deed or owning land there does not necessarily prove that they actually lived there.I'm quite certain that I'd be moving around alot, and buying & selling land in several different places at the same time, if I could afford it.
Not only was Sarah (Foster) Kemp the only surviving dau of Ann who was not arrested, she was also the only child of Andrew & Ann whose death date & place has not been found [and neither has her husband Samuel Kemp's].Sarah's only elder sibling Andrew Foster also died in 1697, on May 7th.
Sarah's only surviving siblings, after 1697, were her two youngest sibs; her brother Abraham Foster & her now 45 year-old sister Mary Lacey, who had been released from the Essex County Jail in 1693, along with her dau Mary Lacey, Jr.Having been convicted of witchcraft, Mary Lacey, Jr might have remained single, but on January 27, 1703 [at age 28] Mary Lacey, Jr was married to her cousin, Zerubbable Kemp, 25 year old son of Samuel & Sarah (Foster) Kemp.Zerubbable & Mary had at least three children together.Sarah's sister Mary (Foster) Lacey died June 18, 1707 at almost 55 years old.
In 1711, Abraham Foster applied for "removal of the attainer" [charges & conviction] for his mother Ann Foster which was granted in 1712, and he was paid a little money to "reimburse" for having to pay for her body for burial & for the expenses for her incarceration.Abraham Foster lived until October 9, 1723.
Samuel & Sarah (Foster) Kemp probably died sometime between 1697 & 1740, and their eldest dau Abigail (Kemp) Blood probably died between 1695 & 1760.
John Blood, son of James & Abigail (Kemp) Blood died at almost 70 years old on August 23, 1758 Groton, but his widow Joanna (Nutting) Blood lived to be about 91 an died September 9, 1782 Groton [the same year that the Revolutioary War ended].
Many of the descendents of the accusers & arresting officers of the men & women charged with witchcraft in what has since been callled the "Salem Witch Trials", fought along side the descendents of those accused or arrested, during the Revolutionary War.
Moses Blood, son of John & Joanna (Nutting) Blood died on October 9, 1792 in the part of Groton that became Peeperell [nearly 100 years after the death of Ann Foster].Moses Blood's dau, Elizabeth (Blood) Baldwin had alreay died in Pepperell from "consumption" [tuberculosis] at 43, a few years before Moses.David Baldwin lived to be about 90 though, and died in 1824 in Pepperell.
Abigail (Walker) Jewett lived to be almost 81 and died in Pepperell from Palsy on February 5, 1825, having lost her husband David Jewett on August 26, 1811 in Pepperell from Apoplexy.
I will continue with the family of Abijah & Elizabeth (Baldwin) Jewett in a follow-up to this post, and the influences of what had happened before, which is my main purpose of writing about it, will hopefully become more clear.The more direct influence upon the life of Hannah (Jewett) Chase really begins in the early to mid 1820's.