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Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol 1, p. 229
After 56 yrs. of good cohabit. was accus. of witchcraft in the dark hours of 1692, but her age was not sufficient to condemn her, she was qcq. and d 20 Dec. 1700.
Mary was accused and convicted of witchcraft, but, through the efforts of her friends, was able to avoid execution; after the hysteria had passed, she was released; d. Dec. 20, 1700; elevenchildren.
ndictment 1, Essex County, MA, 1692:
The jurior of our Sov. Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, doe present that Mary Bradbury, wife of Capt. Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury in the County of Essex, Gent. on the 28 day of July, in the years aforesaid and divers other days, and times as well before as after certaine detestable arts called wichcraft and
soceries wickedly, malliciously and felonicully hath used, practiced, and exercised at and in the township of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and against one Timothy Swann of Andiver in the County aforesaid husbandman by said wicked Acts, the said Timothy Swann on the 28th day of July, aforesaid and divers other days and times before and after and also for sundry other acts of wichcraft by the said Mary Bradbury committed and done before and since that time against the peace of our Sov. Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, theire Crown and dignity and the foreman of the stattute in that case made and provided.
Witness: Mary Walcott, Ann Putman.
Indictment 2, Essex County, MA, 1692:
The juriors of our Sov. Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, doe present that Mary Bradbury, wife of Capt. Thomas Bradbury in the County of Essex, Gent. on the 26 day of July, in the years aforesaid and divers other days, and times as well before as after certaine detestable arts called wichcraft and soceries wickedly, maliciously and felonicely hast used, practiced, and exercised at and in the town of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and against one Sarah Vibber, wife of John Vibber of Salem aforesaid, husbandman. by which said wicked acts, the said Sarah Vibber on the 26th day of July aforesaid and divers other days and times before and after, was and is tourtured, afflicted, consumed, pined, wasted, tormented and also for sundry other acts of wichcraft by the said Mary Bradbury committed and done before and since that time against the peace of our Sov. Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowns and dignity and the forms of the Statutes in that case may be provided.
Witness: Mary Walcutt, Elis Booth, Ellis Hobard, Mercy Lewis.
Mary Bradbury's answer to the charges:
The answer of Mary Bradbury in ye charge of witchcraft for famililiary with ye devil, I do plead not guilty.
I am wholly innocent of any wickedness through the goodness of God that he kept me hitherto. I am the servant of Jesus Christ and have given myself up to him as my only Lord and Savior and to the diligent attendance upon him in all holy ordinations in utter contempt and defiance of the Devil and all his works as horrid and detestable and accordingly have endeavored to frame my life and conversation according to the wiles of his holy word and in that faith and practice resolve by the help and assistance of God to continue to my life's end for the truth of what I say as to matter of practice I humbly refer myself to my brothers and neighbors that know me and ye Sacred of all Hearts for the truth and uprightness of my heart therein (human frailties and unavoidable infirmatices excepted) of which I bitterly complayne every day.
Signed: Mary Bradbury.
Statement of George Herrick v. Mary Bradbury, 26 May, 1692:
Being at Salem with Constable Josp Neale the persons under written was afflicted much and complained against, viz: Mary Walcoott, Ann Putman upon Capt. Bradbury's wife of Salisbury, and Mary Walcoott, Ann Putman, Mrs. Marshall upon Goodwife Read of Marblehead, and Mary Walcott, March Lewis, Ann Piyman upon Goody Foster ye same women tells them of the afflicys of Mr. Taft's Negro.
Attest, Geo. Herrick, Marshall.
Statement of Thomas Bradbury for Mary Bradbury, 26 Jul 1692:
Concerning my beloved wife Mary Bradbury this is what I have to say: We have been married 55 years and she hath been a faithful and loving wife to me this day. She hath been wonderful, laborious, diligent, and industrious in her place and employment about the bringing up of our family which have been 11 children of our own and 4 grandchildren. She was both prudent and provident of a cheerful spirit, liberal and charitable. She being now very aged and weak and grieved under her affliction may not be able to speak very much for herself, not being so free of speech as some others may be. I hope her life and conversation hath been such among her neighbors as give a better and more reall testimony of her than can be expressed by word.
Signed: Owned by me, Tho. Bradbury.