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Ann

Female about 1617 - 1692  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Ann  
    Born about 1617 
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 December 1692  Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From Enders Robinson’s book Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables:
      “In 1692, when Joseph Ballard's wife, Elizabeth, came down a fever that baffled doctors, witchcraft was thought to be the cause. Soon, the search for the responsible witch began. Two of the afflicted girls of Salem village, Ann Putnam and Mary Walcott, were taken to Andover to seek out the witch. At the sight of Ann Foster, the girls fell into fits, and Ann, 72, was subsequently arrested and taken to Salem prison.
      “Ann was examined on July 15, July 16, July 18 and July 21. Under pressure from her examiners, she not only confessed that the devil had appeared to her in the shape of a bird, but also implicated Martha Carrier and Rev. George Burroughs, who had previously been arrested. (Ann’s examiners were looking for evidence to use at the trials of Martha Carrier and Rev. Burroughs). Not long afterwards Ann's daughter Mary Lacey and granddaughter Mary were also arrested. The constable found ‘a parcel of rags and a parcel of quills which none of the family could explain.’ All three women confessed to being witches.
      “Ann Foster refused to implicate her daughter, saying ‘I know no more of my daughter being a witch than what day I shall die on.’
      “Because they confessed, their lives were spared and they continued in prison. Ann Foster died in Salem prison in December 3, 1692. Son Abraham was forced to pay the jailkeeper for expenses before he was given the body for burial. Her daughter and grandaughter were released the following year.”

      Ann was not the daughter of George Alcock as she was not mentioned in his will of 1640.
    Person ID I41859  Schirado
    Last Modified 6 October 2007 

    Family/Spouse Andrew Foster,   d. 7 May 1685, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Andrew Foster,   b. about 1640, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1697, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
    +2. Sarah Foster,   b. 23 May 1642, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1697, Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
    +3. Abraham Foster,   b. about 1643, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 October 1723, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +4. Hannah Foster,   b. about 1647, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 April 1689, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    +5. Mary Foster,   b. 9 July 1652, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 June 1707, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Family ID F28941  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S138] (Topsfield MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912).


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