As I’ve mentioned before in an older post; my PELTON family tree goes pretty far back. It’s for the most part all documented also between two releases of a Pelton Family Genealogy book and various census records that I’ve personally found. It’s exciting to have more than just “hearsay” when it comes to family history.
That said I figured since a show I’ve been hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are” mentioned researching the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts (and surrounding areas) I would post my own findings (both founded and un-sourced) here on the blog! I am currently working on two friends’ genealogies also and both friends have ancestors in the same areas of Massachusetts. It will be neat to find out if our ancestors were neighbors (and more – if they were involved in the trials).
Born: 22 Nov 1740 in Saybrook, Essex, Connecticut
Died: 16 Mar 1826 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Married: Asenath PRATT in 1764 in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
Born: Sep 1741 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 22 Mar 1825 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
//—- Asenath PRATT was the daughter of Hezekiah PRATT and Ann UNKNOWN:
Born: 09 Jan 1701 in Saybrook, Connecticut
Married: Ann UNKNOWN in 1734
//—- Hezekiah PRATT was the son of Nathaniel PRATT and Sarah BEAUMONT:
Born: Abt. 1662 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: Abt. Sep 1744 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Sarah BEAUMONT in 02 May 1688
Born: 1661 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 11 Oct 1716 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
//—- Sarah BEAUMONT was the daughter of William BEAUMONT and Lydia DANFORTH:
Born: 1607 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Died: 04 Feb 1698 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Lydia DANFORTH in 09 Dec 1643 in Saybrook, Massachusetts
Born: 24 May 1625 in Framlingham, Suffolk, England
Died: 16 Aug 1686 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Lydia DANFORTH was the daughter of Nicholas DANFORTH and Elizabeth Barber SYMMES. Nicholas and Elizabeth were the parents of Lydia and her siblings – Elizabeth, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan and Anna.
Thomas DANFORTH (brother of Lydia DANFORTH) was one of the judges for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
From Wikipedia’s “Salem Witch Trial’s” Page:
When Sarah Cloyce (Nurse’s sister) and Elizabeth (Bassett) Proctor were arrested, they were brought before John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, not only in their capacity as local magistrates, but as members of the Governor’s Council, at a meeting in Salem Town. Present for the examination were Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth, and Assistants Samuel Sewall, Samuel Appleton, James Russell, and Isaac Addington. Objections by John Proctor during the proceedings resulted in his arrest that day as well.
I have to admit – it makes me sad to see that one of my ancestors sent people to their death. But – they were Puritans in early Salem, Massachusetts. I wouldn’t (unfortunately) expect anything else. According to theThomas Danforth Wikipedia page the Danforth family immigrated to New England in 1634 on the ship theGriffin. The family along with the 200 or so other passengers aboard left to escape persecution for their Puritan beliefs. (Archbishop William Laud had begun his persecution of Puritans in England in 1633).
More Reading: “History of Framingham, Massachusetts”
Photo from Wikimedia Commons.