At this point fear and politics merged to become the monster of Salem. Under the influence of their politically motivated relatives, the girls began pointing fingers at more people, some of whom were highly regarded members of the community. The first such victim was Elizabeth Proctor, wife of tavern owner John Proctor see biography entry. Elizabeth was more outspoken than her husband, but he supported her right to express her doubts, thus bringing himself under suspicion.
Bridget Bishop was the first victim to be hanged during the Salem Witch Trials of Bishop, whose maiden name was Playfer, was born sometime between and in England.
Inshe married her first husband, Samuel Wasselby, in England and moved to the Massachusetts Bay Colony around the same time.
After Wasselby died inBridget married her second husband ina widower named Thomas Oliver who already had children from his previous marriage.
Bridget and Thomas Oliver had one child together, a daughter named Christian who was born in Salem on May 8, Bridget and Thomas Oliver had a troubled relationship.
Illustration of the hanging of Bridget Bishop InBridget was brought to court for using foul language against her husband, as described in the book Salem-Village Witchcraft: InBridget was then accused of stealing brass from a local mill by the mill owner, Thomas Stacy, and arrested.
She also stated that she sent her daughter into town with the brass to discover what it was, not to sell it, as Thomas Stacy accused her of doing. Unfortunately, there are no surviving records indicating the outcome of this trial.
She has served as a paradigm of the executed person as social deviant, the outsider who falls prey to a community devouring the eccentric on its margin. This would appear to have been a rather showy costume for the times.
Her freedom from the austerity of Puritan manners, and disregard of conventional decorum in her conversation and conduct, brought her into disrepute; and the tongue of gossip was generally loosened against her. Although he correctly identified Bridget Bishop as a woman who previously been charged with witchcraft, he conflated two people into one, inaccurately identifying her as living just outside of Salem Village, rather than in Salem [town] where she did live, and of being a rather colorful tavern keeper, which she was not.
Greene in brought clarity to the matter; still, some scholars have continued to make the misidentification. What historians do know about Bridget Bishop is that around the time of the Salem Witch Trials, she lived in what is now downtown Salem.
She owned an apple orchard, which was located at what is now 43 Church Street where the Salem Lyceum Society building was later builtwhere she also kept chickens. Bishop also lived in a house somewhere near the orchard, according to court records.
They say you bewitcht your first husband to death. If it please your worship I know nothing of it. The like again upon the motion of her head. Braybrook affirmed that she told him to day that she had been accounted a witch these 10 years, but she was no witch, the Devil cannot hurt her.
I am no witch. Why if you have not wrote in the book, yet tell me how far you have gone? Have you not to do with familiar Spirits? I have no familiarity with the devil. How is it then, that your appearance doth hurt these? Why you seem to act witchcraft before us, by the motion of your body, which seems to have influence upon the afflicted?
I know nothing of it. I am innocent to a witch. I know not what a Witch is. How do you know then that you are not a witch? I do not know what you say.
You may threaten, but you can do no more than you are permitted. I am innocent of a witch. The amount of evidence against Bishop was overwhelming. And some time after that I being not very well stayed at home on a Lords day and on the afternoon of said day the doors being shut I did see a black pig in the room coming towards me so I went towards it to kick it and it vanished away.
Other witnesses, such as Samuel Gray, testified that Bishop bewitched his child to death 14 years before when her spirit suddenly appeared at his house one night, according to court records: John Bly and his wife Rebecca also testified that Bridget Bishop sold them a bewitched pig.
John Bly and William Bly also testified that they were hired by Bishop to do some construction work on her home and found poppets hidden in the walls of her cellar, according to court records:Bridget Bishop In Salem folklore, she is portrayed as a feisty, fun-loving, lusty, innkeeper who can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.
Recently, historians have painted a somewhat different picture, owing to the confusion with Sarah Bishop who also appears in the court records of the witch trials. Bridget Bishop (c.
r-bridal.com Essays, biographies of the accused and afflicted, Salem Witch Trials website; Cotton Mather, The Wonders of the Invisible World. Observations as Well Historical as Theological, upon the Nature, the Number, and the Operations of the Devils (online pdf edition), at Digital Commons; Salem Witch Trials, Salem website. Bridget Bishop: Witch or Easy Target? Rebecca Beatrice Brooks October 10, October 12, 13 Comments on Bridget Bishop: Witch or Easy Target? Bridget Bishop was the first victim to be hanged during the Salem Witch Trials of Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (February 21, – July 19, ) was executed for witchcraft by the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England during the Salem Witch Trials in She was the wife of Francis Nurse, with several children and grandchildren, and a well-respected member of the community. Although .
– 10 June ) was the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in Altogether, about 72 people were accused and tried, while 19 others were executed. Seven men were killed, too, but they made up a small fraction of that particular witch hunt’s victims, as was the case with witch hunts around the world.
Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (February 21, – July 19, ) was executed for witchcraft by the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England during the Salem Witch Trials in She was the wife of Francis Nurse, with several children and grandchildren, and a well-respected member of the community.
In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.
This character is based on the real Bridget Bishop, who was the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials in , sometimes mistaken with another woman accused of witchcraft, Sarah Bishop.