Thomas Putnam 1699 was a member of the Putnam family and a resident of Salem Village (present-day Danvers, Massachusetts) and a significant accuser in the notorious 1692 Salem witch trials.
In 1706, Ann Putnam Jr. offered a public apology for her participation in the witch trials at Salem. She stood in church while her apology was read: " I desire to be humbled before God. It was a great delusion of Satan that deceived me in that sad time. I did not do it out of anger, malice, or ill will." Ann was the only one of the afflicted girls to make such an apology.
Site of the Salem Witch Trials: this place had a very strong energy of some kind...
Nurse family tradition is that when Rebecca Nurse was hanged on July 19, 1692, that her youngest son Benjamin, then 26 years old, rowed his boat under cover of darkness from the Nurse homestead (this is the Crane River he would have rowed from behind the Nurse Home) to Gallows Hill to retrieve her body.
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Learn about Irish history in Salem, Massachusetts on the blog at Salem.org.
David Goss ’74, assistant professor of history, wrote "The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide." A comprehensive textbook analyzing witchcraft trials in medieval European history with four chapters on the Salem, Massachusetts, episodes. It includes biographies of prominent people of that time, documents, and a glossary of legal and cultural terms.