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Mary Clements

Female 1637 - 1710  (73 years)


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  • Name Mary Clements 
    Born 1637  Ansley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Oct 1710  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I17206  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TD
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2018 

    Father Robert Clements,   b. Bef 14 Dec 1595, Cosby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1658, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 62 years) 
    Mother Lydia,   d. Bef 12 Mar 1642, Ansley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1615  [1
    Family ID F10567  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Captain John Osgood,   b. 1632, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1693, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1653  [3
    Children 
    +1. Timothy Osgood,   b. 10 Aug 1659, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1748, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F10565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Mary Clements is mentioned as 'a remarkably pious and good woman,' and yet in 1692, she was accused of witchcraft. It is perhaps indicative of the height to which the witchcraft delusion rose that so prominent a woman could be found among the accused. […] The legal examination of the Andover victims lasted for several weeks; that of Mary (Clements) Osgood taking place on 8 Sept. 1692. With but one exception, the frenzied and agonized women, Mrs. Osgood among them, confessed that they had been 'dipt' by Satan. About the only way to escape conviction and execution was to confess guilt and beg for mercy, so it is not surprising that Captain Osgood urged his wife to confess, in the hope of saving her life. However, in the end, the awfulness of a confession that one had given body and soul to Satan, outweighed in Mrs. Osgood's mind the desire for life and she recanted. […] She was discharged the January following with others of the accused." [Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Clements, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2198] Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Clements of Leicestershire and Warwickshire, England, First Settler of Haverhill, Massachusetts by Percival Wood Clement, ed. Mary Lovering Holman and Caroline Clement Brown. Philadelphia: Patterson & White, 1927.

    2. [S2197] Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912.

    3. [S2200] C. M. Endicott, "The Osgood Family in New England." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 13:117, April 1859.