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Mercy Wardwell

Female 1673 - 1754  (80 years)


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  • Name Mercy Wardwell  [1
    Born 3 Oct 1673  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Feb 1754  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I28458  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 3 May 2020 

    Father Samuel Wardwell,   b. 16 May 1643, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1692, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Sarah Hooper,   b. 7 Dec 1650, Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1703 and 19 Feb 1712, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1673  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Family ID F16981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Wright,   b. 10 Feb 1675, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1752, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1697  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Mercy Wright,   d. 14 Feb 1759, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 May 2020 
    Family ID F16980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Mary Wardwell. She, her parents, and her half-sister (Sarah Hawkes, her mother's daughter by her first husband) were accused of witchcraft in the course of the great insanity. Her father was convicted and hung on 22 Sep 1692. At a new court convened on 10 Jan 1693, she and her half-sister were acquitted, but her mother was convicted. Subsequently her mother was pardoned by Governor William Phips and thus escaped execution.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4090] John M. Switlik, "Research in Progress: The Trials of the Wilson Family." The Essex Genealogist 34:155, Aug 2014.

    2. [S4094] Hooper Genealogy by Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper. Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1908., date only.

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

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S4095] Marjorie Wardwell Otten, "Sgt. Thomas Wardwell of Boston and Exeter and His Maine Descendants." The Maine Genealogist 18:147, 1996.