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Abigail Williams. Salem Witch Trials. I was born on July 12, 1680 No one knows the actual date of my death, but I died at the age 17, in the year 1697. I lived with my uncle, Reverend Samuel Parris, and his daughter Elizabeth Betty Parris. Salem Witch Trials. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Abigail Williams

Abigail Williams

Salem Witch TrialsI was born on July 12, 1680No one knows the actual date of my death, but I died at the age 17, in the year 1697.I lived with my uncle, Reverend Samuel Parris, and his daughter Elizabeth Betty Parris.

Salem Witch TrialsIt is said that Witch trials began with young girls telling stories: practicing voodoo and telling fortunes under direction of Tituba, Samuel Parris slave.We were interested in fortune telling because we wanted to know the occupation of our future husbands.

Salem Witch TrialsMy cousin Betty and I were the first two girls in Salem to exhibit strange behaviors in mid January, 1692, where we both became Ill. Reverend Parris then called in Reverend John Hale to observe myself and Elizabeth.He wrote that we "were bitten and pinched by invisible agents; their arms, necks and backs turned this way and that way and returned back again so as it was impossible for them to do of themselves and beyond the power of any Epileptic Fits or natural Disease to effects."

Salem Witch TrialsMy uncle, as well as others then turned to prayer and fasting wishing for us to get back to health.We did not seem to be getting any healthier, and thats when Reverend Parris brought in Dr. William Griggs. He determined that we were under the influence of an Evil Hand.Salem Witch TrialsAs the talk of the witch craft began to spread, we started thinking about who was afflicting us. It became obvious, and on February 29th, 1692, we filed a complaint that was issued against Tituba, Sarah Osborne, and Sarah good

Salem Witch TrialsThose same women who afflicted Betty and I, also afflicted Ann Putnam, Jr. who also began to suffer sickness.We were at the trial hearings, and while we were there I suffered fits and outbursts.I said that I "saw the apparition of said Sarah Good at her examination pinch Elizabeth Hubbard and set her into fits and also Elizabeth Parris and Ann Putnam, Jr."

Salem Witch TrialsI continued to turn the witches in, accusing Martha Cory, George Burroughs, Bridget Bishop, Elizabeth and John Proctor, Mary Easty, John Willard, Mary Witheridge, and Rebecca Nurse.However, those were not the only people I accused. I made 41 legal complaints , and gave formal testimony in 7 of them.

Salem Witch TrialsDuring Elizabeth Proctors examination, I told them exactly what I had seen. I had seen Elizabeths specter, as well as 40 other witches partake in a sacrament of blood drinking outside of the household that I lived in.Sarah Cloyce and Sarah Good were the deacons that were presiding over the ceremony, and I told them that too.Elizabeths husband, John Proctor was involved in witch craft as well. I told them that he had pinched me.

Salem Witch TrialsMartha Corys specter tried to get me to put my hand on the Devils book.Also, Rebecca Nurse tried to choke, pinch, and tempt me into the fire. She also attended the Devils Sacrament.

Salem Witch TrialsI gave my last testimony of June 3rd, 1962.Although no one truly knows what happened to me, there are rumors that I became a prostitute after. There is also rumors that I gave birth to a child, but no one really knows what happened.However, I died at the age of 17, in July of 1697.Work CitedYost, Melissa M.. "Salem Witch Trials Important Persons." The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. .Lewis, Jone Johnson. "Abigail Williams - Salem Witch Trials." Women's History - Comprehensive Research and Information Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. .Yost, Melissa M.. "Salem Witch Trials Important Persons." The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. .