About Abigail Somes, Accused Witch
- Somes, Abigail (___) 1655- Gloucester, MA. 1692, Imprisoned and cleared of charges of witchcraft.
See http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/BoySal3R?div_id=n122 (doc attached)
- The connection of Anthony Bennett to Abigail Somes, daughter of Morris Somes born 1655 is very tempting- she is not accounted for by either marriage or death otherwise in my records, and her age is perfect. While some researchers have made that assumption, none has a source citation or made any argument that Anthony Bennett’s wife was indeed a Somes. A review of many reference texts indicates there are no scholars or recognized genealogists who are ready to make this connection.
The primary reason is that an Abigail Somes of Salem, late of Gloucester, singlewoman, was indicted as a witch and imprisoned in 1692 (check this record from Suffolk County Court Records ).
This individual apparently died unmarried in 1733. Babson assumes this person to be the daughter of Timothy Somes of Gloucester (History of Gloucester, p 211). , but I am not so sure. Abigail, daughter of Morris would have been about 37 years old and unmarried, a prime profile of an accused witch and I have seen no record of another Abigail in Gloucester or Salem who fits as well.