Abigail Somes, Accused Witch

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Abigail Somes, Accused Witch

Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Morris Somes and Elizabeth Somes
Wife of Anthony Bennett, Sr.
Mother of John Bennett; Anthony Bennett, Jr.; Abigail Bennett; Peter Bennett; Andrew Bennett and 1 other
Sister of John Somes and Nathaniel Somes

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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.


-------------------- Note

  • the second wife of Anthony Bennett has been reported as Abigail Soames (Babson's "History of Gloucester.") However Torrey's "New England Marriages to 1700" clearly reports her maiden name as unknown on page 63.


  1. ABT 1678 to Anthony Bennett b. Bef 1652

They were the parents of 5 children:

  1. Anthony Bennett born 12 Nov 1679.
  2. Peter Bennett born Abt 1680.
  3. Andrew Bennett born 11 Apr 1684.
  4. John Bennett born 11 Apr 1686.
  5. Abigail Bennett born 7 Sep 1688.


  • DAWG Page: I:89, 674


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Abigail Somes, Accused Witch's Timeline

May 6, 1655
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 12, 1679
Age 24
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
November 12, 1679
Age 24
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 23
Gloucester, MA, USA
Age 24
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
April 11, 1686
Age 30
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 7, 1688
Age 33
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 78
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States