Andrew Eliot, Sr. (c.1627 - 1704)

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Nicknames: "Eliot;", "Elliott;"
Birthplace: East Coker, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Beverly, Essex, MA
Occupation: Juror at the Salem witch trials
Managed by: Lori Lynn Wilke
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About Andrew Eliot, Sr.

Occupation: “Corwinder “ (cordwainer?)

Sen. John Kerry, author Nathaniel Hawthorne, Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, and poet T. S. Eliot are descendants.

VETERAN OF THE CANADA EXPEDITION, 1690, REPRESENTATIVE TO THE GENERAL COURT, FIRST TOWN CLERK OF BEVERLY, MA, 1690, SELECTMAN, JUROR DURING THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS

IMMIGRATION: arrived 1668 or 1670 - emigrated from East Coker where is last mentioned 1668. Came with wife & children to Beverly MA

Representative to the General Court for 5 yrs. Elected first town clerk of Beverly Apr 1690. Pay was 30 shillings in money or 40 shillings in produce. 1684-1690 he was employed to transcribe the town records (with Sam'l Hardie). Selectman. A very prominent citizen.

In 1686 was one of five witnesses from Beverly to attend the execution of the Indian deed of the town of Salem.

Served on jury during Salem witchcraft trials. Was a source of much mental anxiety to him in later years. Was one of the signers of the document of regret. (see below)

DECLARATION OF REGRET FOR PART TAKEN IN SALEM WITCHCRAFT, CIRCULATED AND SIGNED BY THE JURORS. (p 474, His. of Salem Witchcraft) "We, whose names are underwritten, being in the year 1692, called to serve as jurors in Court of Salem, on trial of many who were by some suspected guilty of doing acts of witchcraft upon the bodies of sundry persons, we confess that we ourselves were not capable to understand, nor able to withstand the mysterious delusions of the powers of darkness and Prince of the air, but wer for want of knowledge in ourselves and better information from others, prevailed with to take uo with such evidence against the accused as, on further consideration and better information, we justly fear was insufficient for touching the lives of any (Deut. xvii, 6), whereby we fear we have been instrumental, with others, through ignorance and unwittingly, to bring upon ourselves and this people of the Lord the guilt of innocent blood, which sin the Lord saith in Scripture he would not pardon (2 Kings xxix, 4) that is, we suppose, in regard of his temporal judgments. We do therefor, hereby signify to all in general, and to the surviving sufferers in special, our deep sense of, and sorrow for, our errors in acting on such evidence to the condemning of any person; and do hereby declare that we justly fear that we were sadly deluded and mistaken - for which we are much disquited and distressed in our minds, and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness, first of God, for Christ's sake, for this our error, and pray that God would not impute the guilt of it to ourselves nor others; and we also pray that we may be considered candidly and aright by the living sufferers, as being then under the power of a strong and general delusion, utterly unaquainted with, and not experienced in matters of that nature.

"We do heartily ask forgiveness of you all, whom we have justly offended; and do declare, according to our present minds, we would none of us do such things again, on such grounds, for the whole world, - praying you to accept of this in way of satisfaction for our offence, and that you bless the inheritance of the Lord, that he may be entreated for the land. Thomas Fisk, Foreman William Fisk, John Batcheler, Thomas Fisk, Jr. John Dane Joseph Evelith, Thomas Pearly, Sr. John Peabody, Thomas Perkins, Samuel Sayer, Andrew Eliot Henry Herrick, Sr.

Sources:

1) Margaret Olson Database, 9 Aug 2004

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=olsone me&id=I569

2) Dave Ross Database, 10 Oct 2004

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=utzing &id=I122481

3) William Charles Eliot bio, American Biographical Library, Ancestry.com, 2004

http://search.ancestry.com/db-abl/P142.aspx

4) Karen Moore Database, 20 Jul 2002

http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2172660&id=I6355

5) LDS Ancestral files -------------------- Family may go back to a Norman who fought with William the Conqueror at Hasting named William de Aliot, in 1066.

T.S. Eliot, the poet, came from this family.

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Andrew Eliot, Sr.'s Timeline

1627
April 24, 1627
East Coker, Somerset, England
April 24, 1627
Parish Church, East Coker, Somerset, England
June 24, 1627
East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset, England
1649
April 23, 1649
Age 21
East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset, England
April 23, 1649
Age 21
East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset, England
1651
January 30, 1651
Age 23
East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset, England
1655
1655
Age 27
East Coker, Somerset, England
1704
March 1, 1704
Age 76
Beverly, Essex, MA
1704
Age 76