Elizabeth Parris, Salem Witch Accuser

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Elizabeth Parris, Salem Witch Accuser

Also Known As: "Betty"
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Samuel Parris, organizer Salem Witch Trials and Elizabeth Parris
Sister of NN Parris; NN Parris; Thomas Parris and Susannah Parris

Managed by: Rowan Parris
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About Elizabeth Parris, Salem Witch Accuser

Betty Parris, ten-year-old daughter of Samuel Parris, whose strange behavior beginning in February, 1692 started everything off.



Elizabeth "Betty" Parris (November 28, 1682 – March 21, 1760) was one of the accusers during the Salem witch trials. In the winter of 1691–1692, Betty, the nine-year-old daughter[1] of the Salem, Massachusetts' Reverend Samuel Parris (1653–1720) and his wife Elizabeth,[2] was the first to claim illness due to being "bewitched". Her contortions, convulsions and outbursts of gibberish at first baffled everyone, especially when other girls began to show similar symptoms. Shortly after her illness the Salem witch trials began, with the girls accusing neighbors of witchcraft


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Elizabeth Parris, Salem Witch Accuser's Timeline

February 25, 1692
Age 10
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

Poor and often homeless, Sarah had an unsavoury reputation, described by the people of Salem as being filthy, bad-tempered, and strangely detached from the rest of the village. She was often associated with the death of residents' livestock and would wander door to door, asking for charity. If the resident refused, Good would walk away muttering under her breath.

Sarah was accused of witchcraft on 25 February 1692, when Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris claimed to be bewitched under her hand. The girls claimed they had been bitten, pinched, and otherwise abused by her.

Age 78