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Edward Bishop, Jr.

Also Known As: "Byshop spelling on Salem", "Mass death record"
Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Bishop, Sr., of Salem and Hannah Bishop, of Salem
Husband of Sarah Bishop, Escaped Salem Witch
Father of Edward Bishop, Ill, Escaped Salem Witch; William Bishop; Jonathan Bishop and John Bishop
Brother of Hanna Bishop and Mary Bishop

Occupation: accused of witchcraft
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About Edward Bishop, "the Tavern Keeper"


Much of their estate was confiscated during their imprisonment, leaving their large family practically homeless.

From "History of the town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine, from its settlement June 10, 1780" (Lewiston Journal Co. 1906) at 64

Edward third was born in Salem in 1648. He married Sarah Wildes ; was a farmer, a native of Salem, in which place he lived. He was present at the hearing in April, 1692, given Sarah Cloyce accused of witch-craft ; and hearing John, an Indian servant in the family of Samuel I'arris, the minister, who was her accuser, give false testimony against her, cured that servant by a good flogging and declared his belief that he could likewise cure the whole company thus afflicted. For this both he and his wife were imprisoned. With the overthrow of that tyrant, priestly power, they were released, and in 1693 moved to Rehoboth, Mass., where he died May 11, 1711. In his will mention is made of Jonathan fourth, born in the year 1686. He married Abigail Avery. The date of his death is unknown to the w^riter but his will was probated April 7, 1725.


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Edward Bishop, "the Tavern Keeper"'s Timeline

February 23, 1648
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
April 23, 1648
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 21
Salem Village, Massachusetts
Age 21
Topsfield, MA
Age 35
Age 37
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 40
May 12, 1711
Age 63
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts