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Edward Bishop, Ill, Escaped Salem Witch

Birthplace: Salem Village, Massachusetts
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Bishop, "the Tavern Keeper" and Sarah Bishop
Husband of Susanna Eigth Child Putnam
Father of Josiah Bishop
Brother of William Bishop; Jonathan Bishop; Samuel Bishop; Sarah Jorden; John Bishop and 5 others

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About Edward Bishop, Ill, Escaped Salem Witch

From a Faculty Law Review about Bridget Bishop and other who were accused:

Bishop's death did not go unnoticed in Salem. The court took a short recess, accusations slowed down for a time, more than a month passed before there were any more executions, and one of the judges, Nathaniel Saltonstall resigned, having become dissatisfied with the court's methods. Even Governor Phips had doubts about the methods of the court and went to Boston to consult the ministers there as to what should be done with the rest of the accused. Unfortunately for the eighteen others who would be hanged as witches (in addition to the one pressed to death and the several who died in prison), the ministers decidedly and earnestly recommended that the proceedings should be "vigorously carried on," and so they were. Less than a year after her death, Bishop's husband married Elizabeth Cash, and several of those who had testified against her, in deathbed confessions claimed that their accusations were "deluted by the Devil."

Conventional thought holds that

  1. Edward Bishop III was the grandson of the Immigrant Edward Bishop and the son of Edward Bishop Jr.
  2. Edward Bishop and his wife Sarah were jailed following an accusation of witchcraft during the troubles in Salem in 1692.
  3. They were able to break out of the Boston jail and went away for a while.
  4. Their son Samuel redeemed their property.


  • Boyer, Paul; Stephen Nissenbaum. "Search: for all instances/references to the name Edward Bishop Jr.". The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692. Benjamin Ray, The University of Virginia. Retrieved 2008-01-04. Salem Witchcraft with an account of Salem Village and a history of opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects. Charles W. Upham, NY: Frederick Unger Pub Co, 1978, 2 VV.


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Edward Bishop, Ill, Escaped Salem Witch's Timeline

Salem Village, Massachusetts
March 23, 1692
Age 22
Salem MA
Age 25
Prob. Salem, Essex, Massachusetts