Eunice Frye (Potter) (1641 - 1708) MP

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Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Andover, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
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About Eunice Frye (Potter)

Eunice Potter Frye (1641-1708) - Of Andover, Eunice was born to Luke and Mary Edmunds Potter on February 2, 1641 in Concord, Massachusetts. She grew up to marry John Frye and the couple lived in Andover. Though both she and her husband were solid members of the church and her husband a deacon, she was arrested for witchcraft in about September, 1692. When another Andover woman named Mary Osgood was examined on September 8, 1692, she confessed under pressure and named Eunice Potter Frye, Abigail Barker, and Mary Lovett Tyler as having baptized her by the devil. There are no records of Eunice's examination, but she would spend some 15 weeks in prison. After hers and several other arrests had taken place in Andover, the Reverend Francis Dane gathered dozens of signatures on petitions pleading for the release and innocence of the Andover accused. Specifically, speaking of Mary Osgood , Eunice Frye, Deliverance Dane, Sarah Wilson, and Abigail Barker, it would state: "...who are women of whom we can truly give this character and commendation, that they have not only lived among us so inoffensively as not to give the least occasion to any that know them to suspect them of witchcraft, but by their sober godly and exemplary conversation have obtained a good report in the place, where they have been well esteemed and approved in the church of which they are members." Eunice Frye was later released under a £100 bond and does not appear to have ever been tried. She died on November 24, 1708 in Andover.

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Memorandum
    That on the Twentieth Day of December Annoq Dm one thousand six hundred Ninty & two in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God of England &c: King & Queen Defenders of the faith &c: Personally came & Appeared before me George Corwin High Sheriffe for the County of Essex of the Province of the Massathuttets Bay in New England -- Deacon John Fry and John Osgood both of Andaver. Yeomen and Acknowledged themselves & Each of them Indebted Unto our sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Survivors of them their Heires & Successors: in the summe of two hundred pounds to be leaved on their goods & Chattles, Lands & Tenements for the Use of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Surviour of them If default be made in the Performance of the Condition Underwritten./.
    Vizdellisett
    The Condition of the above written Recognizance is such That whereas Unis Fry Wife to the aboves'd Decon John Fry of Andaver afores'd is suspected & Accused of Committing Diverse Acts of Witchcrafts if therfore the: s'd: Unis fry afores'd: shall & do make her Personall Appearance before the Justices of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the Next Court of Assize of Oyer & Terminer next Generall Goal Delivery to be held for or within the County of Essex afores'd: to answer w't: shall be objected ag't: her on their Maj'ties behalfe Refering to the: witchcrafts and to do & Receive that: by which said Court shall be then & there Injoyned &

- 348- not to depart without Lycence Then the above Recognizan[c] e to be void or Else to abide & Remaine in full force & virtue In Wittness whereof the above Named Persons: John Fry & John Ossgood have herunto sett their hand & seals this Twentieth Day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred Ninty & two & in the forth year of their Maj'ties Reigne./.

    Wittnessed.
  • Joshua Conant
  • Robert Gray
  • Jn: Gyles
  • John Frie [Seal]
  • John Osgood [Seal]

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 73 )

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Eunice Frye's Timeline

1641
February 2, 1641
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1660
October 4, 1660
Age 19
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1708
November 24, 1708
Age 67
Andover, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)