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John Allen

Also Known As: "John //"
Birthplace: Salisbury, Essex County, MA, USA
Death: Died in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Allen, Jr and Anna Allen
Husband of Mary Allen
Father of Sarah Gordon; Hopestill Allen; Mary Merrill and Hannah Allen
Brother of Abigail Wheeler; Ann Allen; Thomas Allen; Hannah Ayer; Mary Hart and 14 others
Half brother of Martha Hubbard

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III. The Tryal of Susanna Martin (2) At the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held by Adjournment at Salem, June 29, 1692.

(2) Of Amesbury. She too had been long accused. For the trial records see Records of Salem Witchcraft, I. 193-233. She was executed on July 19.

I. Susanna Martin, pleading Not Guilty to the Indictment of Witchcraft brought in against her, there were produced the evidences of many persons very sensibly and grievously Bewitched; who all complaned of the prisoner at the Bar, as the person whom they Believed the cause of their Miseries. And now, as well as in the other Trials, there was an extraordinary endeavour by Witchcrafts, with Cruel and Frequent Fits, to hinder the poor sufferers from giving in their complaints; which the Court was forced with much patience to obtain, by much waiting and watching for it.

III. The Court accounted themselves Alarum'd by these things, to Enquire further into the Conversation of the Prisoner; and see what there might occur, to render these Accusations further credible. Whereupon, John Allen, of Salisbury, testify'd, That he refusing, because of the weakness of his Oxen, to Cart some Staves, at the request of this Martin, she was displeased at it; and said, "It had been as good that he had; for his Oxen should never do him much more Service." Whereupon this Deponent said, " Dost thou threaten me, thou old Witch? I'l throw thee into the Brook": Which to avoid, she flew over the Bridge, and escaped. But, as he was going home, one of his Oxen Tired, so that he was forced to Unyoke him, that he might get him home. He then put his Oxen, with many more, upon Salisbury Beach, where Cattle did use to get Flesh. In a few days, all the Oxen upon the Beach were found by their Tracks, to have run unto the mouth of Merrimack-River, and not returned; but the next day they were found come ashore upon Plum-Island. They that sought them used all imaginable gentleness, but they would still run away with a violence that seemed wholly Diabolical, till they came near the mouth of Merrimack-River; when they ran right into the Sea, swimming as far as they could be seen. One of them then swam back again, with a swiftness amazing to the Beholders, who stood ready to receive him, and help up his Tired Carcass: But the Beast ran furiously up into the Island, and from thence, through the Marishes, up into New- bury Town, and so up into the Woods; and there after a while found near Amesbury. So that, of Fourteen good Oxen, there was only this saved: the rest were all cast up, some in one place, and some in another, Drowned.

from Narratives of the witchcraft cases, 1648-1706 By George Lincoln Burr, pp 229-233

-------------------- John, b. Oct. 9, 1648, son of William Allen and Ann; m. Aug. 24, 1674, Mary Andros, widow of Jedediah Andros and daughter of Major Robert Pike; she d. April 28, 1695; he d. Feb. 27, 1696/7. He was called planter, mariner and vintner. He took the Oath of Allegiance in 1677 but did not become a Freeman until 1690. In 1692, about to go on a voyage, John Allen of Salisbury, mariner, appointed his wife Mary his attorney. When Major Pike gave land to his seven children in 1687 he called this son-in-law Lieut. John Allen, which makes it highly probable that he was the Lieut. John Allen who was wounded in a fight with French and Indians at Maquoit, on Casco Bay, in July or August, 1691. He had previously seen slight military service for on Aug. 14, 1689, Salisbury sent out scouts, including John and William Allen, "to rang about ye scirts of ye town: dayly until farther order be taken." He and his wife signed the Bradbury petition, but he was a witness against Susanna Martin, accused of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. He made a will on June 30, 1691, and it was proved April 14, 1697, but William Allen and Jarvis Ring were appointed administrators in 1698. [ref 46:1-8] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - buried 1 Mar 1696 Salisbury From Free Pages Genealogy by Patty Rose

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John Allen's Timeline

October 9, 1648
Salisbury, Essex County, MA, USA
August 24, 1674
Age 25
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 26
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
February 9, 1677
Age 28
Salisbury, Essex County, MA, USA
December 27, 1681
Age 33
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 22, 1686
Age 38
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
February 27, 1696
Age 47
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
March 1, 1696
Age 47
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
February 13, 1923
Age 47
February 18, 1923
Age 47