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Joseph Pope, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Pope, Sr and Gertrude Pope
Husband of Bathsheba Pope
Father of Nathaniel Pope; Gertrude Pope; Joseph Pope, III; Jerusha Pope; Bathshua POPE and 3 others
Brother of Damaris Buffum; Hannah Buffum; George Pope; Benjamin Pope; Samuel Pope and 1 other

Occupation: Salem Witch Accuser
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About Joseph Pope Jr., Salem witch accuser

Joseph Pope was born on 27 Oct 1650 in Salem, Massachusetts and died Feb 1711/12 in Salem, Massachusetts.

Parents: Joseph Pope (1606-1667) and Damaris, his first wife.

Married:

  1. in 1679 in Salem Village, now Danvers, Massachusetts to Bethshua "Bathsheba" Folger (b. about 1650 on Nantucket Island), daughter of Peter Folger and Mary Morrill. Her sister Abiah was Benjamin Franklin's mother. They had nine children.

Salem Witch Trials

In 1692, Joseph Pope testified re John Proctor who was executed: "aged forty one years or thereabouts Joseph Pope testefyeth and Saith that on the s'd day this deponent heard John Proctor Say that if mr Parish would let him have his Indian hee the s'd Procter would soone Drive the Divell out of him and farther Saith not." Additional minutes from Apr 11 1692: "And John procter of Salem farmes being then personally present was by A.bigail W.illiams and A.nna P.utnam Charged with severall acts of Witchcraft by him Committed on the person of Mrs pope the wife of mr Joseph pope and Others, who ware at s'd tyme accordingly afflicted apparent to all, likewise Marcy Lewis and I got charged s'd John procter at s'd tyme upon w'ch Jno proctor & his wife and S.arah C.loyce ware all Committed to prison per advise of the Councill." And "...also the said Abigail W.illiams & Ann Putname then testifyed that they say this Eliza: Proctor & her husband John Proctor severall times afflicting of Bathshua Pope the wife of Joseph Pope of Salem Yeoman, at which times the said Bathshua Pope was seized with violent fits"

Notes

Joseph Pope paid a tax of four shilling, putting him in the top quarter of all the tax payers in Salem Village. His gravestone was described as a “pretentious stone of slate” by Jasper Marsh (Historical Collections of the Danvers Historical Society, Volume 10, page 93). Mr. and Mrs. Pope were central characters in the witchcraft trials, too. Joseph testified that he heard John Proctor (popularly known as the main character in “The Crucible”) say he would “Drive the Divell out” of one of the accused. Bethshua (also known as Bathsheba) claimed to be afflicted by the defendants, and during Martha Corey’s trial she threw her shoe and struck Corey in the head.

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Joseph Pope Jr., Salem witch accuser's Timeline

1650
October 27, 1650
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
October 27, 1650
Salem, Essex, Ma
1679
November 20, 1679
Age 29
Essex Co., Salem, Ma
1679
Age 28
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1683
April 9, 1683
Age 32
Salem, Essex, Mass.
1685
August 27, 1685
Age 34
Salem, Essex, Mass
1688
June 16, 1688
Age 37
Essex Co., Salem, Ma
1690
June 6, 1690
Age 39
Essex Co., Salem, Ma
1693
December 4, 1693
Age 43
Essex Co., Salem, Ma
1695
April 1, 1695
Age 44
Salem Village, Essex, Ma