Mary Barnes (Unknown) (c.1620 - 1663) MP

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Nicknames: "Mary Needham", "Mary Brockett", "Mary Andrews", "Mary Eizabeth"
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Cause of death: Hanging
Managed by: GM
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About Mary Barnes (Unknown)

Mary Barnes was born ABT 1631 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. She died 6 FEB 1662 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. ALT January 18, 1663.. Her maiden name has been given as Needham & Brockett. Neither are proven.Mary's daughter Sarah married John Scovel (aka Scovell, Scovill or Scoville) on March 29, 1666, in Farmington. Mary the "witch" and Thomas Barnes had at least two other kids - Joseph and Benjamin. (Thomas then married again and had more kids.)

The tragic scenes, which closed this horrible episode of our local history, can be all too clearly imagined. Mary Sanford was convicted first, and was not long detained in jail. Like some weird spectre of the spirit world, she disappeared. Goodwife Barnes was confined three weeks, for which Daniel Garret, the jailkeeper, was allowed 21s., to be paid by Goodman Barnes. The jailor was also allowed 6s. a week for keeping Nathaniel and Rebecca Greensmith, to be paid out of his estate. His inventory states that he was executed January 25, 1662-3.2 Hutchinson quotes the diary of Goffe, the regicide, under the date January 20th, as saying "three witches were condemned at Hartford."

_____________ Children of THOMAS BARNES and Mary (__) w\o Thomas BARNES are:

  • 2 i. Sarah BARNES was born 1650 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died AFT 1700 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married John SCOVILLE 29 MAR 1666 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was born 1635.
  • + 3 ii. Joseph BARNES was born 26 MAY 1651 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 23 JAN 1740/41 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
  • 4 iii. Benjamin BARNES was born 24 JUL 1653 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 24 APR 1731 in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Kimberly MALLORY. He married Sarah INGERSOLL ABT 1684 in Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  • 5 iv. Hannah BARNES was born 1657 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1663.

Note:

She was convicted of witchcraft and executed according to records at "Particular Court of Connecticut" convened 6 Jan 1662/3. A jury found her guilty and she was one of the last persons executed for this "crime". Her husband had to pay the costs of keeping her in jail amounting to 21 shillings, per Fred BARNES of Fairfield, CA citing "The Ancestry of Fanny BARNES and her husband Thomas KNIGHT," Prestige Printers, 1989. The foregoing is confirmed by Hal & Carma FERGUSON in their e-mail which reads:

"I am a descendant of Thomas Barnes (1615) m.Mary Needham (executed for being a witch) and Mary Andrews. I have a large file and would like to compare records if you are interested. Hal" 

!BIRTH: Frederic Wayne Barnes, Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Connecticut; ; Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD 1994; Library of Congress #94-73048, pp. 4-5; ; Date: 8 Jan 2008

Change Date: 6 Nov 2007 at 21:29:05




Marriage 1 Thomas Barnes b: ABT 1615 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

• Married: ABT 1648 in Hertford County, Connecticut, USA 1

• Change Date: 9 Oct 2007

Children

1. Sarah (Barnes) Scoville b: 1650 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

2. Joseph Barnes b: 26 MAY 1651 in Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

3. Benjamin Barnes b: 24 JUL 1653 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

4. Hannah Barnes b: ABT 1657 in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

Sources:

1. Title: Thomas Barnes of England (1591-1689)
Abbrev: Steingraber
Author: Stuart G. Steingraber, Esq.
Publication: Gencircles
Date: 26 Sep 2007

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Mary Barnes of Farmington, convicted witch's Timeline

1620
1620
England
1643
1643
Age 23
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1647
1647
Age 27
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
1651
May 26, 1651
Age 31
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1653
July 24, 1653
Age 33
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1657
1657
Age 37
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1663
January 25, 1663
Age 43
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
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