Mary Foster Lacey, Salem Witch Trials

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Mary H. Lacy (Foster)

Also Known As: "Lacy"
Birthplace: Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Foster, I and Ann Foster
Wife of W. J. McDowell and Lawrence Lacy
Mother of Mary Kempe; Sarah Kemp; Sarah Lacey; Dorothy Lacey and Lawrence Lacey
Sister of Andrew Foster, III; Hannah Foster Stone; Sarah Kemp; Fifth Foster and Abraham Foster

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About Mary Foster Lacey, Salem Witch Trials

In 1692, when a woman named Elizabeth Ballard came down with a fever that baffled doctors, witchcraft was suspected, and a search for the responsible witch began. Two afflicted girls from Salem village, Ann Putnam and Mary Walcott, were taken to Andover to seek out the witch, and fell into fits at the sight of Mary Lacey, Sr.'s mother, Ann Foster. Ann, 72, a widow of seven years, was arrested and taken to Salem prison.

A careful reading of the trial transcripts reveals that Ann Foster resisted confessing to the 'crimes' she was accused of, despite being "put to the question" (i.e. tortured) multiple times over a period of days. However, her resolve broke when her daughter Mary Lacey, Sr., similarly accused of witchcraft, accused her own mother of the crime in order to save herself and her child, Mary Lacey, Jr.. The transcripts reveal the anguish of a mother attempting to shield her child and grandchild by taking the burden of guilt upon herself.

Convicted, Ann Foster died in the Salem jail after 21 weeks on December 3, 1692, before the trials were discredited and ended.


  1. ID: I38409
  2. Name: Mary FOSTER
  3. Sex: F
  4. Birth: 1652
  5. Death: 1707

Marriage 1 Lawrence LACY b: ABT 1654


  1. Has Children Mary LACY b: 25 MAY 1674
  2. Has Children Sarah LACY b: 1 OCT 1686 in Andover, Massachusetts

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Mary Foster Lacey, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

July 9, 1652
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
August 5, 1673
Age 21
Andover, Essex, MA
May 25, 1674
Age 21
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 6, 1677
Age 25
May 8, 1683
Age 30
October 1, 1686
Age 34
Andover, Essex, MA, United States
October 1, 1686
Age 34
June 18, 1707
Age 54
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 11, 1906
Age 54
December 11, 1906
Age 54