Sarah Preston (Wilson) (1678 - 1720)

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Birthplace: Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut
Managed by: Jason Peter Herbert
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About Sarah Preston (Wilson)

Sarah (Wilson) Preston (1678 - 1720), daughter of Joseph Wilson and Sarah Lord of Andover, was just 14 years old when she and her mother were arrested for witchcraft on 7 September 1692, after the Reverend Thomas Barnard conducted his infamous "touch test."

After spending six weeks in prison she was released on bail on 15 October. Three months later, in January 1693, her mother was also released. On 10 May 1693, both mother and daughter appeared at the Superior Court of Judicature at Ipswich and were acquitted.

Born 31 December 1678 at Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, Sarah married Jacob Preston on 17 June 1702; they settled in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut. She died at the age of 42 in 1720 at Ashford.

Children of Jacob and Sarah Preston

  1. David Preston (1703 - 1755)
  2. Benjamin Preston (1705 - 1784)
  3. Unknown Preston (1707 - died in infancy)
  4. Jacob Preston (1707 - ?)
  5. William Preston (1711 - 1778)
  6. Joseph Preston (1712 - 1803)
  7. John Preston (1716 - 1776)
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Sarah Wilson Preston, Accused Witch's Timeline

1678
December 31, 1678
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
1702
June 17, 1702
Age 23
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
1703
1703
Age 24
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1705
April 20, 1705
Age 26
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1707
September 21, 1707
Age 28
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1711
1711
Age 32
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1712
September 14, 1712
Age 33
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1716
January 19, 1716
Age 37
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1720
1720
Age 41
Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut