Thomas Farrar, of Lynn (c.1615 - 1694) MP

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Nicknames: "Old Pharoah"
Place of Burial: Nahant St. Lynn, Ma
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Thomas Farrar, of Lynn

Because of his old age, presumably he was hard of hearing, he was allowed to sit in the pulpit to be able to hear the minister. Teenager Ann Putnam accused him of witchcraft because in her dreams she saw him pinching her. This happened in Salem 18 May 1692. He was sent to prison in Boston for a period of 5 to 7 months (sources differ on when he got out of prison).

As the elder Thomas, he was familiarly called "old Pharoah." He was accused of witchcraft in 1692 and brought before the court in Salem on 18 May, despite fact that son Thomas was a selectmen of Lynn that year. NEHGR VI 317 Deposition before the court was by Ann Putnam . . . on "8th May 1692 there appearaed before me the apperishion of an old gray headed man with a great nose, which tortured me and almost choked me and urgred me to writ in his book, and I asked him his name and from whence he came for I would complain of him; and the people used to call him old father pharaoh; and he said he was my grandfather, for my father used to call him father; but I told him I would not call him grandfather for he was a wizard and I would compain of him, and ever since he hath afflicted me by times, beating me and pinching me and almost choking me and urging me to writ in his bookk" He was sent to prison in Boston and kept until 2 November (about 5 months)

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1615
January 29, 1615
Burnley, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
1635
1635
Age 19
1644
September 4, 1644
Age 29
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1646
1646
Age 30
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
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1648
Age 32
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1653
October, 1653
Age 38
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1657
1657
Age 41
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1658
March 26, 1658
Age 43
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1660
October 6, 1660
Age 45
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
October 6, 1660
Age 45
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA