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Ann Trask (Putnam)

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: November 14, 1676 (31)
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lt. Thomas Putnam; Thomas Putnam; Ann Putnam (Holyoke) and ? Putnam
Wife of William Trask and William Trask, Jr.
Mother of Susannah Fuller; Ann Brooks; Elizabeth Mary Hanson; Sarah Williams; William Trask and 4 others
Sister of Sarah Putnam; Mary Putnam; Thomas Putnam, Jr.; Deacon Edward Putnam; Deliverance Wolcott and 5 others
Half sister of Joseph Putnam

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About Ann Trask

Ancestor of Pres Taft thru John / Samuel / Anna / Susanna.


Ann Birth: 7 JUN 1668, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Elizabeth (our line) Birth: MAR 1669, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Sara Birth: 14 JUN 1672, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

William Birth: 7 JUL 1674, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Susannah Birth: 3 SEP 1676, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

The Putnam family was involved in the Salem witch affair. This Ann was not the Ann that made the accusation. As best I can tell, that Ann was the niece, that is, the daughter of the brother Thomas of this Ann.

One of the laws in England, during the 1500 - 1600's, stated that Witchcraft was a capital offense, punishable by death. In New England prior to "the penomenon" 79 persons were accused, 33 tried and 15 hung for witchcraft between 1647 and 1663.

The problems that occurred in Salem Village (now Danvers, MA) during the years 1692 and 1693 all seemed to have begun at the home of Reverend Samuel Parris in Salem Village. They involved his servant, Tituba, and a small group of young girls under the age of twenty. Tituba was from Barbados where voodoo and the belief in the occult was part of the culture there.

Reverend Parris's daughter Betty and niece Abigail Williams, later joined by Susannah Sheldon, Elizabeth and Alice Booth, Mary Walcott, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Warren, Sarah Churchill, Mercy Lewis (Putnam's servant) and Ann Putnam were fascinated with the stories, magic tricks and fortune telling by Tituba.

Ann Putnam, born in Salem Village on October 18, 1679, was the daughter of Sergent Thomas Putnam and Ann Carr. She has been confused with Ann Putnam the first wife of William Trask, son of Captain William Trask. William's wife, Ann Putnam, born in Salem Village on June 7, 1668, was the daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Putnam and his first wife Ann Holyoke. Lieutenant Thomas Putnam was Sergent Thomas Putnam's father. According to the "Putnam Lineage," by E. Putnam, The Putnam Family was very involved with the Witchcraft Trials - in one instance putting brother against brother.

During months of January and February of 1692, nine of the girls started acting very bizarre and were taken before Dr. Griggs for an examination. Dr. Griggs could not medically determine why they were all acting so strangely and believed they were all under the influence of the supernatural.

In March 1692, Magistrates John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin and Reverend Parris intensely pressured, tricked and questioned the girls, at Lt. Ingersoll's Ordinary in Salem Village, into naming the persons responsible for their fits. By May of 1692 some 200 people were publicly accused by the afflicted girls and hysterical people from the surrounding area.

Governor William Phips, enroute to Salem after James the II was overthrown by William of Orange, arrived in Salem, MA on May 14th, 1692. The Governor set up a special "Court of Oyer and Terminer" composed of seven judges to try the witchcraft cases. The appointed judges were; Lieutenant Governor William Stoughon, Nathaniel Saltonstall, Bartholomew Gedney, Peter Sergeant, Samuel Sewall, Wait Still Winthrop, John Richards, John Hathorne, and Jonathan Corwin.

There were at least 160 people confined in the Essex and Middlesex County jails. Most of which were in chains to prevent the "spectres" from leaving their bodies while they awaited trial. Attorney General Thomas Newton began the first trial on June 2nd, 1692.

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Ann Trask's Timeline

August 25, 1645
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
June 7, 1668
Age 22
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 22
March 1669
Age 23
Salem, Essex, MA, United States
June 14, 1672
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
September 7, 1674
Age 29
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
November 3, 1676
Age 31
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 14, 1676
Age 31
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 31
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony