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Benjamin Proctor (1659-1717) - The only surviving child of John Proctor and his first wife, Martha Giddons, Benjamin, like many other members of the Proctor family was accused of witchcraft in May 1692.

Born in Ipswich in 1659, he spent the first years of his life on his father's farm in Ipswich. In 1666, his father John Proctor moved the family to the outskirts of Salem, in what is now known as Peabody. At that time, John Proctor had purchased the Downing farm and also leased one of the largest farms in the area. Called "Groton," the 700 acre spread was situated southeast of the Salem Village line. He also ran a local tavern. While John's wife and older children managed the tavern, Benjamin and his father managed the rest of his properties.

In 1692, after his father and stepmother, Elizabeth, had been arrested, Benjamin was also accused. On 23 May 1692, a complaint was filed by Lieutenant Nathaniel Ingersall and Thomas Rayment of Salem Village and a warrant issued the same day.

Though he was known to have spent some time in jail, the specific outcome is unknown. He was obviously released at some point, because, when his stepmother, Elizabeth Bassett Proctor, was released in 1693, she and his siblings lived with him. Having been convicted of witchcraft, the property belonging to her and her husband had been confiscated and she had no where else to go.

In 1694, Benjamin and the rest of the family were living in Lynn. That year, Benjamin married the widow Mary Buckley Witheridge, who had also been imprisoned for witchcraft in 1692. The couple would have four children. He died in Danvers (formerly Salem Village) in 1717.


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Benjamin Proctor, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

June 10, 1659
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
October 12, 1695
Age 36
Danvers, Essex Co., MA, USA
December 11, 1699
Age 40
Danvers, Essex Co., MA, USA
January 2, 1702
Age 42
Danvers, Essex Co., MA, USA
Age 45
Danvers, Essex Co., MA, USA
Age 57
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 15, 1950
Age 58
December 15, 1950
Age 58
November 9, 1951
Age 58