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Daniel Andrews, *

Also Known As: "Andrew", "Andrewes"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: December 3, 1702 (59)
Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts (Smallpox)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Andrews, of Cambridge and Rebecca Fox
Husband of Sarah Andrews
Father of Sarah Dodge; Daniel Andrews; Thomas Andrews; Samuel Andrews; Elisabeth Andrews and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Andrew and Rebecca Jacobs
Half brother of Mary Wyeth; Nicholas Wyeth, Jr.; Martha Ives; John Wyeth and William Wyeth

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About Daniel Andrews, Accused Witch

Accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials:

Twenty-six villagers, 11 of whom were Putnams, voted to give Parris a parsonage, a barn, and two acres of land. Some villagers thought that these gifts were too generous. In October 1691 a faction of Parris-Putnam supporters was ousted from the village committee and replaced by individuals who were openly hostile to the reverend, including Daniel Andrew, the son-in-law of John Porter Sr.; Joseph Hutchinson, one of the sawmill operators responsible for flooding the Putnams' farms; Francis Nurse, a village farmer who had been involved in a bitter boundary dispute with Nathaniel Putnam; and Joseph Porter. The new committee quickly voted down a tax levy that would have raised revenue to pay the salary of Reverend Parris.

Daniel Andrew, Phillip English, Francis Nurse, and George Burroughs were representative of the group of defendants accused of witchcraft by the Putnam family. Andrew was born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1669 he moved to Salem where he married Sarah Porter, daughter of Putnam family rival John Porter Sr. Through an inheritance, Andrew and his wife received a large parcel of land, helping them become the fourth wealthiest couple in Salem Village. Andrew was also one of the Salem residents selected to replace the Putnam-Parris faction on the village committee. Along with his village committee colleagues Francis Nurse and Phillip English, Andrew was accused of practicing witchcraft by the Putnam clan. None of the three was executed.

Source: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Salem+Witch+Trials

Salem Witch Trials Timeline:

December 1692

December 26: Several members of Salem Village church were asked to appear before the church and explain their absences and differences: Joseph Porter, Joseph Hutchinson Sr., Joseph Putnam, Daniel Andrews and Francis Nurse.

Source: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/witchesamerica/ss/Salem-Witch-Trials-Timeline_12.htm

ANDREWS, Daniel (-1703) (ae 28 in 1671) & Sarah [PORTER] (1649-); by 1677; Salem {Salem 2:161; 3:42; Andrews (1890) 203; Essex Ant. 3:136; Sv. 1:53; Dodge (1894) 37; Putnam's Mag. 3:274; Dodge Anc. (1896) 29, 30; Reg. 6:206; Wildes Anc. 138}


From: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ma-witches-a.html

Daniel Andrew (1643-1702) - From Salem Village, Daniel was accused of witchcraft but fled before he could be brought in. Accusations against Daniel Andrew, as well as Philip and Mary English, are thought to have been orchestrated by the powerful Putman family of Salem Village. Daniel was born to Thomas Andrew and Rebecca Craddock in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1643. He moved to Salem Village in 1669, where he would live until his death. Working as a Bricklayer, he was involved in many projects in Salem Village such as the building of the new town Hall, the Woodcock House, and other buildings in the community. In 1677, he married Sarah Porter and the couple would have eight children. Daniel was active in the community, serving as Juryman in the years of 1676, 1681, and 1684. He also served as a town Selectman several years and constable in 1677.

Both Daniel Andrew and Philip English were prominent townsmen, whose positions the Putman family wanted to hold. Further inducing the Putman wrath against Daniel Andrew was the fact that he was related to Israel Porter by marriage, who was a long time enemy of the Putnams. In 1689, Nathaniel and John Putnam were elected as Town selectmen and Israel Porter, Daniel Andrew, and several others resigned in protest. In 1692, Israel Porter and Daniel Andrew were reelected and Philip English was added to their number. The Putman brothers were not re-elected. Suspiciously, just weeks later a warrants were issued against Daniel Andrew and Philip and Mary Hollingsworth English. Nine days later Thomas Putnam and his brother-in-law, Jonathan Walcott, submitted a complaint against Philip English, which was followed up with a complaint against Daniel Andrew on May 14, 1692.

Thomas Putnam wasn't generally in the habit of making accusations, rather he facilitated the accusations of his family and neighbors. Members of his family who accused Daniel Andrew included Ann Putnam, Jr., Mary Walcott, and Mercy Lewis. Once these accusations were made and seeing what had happened to others who had been accused, Daniel Andrew fled before a warrant could be issued for his arrest. Some time later; however, he obviously returned, probably after the hysteria died down. He resumed his role as a town selectman in 1701 and 1702, the year he died.

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Daniel Andrews, Accused Witch's Timeline

March 1643
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 30
September 2, 1677
Age 34
Salem, Mass
Age 34
Age 39
December 3, 1702
Age 59
Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts