Colonel Dudley Bradstreet, Salem Witch Trials

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Col Dudley Bradstreet, Col.

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: November 13, 1702 (54)
Immediate Family:

Son of Governor Simon Bradstreet, Jr. and Anne Dudley Bradstreet, 1st American poet
Husband of Ann Bradstreet
Father of Margaret Tyler; Dudley Bradstreet and Ann Bradstreet
Brother of Dr. Samuel Bradstreet, of Jamaica; Sarah Ward; Dorothy Cotton; Rev. Simon Bradstreet; Hannah Bradstreet (Wiggin) and 4 others

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About Colonel Dudley Bradstreet, Salem Witch Trials

Colonel Dudley Bradstreet (1648-1702) - Born in Andover, Massachusetts to Simon and Ann Dudley Bradstreet, he grew up to marry Ann Wood, also of Andover, on November 12, 1673. His father, Simon would serve as the Colonial Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1670 to 1686. He was an attorney, a colonel in the militia, schoolteacher, and served as a selectman and town clerk in Andover. He would also serve as a Deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts and later, was a member of the Governor's Council.

Though he opposed the entire witchcraft delusion, he found himself in the unenviable position of Justice of the Peace in Andover during the hysteria. In the eight weeks from 15 July 1692 until the "touch test" on September 7th, Bradstreet granted out arrest warrants against, and committed, some 30 Andover persons to prisons for supposed witchcrafts. On September 7th, after the ludicrous "touch test," he dutifully wrote out an additional 18 warrants. However, after he had issued those warrants, he refused to grant any more.

Not long afterwards, both he and his wife Ann, were themselves, accused of witchcraft, with the "afflicted" claiming that they had killed at least nine people. In response, Colonel Bradstreet and his wife fled the area.

However, he later returned to Andover and his name appears first on the petition written in late December. The petition, presented to the Superior Court of Judicature at Salem at its opening session on January 3, 1693. It was signed not only by Colonel Bradstreet, but also the Reverend Francis Dane, Reverend Thomas Barnard, 38 other men, and 12 women. The petition was on behalf of Mary Clement Osgood, Eunice Potter Frye, Deliverance Haseltine Dane, Sarah Lord Wilson and Abigail Wheeler Barker, who were all church members who had been arrested together at the Andover touch test. He died in Andover, Massachusetts in 1706.


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Colonel Dudley Bradstreet, Salem Witch Trials's Timeline

Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
February 19, 1674
Age 26
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 27, 1678
Age 30
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 5, 1681
Age 33
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 13, 1702
Age 54
Of Andover