Mary Ireson (Leach)
|Also Known As:||"Salem Witch"|
|Birthplace:||Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony|
|Death:||Died in Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts|
|Occupation:||Accused of witchcraft in Salem|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Mary Ireson
Mary (Leach) Ireson (1654 - 1711), daughter of Richard Leach and Sarah Ann Fuller, was born in 1654 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married Benjamin Ireson of Lynn, Massachusetts. They had only one child, a daughter.
Mary Ireson became involved in the Salem witch trials when a complaint was sworn out against her on 4 June 1692 by Edward Putnam and Thomas Rayment, alleging that Mary had afflicted Mary Warren, Susanna Sheldon and Mary Walcott. She was arrested and examined on 6th June. As soon as she entered the room, several of the "afflicted girls" fell into fits. Susanna Sheldon testified that Mary's specter had brought her the Devil's book and if she didn't sign it would tear her throat out. No further information is known beyond the initial examination.
She died at the age of 57 on 5 March 1711 at Salem.