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Mary Parker (Ayer)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of death: Hanged as a Salem witch
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Ayer, Sr. and Hannah Ayer
Wife of Nathan Parker, of Andover
Mother of John Parker; James Parker; Mary Richardson; Hannah Tyler; Elizabeth Farnum and 4 others
Sister of Capt. John Ayers; Robert Ayer; Thomas Ayers; Rebecca Keyser; Cornet Peter Ayer and 10 others

Occupation: Accused of witchcraft, hanged on Sept 22, 1692
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About Mary Parker

Mary Ayer, daughter to John and Hannah, married Nathanial Parker. Mary (Ayer) Parker was accused of witchcraft in 1692. Mary Parker refused to confess during the witchcraft trials saying, "I know nothing of it, there is another woman of the same name in Andover." She was refering to her sister-in-law, Mary Parker, the aged and senile widow of Joseph Parker" [ref Woodward, Records of Salem Witchcraft, 2:163-154]

On September 17, 1692 Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Eames, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster, and Abigail Hobbs were tried and condemned.

On September 22, 1692 Martha Corey, Margaret Scott, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, and Mary Parker were hanged.

Mary (Ayer) Parker was buried in an unmarked grave, somewhere in Salem Massachusetts.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ayergenealogy/salemwitchcraft.htm

family

John and Hannah Ayer gave birth to their daughter Mary sometime in the early to mid 1600's. Mary and her siblings may have been born in England, and later moved to North America with their parents. The Ayers moved several times during the early stages of their settlement in America but resettled for the last time in 1647 in Haverhill.2

The family was apparently of some prominence. Tax records from 1646 showed that John Ayer possessed at least one hundred and sixty pounds, making him one of the wealthiest settlers in Haverhill.

Mary Ayer married Nathan Parker sometime before her father's death in 1657. Although no marriage record survived in the hometowns of either Nathan or Mary, the wording of her father John Ayer's will made it obvious that she was married with children when it was written.3 Nathan married his first wife Susanna Short on November 20, 1648.4 Within the next three years, the couple relocated to Andover, where she soon after died on August 26, 1651.5

Andover's Vital Records listed the birth of Nathan and Mary Parker's first son John in 1653.6 Nathan could have remarried and had children within the two years after the death of his first wife.

Mary and Nathan continued to have children for over twenty years after the birth of

  • John Parker in 1653. Mary bore four more sons:
  • James in 1655, James died on June 29, 1677, killed in an Indian skirmish at Black Point.
  • Robert in 1665, Robert died in 1688 at the age of 23.
  • Peter in 1676, and a son
  • Joseph.12 She and Nathan also had four daughters:
  • Mary, born in 1660 (or 1657)13,
  • Hannah in 1659, Hannah married John Tyler in 1682.15
  • Elizabeth in 1663, Elizabeth married John Farnum in 1684.
  • Sara in 1670. 14
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Mary Ayer Parker of Andover came to trial in Salem Massachusetts, suspected of witchcraft. During her examination she was asked, "How long have ye been in the snare of the devil?" She responded, "I know nothing of it." http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb42

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16 Mary Ayer, born about 1634. She married Nathan Parker and lived in Andover, Massachusetts. Nathan died in 1685. Mary (Ayers) Parker was executed on 22 September 1692, at Salem, Massachusetts, by hanging, as a result of a conviction on a charge of witch-craft

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~machaver/jayer.htm

Sources:

Executed for witchcraft at the Salem witch trials (see http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb42)

8th great-grandmother of US President George W. Bush


Mary Ayer Parker (mid-1600's-1692) - Of Andover, Massachusetts, Mary Ayer Parker was executed on September 22, 1692, with several others, for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials. Fifty-five years old and a widow at the time of her arrest, Mary was born to John and Hannah Ayer. From England, the family moved to America somewhere along the line, settling in a couple of places, before they finally landed in Haverhill in about 1646. Mary Ayer grew up to marry Nathan Parker and the couple had at least eight children. Over the years, her husband Nathan increased his land holdings from just his house lot and four acres to more than 200 acres. When Nathan died on June 25, 1685, he left an ample estate to his wife and children. Mary inherited one-third of the house and lands.

  Though there was no documented friction with any of her neighbors, nor any no prior accusations of wrong doing, Mary Ayer Parker was accused of having afflicted Sarah Phelps, Hannah Bigsby, and Martha Sprague of witchcraft. William Barker, Jr. named her in his confession on September 1, 1692, testifying that he and Goody Parker had afflicted Martha Sprague and that the two of them had ridden upon a pole and had been baptized in Five Mile Pond. Mary Parker was examined on September 2, 1692, where several "afflicted girls" from both Andover and Salem Village fell into fits. These included Mary Warren, Sarah Churchill, Hannah Post, Sara Bridges, and Mercy Wardwell. When the "touch test" was employed during the examination, the girls were "cured." Mercy Wardwell and William Barker, Jr. would also say that she had tortured Timothy Swan with iron spindles, pins, and other instruments. Mary Ayer Parker was found guilty of witchcraft on September 16, 1692 and she was executed just six days later on September 22, 1692.   Interestingly, regarding Mary Ayer Parker and the fact that she had no conflicts with anyone in Andover or in Salem Village, are questions about why she was targeted, and even if she was the correct woman who was arrested. At that time, there was another woman who lived in the area who was also named Mary Parker. That particular Mary Parker had been taken to court a number of times. In 1669 she was sentenced for fornication. In 1672, the court extended her indenture to Moses Gillman for bearing a child out of wedlock. A year later, she went back to court to obtain child support from Teague Disco of Exiter. Once again she was charged with fornication and was sentenced to ten stripes. She came to trial two more times for fornication in 1676. This would be a reputation that was very bad during those Puritan times. Gossip was rampant. Was the wrong woman accused? Or, was the fact that she had the same "disreputable" name enough to cause her to be accused?  There was little evidence given to convict Mary Parker and her testimony was seemingly ignored. Interestingly, the presiding officer, a man named Thomas Chandler, had once been good friends with the Parkers. But, had apparently had a disagreement with them somewhere along the line.

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Mary Ayer, daughter to John and Hannah, married Nathanial Parker. Mary (Ayer) Parker was accused of witchcraft in 1692. Mary Parker refused to confess during the witchcraft trials saying, "I know nothing of it, there is another woman of the same name in Andover." She was refering to her sister-in-law, Mary Parker, the aged and senile widow of Joseph Parker" [ref Woodward, Records of Salem Witchcraft, 2:163-154]

On September 17, 1692 Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Eames, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster, and Abigail Hobbs were tried and condemned.

On September 22, 1692 Martha Corey, Margaret Scott, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, and Mary Parker were hanged.

Mary (Ayer) Parker was buried in an unmarked grave, somewhere in Salem Massachusetts.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ayergenealogy/salemwitchcraft.htm

family

John and Hannah Ayer gave birth to their daughter Mary sometime in the early to mid 1600's. Mary and her siblings may have been born in England, and later moved to North America with their parents. The Ayers moved several times during the early stages of their settlement in America but resettled for the last time in 1647 in Haverhill.2

The family was apparently of some prominence. Tax records from 1646 showed that John Ayer possessed at least one hundred and sixty pounds, making him one of the wealthiest settlers in Haverhill.

Mary Ayer married Nathan Parker sometime before her father's death in 1657. Although no marriage record survived in the hometowns of either Nathan or Mary, the wording of her father John Ayer's will made it obvious that she was married with children when it was written.3 Nathan married his first wife Susanna Short on November 20, 1648.4 Within the next three years, the couple relocated to Andover, where she soon after died on August 26, 1651.5

Andover's Vital Records listed the birth of Nathan and Mary Parker's first son John in 1653.6 Nathan could have remarried and had children within the two years after the death of his first wife.

Mary and Nathan continued to have children for over twenty years after the birth of

John Parker in 1653. Mary bore four more sons: James in 1655, James died on June 29, 1677, killed in an Indian skirmish at Black Point. Robert in 1665, Robert died in 1688 at the age of 23. Peter in 1676, and a son Joseph.12 She and Nathan also had four daughters: Mary, born in 1660 (or 1657)13, Hannah in 1659, Hannah married John Tyler in 1682.15 Elizabeth in 1663, Elizabeth married John Farnum in 1684. Sara in 1670. 14

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Mary Ayer Parker of Andover came to trial in Salem Massachusetts, suspected of witchcraft. During her examination she was asked, "How long have ye been in the snare of the devil?" She responded, "I know nothing of it." http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb42

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16 Mary Ayer, born about 1634. She married Nathan Parker and lived in Andover, Massachusetts. Nathan died in 1685. Mary (Ayers) Parker was executed on 22 September 1692, at Salem, Massachusetts, by hanging, as a result of a conviction on a charge of witch-craft

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~machaver/jayer.htm

Sources:

http://suffer-a-witch.wikia.com/wiki/Mary_Ayer_Parker Re: Obadiah AYRES: England,MA,NJ 1600s Executed for witchcraft at the Salem witch trials (see http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb42)

8th great-grandmother of US President George W. Bush

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Mary Parker's Timeline

1634
1634
Dorset, England, United Kingdom
1653
December 20, 1653
Age 19
Newbury, Essex, MA
1655
August 14, 1655
Age 21
Andover, Essex, MA
1657
April 14, 1657
Age 23
Andover, Essex, MA, USA
1659
May 14, 1659
Age 25
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
1663
January 28, 1663
Age 29
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1665
February 26, 1665
Age 31
Andover, Essex, MA
1670
April 3, 1670
Age 36
Andover, Essex, MA
1672
1672
Age 38
Andover, Essex, MA