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Orlando Bagley, I

Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: England
Death: May 18, 1663 (39)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Amsbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bagley and Katherine Bagley
Husband of Sarah Bagley
Father of John Bagley; Orlando Bagley, II; Samuel Bagley; Mary Bagley; Sarah Mack and 3 others
Half brother of Samuel Bagley

Occupation: Schoolmaster of Lyme. Constable.
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About Orlando Bagley, I



Orlando BAGLEY was born between 1624 and 1630 in England. He died before 1700 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

NOTES: Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Ma, by David Hoyt (orig compiled 1897 - 1919) republished 1981 by New England History Press, Somersworth, NH (ISBN 0-89725-026-5) pg 43 - 44.

Note in book - We have found it difficult to obtain proof that Orlando Bagley lived in Amesbury at all. (See pg 13, 19). We have found no trace of his ancestry. There was a John Bagley in Salem who had children b. 1681-86; but we have no proof that he was related to Orlando. There was an Alice Baggerly member of Salem church, 1637. He was married to Sarah Colby on Mar 6 1653 in Salisbury, Ma.

From: Biographical Sketches of the Pioneer Settlers of New England and their Descendants in Worcester, Mass.

"ORLANDO BAGLEY, the pioneer ancestor of the Bagley family of Worcester, Massachusetts, was born in England, as near as can be ascertained, between 1624 and 1630. He came to America some time before 1653, as it is recorded that he was married at that time in Salisbury, probably of that part of the town which is now Amesbury, Massachusetts. He removed to Boston soon after ward, as some of his children were born there. He was made a freeman in 1667, admitted to the church, and is believed to have died in Boston before 1700. He married Sarah Colby, the daughter of Anthony Colby -- the first Colby to come to America -- by whom he had five children, the second child named Orlando."

Spouse: Sarah COLBY. Orlando BAGLEY and Sarah COLBY were married on 6 MAR 1653 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Salisbury.) Children were: John BAGLEY, Ensign Orlando BAGLEY, Sarah BAGLEY, Mary BAGLEY, Sarah BAGLEY.


Orlando Bagley was born about 1624 in Manchester, ENG. He immigrated between 1658 and 1663 to Boston, MA. He immigrated in 1664 to that part of Salisbury that is now Amesbury, MA. He died about 1665 in or shortly afterward in Salisbury now Amesbury. 1 Detailed information on Orlando and his descendants are from Norton Russell Bagley and Martha Bagley Anderson's "Some Descendants of Orlando Bagley of Amesbury, Massachusetts" .

While serving as Constable of Lyme, Orlando apparehended his friend and neighbor, Susannah Martin, for a witch.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Susannah (North) Martin (baptized September 30, 1621 – July 19, 1692) was a woman executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

Martin was the fourth daughter, and youngest child, of Richard North and Joan (Bartram) North. Her mother died when she was a child. Her stepmother was named Ursula. She was baptized in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England on September 30, 1621. Her family first moved to Salisbury, Massachusetts around 1639. On August 11, 1646 at Salisbury, Susannah married the widower George Martin, a blacksmith with whom she had eight children, including daughter Jane, the great-great-great-great grandmother of Chester A. Arthur.The farthest descendant recorded is Juliet Vaughn (11th generation) In 1669, Susannah was first formally accused of witchcraft by William Sargent Jr.. In turn, George Martin sued Sargent for two counts of slander against Susannah, one for accusing her of being a witch, and another for claiming one of her sons was a bastard and another was her "imp." Martin withdrew the second count, but the Court upheld the accusation of witchcraft.[1] A higher court later dismissed the witchcraft charges.

By 1671, the Martin family was again involved in legal proceedings dealing with the matter of Ursula North's inheritance, most of which Ursula had left to her granddaughter, Mary Jones Winsley. The court sided against Susannah and George, though Susannah was able to bring five further appeals, each being decided against her.

George died in 1686, leaving Susannah an impoverished widow by the time of the second accusation of witchcraft in 1692. Inhabitants of nearby Salem Village, Massachusetts had named Susannah a witch and stated she had attempted to recruit them into witchcraft. Susannah was tried for these charges, during which process she proved by all accounts to be pious and quoted the Bible freely, something a witch was said incapable of doing. Cotton Mather countered Susannah's defence by stating in effect that the Devil's servants were capable of putting on a show of perfect innocence and Godliness.

On April 30, 1692 a warrant was issued for Susanna's arrest on a charge of witchcraft and she was arrested an May 2nd. "When she saw Orlando Bagley approaching on the morning of her arrest, little did she dream of his errand. He was a personal friend of long standing, and we can but faintly imagine her surprise when..." he read the warrant.

Susannah was found guilty, and was hanged on July 19, 1692 in Salem.

Some interesting excerpts from the transcript of Susannah's trial are below: (spelling, punctuation, capitalization as original)

"To the Marshall of the County of Essex or his lawful Deputies or to the Constable of Amesbury: You are in their Majesties names hereby required forthwith or as soon as may be to apprehend and bring Susanna Mertin of Amesbury in þ county of Esses Widdow at þ house of Lt. Nathaniel Ingersolls in Salem village in order to her examination Relating to high suspicion of sundry acts of Witchcraft donne or committed by her upon þ bodies of Mary Walcot, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, and Mercy Lewis of Salem village or farms whereby great hurt and damage hath been donne to þ bodies of said persons.... etc"

At the preliminary trial for the crime of "Witchcraft and sorcery" Susanna pled not guilty. The original court record book has been lost, but the local Puritan minister, Cotton Mather, recorded the testimony. Susanna and the others accused were not allowed to have council.

"As soon as she came in, Marcy had fits" Magistrate: Do you know this woman? Abigail Williams saith it is goody Martin, she hath hurt me often. Others by fits were hindered from speaking. Marcy Lewis pointed at her and fell into a little fit. Ann Putnam threw her glove in a fit at her.

................ Susanna laughed ................

Magistrate: What! Do you laugh at it? Martin: Well I may at such folly. Mag: Is this folly? The hurt of persons? Martin: I never hurt man or woman or child. Marcy: She hath hurt me a great many times and pulls me down.

Then Martin laughed again.

Probably the worst indignity that Susanna was twice forced to submit to was the physical examination for evidence of a "witch's tit or physical proturberance which might give milk to a familiar." No such deformity was found in Susanna but it was noted that "in the morning her nipples were found to be full as if the milk would come," but by late afternoon "her breasts were slack, as if milk had already been given to someone or something." This was an indication that she had been visited by a witch's familiar, and was clear evidence of guilt. .[2]

Lone Tree Hill, a famous historical site, bore a tablet on its westerly side marking the site of George and Susannah's home. The boulder which marked their homestead has been moved to make room for a highway, and it can be found on the map where the highway crosses Martin Road. The marker lies nearby. George was one of the largest landowners in Amesbury. The inscription on the marker reads: "Here stood the house of Susannah Martin. An honest, hardworking Christian woman accused of being a witch and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. She will be missed! A Martyr of Superstition. T.I.A. 1894"

In the 19th century, poet John Greenleaf Whittier composed "The Witch's Daughter" about Martin.

"Let Goody Martin rest in peace, I never knew her harm a fly, And witch or not - God knows - not I? I know who swore her life away; And as God lives, I'd not condemn An Indian dog on word of them The actual reason for the witchcraft accusation was because of a land ownership/inheritance dispute and subsequent lawsuit the Martins had filed.

Created by: Mookie Record added: Feb 06, 2016 Find A Grave Memorial# 157876428

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Orlando Bagley, I's Timeline

January 10, 1624
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
February 18, 1658
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 35
January 5, 1661
Age 36
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
January 5, 1661
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
March 2, 1663
Age 39
Salisbury, MA, United States
May 18, 1663
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 24, 1912
Age 39