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Sarah Bishop (Wildes)

Birthplace: Topsfield, Essex, Mass
Death: 1725 (74-82)
Rehoboth, Bristol, Ma
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Wild, of Topsfield
Wife of Edward Bishop, "the Tavern Keeper"
Mother of Edward Bishop, IlI; William Bishop; Priscilla Day; Joseph Bishop; Sarah Jorden and 8 others
Sister of Jonathan Wildes; John Wildes, Jr.; Phebe Day; Elizabeth Jones; Priscilla Lake and 4 others
Half sister of Ephraim Wildes

Occupation: Victim of witch trials
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About Sarah Bishop

III. Sarah- b.c.1651, m.c.1675 Edward Bishop of Beverly (d. 12 May 1711 Rehoboth) Sarah and Edward were also accused of witchcraft, but they escaped from the Boston jail and went to Rehoboth.


  • April 22, 1692. Nehemiah Abbott, William and Deliverance Hobbs, Edward and Sarah Bishop, Mary Easty, Mary Black, Sarah Wildes, and Mary English were examined before Hathorne and Corwin. Only Nehemiah Abbott was cleared of charges. (1)
  • was a niece of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged as a witch. (2)

Parents: John Wildes & Priscilla Gould


  1. ABT 1668 in Salem, MA (3) to Edward BISHOP born c: 23 APR 1648 in Salem, Essex Co, MA; son of the immigrant Edward Bishop


  1. Edward BISHOP lll b: ABT 1670 in Beverly, MA
  2. Sarah BISHOP c: 24 MAY 1685
  3. Samuel BISHOP b: ABT 1672 in Beverly, Essex Co, MA
  4. Benjamin BISHOP c: 17 JUL 1687
  5. William BISHOP b: ABT 1674 in Beverly, MA
  6. John BISHOP c: 27 NOV 1689 in Beverly, MA
  7. Jonathan BISHOP b: ABT 1676 in Beverly, MA
  8. David BISHOP b: ABT 1692
  9. Priscilla BISHOP c: 14 AUG 1681 in Beverly, MA
  10. Ebenezer BISHOP c: 12 MAY 1695
  11. Joseph BISHOP c: APR 1683 in Beverly, MA


  1. Salem Witch Trials Chronology
  2. Wildes Family in America PDF document
  3. Bishop Families in America, 1st Ed., Homewood, IL, May 1967. Book 8, p3
  4. The American Genealogist, vol 57, p132



Sarah Bishop died in 1725. Bristol County Probate Records Vol. 5, p. 157, records that the Court appointed Samuel Bishop of Attleboro the administrator of his late mother's estate. She died intestate. The appointment was dated September 4, 1725.

Bristol County Probate Records, Vol. 5, pp 224-225, references the division of the estate of Mrs. Sarah Bishop of Rehoboth on February 15, 1725/6 between her children, namely:

Edward Bishop, eldest son.

Samuel Bishop, second son. Jonathan Bishop, third son. William Bishop, fourth son. David Bishop, deceased. John Bishop, fifth living son. Ebenezer Bishop, sixth son. Priscilla Day, daughter; wife of Samuel Day. Sarah Jorden, youngest daughter.

The committee members were Abiah Carpenter, John Robinson, and Daniel Carpenter.

David Bishop died sometime before or near the time of his mother Sarah Bishop's passing. Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court records (Vol. 5, p 199) indicate that on December 21, 1725, Samuel Bishop of Attleboro was appointed guardian of the children of David Bishop, late of Ashford, Hartford County, Connecticut, namely:

Rachel Bishop, over age 14.

John Bishop, over age 14. Ebenezer Bishop, over age 14. David Bishop, over age 14. Rebecca Bishop, under age 14. Mary Bishop, under age 14.

Samuel Bishop died sometime between the writing of his will on June 6, 1726 and its probate filing on August 16, 1726. The witnesses were Isaac Bucklin, Ebenezer Robinson and Noah Carpenter. Samuel Bishop named the following as benefactors to his estate:

Mary Bishop: Wife.

Samuel Bishop: Son and Executor. Daniel Bishop: Son. Joseph Bishop: Son, under age 21. Benjamin Bishop, "under age." Edward Bishop. Gideon Bishop. Thomas Bishop, under age 16. Mehetibel Carpenter, Daughter. Mary Follet, Daughter. Hannah Bishop, Daughter. Sarah Bishop, Daughter.

Samuel Bishop directed his son and Executor, Samuel Bishop, to "...bind out my three sons namely: Benjamin, Edward & Gideon to good trades."

Samuel Bishop may be the same Samuel Bishop of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who wrote a will, dated October 19, 1739 and probated June 17, 1740. An Elizabeth Bishop was named his wife. Samuel Bishop, his son under age 21, and daughter Mehitbel Bishop were named, along with "...the Child unborn My Wife Now Goes With..." Witnesses were Timothy Tingley, Benjamin Day, and Noah Carpenter. Wife Elizabeth was named Executor by her husband. (Vol. 9, pp 434-436).

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Sarah Bishop's Timeline

Topsfield, Essex, Mass
September 4, 1670
Age 23
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 25
Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Massachusetts, United States
Age 30
Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
August 14, 1681
Age 34
Essex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
April 8, 1683
Age 36
Essex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
May 24, 1685
Age 38
Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Age 39
Essex, Massachusetts, United States