Sarah Churchill, Accuser at Salem Witch Trials

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Sarah Andrews (Churchill)

Also Known As: "Churchwell"
Death: after circa 1731
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Daughter of Arthur Churchill and Eleanor Churchill
Wife of Edward Andrews

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About Sarah Churchill, Accuser at Salem Witch Trials

Sarah Churchill Andrews (circa 1667 - after 1731) - Known as one of the "afflicted girls" during the Salem witch hysteria, Sarah was both an accuser and a confessor. Born to Arthur and Eleanor Churchill, a wealthy couple of English gentry, in about 1667, she spent her early childhood in Saco, Maine. In 1680, when Sarah was a young girl, Wabanaki Indians attacked Saco. The attack scared the Churchill family into moving to Marblehead, Massachusetts. While the fate of Sarah's mother, Eleanor, is unknown, her father Arthur lived until 1710.

By 1692 Sarah had moved to Salem Village and was working for George Jacobs Sr., a crippled old man living on his prosperous farm near Salem Village. By hiring herself out as a servant, Sarah went from being the granddaughter of one of the wealthiest and socially prominent men in Maine (Major Phillips) to a low status maidservant for a country farmer.

When the witchcraft crisis broke out in Salem Village, Sarah was 25 years old. She was related to the 18-year-old Mary Walcott, the cousin of Ann Putnam Jr., and thereby in a position to become acquainted with the other young accusers in the village. When Sarah's symptoms of "affliction" declined, the other afflicted girls accused her of signing the Devil's book to avoid torture. In response, Sarah confessed that her master George Jacobs Sr. and his granddaughter, Margaret Jacobs, forced her to sign the Devil's book. In order to save herself, Churchill also implicated Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott, Sarah Bibber, Mary Warren, Joseph Flint, Thomas Putnam, John Putnam, Jr., and John DeRich. Sarah's confession saved her from the gallows.

Later, she married a weaver, Edward Andrews, in 1709 in Maine, after being fined for premarital fornication. The last record of Sarah Churchill is dated 1731.

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