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Sarah Hale (Noyes)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: May 20, 1695 (40)
Beverly, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. James Noyes, of Newbury and Sarah Noyes
Wife of Rev. John Hale
Mother of Reverend James Hale; Samuel Hale; Joanna Noyes; John Hale; Edward Larkin and 1 other
Sister of Deacon Joseph Noyes; Rev. James Noyes; Rev. Moses Noyes; Capt. Thomas Noyes; John Noyes and 2 others

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About Sarah Hale

Sarah (Noyes) Hale (1655 - 1695) - Daughter of Reverend James Noyes, Sr. and Sarah Browne, Sarah Noyes was born 21 March 1655 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; and died at the age of 40 on 20 May 1695 at Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married Rev. John Hale of Beverly on 3 Mar 1684, as his second wife and had by him four sons, the youngest Samuel, b. 1687, was grandfather of Nathan Hale, the "hero spy." It is related of her that when accused of witchcraft, in 1692, that "her worth was so well known, her husband and all the people were convinced that the accuser had perjured herself, and reasoned if so in her case, what not in other cases! From that time, they looked at things from a new side, and the spell was broken.

Witch Trials

As a child, Hale had witnessed the execution of Margaret Jones, the first of fifteen people to be executed for witchcraft in New England between 1648-1663. He was present at the examinations and trials of various people who were accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692, and supported the work of the court. However, on 14 November 1692, 17-year-old Mary Herrick accused his second wife, Sarah Noyes Hale, but his wife was never formally charged or arrested. A later commentator on the trials, Charles Upham suggests that this accusation was one that helped turn public opinion to end the prosecutions, and spurred Hale's willingness to reconsider his support of the trials.

"An Account Received from the mouth of Mary Herrick aged about 17 yeares having been Afflicted [by] the Devill or some of his instruments, about 2 month. She saith she had oft been Afflicted and that the shape of Mrs. Hayle had been represented to her, One amongst others, but she knew not what hand Afflicted her then, but on the 5th of the 9th [i. e., November] She Appeared again with the Ghost of Gooddee Easty, and that then Mrs. Hayle did sorely Afflict her by pinching, pricking and Choaking her. On the 12th of the 9th she Came again and Gooddee Easty with her and then Mrs. Hayle did Afflict her as formerly."

"Sd Easty made as if she would speake but did not, but on the same night they Came again and Mrs. Hayle did sorely Afflict her, and asked her if she thought she was a Witch. The Girl answered no. You be the Devill. Then said Easty sd and speake, She Came to tell her She had been put to Death wrongfully and was Innocent of Witchcraft, and she Came to Vindicate her Cause and she Cryed Vengeance, Vengeance, and bid her reveal this to Mr. Hayle and Gerish, and then she would rise no more, nor should Mrs. Hayle Afflict her any more. Memorand : that Just before sd Easty was Executed, She Appeared to sd Girl, and said I am going upon the Ladder to be hanged for a Witch, but I am innocent, and before a 12 Month be past you shall believe it. Sd Girl sd she speake not of this before because she believed she was Guilty, Till Mrs. Hayle appeared to her and Afflicted her, but now she believeth it is all a Delusion of the Devil."

"This before Mr. Hayle and Gerish 14th of the 9th 1692."

"Gerish" means the Rev. Joseph Gerrish, of Wenham, who is doubtless here the scribe.

Sarah Hale died on May 20, 1695, at age forty-one. Hale remarried the widow Elizabeth (Somersby) Clark on August 8, 1698.

In 1697, Hale wrote the book, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft, challenging the legal precedents and biblical principles used by the court during the trials. The book was not published until 1702, after his death. A large portion of the book was also excerpted that same year in volume 2 of Cotton Mather's history, Magnalia Christi Americana. Hale's only other publication was an “election sermon” of nearly two hundred pages in 1684.


HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON, County of New London, Connecticut, from its first settlement in 1649 to 1900, by Richard Anson Wheeler, New London, CT, 1900, p. 486

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Sarah Hale's Timeline

1655
March 21, 1655
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony

FamilySearch provides 9 sources to support birth date: "21 March 1655 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America" with the additional notation (reason this information is correct): "Julian Calendar date, dual year format. 1655/1656
original birth record shows 1655." https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LHXZ-6W3

WikiTree provides 9 sources to support "Sarah Noyes was born March 21, 1655/1656, in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts." https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Noyes-484

1685
October 14, 1685
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
1687
August 13, 1687
Beverly, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America

FamilySearch provides 7 sources to support birth date: "13 August 1687 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America." https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LH54-XD3

WikiTree provides at least 3 sources to support birth date "13 Aug 1687 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts." https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hale-1987

1689
June 15, 1689
Beverly, Essex, Massachessetts
1690
November 9, 1690
Newbury, Essex County, MA, United States
1692
December 24, 1692
1695
May 20, 1695
Age 40
Beverly, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts

FamilySearch provides 6 sources to support death date: "20 May 1697 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America." https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LHXZ-6W3

WikiTree provides 2 sources to support death date "May 20, 1697, in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts" https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Noyes-484

FindAGrave profile for Sarah Noyes Hale shows death date "20 May 1697 Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA." https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48178576/sarah-hale

May 20, 1695
Age 40
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

BillionGraves profile for Sarah Hale (Noyes): https://billiongraves.com/grave/Sarah-Noyes-Hale/4670178

FindAGrave profile for Sarah Noyes Hale: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48178576/sarah-hale

1896
May 12, 1896
Age 40