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Sarah Buckley (Smith)

Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
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Wife of William Buckley
Mother of Mary Buckley Witheridge, Salem Witch Trials

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About Sarah Smith Buckley, Salem Witch

Sarah Smith Buckley (1636-??) - The wife of William Buckley of Salem Village, Sarah Smith Buckley was indicted and imprisoned for practicing witchcraft in May 1692. Her widowed daughter, Mary Buckley Witheridge, was arrested the same day and also imprisoned.

Originally from Ipswich, Sarah Smith married William Buckley, a shoemaker, and the couple would have eight children. They lived in Ipswich until at least 1674, and later moved to Salem Village. They were prosperous at first, but their property was seized when they lost a lawsuit brought against them by the governor, Simon Bradstreet. One of his sons was involved in another suit, and as payment William Buckley lost his shoemaker tools. Before long, the family was homeless and begging for their subsistence.

In May, Sarah and her widowed daughter, Mary Buckley Witheridge, were accused of witchcraft and arrested. Both women were examined on May 18th, accused by Mary Walcott and Ann Putnam, Jr., who said Sarah's specter had tortured them. Also testifying against her were Susanna Sheldon and Benjamin Hutchinson. Sarah's husband, William Buckley, was able to convince two pastors to speak in favor of them, but it wouldn't be enough. Both were sent to prison.

After spending some eight months in prison both Sarah Smith Buckley and her daughter were found not guilty in January, 1693 and were discharged after paying her fees. What became of Sarah afterwards is unknown. However, it is known that her husband died in 1702

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Sarah Smith Buckley, Salem Witch's Timeline

Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 28
Salem, Essex County, MA, USA