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Salem Witch Trials Investigation - Ann Alcock Foster
Transcript of Salem Witch Trials Investigation - Ann Alcock Foster
Ann Foster was born on May 7, 1617, in England. She saild to Massachusetts and married Andrew Foster III in Andover Essex, Massachusetts, in 1635. Together the couple had five children, four of whom are known: Sarah Kemp, Hannah Foster Stone, Abraham Foster IV, and Mary Foster Lacey.
Accusations and Arrest
In July 1692, Elizabeth Ballard contracted a fever that could not be explained by doctors. Witchcraft was subsequently blamed for her ailment, and Mary Putnam Jr and Elizabeth Hubbard were brought to Andover, where they immediately fell into fits at the sight of Ann Foster. Foster was put under immediately following this incident.
Trials and Examinations
Ann was tried against Hubbard, Ballard, and Putnam Jr on three separate occasions: July 16, 18, and 21, 1692. Foster adamantly refused to plead guilty during her interrogations, even when Hubbard and Putnam Jr claimed she was choking and biting them while the trial was being conducted, and when the magistrate, Major Gidney, asked Foster if she could look 'in a friendly fashion' upon Elizabeth Hubbard, who immediately fell to the floor as Ann cast her gaze upon her
Ann Foster's burial cost her son Abraham Foster IV 2 pounds and 10 shillings, and Abraham later petitioned against the court to remove the 'attainder' against his mother, and on December 17, 1711, nearly 20 years after Ann's death, her legal descendants were awarded 6 pounds and 10 shillings in restitution
However, on the third trial, on July 21, 1692, Foster's daughter and granddaughter, Mary Foster Lacey Sr., and Mary Lacey Jr., respectively, were accused of making a pact with the Devil as well. Mary Foster Lacey Sr. accused her own mother of witchcraft in order to save herself and her daughter. Ann then confessed to witchcraft, which included attending a 'witches conference' and speaking with the Devil in the form of a bird, in an attempt to save her child and grandchild from the indictment and hanging that awaited her.
Despite her attempts, Ann and her daughter Mary Foster Lacey were imprisoned in Salem prison and scheduled for a hanging. There is no evidence of Mary Lacey Jr.'s arrest. After spending 21 weeks in jail, Ann died in Salem prison on December 3, 1692.
May 7, 1716 - Ann Alcock Foster was born
1635 - Marriage to Andrew Foster III
July 1692 - Arrest warrant filed and examination conducted
July 16 1692 - First trial
July 18 1692 - Second trial
July 20 1692 - Grand Jury trial, Mary Foster Lacey and Mary Lacey Jr's trial
July 20 1692 - Ann's confession
July 20 1692 - Grand jury verdict (guilty) and indictment, execution scheduled
December 3 1692 - Ann's death in prison
December 17 1711 - Restitution granted