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Mary Towne Esty was born 12 August 1634 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom to William Towne (1599-1685) and Joanna Blessing (1595-1682) and died 22 September 1692 at the Salem witch trials of execution by hanging. She married Isaac Esty (1627-1712) 1655 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts.
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Siblings


Offspring of William Towne and Joanna Blessing (1595-1682)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rebecca Towne (1621-1692) 21 February 1621 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 19 July 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, United States Francis Nurse (1618-1695)

John Towne (1622-1672)
Suzanna Towne (1625-1672)
Edmund Towne (1628-1678)
Jacob Towne (1632-1704)
Mary Towne (1634-1692) 12 August 1634 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 22 September 1692 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Isaac Esty (1627-1712)

Joseph Towne (1639-1713) 1639 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts 21 February 1713 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Phebe Perkins (1644-1715)

Sarah Towne (1642-1703)

Mary Towne Esty was falsely accused of witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, and hung at the Gallows in 22-Sep-1692, along with her sister.


Vital Statistics

  • 1634-Aug-24 : Christening - Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1637 : Possible date of Towne family migration to America on the Rose of Yarmouth.
  • 1692 : Salem Witch Trials
  • 1692-Sep-22 : Execution at Salem, Essex Co, Massachusetts Colony

Biography

Childhood

Born in England and migrated with family to Salem, Massachusetts at a very young age. It also appears that she married at a very young age and then had seven children.

Marriage to Isaac Eastey

Mary was the second wife of yeoman farmer, Issac Eastey, and lived with him on the Eastey Farm in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Issac had two children from his first marriage.

There were close bonds of kinship with the Nurse and Townes Families. They were frequently at odds with the Putnam family over farmland boundaries, and this might have contributed to the accusations at the Salem Witch Trials.

Salem Witch Trials

Her sister, Rebecca Towne Nurse (1621-1692), was previously executed at the Salem Witch Trials. Another sister, Sarah Towne Cloyse (1642-1703) was similarly accused but escaped execution.

1692-Apr-21 : Accused by Ann Putnam, Jr of witchcraft and jailed

1692-May-18 : Released from jail after being ignored by the afflicted girls.

1692-May-21 :Thrown back into jail on new witchcraft charges by Mercy Lewis.

1692-Sep-9 : Trial

1692-Sep-22 : Execution


Mary was a 57-year old mother of seven children and sister to Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Cloyce, who were also accused of witchcraft in Salem 1692.


Final state of Mary Eastey, a devout Puritan who affirmed the existence of witchcraft, but strongly condemned the trial proceedings. The Lord above knows my innocency then...as on the great day will be known to men and angels. I petition your honours...if it be possible, that no more innocent blood be shed, which undoubtedly cannot be avoided in the way and course you go in. I question not, but your honors do to the utmost of your powers in the discovery and detecting of witchcraft and witches, and would not be guilt of innocent blood for the world; but by mo own innocency, I know you are in the wrong way. The Lord in His infinite mercy direct you in this great work, if it be his blessed will, that innocent blood be not shed...


Robert Calef reported in his work More Wonders of the Invisible World that immediately before her execution - When she took her last farewell of her husband, children, and friends she was as is reorted by them present, as serious, religious, distinct, and affectionate as could well be expressed, drawing tears from the eyes of all present.

She was among the last to by hanged during the Salem Witchcraft episode.



Children


Offspring of Isaac Esty or Estey and Mary Towne (1634-1692)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Isaac Esty (1656-1714)
Joseph Esty (1658-1739) 5 February 1658 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 25 October 1739 Stoughton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Jane Stewart (1654-1700)

Sarah Esty (1660-1749)
John Esty (1663-1720)
Abigail Esty (1665-1665)
Hannah Esty (1667-1741)
Benjamin Esty (1669-1750)
Samuel Esty (1672-1708)
Jacob Esty (1674-1732)
Joshua Esty (1678-1718)
Jeffrey Esty (1680-1718)

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