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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS CARRIER

Thomas was born around 1626 in Wales.
He sailed to Massachusetts on the good ship Elizabeth in 1655

After Martha's death he moved to Colchester Conn.

He married Martha Allen on May 7 1647.
She was born about to Andrew Allen and Faith Ingalls

Thomas died May 16 1735 in Colchester at age 109

Martha died August 19 1692 in Andover Massachusetts
where she was hung as a witch

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A little background on Thomas MORGAN aka CARRIER.

Thomas was born about 1626 in Wales. There is evidence that he served in theRoyal Army. Some have reported that Thomas, said to be over 7 feet tall, was one of the two regicides who,while disguised by frock and visor, appeared upon the scaffold before Whiltehall and executed Charles I.

He married Martha Allen and soon after, perhaps because rumors of his political affiliations had reached Billerica, the selectmen and constables gave notice to him that the town was not willing that he abide there.

They removed to North Billerica from 1684-1690 and then to Andover. Again they were unwelcome because of a smallpox epidemic in the family and authorities did not want to be responsible for them.

However, they remained in Andover where Martha helped nurse the afflicted family, which did not add to her popularity.

It is difficult to explain the Furore which swept Salem Village, Mass. in 1692.

For years learned men in the Christian church had been trying to control witchcraft, believing that witches were persons who received certain powers from the devil, notably to cause or cure illness, or transfer it from one person to another.

Some village children, stimulated to hysteria by stories of the Barbados told by Tituba, a West Indian servant, invented a game whereby they would fall to the ground in fits.

Confused parents, convinced that their children were tormented by demons, brought charges of witchcraft against more than two hundred persons and they were taken into custody. Illness, land feuds and hatred for neighbors, provided others with a chance to settle old scores.

The accused could only gain their freedom by confessing to an alliance with the devil.

Martha Carrier was one of those caught in this web, where guilt was established by spectral or make-believe evidence, and she was arrested May 28 1692.

She was then about thirty-three years old and confessions were extorted from them by violence.

Her sons would not confess until they had been tied by their necks and heels.

Eight year old Sarah, a pathetic little figure too young to realize what it was all about, was versed in a confession that her mother made her a witch when she was six years old; that she came to her like a black cat and told her that she was her mother.


Thomas Carrier remained in Andover as far as is known until soon after the end of the century.

Taintor's Recordings of Colchester associates the Carriers with Colchester in 1701.

His name is on the Andover list of 1702 with his sons. He probably returned to Andover from time to time until his business there was finished.

He was the first settler in the valley of North Westchester (Colchester).

Land was taken there in Richard's name in 1703 and a trifle later for Andrew.

In his day he owned most of the land which comprises North Westchester where he built a house and sawmill on Jeremy's River.

Thomas, Jr. did not remove from Andover with his brothers, as there are records of his family in Andover until 1712, but in 1718 he was admitted to Colchester as an inhabitant.



THOMAS AND MARTHA'S CHILDREN WERE:


SARAH

RICHARD,

Andrew

Jane

Thomas

Hannah
(Hannah Carrier was brought up by relatives who took her in after her mother's execution.

After her marriage she lived in Lebanon from 1722 to 1728 then moved to Turkey Hills, Lumenburg, Mass. and to Windham about 1746.

She had 5 children



NEXT GENERATION

Richard married ELIZABETH SESSIONS July 18 1694 in Andover Massachusetts. Elizabeth was born April 4 1672 and died March 6 1703/04 in Colchester, Conn.

Richard and Elizabeth had 5 children:
Elizabeth, John,Timothy, Sarah, Mehitable

After Elizabeth's death Richard married Thankful Brown and they had 4 more children: Amos, Hannah, Thankful, and Remembrance



NEXT GENERATION

John married Mary Brown July 22 1722 in Colchester. She was born December 6 1696 in westfield, Mass.
John and Mary had 6 children: syble, Abigail, Mary, Prudence, Titus,
John



NEXT GENERATION

Titus married Mercy (Mary) Cook December 19 1765 in east Hampton, Conn. She was born February 15 1744/45 and died August 5 1819
Titus and Mercy had 6 children: Mercy, Mercy, Titus, Mary, John, Richard



NEXT GENERATION

Mercy married Joseph Buell November 4 1795. He was born July 14 1775 in Glastonbury, Conn and died March 21 1862 in Colchester.
Mercy and Joseph had 10 children: Lucy M, Talcott L, David C, Harriet RobinJoshua Buckley, John R, Joseph Noyes, Hiram Griswold, Francis M, Frances Ann



NEXT GENERATION


Harriett Robin married Euphrastus Carrier March 13 1828 in Colchester. He was the son of Thomas Carrier and Hannah Dickinson. He was born February 19 1799 in Tyringham, Mass. and died August 17 1898


MARTHA, THE WITCH










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