DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS CARRIER
Thomas Carrier remained in Andover as far as is known until
soon after the end of the century.
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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However, they remained in Andover
where Martha helped nurse the afflicted family, which did not add to
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
was taken there in Richard's name in 1703 and a trifle later
In his day he owned most of the land which comprises North
Westchester where he built a house and sawmill on Jeremy's River.
did not remove from Andover with his brothers, as there are
of his family in Andover until 1712, but in 1718 he was
Colchester as an inhabitant.
THOMAS AND MARTHA'S CHILDREN WERE:
HannahTimothy, Sarah, Mehitable
(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
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:
After Elizabeth's death Richard married Thankful Brown and they had 4 more children: Amos, Hannah, Thankful, and Remembrance
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
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
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
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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