Notes for Sarah: Sarah Pease, the wife of Robert Pease, was accused of witchcraft in Salem on May 23, 1692.
Sarah Pease was caught up in 1692 in the hysteria we know as The Salem Witch Trials. She was accused and imprisoned but never tried, having been released after the hysteria died down. On May 23, 1692 "Lt. Mathaniell Ingersall and Thomas Rayment both of Salem Village yeoman Complained on behalfe of theire Majest's, against Benjamin procter the son of John Proctoer of Salem Farmes, and Mary Derich the wife of Michall Derich and daughter of William Basset of Lyn and [ ] pease the wife of Robert pease of Salem weaver for Sundry acts of Witchcraft by them Committed on the bodys of mary Warren Abigaile Williams and Eliz Hubbard &c of Salem Village, whereby great hurt is donne them therefore Craves Justice".[3/655] On the same day a warrant for arrest was issued. "To the Marshall of Essex or dept or Constables in Salem. You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend and forthwith bring before us Benjamin procter the son of John Procter of Salem farmes and Mary Derich the wife of mic'l Derich of Salem farmes husbandman, and Sarah pease the wife of Robert Pease of Salem Weaver who all stand charged of having Committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary Warren Abigail Williams and Eliz. Hubbert of Salem Village whereby great hurt is donne them In order to theire examination Relating the abovesaid premises and hereof you are not to faile Dated Salem May the 23'd. 1692". Singed by John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin.[3/655-6] George Herrick, Marshall of Essex, appointed John Putnam to be his deputy to serve this warrant.[3/656] A separate arrest warrant was made out the same day for Sarah Pease for acts of witchcraft against Mary Warren. "I heave aprehended the parson mensioned within this warrant and heave broghte hir", signed by Peter Osgood Constable in Salem May the 23: 1692.[3/639]
Sarah was accused several other times: "the testomeny of John derech Eaged about sixten years testefieth and sayeth that gils Cory also Came to me and afflicted me this 5 of September as wel be fore as after he al so Came a bout the 20 of oges and told me that he wanted som platers for he was gowen to afeast he told me that he had a good mind to ask my dame but he sayd that she wouled not let him have them so he took the platers and cared them a way being gown a bout half a oure with them then he brot them a gaine gowen a way and sayd no thing.
"also Sary pese afliceth me at several times she Came to me af the fast day last at Salem She pinched me then and i have not sene har sencs".[3/245]
"John Doritch aged 16 years or thereabouts Testifieth and Saith. That John Small and his wife Anne both deceased and formerly of the Towne of Salem doth both appear to this Deponent and told him that they would tare him to peices if he did not goe and Declare to Mr. Harthorne that George Jacobs senior: Did kill them: and likewise that Mary Warrens mother did appeare to this Deponent this day with a white man and told him that goodwife Parker and Oliver did kill her: and Likewise Core Procter and his wife: Sarah Procter Joseph Procter and John Procter did all afflict this deponent and do continually every day sense he hath began to be afflicted: and would have him this deponent to sett his hand to a Booke but this deponent told them he would not: Likewise Phillip English and his wife Mary doth appear to this deponent and afflict him and all the aboves'd persons Thretten to tare this Deponent in peices if he doth not Signe to a Booke: Likewise Goodwife Pease and Hobs and her daughter Abigail doth Afflict him and thretten the same: and Likewise a woman appeares to this Deponent who lives at Boston at the Uper end of the Towne whose name is Mary: she goes in black clothes hath: but one Eye: with a Crooked Neck and she saith there is none in Boston like her, she did afflict this deponent but saith she will not any more, nor tell him her name".[3/482-3]
REF:  The Pease Family History - Phillip J. Rice, 1982  A Genealogical and Historical Record of the Descendants of John Pease, Senr., Last of Enfield, Conn. - Rev. David Pease, 1869  The Salem Witchcraft Papers
Notes for Sarah: On Monday, May 23, 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts Sarah was accused of "sundry acts of witchcraft committed on the bodys of Mary Warren, Abigaile Williams and Eliz Hubbard." She was accused along with Benjamin Proctor and Mary Derich. A warrant for her arrest was issued and she was arrested that day. The following day was set aside for examinations and the proceedings were recorded by Nathaniel Cary of Charlestown. He and Mrs. Cary had come to observe and to face Mrs. Cary's accuser, Abigail Williams. He writes of the prisoners, one of whom surely was Sarah Pease.
"The prisoners were called in one by one, and as they came in were cried out of, etc. The prisoner was placed about 7 or 8 foot from the Justices, and the accusers between the Justices and them; with an Officer appointed to hold each hand, least they should therewith afflict them, and the prisoners eyes must be constantly on the Justices; for if they look'd on the afflicted, they would either fall into their fits, or cry out of being hurt by them; after examination of the prisoners, who it was afflicted these girls, ect., they were put upon saying the Lords Prayer, as a tryal of their guilt; after the afflicted seem'd to be out of their fits, they would look steadfastly on some one person, and frequently not speak; and then would speak again; then the Justices said to the accusers, 'which of you will go and touch the prisoner at the bar?' then the most courageous would adventure, but before they made three steps would ordinarily fall down as in a fit; the Justices ordered that they should be taken up and carried to the prisoner, that she might touch them; and as soon as they were touched by the accused, the Justices would say, they are well, before I could discern any alteration..."
Sufficient evidence must have been found against Sarah because she was sent to Salem Jail on May 25th, 1692. Although testimony was brought against her again on August 5th, Sarah escaped the condemnation of the judges, who sentenced 15 people to the gallows in September. By the late fall of that year the tide of hysteria had abated, and sympathy was turning from the victims to the accused. Sarah survived the winter and was released in May of 1693, after suffering a year in jail.
Children of Robert Pease and Sarah are: i. Bertha Pease, born April 11, 1660. ii. Elizabeth Pease, born June 20, 1662. iii. Deliverence Pease, born October 16, 1664. iv. Mary Pease v. Robert Pease, born March 25, 1669; married Hannah Warriner December 24, 1691 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut. vi. Issac Pease vii. Bethia Pease viii. Nathaniel Pease
Children of Sarah and Robert Pease are:
Bertha Pease, b. April 11, 1660, d. November 1667, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Pease, b. June 20, 1662, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, d. date unknown.