Ann

Female Abt 1615 - 1692  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name Ann  
    Born Abt 1615  of , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Accused of being a witch Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died in the Salem jail 
    Death cause: 3 Dec 1692 
    Died in Salem Jail. 
    Died 3 Dec 1692  Salem Jail, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem Burying Ground, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2405  YOUNG, Richard Perry
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Family Andrew FOSTER,   b. Abt 1584, of , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1685, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 101 years) 
    Married Abt 1640  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Andrew FOSTER, Jr.,   b. Abt 1640, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1697, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)  [biological]
     2. Sarah FOSTER,   b. 23 May 1642, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1683, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     3. Hannah FOSTER,   b. Abt 1645, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1689, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     4. Abraham FOSTER,   b. Abt 1648, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1723, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     5. Mary FOSTER,   b. 9 Jul 1652, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1707, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2017 07:59:00 
    Family ID F1079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Life Sketch

      ANN FOSTER

      "In 1692, when Joseph Ballard's wife, Elizabeth, came down with a fever that baffled doctors, witchcraft was thought to be the cause. Soon, the search for the responsible witch began. Two of the afflicted girls of Salem village, Ann Putnam and Mary Walcott, were taken to Andover to seek out the witch. At the sight of Ann Foster, the girls fell into fits, and Ann, 72, was subsequently arrested and taken to Salem prison." (3)

      In 1692, this aged and infirm widow was accused of witchcraft; and feeble though she was, she was carried from her home to prison and examined four times in the court at Salem.

      "Ann was examined on July 15, July 16, July 18 and July 21. Under pressure from her examiners, she not only confessed that the devil had appeared to her in the shape of a bird, but also implicated Martha Carrier and Rev. George Burroughs, who had previously been arrested. (Ann's examiners were looking for evidence to use at the trials of Martha Carrier and Rev. Burroughs).

      "Harassed by the magistrates, she agreed to everything alleged against her and even confessed to a series of additional atrocities. Like others before and after her, she admitted that she had employed the traditional practice of making images of people she disliked and running pins through their bodies. Nor did she deny that she had caused the death of one of Andrew Allen's children, probably a niece of "Goody" Carrier."

      When Ann Foster was testifying against Martha Carrier, she declared that she had ridden on a stick with Martha to Salem Village and had there met with three hundred witches, among whom were not only the Reverend George Burroughs (afterwards executed) but also "another minister with gray hair," who resembled Mr. Dane. But nobody dared take the crucial step of charging him directly with witchcraft.

      Not long afterwards, when Ann's daughter, Mary (Foster) Lacey, and granddaughter, Mary Lacey, were also accused and arrested, Ann Foster refused to implicate her daughter and rose to her defense, saying "I know no more of my daughter being a witch that what day I shall die upon." (3) This protest accomplished nothing. The constable reported that they had found "a parcel of rags and a parcel of quills which none of the family could explain."

      Ann's daughter insisted that both she and her mother were witches, and her little granddaughter confirmed the story. Thus, All three women confessed to being witches. When Ann Foster, in her despair, was heard mumbling to herself and was asked what she was saying, she answered, "I am praying to the Lord." "What God do witches pray to?" inquired one examiner. The poor woman could only reply hopelessly, "I cannot tell; the Lord help me."

      Ann Foster, was condemned as a "confessing witch," as was her daughter, and granddaughter, but they were all later reprieved. Because they confessed, their lives were spared and they continued in prison.

      Ann Foster died in Salem prison on December 3, 1692. Her son, Abraham Foster, in petitioning later for the removal of her body, declared that he had been compelled to pay the jailer 2 pounds, 10 shillings before he was allowed to remove his mother's dead body for burial. Ann's daughter and grandaughter were released the following year."       
                                                                                  --- on FamilySearch  14 Feb 2016


      NOTE:
      Ann's Surname was Not Alcock.
      Many Internet-based genealogies name the wife of Andrew Foster as Ann Alcock, daughter of George Alcock and Ann Hooker, supposed sister of the famous Reverend Thomas Hooker. There is no truth to this.
      No surname has been found. The esteemed Robert Charles Anderson, senior researcher of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in his expert and respected "Great Migration Begins" book entries for George Alcock, Thomas Alcock (George's brother), and Thomas Hooker have found absolutely no connection. All George Alcock genealogies make no mention of any such daughter named Ann.
      Many listings on the Internet including Wikipedia make mention of a published genealogy "Foster Generoalogy (837 A.D.-1998 A.D.)," by Edson Foster Myers, 1999, but he is wrong. His only source is Torrey's "Marriages"; however, this book doesn't identify Ann's identity. This same author notes Ann as an 18-year old passenger on the 1635 sailing of the ship "Abigail"; however, this ship's manifest only lists the 18-year old Agnes Alcock and her name does not appear with the Foster names.
          --- on FamilySearch 30 Jun 2016 [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] International Genealogical Index(IGI) v5.0, Ordinance Record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Intellectual Reserve, Inc., FamilySearch (TM); http://www.familysearch.org) (Reliability: 2).