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Chronology of Events



                                                            
 
 
January 20:
          Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Williams start to convulse and exhibit strange behavior. A couple of other girls in Salem begin to exhibit the same behavior.
 
 
February:
        Physicians are unable to figure out what is causing the girls to convulse and determine the disease the work in Salem.
 
 
Late February:
             The afflicted girls accuse Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne of bewitching them.
 
 
March 1:
       Tituba confesses to practicing witchcraft, but Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne claim their innocents.
 
 
March 12:
        Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft.
 
 
March 19:
        Rebecca Nurse was denounced as a witch.
 
 
March 28:
        Elizabeth Proctor was denounced as a witch.
 
 
April 19:
        Abigail Hobbs, Briget Bishop, Giles Corey, and Mary Warren were examained. Abigail Hobbs is the nly one to confess.
 
 
May 10:
      George Jacobs and his granddaughter, Margaret, are examined. Margaret confesses that both she and her father are witches.
 
      Sarah Osborne dies in jail.
 
 
May 14:
      Increase Mather returnes from England bringing with him the new governor, Sir William Phips.
 
 
May 27:
      Governor Phips sets up the Court of Oyer and Terminer to try all of the witchcraft cases. All evidence, including spectral, is used.
 
 
May 31:
      Martha Carrier, John Alden, Wilmott Redd, Elizabeth Howe, and Phillip English are examined.
 
 
June 2:
      First session of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Briget Bishop is the first to be covicted of witchcraft and condemned to death.
 
 
June 10:
          Briget Bishop is hanged in Salem in the first official hanging in the Salem Witch Trials.
 
 
July 19:
       Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Good and Sarah Wilde were executed.
 
 
August 2-6:
          John and Elibeth Proctor, George Jacobs, Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, and John Williard are tried and condenmed.
 
 
October 8:
         After the executions of 20 people, Thomas Brattle wrote a letter to Governor Phips critizing the Salem Witch trials and Governor Phips ordered no spectral evidence was allowed in the trials.
 
October 29:
          Governor Phips ends the Court of Oyer and Terminer.
 
 
November 25:
           THe Superior Court is created to try the remaining witch cases in May, 1693. No one is convicted in these trials.
 
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