Biography

Mary Beales Jacobs Wildes was born 1624 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts and died 1698 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married George Jacobs (1609-1692) 12 January 1673 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married John Wildes (1618-1705) 26 June 1693 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Salem witch trials

1876 illustration of the courtroom; the central figure is usually identified as being Mary Walcott

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than 200 people were accused, nineteen of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men). One other man, Giles Corey, was pressed to death for refusing to plead, and at least five people died in jail. It was the deadliest witch hunt in the history of the United States.

Mary's first husband was George Jacobs (1609-1692) was an English colonist in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who was accused of witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts. He was convicted and hanged on August 19, 1692. His son, George Jr., was also accused but evaded arrest. Jacobs' accusers included his daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Margaret.

Mary's second husband was John Wildes (1618-1705) a English magistrate for Topsfield, Massachusetts whose prior wife, Sarah Avarel (1627-1692), was also wrongly accused and executed for witchcraft.



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