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Abigail Williams' testimony against George Jacobs, Jr.
Abigail Williams' testimony against George Jacobs, Jr.

Abigail Williams was one of the original and foremost accusers in the Salem witch trials of 1692. It is widely believed that Williams was eleven-thirteen years old at the time and living with her "uncle" who was actually not related to her Samuel Parris in Salem Village (now Danvers). [1] Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1296x892, 234 KB) Abigail William testimony against George Jacobs, Jr. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1296x892, 234 KB) Abigail William testimony against George Jacobs, Jr. ... 1876 illustration of the courtroom; the central figure is usually identified as Mary Walcott The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings by local magistrates and county court trials to prosecute people alleged to have committed acts of witchcraft in Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts in 1692... Events February 13 - Massacre of Glencoe March 1 - The Salem witch trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony with the charging of three women with witchcraft. ... Reverend Samuel Parris (1653-1720) Samuel Parris (1653 – February 27, 1720) was the Puritan minister in the town of Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts) during the Salem witch trials, as well as the father and uncle of two of the afflicted girls. ...

After Betty Parris, the nine-year-old daughter of Samuel and a cousin of Abigail's, started acting increasingly strangely, Williams began to show similar symptoms. According to Rev. Deodat Lawson, an eyewitness, she began to have fits in which she ran around rooms flailing her arms, ducking under chairs and trying to climb up the chimney. These behaviors brought attention to her, as they had with Betty Parris. A local doctor, thought to have been William Griggs, suggested bewitchment as the cause. The girls were eventually asked to name their supposed tormentors. They did so, thus bringing about the witch trials, which ended with the deaths of many innocent people. There is no definite evidence of what happened to Williams after the trials ended. One reference believes she "apparently died before the end of 1697, if not sooner, no older than seventeen." [2] Another reference (A brief historical note at the end of the Crucible, by Arthur Miller) says that "The legend has it that Abigail turned up later as a prostitute in Boston." However, given the use of the word "legend," this may very well be false. After shuving up her anusElizabeth Betty Parris (November 28, 1682 – March 21, 1760) was the nine-year-old daughter of the Salem villages reverend Samuel Parris (1653–1720) and was the first to become ill after being bewitched as most people thought. ...

The Crucible

Williams is one of the central characters in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. Although Miller based this play on the historical events, he took dramatic license with them. For example, The Crucible includes a wholly unhistorical amorous liaison between Abigail Williams and John Proctor. To make it more believable, Miller raised Williams' age to 17 and lowered Proctor's historical age of 60 to about 40. The playwright likewise made the fictionalized Williams and Proctor fairly near neighbors, although the historical people lived eight miles apart. Arthur Bob Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. ... For other uses, see Crucible (disambiguation). ... John Proctor (1632–1692) was a farmer and tavern-keeper in 17th century Massachusetts. ...


  1. ^ Burns, Margo. "Arthur Miller's "the Crucible': Fact & Fiction" [1]
  2. ^ Roach, Marilynne K. 2002. The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-to-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege. Cooper Square Press. Page 518.

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Abigail Williams (July 12, 1674 – April 20, 1765) played a significant role in the Salem Witch Trials and was depicted as one of the central characters in the play, The Crucible.
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