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Plate 16; on Lowell Street, one-tenth mile south
of its intersection with Prospect Street
an early opponent of the witch hunt, lived in this house in 1692. One
of the afflicted girls, Mary Warren, was a maidservant in his household.
Proctor had cured her fits with a good whipping and maintained that
the others could be cured with similar treatment. In April 1692, John
and his wife Elizabeth were accused of witchcraft. John was tried in
early August and hanged later that month. Elizabeth was found pregnant
at the time of her condemnation and was granted a stay of execution.
She would escape the gallows and eventually remarry. The stream which
runs behind the house is known to this day as Proctor Brook. The Proctor
house is privately owned.
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