Mary Lacey Sr. and Mary Lacey Jr.

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The name “Mary Lacey” belongs to two women involved in the Salem witch trials of 1692: Mary Lacey the mother (referred to here as Mary Lacey Sr.), and her daughter Mary Lacey (referred to here as Mary Lacey Jr.).

Mary Lacey Facts

Known for: in the 1692 Salem witch trials 
Age at time of Salem witch trials: Mary Lacey Sr. was about 40, and Mary Lacey Jr. was 15 or 18 (sources differ)
Dates: Mary Lacey Sr.:  July 9, 1652- 1707.

  Mary Lacey Jr.: 1674? - ?
Also known as:  Mary Lacy

Family, Background:

Mary Lacey Sr. was the daughter of Ann Foster and her husband, Andrew Foster.  Ann Foster emigrated from England in 1635.  Mary Lacey Sr. was born about 1652.  She married Lawrence Lacey on August 5, 1673. Mary Lacey Jr. was born about 1677.

Mary Lacey and the Salem Witch Trials

When Elizabeth Ballard of Andover fell ill with a fever in 1692, the doctors suspected witchcraft, knowing of the events in nearby Salem.  Ann Putnam Jr. and Mary Wolcott were called to Andover to see if they could identify the witch, and they fell into fits upon seeing Ann Foster, a 70-something widow.  She was arrested and sent to Salem jail on July 15.

She was examined on July 16 and 18.  She resisted acknowledging that she had committed any witchcraft.

An arrest warrant was issued against Mary Lacey Jr. on July 20th, for “Committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft on.

Eliz ballerd the wife of Jos Ballerd of Andover. to her great hurt.” She was arrested the next day and brought to an examination by John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin and John Higginson.  Mary Warren fell into a violent fit at the sight of her.  Mary Lacey Jr. testified that she had seen her mother, grandmother and Martha Carrier flying on poles given by the Devil.

  Ann Foster, Mary Lacey Sr. and Mary Lacey Jr. were examined again that same day by Bartholomew Gedney, Hathorne and Corwin, “accused of practising witchcraft upon Goody Ballard.”

Mary Lacey Sr. accused her mother of witchcraft, probably to help deflect the charges against herself and her daughter.  Ann Foster had until that time denied the charges; she may have shifted strategies to save her daughter and granddaughter.

Mary Lacey Sr. was indicted for bewitching Mercy Lewis in Salem on July 20.

On September 14, the testimony of those who charged Mary Lacey Sr. with witchcraft were delivered in writing.  On September 17, the court tried and convicted Rebecca Eames, Abigail Faulkner, Ann Foster, Abigail Hobbs, Mary Lacey Sr., Mary Parker, Wilmott Redd, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardwell, and they were condemned to be executed.

Later in September, the last eight convicted of witchcraft were hanged, and at the end of the month, the Court of Oyer and Terminer stopped meeting.

Mary Lacey After the Trials

Mary Lacey Jr was released from custody on October 6, 1692, on a bond. Ann Foster died in jail in December of 1692; Mary Lacey was eventually released.  Mary Lacey Jr. was indicted on January 13 for “covenanting.”

In 1704, Mary Lacey Jr. married Zerubbabel Kemp.

Lawrence Lacey sued for restitution for Mary Lacey in 1710.  In 1711, the legislature of the Province of Massachusetts Bay restored all rights to many of those who had been accused in the 1692 witch trials. Included were George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles and Martha CoreyRebecca NurseSarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah Wilds, Abigail Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Faulkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury and Dorcas Hoar.

Mary Lacey Sr. died in 1707.

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