ABT 1631 - 19 Aug 1692

  • BIRTH: ABT 1631, England
  • BAPTISM: 9 Oct 1631, Assington, Suffolk, England
  • EVENT: 5 Aug 1692, Condemned for witchcraft
  • DEATH: 19 Aug 1692, Salem, Essex, MA
Father: John PROCTOR
Mother: Martha HARPER

Family 1 : Elizabeth THORNDIKE
  • MARRIAGE: Dec 1662, Ipswitch, Essex, MA

Family 2 : Martha

Family 3 : Elizabeth BASSETT
  • MARRIAGE: 1 Apr 1674, Salem, Essex, MA

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 _John PROCTOR __|
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|--John PROCTOR 
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|_Martha HARPER _|
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[5087] This is the John Proctor who was tried and hanged for witchcraft in Salem. He became
the basis for the lead character in Arthur Miller's famous play, "The Crucible". For scholarly
details of the witchcraft hysteria, see the University of Virginia's "Salem Witch Trial Documentary
Archive" at

"The Thorndikes of Aby in Greenfield, Lincolnshire, and Essex County, Massachusetts"
Scott C. Steward
NEHGR v154 p459 (Oct 2000)
p474: "Elizabeth Thorndike, 'aged 20 years and upwards'21:8[Oct]:1661; d. at Salem
30 6m [Aug.] 1672; m. at Ipswich in Dec. 1622, as his second wife, John Proctor, bp.
at Assington, Suffolk, 9 Oct. 1631, executed for witchcraft at Salem 19 Aug. 1692, son
of John and Martha (Harper) Proctor. He m. (2) Martha ---, and (3) at Salem, 1 April 1674,
Elizabeth Bassett, with whom he was accused of witchcraft in 1692."

"The English Origin of George Giddings of Ipswich, Massachusetts"
David L. Greene
NEHGR v135 p274 (Oct 1981)
p285: "Giddings-Proctor Addendum...John Proctor married Martha Harper at Groton,
co. Suffolk, 1 June 1630. Two children were baptized at Assington, co. Suffolk; John
(baptized 9 October 1631) and Marie (baptized 17 October 1633)."

"A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England"
James Savage
Pub. Boston, 1860-1862
Repub. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1998
v3, pp489-490: "JOHN, Ipswich, s. of the preced. b. in Eng. rem. in few yrs. to Salem,
perhaps freem. 1690, m. Dec. 1662, Elizabeth d. of John Thorndike, had prob. by a sec. w.
Elizabeth Bassett, m. Apr. 1674... the mo. was one of the first accus. of witchcr. and her
h...for showing proper regard for her, as Hutch. II. 26 and 55 tells, fell under equal
suspicion. Both were tried and condemn. on 5th, and on him, 19 Aug. was inflict. the
punishm. of death, wh. she escap. by reason of her pregnancy, and bef. the time elaps. in
wh. she should have suffer. the power of decision and the devil passed away."

"The First Settlers of the Proctor Family in New England"
Proctor, William Lawrence
Republican & Journal Steam Presses; Ogdensburg, NY; 1873
[Wm. Proctor simply quotes Savage concerning the first two John Proctors.]

"New England Marriages Prior to 1700"
Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985
(as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001)
"PROCKTER, John (ae 50 in 1684) & 1/wf Elizabeth THORNDICK/THORNDIKE (-1672);
Dec 1662; Ipswich/Salem"
"PROCTOR, John2 (-1692) & 2/wf Elizabeth BASSETT, m/2 Daniel RICHARDS 1699;
1 Apr 1674; Salem"

"Proctor Family in Early Massachussetts: Vital Records from Printed Sources"
Lane, Evelyn C.
Gloucester, MA; 1991
Salem; Marriage: "John, and Elizabeth Bassett, Apr. 1, 1674."

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