Note: !Immigrated in 1634 from England with his parents. Also: Hutchinson's life was spent in Salem Village, farming his broad inheritance. He was constable of Salem in 1677, on the county trial jury in 1663, 1678, 1674, and 1681, and on the grand jury in 1661, 1662, 1668, 1669, 1674 and 1675. Although not a member of the church, he gave the village the acre of land on which its first meetinghouse was built in 1673 and was one of five who gave Mr. Bailey, its first and unordained minister, twenty-eight acres of land " for his more comfortable subsistence amongst us." In 1692 he was involved in the Salem witchcraft delusion, and the scene of the trials was in the church which was on his land. He was one of a number who entered a complaint against Tituba (the Indian woman living in the family of Rev. Samuel Parris), of Sarah, the wife of William Good, and of Sarah, the wife of Alexander Osborn.In the long controvery between the parish and the church resulting from the personality and cupidity of Mr. Parris, Hutchinson was definitely arrayed against that clergyman, and thus placed himself and his family in grave danger when, in the frantic months of 1692, Parris practically held powers of life and death in his control. This does not mean that Hutchinson did not beleive in the existence of witchcraft. He obviously did, as in an emotional reaction to the accusations of the "afflicted" children, he was one of the complainants who procured the warrants against the first unfortunate women accused - Tibuta, Mr. Parris's Indian slave, Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn. As the hysterical proceedings advanced, however, he seems to have had strong doubts. He and his wife were among the signers of the declaration as to the character of Rebecca Nurse, and later the close questioning to which he subjected the child Abigail Williams upon a casual meeting indicates grave suspicion. He emerged safely from the crisis and in later years continued to lend support to Mr. Parris's opponents.During his lifetime he distributed his very large property among his children, and did not make a will. In 1694, he deeded to his son Joseph fifty acres, "where he now dwells," and contents. In 1707 he gave his son Samuel thirty acres, and to his son Richard thirty acres near Beaver Dam (the site of the sawmill) and to son Benjamin also thirty acres. In 1708 he gave to his son Robert his mansion house, barn, stock of cattle and contents, and on June 3, 1708, he deeded thirty acres to his son Ambrose.
RootsWeb.com is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.