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Co. York P. R. Vol. iii. 1719-1728. (Thomas Averill: adra".)
The Account of Job Averil of York admr on the estate of his Father Thomas Averil late of York dec'd
To Removing his father and Mother from Jebano to Cape Neddick in a
sloop with his household goods and stock £ 6.00.00
To Removing my father and family from Cape Neddick to York,
and sometime after removing him and his family from York to
Cape Neddick £ 3.00.00
To Taking Care and supplying my father and Mother in their old
age about seven years in ye time of ye War* £21.00.00
To Expense on my father in his last Sickness and his funeral 3.00.00
To taking care of my Mother and Providing necessaryes in the
Time of her old Age until her Death, near one year and her
funeral Expenses £13.00.00
To taking Administration charges in taking the Inventory with
my Extraordinary Trouble in Administration 6.00.00
Job Averil was allowed £52.00.00 by the Court, April 9, 1726.
The great Massacre at York was Feb. 5, 1692, when one hundred and sixty known persons and many others were taken into captivity. The old jail of 1653 and the old M*Intire garrison house of the same period are both still standing in York.
The names of all of the children of Thomas (No. 3) Averell and Frances Collins, his wife, are not known to us. Of those who were living at the time of the settlement of the father's estate in 1714 to 1728, York Comity Court Records have given us some knowledge. They were:
23. i. SARAh', b. Mar. 23, 1666, at Topsfield, Mass.; m. Ebenezert (see mema., p. 103) Lufkin or "Lovekin," of Gloucester, son of Thomas Lufkin of Gloucester, who owned considerable land in various places and had many descendants: Tho" was son of Wm Lufkin. Thomas and Ebenezer Lufkin were on the list of grantees of Gloucester, 1723. All who were in town in 1704 were in this list.
* The Indian Wars were (1) 1688 to 1697. There was an Indian War in 1702.
24. ii. Samuel'*
25. iii. Joseph'*
26. iv. Job*, b. 1671 (?); m. Mary Prebles.
27. v. Benjamin", b. 167-; m. Mary Chambet.
28. vi. John'**.
f Essex Reg. Book vii. p. 18. 1703: Abstract;
I Thomas Lufkin Ser., To my son Ebenezer Lufkin carpenter with consent of my wife Mary, give him after our death my home that we now dwell in with homestead and land belonging thereto (18 acres in Township of Gloucester bounded N. E. by the Ipswich line—all other sides bounded by Gloucester Commons) ; also all my part of that pond of Meadow formerly called Haskall's Mill Pond (5 or 6 acres), granted by the town of Gloucester to me.
Jan. 8. 1699. Ack. in Ipswich. Thomas Lufkin.
Wit's Thomas Lufkin Jr.
* The Samuel, Joseph and John mentioned in the following records were probably the children of Thomas (No. 3), as they were all of York.
Suffolk Co. Mass. P. R. for 1691, No. 1785, Vol. 8. pp. 154, 181.
By Samuel Sewall Esqr, Isaac Addington Assist.
January 16, 1690-1. Power of Admcon to all and
singular of the Goods Chattels rights and Creditts of the Estate of Samuel Averil late of Yorke who died in Boston is granted unto Joseph Averill his Brother he bringing over an Inventory of the decet's Estate and giving bond to administer the same according to Law.
Attesr (being present)
Joseph Webb (Clerk)
(No record of the inventory is found in Suffolk Adm'ns, It is possible that it may be found at Alfred, Me., in York Co. Adm'ns) [This Samuel and Joseph were too old to have been the sons of William (No. 9)].
** York Deeds. Jan. 16. 1698, John Every witnesses a record of William Hilton Ser., and Arthur Beal of York, Me. And Job "Avory" or "Averall" and Edward Beal testify 1712 to an act of W" Hilton Ser. & Co.
York Co. Deeds. Alfred, Me. Book iii. Fol. 87. June 5, 1680.
I Andrew Everest of the Town of Yorke in the Province of Mayne in New
England sould unto Thomas Everell of Wells a certain tract
of upland and marsh comanly called at Pond Marsh in the way which goeth . from Cape Nuttacke to Wells . . . with the consent of (my wife) Barbary Everest
June 5, 1680.
Book iii. Fol. 132. July 10, 1683. Deed from Peter Weare Sr. of Neck containing 27 acres on East side of
Cape Neddick river in York to Thomas Everell some tyms
of Wells (consideration £14). the tract of land lying and being about one mile on the Eastward side of Cape Nuddacke River, beginning on the South side of a small pond of water
July 10, 1683.; Also B. v. Folio 109, in deed of Peter Ware of Cape Nedick, 28 day , 1687, the land of Thomas Avery of Cape Nedick is mentioned.
Book viii. p. 176. Oct. 10, 1689. I Thomas Averell of Cape Nuduck in ye Co. of York in the Province of Maine Planter do sell to Francis Littlefield Sen'r of the Town of Wells
a certain land commonly known by the name of Tatnack about
6 miles from the Town of Wells two hundred acres
Oct. 10, 1689. (Signed) Thomas Averell.
(Frances Littlefield was from Ipswich, Essex Co., Mass.. as is shown by the next deed to the above in York Co. Deeds, Book viii.)
4. Sarah2 Averell, called Averill, Averie, Avery (Williami), was b. probably between 1630 and 1635, and was one of the seven children mentioned in her father's will.
She passed her youth at Ipswich, Mass. Nov. 23, 1663 (Ct. R.), she became the second wife of John Wildes (Wild, Wilde, Wiles, Wyles) of Topsfield, Mass., whose first wife, Priscilla Gould (dau. of Zacheus) had d. April 16, 1663 (Topsfield V. R.), leaving a large family. John' Wildes was b. abt. 1615 (by dep. made 30.11.1677, when he was 62 years of age). He sailed from London, England, by the ship "Elizabeth," in July, 1635. The ship's passenger list included three Wilds; "William Wild, aged thirty (30) : Alice Wild, aged forty (40): John Wild, aged seventeen (17):" who came together. Ages were often incorrect in those passenger lists, so that the difference between 17 and 20 years is not of importance.
In 1639 Mr. Wildes took up land with Endicott, Simon Bradstreet and others at what was then called New Meadows, and about ten years later (1648), Topsfield. He became a prominent citizen of that town, holding many important offices such as juryman of trials in the County Court, etc., as shown by the published records cf the town in The Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society.
In these published records his name first appears Dec. 4, 1643: Jo. Wilds (paid) 3s. for serving against the Indians the previous year; and March 25, 1659, as John "Wildes," and not long after we find this entry:
"At a lawful Towne Meeting the 7 March 1664: It is ordered that the timber of the five hundred acres of common lands on the other side of the riuer which is to remaine common to perpetuity is to be deuided by John Wiles Willi Auerell Thomas Baker & Edmond Towne or either three of them into three equall proportions as two foure and six according to that rule to be deuided. Voted."
Apart from the marriage of his sister Sarah, this is the first association of William Averell and John Wildes which we find recorded; but many others appear later in their common comrmttee work for the public good, as those published records prove.
William Wild or Wildes, John's uncle, settled at Ipswich in 1635. He died in 1668, and as the quit claim deed of Edward Bishop and others, heirs of William Wild or Wildes, recites, William gave his lands to his nephew John, son of his brother John, and said John, deceased, made conveyance to John Harris, locksmith.
The children of John (Wild) in this deed, quit claimed to Harris their interest in the house and an acre of land sold to Harris Dec. 14, 1685. Apr. 15, 1690, John "Wills" and Sarah Wilds witnessed the will of Sarah's brother William Averell; and June 30, 1690, they both made oath in Court at Salem that they were the said witnesses (See Will, pp. 86 and 87), and saw him sign the will. The following year, in the month of March, 1692, in the Village of Salem (now Danvers), came the climax in New England of those incredible delusions which Cotton Mather called "a prodigious possession of devils, which it was then generally thought had been by witchcraft introduced;" and Sarah Averell Wildes became one of the first victims of the accusations made at that time.
The belief in witchcraft was prevalent everywhere in Europe as well as in America at this time; and sporadic cases were recorded in New England from 1648 down to this "Salem Witchcraft" period, and later in the Southern portion of our country.
With few exceptions the most eminent men, in both countries, believed in the reality of these evidences of supernatural power, and credited much of the testimony rendered in witchcraft cases. Therefore when the flame kindled in Salem Village the majority of people of all classes accepted the phenomena as evidences of Satanic influence, even if they believed many of the accusations unjust or without grounds.
It is believed that the chief instigator of these tragic experiences was a West Indian slave woman by the name of Tituba (or Titcuba) who belonged to the Minister of Salem Village, Mr. Samuel Parris; and that she initiated some of the Minister's household—the young people and their friends and neighbors— into her vodoo necromancy. The results of their intimate association amazed and terrified not only the Minister, but the whole neighbourhood; and the young people, affected by her instructions, accused of witchcraft not only their Indian leader in mischief, Tituba, but also Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn, all of Salem Village.
Warrants were at once issued for their arrest on Feb. 29, 1692; and they were all examined before the Magistrates of Salem Village Mar. 1, 1692, and sent to the jails in the County of Essex. The "afflicted children" who claimed to be bewitched by the accused were Elizabeth Parris Jr. (nine years of age) dau. of the minister; Abigail Williams, a niece of Mr. Parris and a member of his household (eleven years of age); Ann Putnam Jr. (twelve years of age) ; Elizabeth Hubbard (seventeen years of age). All of these it is believed had become the only too apt pupils of Tituba during the winter of 1691-2, between the first of December and last of February.
On March 12, 1692, Mrs. Martha Corey, a woman of unusual mental equipoise and excellence of character, was accused, and a warrant for her arrest issued March 19. On March 23, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Mrs. Rebecca Nurse, a noble and highly esteemed woman; immediately after a tiny child of four or five years, Dorcas or Dorothy, dau. of Sarah Good, was accused, and a warrant issued for her apprehension; and she like all the others was committed to jail.