Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Witch, the Devil, and the Reverend Mr. Stone

With a nod to the calendar, I bring you two tales from the daily life of Rev. Samuel Stone, my 9th great-grandfather. The first is said to have taken place in 1648:

Burr, George Lincoln. Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2002. (p. 135-136)

The second is said to have happened in 1662:

Mather, Increase, and George Offor. Remarkable Providences Illustrative of the Earlier Days of American Colonisation. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890. (p. 96-99)

Note: Samuel Stone of Cambridge (see p. 222) is not a descendant of Rev. Samuel Stone. He's the son of Gregory Stone and grandson of David Stone. It's possible, but unproven, that Rev. Samuel Stone's father, John Stone, was a brother or half-brother of Gregory. See Stone-Rogers for more on this.

Newell, William. Discourses and Poems of William Newell, Minister of the First Parish in Cambridge: A Memorial Volume. Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1882.

Search this book for "stone." There are other useful pages.


The book below tells the same story as the first book in this post. I've put it here because this one is out of copyright, whereas the other is not. (However, the first one has has good footnotes!)

Mather, Cotton and Thomas Robbins. Magnalia Christi Americana: Or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from Its First Planting, in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698. Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1853. (Vol. II, p. 456)

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