|Mary Walcott (Historical)|
The show seems to amalgamate two separate though related women. Mary Woodrow Sibley and Mary Sibley Walcott.
Mary Wolcott (July 5, 1675 – 1752) was one of the "afflicted" girls called as a witness at the Salem Witch Trials in 1692-93.
She was the daughter of Captain Jonathan Wolcott (1639–1699), and his wife, Mary Sibley (1644–1683), both of Salem, and was about seventeen years old when the allegations started in 1692. []
Mary Woodrow Sibley, the wife of Samuel Sibley (1657–1708) and the aunt of Mary Wolcott by marriage to Samuel, was the person who first showed Tituba and Tituba's husband John Indian how to bake a "witch cake" to feed to a dog in order that she and her friends might ascertain exactly who it was that was afflicting them. Joseph B. Felt quotes in the The Annals of Salem :
"At the trials, she was said to be calm, but subsequently, critics accused her of everything from compromise to actually being a witch who foiled her potential adversaries by distracting their attention away from herself onto innocent persons."
Mary Wolcott, not Mary Woodrow Sibley, married Isaac Farrar, son of John Farrar of Woburn, Massachusetts, on April 28, 1696. They had several children, and eventually moved to Townsend, Massachusetts. She married, secondly, to David Harwood in 1701 in Sutton, Massachusetts. They had nine children:
- Mary Harwood, b. Abt. 1702.
- Emma Harwood, b. Abt. 1705. (m. Ebenezer Macintyre, 23 May 1728).
- Hannah Harwood, b. Abt. 1706; (m. Ebenezer Twiss).
- David Harwood, b. Abt. 1708, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; d. 22. August 1781, Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts; (m. Margaret Cox, 13. March 1730/31, Salem, Essex Cnty, Massachusetts).
- Elizabeth Harwood, b. Abt. 1711; d. Abt. 1738; (m. Benjamin Moulton, October 1734).
- Ezra Harwood, b. Abt. 1715.
- County, Massachusetts(m. Jonathan Nourse Jr., 12 August 1743).
- Absalom Harwood, b. Abt. 1723; (m. Anna Boyce, 23 September 1748).
- Solomon Harwood, b. Abt. 1725; (m. Abagail Phelps, 20 December 1748).
They removed to Sutton about 1729, leaving most of their children living in Salem. David was a weaver by occupation. David died before 1744. Mary Walcott Harwood probably died before 1752.
- Mary Sibley is loosely based on these two historical figures. Adam Simon, co-creator of the show, says he wanted to follow the allegations of those who thought Mary Walcott being a real witch. Actually, Mary Woodrow Sibley was accused of being a witch and was Tituba's cohort, not Mary Walcott who was just a young unwed girl at the time but was called as a witness against the accused witches. [] []
- Mary Walcott wasn't married to a Sibley. There are two Mary Walcott's in history regarding this event. Mary Sibley Walcott who died almost a decade before the trials and her daughter, Mary Walcott, who was just 17 years old. Adam Simon has apparently confused two of possibly three different women.
- The real Mary Sibley maiden name was Woodrow, as another Mary Sibley (neé Woodrow) married to Samuel Sibley.
- These two women are apparently the inspiration for the main character of the show.
- Ironically, Mary Walcott was married to a man named Isaac, while in the show Isaac is Mary Sibley's servant and best friend.
- Neither Mary Woodrow Sibley nor Mary Sibley Walcott were ever married to a man named George Sibley. George Sibley is a purely fictional chararcter. [] , []