Dear Carrier Family:
On September 9, 2012, the Salem Award Foundation will present a twentieth anniversary rededication ceremony of the memorial stones for the 20 men and women who were hanged as a result of the witch hysteria.
I am so honored to have been asked by the organizers to participate in the ceremony and to lay a wreath of flowers at the stone dedicated to our many times great grandmother, Martha Carrier. There will be 19 other descendents present to do the honors for their respective forebears, and among the speakers will be Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and the actor, Greg Alan Williams, who received the first Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.
It is a public event which begins at 4:00 p.m. at the memorial, 43 Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts. I hope that some of you will be able to attend—I would cherish the opportunity to see again those of you who attended the Carrier reunion a few years ago.
The memorial park and stones require continual maintenance and repair, and the Foundation is in need of support. Any amount, even a few dollars, would help to keep the park a fitting and honored tribute to those whose sacrifice and steadfastness to the truth stand as beacons of courage against intolerance and injustice. You can make on-line contributions at www.salemaward.org or by mail to: The Salem Award for Human Rights & Social Justice Foundation, P.O. Box 8484, Salem, MA 01971.
I will be posting photographs of the event on the Kathleen Kent Author page on Facebook so you can share in the experience. My very best regards to you and yours, and would love to see some of my Carrier family in Salem on the 9th!
I am trying to help a college student with a Sociology paper. He is writing about the Salem Witch Trials and would like to ask a few questions of descendants about any oral history passed down in the family about their ancestor. If you can help out, I know he’d appreciate it! firstname.lastname@example.org is his email addy and his name is Kevin.
Thanks a lot!!
My name is John Choiniere, and I believe I’m a 10th-generation near-direct descendant of Martha. My mother’s maiden name was Rebecca Carrier. I’m here basically to either confirm the research my grandmother did a few years back or have my illusions shattered (heh). Here’s what I’ve been told:
Andrew Allen had a daughter, Martha, who married Thomas Carrier. They had a son Richard Carrier, who was married twice: first to Elizabeth Sessions, then to Thankful Brown. With Thankful, he had a son Amos, who married Phoebe Kneeland. They had a son Amariah, who married Honor Hogins. They had a son Robert, who married Calista Fenner. They had a son Alvester Robert Carrier (1844-1924), who married Arabella Frances Richardson (1842-1908). They had a son Fred Lester Carrier (1874-1926), who married Emma Claus (1876-1947). They had a son Lewis Edward Carrier (1901-1982), who married Hilda Felder (1901-1986). They had a son Jerome Francis (Bud) Carrier (1932-2005), who married Carolyn Janet Tomkins (1935-). They gave birth to my mom, Rebecca (1958-), who married my dad, John Choiniere (1952-). They had me and my brother Dan, born 1985 and 1988 respectively.
So, Martha => Richard => Amos => Amariah => Robert => Alvester => Fred => Lewis => Jerome => Rebecca => Me!
The later generations (Alvester onward) are totally confirmable through family possesions, but I have no idea about the veracity of the earlier stuff. For example, my grandmother also has Thomas Carrier’s life span as 1626-1735 (109 years!). Does this match with what other people know? And if so, is there any information I can provide to people about this Iowan group?
Is there a 2012 Carrier Reunion planned? I have to chose vacation dates soon for 2012.
Sue King-Marschalk, Bristol Tennessee
A new film playing at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site describes the Rev. Samuel Parris as the key figure in the 1692 hysteria. The film, based on the latest research, produced by the Essex National Heritage Commission, plays four times a day.
Read this account of the film, and the historians behind it, from Religion News Service, published in the Washington Post.
Here is the link to the NPS.
Thanks, Jim. I’ll be back.
Heading to Boston/Salem next month, curious what others recommend seeing and passing up. Read both K. Kent’s books and looking forward to the visit. Martha and Thomas were my (7x) grandparents. Beth
This site is a bittersweet find. Sweet to have it exist but I am bitter than I found it months after the reunion. I would have loved to attend. Below is my line to Martha.
I only found out about the connection a few years ago, when I started doing genealogy for my newborn daughter. My mother (Suzanne) mentioned something she heard from her father or grandmother about a connection to the Salem Witch Trials. An article from my aunt and an afternoon on Ancestry and I had the connection. I can’t wait until my daughters (there are two strong-willed girls following me around now) are old enough to understand. Kathleen’s book and another I just found in a post are on their way.
I look forward to connecting with some of you and (hopefully) attending the next reunion.
My maiden name is Sheila Carrier. I live in Rochester, New York, and have just finished reading Kathleen Kent’s novels about Martha and Thomas Carrier. They have renewed my desire to learn about my heritage. My niece has gone as far back as the Civil War and discovered my great-great grandfather Carrier was a Union army officer. After the war he went to Panama and worked on the canal where he died of yellow fever. I know he was from Lockport, New York, and there are several Carriers buried in a cemetery there. We visited that cemetery but do not know if any Carriers still live in Lockport.
My grandfather was John Dudley Carrier. He was born in the late 1800’s. His son, my father, was John Littlefield Carrier. He was born around 1912 I have two brothers; John Charles Carrier (deceased) and Robert William Carrier. We all are from the Rochester, New York, area.
Do you know if any of Martha and Thomas’s kin migrated to upstate New York? I noticed that there was a reference to the ‘Virginia’ Carriers. Can you tell me anything about them?
I’m not very skilled at researching genealogy but my niece is. She is too busy to devote much time to this. Any info you can pass on would be very much appreciated!
Salem, the witch city, is rebranding itself, in hopes of luring more than the witch tourist.
With a new logo — half hat, half sail — Salem wants to remind people of its maritime history, and attractions that can bring people to town for more than the annual October witchfest, Haunted Happenings.
Salem’s tourism has been hard-hit by the recession and shrinking marketing budgets. Writer Rodrique Ngowi’s AP report can be read here.