Death in Salem: The private lives behind the 1692 Witch Hunt

A new, nonfiction book from a Salem descendant.

According to Amazon, Diane Foulds breaks participants into groups such as: The Accusers, the Victims, the Clergy…the Elite.

Click here for more from Amazon.

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Salem reunion video is live

Little Brown, the publisher of Kathleen Kent’s two novels on the Carrier family, has posted a two-minute video of our reunion in Salem. You can find it by clicking here.

Also, Wolves of Andover is available in an audio book, read Ellen Archer.

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The Salem Reunion

Thankyou Kathleen for the wonderful events that took place during the reunion and for your books. It was great to meet so many new cousins. Does anyone have a final count? I heard a couple of times that it was over 300. I stayed five days beyond the reunion and discovered (for myself anyway) some interesting things. At the Witchcraft Dungeon Museum there is a board set in the wall from the original building where the condemned were kept. Women who touch it have good luck, men who touch it don’t. We were told that river rats tunneled in and that when the river rose, water was ankle deep in the room. In the lobby of the Phillips Library there are two paintings, one is labeled “Examination of a Witch”, painted in 1853 by Tomkins Matteson. Not sure if both are by the same individual, the theme is the same. In the Visitors Center there are two displays, one showing a map and cards listing those who were executed and where they were from. The other display talked of the “Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice”, it came about because the the witchcraft trials. There is information about it on-line. I hope others got to see these things too, it added so much to my store of information.
This entire trip has been most extraordinary, i will never forget it.

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Laura Carrier Garofolo photos

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Reunion photos – please share

If you have a few good photos of the reunion, please post them here (insert in post using the photo button on the form), or email to, and I’ll post.

Here are a couple I took:

Kathleen Kent at the Hawthorne

Priscilla (Carrier Smalser), Jim and Doug Carrier

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Thank you Cousins Jim & Kathleen!

Kudos to the Carrier clan for making last weekend a real hoot! 8 members from our “twig” of the vast Carrier Tree made the 4 hour journey to Salem last weekend for the reunion & had a great time! It was nice to meet our cousins from around the country & finally put some faces to the names. I managed to scale a couple of brick walls with your help. Thank you ALL!
Bob (Thomas – Richard – Amos – Amaziah – John M. – Daniel S. – George H. – George L. – Joan P. Carrier) Smith

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Post Reunion Sweatshirt and T-shirt sales

It was a Great CARRIER Reunion, Thank you Kathleen Kent.

I’m sending in my last order to the printer on Friday. If you want a sweatshirt or T-shirt email me at for ordering procedures.

sweatshirts 30.00 plus 5.00 shipping….. poppy red, perwinkle blue, washed purple or mocha.

t-shirts 20. plus 3.00 shipping… grass color.

all 100% cotton.

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Carrier Genealogy Mailing list

In January 1999 I started a Carrier genealogy mailing list on We have over 70 members subscribed, most are descendants of Thomas and Martha but a few  from the W. John Carrier line from Virginia early 1700’s. Several of the list members were at the reunion in Salem.

We could use some new members so feel free to sign up.

To subscribe:  to join CARRIER-L, send mail to with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.

To join CARRIER-D, do the same thing with

Old messages are archived at

Neal Carrier

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Carrier Family reunion makes news in Salem

The Salem News published a nice article on our gathering Monday, Nov. 8, with a photo taken at our memorial service. Here’s a link.

Salem News Photo by Ken Yuszkus

If you have comments about the weekend, or photos, please email or post here directly.

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UPDATED Martha’s Family reunion program

Updated with Saturday afternoon memorial and guided trolley tour

Here are the details of the Carrier Family Reunion November 5th and 6th, 2010 in Salem, Mass.

Over 250 descendents of Martha Carrier arrive in Salem this weekend for talks, tours, and visits with cousins. There are Carrier descendants coming from all over the country; Washington state, Oregon, Florida, New England, and points in between.

Here is the new, updated schedule:

Friday, Nov 5th  8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Reception at the Salem Waterfront Hotel
225 Derby Street, Salem 978)740-8788
Hot & Cold hors d’oevres, coffee, tea, cold drinks
Cash bar for the adults. There will be a crowd of us at the Friday night reception, so I would ask for your patience while getting signed into the visitor’s book (a Red Book, of course) at the door.

There will be a giant “family tree” for signatures
to see where we all fit together
Copies of The Wolves of Andover will be
Provided by Little Brown & Co
(one copy per family)

Saturday, Nov. 6th  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Kent to talk about the research and writing of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Wolves
of Andover; Open to Carrier descendents
media, and press
Hawthorne Grand Ballroom, Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West, Salem

Saturday,  11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free time to explore and have lunch. Packets will be provided with maps for a walking tour of Salem along the Destination Trail and places of interest from the book. Salem attractions may offer discounts if you identify yourself as a member of the Carrier Reunion. The Salem Witch Museum, for example, is offering discounted prices: $5.75 for adults and seniors and $4.25 for students 6-18.

Saturday 1-2 p.m. Witch Trials Memorial Gathering. You are invited to gather at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial to hear stories about Martha, the history of witchcraft, and how attitudes have changed in Salem. Alison D’Amario at the Salem Witch Museum, who chaired the memorial’s design competition will talk about the history of the memorial.

We will also share thoughts about why we came to the reunion, and what it means to be a descendant. We will lay flowers on Martha’s engraved “bench” and contemplate the legacy of witch-hunts to this day.

Saturday 2-3:30 p.m. Guided Trolley tour of Salem and Danvers, witch history and other sites. Cost $20 per person. We have capacity for 70 people and we appear to be SOLD OUT. Details will be announced Friday night and Saturday morning.

Saturday,  4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    Author’s panel with K. Kent
First Church of Salem, 316 Essex Street

Brunonia Barry, The Lace Reader
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Alyssa East, Dogtown, Death and Enchantment In a New England Town

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