A new look at the Salem Witch Trials: Nov. 7 lecture

Salem, Mass. – The House of the Seven Gables will welcome Professor Benjamin C. Ray from the University of Virginia to present a talk entitled “A New Look at the Salem Witch Trials: Report on the most Recent Research” on Sunday November 7th, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Professor Ray’s lecture will focus on the new scholarly edition of the court records of the Salem Witch Trials titled Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. This book, of which Dr. Ray is an associate editor, is the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem  Witch Trials in chronological order. With the inclusion of previously undiscovered manuscripts as well as documents published in earlier  additions and omitted from later, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt offers the most comprehensive historic account of the events of 1692-1693.

Dr. Ray’s roots in Danvers date back to Daniel Ray (spelled Rae) who settled his family on the North Shore in 1630. A later generation would raise their voices in defense of accused witch Rebecca Nurse in 1692. It was this family history that inspired Dr. Ray, a Religious Studies scholar, to begin teaching on the subject and conducting further research. After receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Ray teamed with another scholar and a team of researchers to digitize all the court records associated with the Witchcraft Trials.During the project, the team uncovered over 30 previously lost original court records making this edition the most accurate and comprehensive record ever published. Dr. Ray’s lecture will discuss the story of the Salem Witchcraft Trials as scholars now understand them.

Click here for more information about the new book.

The lecture will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2:00pm at The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for members of The House of the Seven Gables. For tickets, please call The House of the Seven Gables at 978-744-0991 ext. 104. For more information on this year’s centennial events, please visit www.7gables.org.

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Join us for a memorial to Martha, Saturday afternoon Nov. 6

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. we will gather for an informal program at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, just a short walk from our hotel. Alison D’Amario of the Salem Witch Museum will greet us, describe the memorial, its history and purpose, and answer any questions you might have about Salem’s witch history.

If you haven’t been to the memorial, it is the one place in Salem where the original witch trials are remembered in proper fashion — a remarkably simple garden, adjacent to the Old Burial Ground, featuring a typical New England stone wall, and jutting stone “benches” for each of the 20 people who died in 1692. Each bench is carved with a name and date of death.

The garden was created for the 300th anniversary of the witch trials, and dedicated in 1992. Ms. D’Amario was competition manager for choosing the memorial architect.

The garden is shaded with black locust trees, the trees the victims were hanged from on a nearby hill. As you enter the memorial, quotes from some of the accused lie at your feet, the stones overlapping their words, as if being crushed into silence.

Visitors light candles, leave flowers and notes. You are invited to join us, and speak about Martha, what the witch history means to you, or anything else related to the reunion. Jim Carrier will be filming the gathering for a possible documentary.

For more about the memorial, click here.

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New Witch Trial Museum needed: Boston Globe

As ghouls and goblins and witches of all stripes gather in Salem this week, the Boston Globe has editorialized for a new, noncommercial museum to fully tell the story of with Salem witch trials. Click here to read the editorial.

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Web site blog for Carrier Reunion

Kate Fox of Destination Salem will be posting a blog soon on the Salem.org site with news about the Carrier family visiting Salem. Check it in a week to find details. Regards, Kathleen

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The Wolves are coming. . .

The launch date for The Wolves of Andover is November 8th and can be preordered through book stores, Amazon or downloaded as e-reading material. Thank you all for your support! Your cousin, Kathleen Kent

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Don’t be left out….order shirts NOW!

CarrierSHIRTS OrderNOW

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Here’s the shirt design and pricing info.

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Carrier Reunion Shirts Designs

“As a Carrier descendant (and artist) I thought it would be fun to have a shirt commemorating this event. My Connecticut Carrier cousins agreed and thought the rest of you might enjoy them as well.

email me at; juliannacameron@sbcglobal.net

For a flyer with the design and ordering options

pre-order before October17,2010

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A different Carrier story

My 2x great grandmother was Ann Elizabeth (Carrier) Harding.  Her granddaughter, Anna Eliza (Harding) Baird was my grandmother.  This is the story related to me about our Carrier line.

Three Carrier brothers – no first names, no dates – were forced to flee France because they were caught in a plot to kill the French king.  No name for the king was given.  One of them married a young German girl whose last name was Hettrick (prounced with hard “d” sound) and that was the only part that was true, though the Hettrik’s had been in this country for several generations.  I didn’t learn about the Carriers until I came across Helynn Carrier’s book and also got in touch with some cousins, also descendants of 2x great grandmother. 

Have other Carrier descendants heard  of this story also?  I don’t know why grandma was told this version, I learned true story after my grandmother had passed away.

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I have been researching my family history for about two years now and it has been a fascinating journey–but now I have more questions than answers and would love it if any of you have more information to share.  I am descended from Martha’s daughter Hannah Carrier Wood.  Since Hannah was so little when her mother died and lived with another family for so long as far as I know the story was not passed along through the generations and so little seems to be known about Hannah.  Does anyone have more insight into her life?  Not getting to come to the reunion felt like Hannah was left out again.  As I was working on this ancestry search I included my husband’s family too.  Low and behold his grandfather’s sister Lily Clyne married a Delbert E. Carrier in 1879. As much as I can find out is that Delbert’s father was named Heram and he was born in Ohio. I do not have Heram’s father’s name but do think that he was possibly born in Pennsylvania.  so my next question is–Does anybody know if this Carrier family was related in some way to my Carrier family?  So–if anybody out there can help me it would be appreciated.  Also, if we turn out to be cousins–I would love to hear from you!!

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