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Rev. Francis Dane became second pastor of the North Parish Church in Andover, Mass.
John Godfrey Accused of Witchcraft Aquitted
Rev. Dane Testified in favor of Godfrey, Saying he was not guilty. Dane from here on out was know to be completely against witchcraft as a concept and as an accusation
Dane's First Wife Dies
65 years old Dane's congregation begins to complain about his ability to run the church
Jan. - Congregation hired Rev. Thomas Barnard
Congregation Stopped paying Dane
Dane took the his stopped pay to the General Court of Boston, who required to church to split the salary between the two men. $30 for Dane, $50 for Barnard
Marries Second Wife Mary Thomas
Second Wife Mary Thomas Dies
Marries third and Final Wife Hannah Abbot
Barnard invites two of Salem's afflicted girls to come and test for witchcraft in Andover
Dane does not approve of Barnard's actions, nor does he participate whatsoever.
Apr. 22 - Nehemiah Abbot was tried and acquitted for Witchcraft
Rev. Dane was Nehemiah's Uncle
Jul 19th - Elizabeth Jackson was Hanged for Witchcraft
Elizabeth Jackson was Dane's Nephew's Wife
Aug. 10th - Elizabeth Johnson was arrested based on witchcraft accusations She confesses
Dane described her as simplish, but still denyed the accusation
By now, Most of Dane's Family had been accused:
Sept. 17th - Abigail Faulkner is sentenced to death, but not executed because she was pregnant. By the time she gives birth, the hysteria is over.
Abigail Faulkner was Dane's Daughter. He coached her through the trail process in jail. He encouraged her to cooperate with the court but never plead guilty.
Oct. - Dane petitions fro the release of Andover Children on Bond
Oct. - Wrote a petition to address the forced and false confessions of guilt made by women in order to save themselves. Dane wrote several petitions during this time
Dane filled for slander charges, which detered more accusations
Jan 2,1693 - Dane wrote a strongly worded letter to the general court rejecting that Andover had been involved with any type of sorcery and specifically blamed Specral evidence for allowing the accusations to go as far as they did, but also blamed the court fir not putting a stop to it.
Feb. 17th Rev. Francis Dane died
Aug. 19th - 5 killed via hanging on accusations of Witchcraft
First Accusation in Andover - Martha Carrier
Pastorship of Rev. Francis Dane --- 1646 - 1697
Jul 15th - Sept 17th - Over 30 citizens arrested in Andover for Witchcraft Charges
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