NamePhilip Smith
BirthNov 1633, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death10 Jan 1685, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
FatherLieut. Samuel Smith (1602-1680)
MotherElizabeth Chileab (1602-1686)
Misc. Notes

Philip was a lieutenent who was "murdered with an hideous witchcraft, that filled all those parts of New England with astonishment". (Cotton Mather's" Magnolia")

From The Magnalia Christi Americana, By Cotton Mather - 1702:
"Mr. Philip Smith, aged about 50 years, a son of eminently virtuous parents, a deacon of a church in Hadley, a member of the General Court, a justice in the County Court, a selectman for the affairs of the town, a Lieutenant of the troop, and which crowns all, a man for devotion, sanctity, gravity, and all that was honest, exceeding exemplary. Such a man was in the winter of the year 1684, murdered with an hideous witchcraft, that filled all those parts of New England, with astonishment. He was, by his office concerned about relieving the indigences of a wretched woman in the town; who being dissatisfied at some of his just cares about her, expressed herself unto him in such a manner, that he declared himself thenceforth apprehensive of receiving mischief at her hands. Early in January, he began to be very valetudinarious. He shewed such weanedness from the weariness of the world, etc...While he remained yet of a sound mind, he solemnly charged his brother to look well after him. Be sure (said he) to have a care for me...There shall be a wonder in Hadley.... In his distress he exclaimed much upon the young woman aforesaid, and others, as being seen by him in the room. Some of the young men in the town being out of their wits at the strange calamities thus upon one of their most beloved neighbors, went three or four times to give disturbance unto the woman thus complained of; and all the while they were disturbing her, he was at ease, and slept as a weary man; yea, these were the only times they perceived him to take any sleep in all his illness. Gally pots of medicine provided for the sick man were unaccountably emptied: audible scratching were made about the bed, when his hands and feet lay wholly still, and were held by others. They beheld fire sometimes on the bed; and when the beholders began to discourse of it, it vanished away. Divers people actually felt something often stir in the bed, at a considerable distance from the man; it seemed as big as a cat, but they could never grasp it. Several trying to lean on the bed's head, tho' the sick man lay wholly still, the bed would shake so as to knock their heads uncomfortably. Mr. Smith dies; the jury that viewed his corpse found a swelling on one breast, his back full of bruises, and several holes that seemed made with awls. After the oopinion of all had pronounced him dead, his countenance continued as lively as if he had been alive; his eyes closed as in a slumber, and his nether jaw not falling down. Thus he remained from Saturday morning about sunrise, till Sabbathday in the afternoon.When those who took him out of the bed, found him still warm , tho' the easson was as cold as had almost been known in any age; ansd a nEw England winter does not want for cold. But on Monday morning they found the face extremely tumified and discolored. It was black and blue, and fresh blood seemed running down his cheek upon the hairs. Divers noises were also heard in the room where the corpse lay; as the clattering of chairs and stools, whereof no account could be given. This was the end of so good a man."

From History of Hadley, by Sylvester Judd - 1863.
"Mary Webster, the woman who disturbed Philip Smith, was sent to Boston, tried for witchcraft, and acquitteed. The young men of Hadley tried an experiment upon her. They dragged her out of the house, hung her up until she was near dead, let her down, rolled her some time in the snow, and at last buried her in it, and there left her. But she survived, and died in 1696. No inhabitant of Hampshire Co. was ever executed for witchcraft."
Birth3 Sep 1634, Wethersfield, Massachusetts
Death6 Apr 1701, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
FatherNathaniel Foote (1593-1644)
MotherElizabeth Deming (~1595-1683)
Marriage1657, Hadley, MA
ChildrenNathaniel (1671-1740)
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