And for his part, Thomas Bradbury did his best to save his wife, praising her as ‘‘loving and faithful,’’ insisting on June 28, 1692 that ‘‘To this day, she hath been wonderful, laborious, diligent and industrious ... prudent and provident, and of cheerful spirits, liberal and charitable.’’
But it was all of no consequence. On Sept. 9, 1692, Bradbury was convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to die on Sept. 22.
According to Perkins, Thomas Bradbury and others of her friends broke her out of jail. Some say she and Thomas fled to Maine first, returning to Amesbury only after the witchcraft craze calmed down. But it was there she apparently died of natural causes.
In late October 1692, when Gov. Phips ended the trials, all those who had been convicted had their sentences commuted by the governor, according to Perkins’ account.
And in December 1711, when payments were authorized to those who had been convicted, Bradbury’s heirs were given 20 pounds in compensation, and her descendants had a fascinating tale to tell.