What Happened to Elizabeth Proctor?

Elizabeth Proctor was accused by Mary Warren of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. She was pregnant at the time, so she was not executed at her appointed time. Once Elizabeth's baby was born, the witch trials were finished, and she was pardoned.

According to the Salem Massachusetts City Guide, Elizabeth Proctor was denounced as a witch on March 28, 1692. On April 11, when Elizabeth and Sarah Cloyce were examined in court by several city officials, including Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth and Captain Samuel Sewall, both women were accused of witchcraft and imprisoned.

Elizabeth Proctor remained in prison in Salem until the beginning of August, when she was put on trial for witchcraft and condemned. The other accused witches in court that day, including Elizabeth's husband, John, were hanged on the infamous Gallows Hill, but Elizabeth was awarded a temporary stay of execution because she was pregnant.

By the time Elizabeth Proctor gave birth, the Salem Witch Trials were over. Elizabeth was pardoned and released from prison. But, according to law, she was still a convicted felon. This prevented Elizabeth from claiming any of her husband John Proctor's property. This included the family tavern that she ran for many years. In 1697, five years after the Witch Trials, a probate court restored Elizabeth Proctor's dowry.

On Dec. 17, 1710, Elizabeth Proctor was paid 578 pounds and 12 shillings in restitution for the death of her husband, John.