Who Was Abigail Williams of Salem?


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Abigail Williams was one of the primary accusers during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. She is also a character in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, a play based on the trials.

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Who Was Abigail Williams of Salem?
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In January 1692, Abigail and her cousin, Betty, started demonstrating strange behavior. Betty's father asked for help from John Hale, a nearby minister, who noted that they were "bitten and pinched by invisible agents." After their symptoms continued, Dr. William Griggs announced that the "Evil Hand" caused the problems.

The following month, the girls claimed Parris's slave Tituba, Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good were attacking them through their spirits. Abigail was present at their trials and continued to demonstrate her strange behavior. By the end of the Salem Witch trials, Abigail had accused 41 people of practicing witchcraft.

On June 3, 1692, Abigail gave her final testimony in court. The court records do not explain why she stopped attending, and there are no civil records to indicate what happened to her after the trials.

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