Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720

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Samuel Parris was the minister in Salem Village, Massachusetts, during the witchcraft controversy. His preaching shaped the village's interpretation of the "afflictions." The son of a wealthy British merchant, Parris dropped out of Harvard College in 1673, failed at running an inherited Barbados plantation, and decided to seek a clerical position in 1685. After prolonged negotiations, he accepted a call to Salem Village in 1689. His six years there were marked by haggling over delinquent salaries, the provision of firewood, and the transfer of land to Parris for a parsonage.

From the description of Samuel Parris sermon notebook, 1689-1694. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 38929234

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creatorOf Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Samuel Parris sermon notebook, 1689-1694. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Parris, Albion. Account book, 1797-1811. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Various. Salem Witchcraft Trials Records, 1691-1693. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Samuel Parris Papers, n.d. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Examination of Geo. Burroughs, 1692 May 9-11. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Rev. Samuel Parris sermons, 1689-1695. Connecticut Historical Society
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associatedWith Burroughs, George, d. 1692. person
associatedWith Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. person
associatedWith Parris, Albion. person
associatedWith Robbins, Thomas, 1777-1856. person
associatedWith Various. family
Place Name Admin Code Country
Salem (Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)
Sermons, American--17th century
Trials (Witchcraft)
Lord's Supper--Sermons


Birth 1653

Death 1720-02-27



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