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   .....At the time the Beverly, MA, church was being organized, John and Bethiah were among petitioners to the Salem church to be "dismissed" to Beverly on 23 April 1667. On a list of minor children who came to the Beverly church with their parents, Bethiah and Abigail Lovett appear. John calls himself a husbandman in his will. Aside from his cooper's tools, his father gave him two acres of land in Beverly on the east side of "dirty hole," which is said to now be an area between the South Meetinghouse and the bank on the east side of Cabot St. (1)

.....John was a juryman for some of the Salem withcraft trials. The following is an account of trials in which he was involved:

Beverly January the 2'd 1692

these are to certifie such Honor'd gentel men as may bee Concerned, that in the persuance of the within written the Inhabytance of our Towne beeing Asembled togeather on the 2'nd of this instant have made choice of John Lovit se[n]'r and Roberd Cue for the grand Jury and Samuel Morgan and Edmong Gale for the Jury of Tryals to attend the service of the court within named --

p'r John Conant

Constable of Beverly

The above s'd persons I have allso summonsd to ated according to the with in written

Superior Court of Judicature: Witchcraft Trials (January -May 1693)

Cases Heard ( in chronological order ): Rebecca Jacobs, Margaret Jacobs, Sarah Buckley, Mary Witheridge, Job Tookey, Johanna Tyler, Candy, Mary Marston, Elizabeth Johnson, Sr., Abigail Barker, Mary Tyler, Sarah Hawkes, Mercy Wardwell, Elizabeth Johnson, Jr., Mary Bridges, Sr., Mary Post, Hannah Post, Sarah Bridges, Mary Osgood, Mary Lacey, Jr., Mary Toothaker, Mary Taylor, Sarah Cole ( of Lynn ), Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, John Alden, Susannah Post, Eunice Fry, Mary Bridges, Jr., Mary Barker, William Barker, Jr. Suffolk ss.

Att Their Maj'ties Superiour Court of Judicature Court of Assizes & Generall Goal Delivery Holden at Sallem In The County of Essex in their Maj'ties Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England in Amirica. Under the Government of his Excellancy S'r William Phips Knt &c the 3'd January Anno RR's et Reginae Gulielmi et Mariae nunc Angliae &c. Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692

Grand Jury Sworn: Robert Paine foreman, Job Swinerton, Gilbert Tapley, William Wood, Richard Read, Richard Hutton, John Lovit Sen'r, Robert Cue, Joseph Marble Sen'r, James Persons, Benja Rednap, Robert Potter Sen'r, Richard Browne, Thomas Borman, Joseph Bointon, James Dickeson, Richard Smith


The Hon'ble William Stoughton Esq'r Cheif Justice, Thomas Danforth Esq'r, John, Richards Esq'r, Wait Winthrop Esq'r, Samuel Sewell Esq'r The Court being opened the Grand Jury was sworn.

Severall Bills of Indictment against divers persons for felony by Witchcraft were committed to the Grand Jury and then the Court Adjourned to nine of the Clock next morning.

Bethiah is referred to by the married name Lovett in her fathers Josiah Roote's will.

children of John and Bethia (Rootes) Lovett:(3)

Simon b. abt 1663, bap. 31 March 1668
John b. abt 1665, bap. 31 March 1668
Susannah b. abt. 1667, bap. 31 March 1668
Josiah bap. 2 April 1669
Thomas b. 25 September 1671
Samuel bap. 25 February 1675 (1674/1675?)
Benjamin bap. 7 March 1679/1680
Bethiah b. 4 June 1682

vital records sources: John's death date comes from the Beverly vital records, which in turn was taken from Rev. Hale's record of deaths, which says he died in April 1750, age 84. If his estate was, as an index says, probated 9 April 1750 (file #17133), he likely died before April.

2. Massachusetts Archives, vol. 135 no. 89, etc.?
3. Beverly vital records

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