Elizabeth Proctor of The Crucible
In January 1693, while still in jail, Elizabeth (Bassett) Proctor gave birth to a son, John Proctor III. Elizabeth and John III remained in prison up until May 1693, when a general release freed all of those detainees who remained jailed. Sadly, even though the general belief of the people was that innocent individuals had actually been incorrectly founded guilty, Elizabeth had actually in fact been convicted and was thought about guilty. In the eyes of the law she was thought about a “dead woman” and could not claim any of her hubby’s estate.
Elizabeth petitioned the court for a reversal of attainder to restore her legal rights. No action was considered 7 years. In June 1696, Elizabeth submitted an interest contest her spouse’s will. At the time John wrote his will, he had presumed that Elizabeth would be performed and had left her nothing. On September 22, 1696 Elizabeth wed again to Daniel Richards. In July 1703, several more individuals filed petitions prior to any action was handled Elizabeth’s appeal for reversal of attainder.
The Massachusetts Legislature finally passed an expense prohibiting spectral proof. Nevertheless, they just provided reversal of attainder for those who had filed petitions. This generally applied to just 2 individuals– Elizabeth Proctor and Rebecca Nurse. In 1705, another petition was submitted requesting a more equitable settlement for those mistakenly accused. In 1709, the General Court got a request to act on this proposition.
In May 1709, 22 individuals who had actually been convicted of witchcraft, or whose moms and dads had been convicted of witchcraft, provided the government with a petition in which they required both a turnaround of attainder and payment for monetary losses. On October 17, 1711, the General Court passed a bill reversing the judgment versus the 22 individuals listed in the 1709 petition. There were still an additional 7 people who had actually been founded guilty, but had not signed the petition. There was no reversal of attainder for them.