Sarah Clayes Bibliography

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Media Articles about the Property


“Preservation Our History:  The Peter and Sarah Clayes House,” by Stephen Herring, Framingham History: The Quarterly Publication of the Framingham Historical Society and Museum, Spring 2005, Volume 2, Number 1


“Witch House to be Auctioned Off,” by Laura Crimaldi, Metrowest Daily News, August 1, 2003


“Framingham Battling for Historic 1693 ‘Witch’ House,” by Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Heraldi, March 19, 2005


“A Historic House in Jeopardy: Resident Had Fled Salem Witch Trials,” by Lisa Kocian, The Boston Globe, August 4, 2005


“Framingham Witch Hunt Asylum Given Historic Nod,” by Dan McDonald, Metrowest Daily News, May 2, 2008 (about Town Meeting approving the establishment of the property as a single property historic district)


“Broken Homes: Framingham’s Historic Houses Showing Years of Neglect,” by Ariel Wittenberg, Metrowest Daily News, June 25, 2009


Property Documentation


Title search documents on 657 Salem End Road


Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory Form, Office of the Secretary, Boston, 4/16/80


Photographs of interior and exterior of the house, circa 2004-2005


“The Peter Clayes House,” Notes by Betsy Johnson, January 28, 2002.  These are extensive notes on the architecture, including photographs and pencil renderings of elevations and structures. 


Thomas Danforth/Framingham History


“Danforth’s Farms: A Brief Historical Account of the Danforth & Morse Families: Early Settlers of Framingham, Massachusetts,” by P. Davidson-Peters, 2001


“Nec Temere, Nec Timide: In Memory of Thomas Danforth, 1622-1699,” (with a note from Patti Davidson-Peters to JT: “These papers were sent to me by John Danforth of Lewisville, NC.  Hope they help.” 


“The Danforths,” by Patricia Davidson-Peters


“History of Framingham,” from History of Framingham, by William Barry, Boston: 1847


“Historical Narrative,” from


“Fifth Meeting of the Danforth Family in America, Held in Boston, September 1, 1886;” Boston: 1886.


Framingham to Framilingham: A Greeting Across the Seas in Memory of Nicholas Danforth and His Descendents, by John M. Merriam.  Boston, MA:  1931


Nicholas Danforth and His Neighbors: Framlingham and Saxtead in the 17th Century, by John Booth, London, England: 1935


History of Framingham, Early Known as Danforth’s Farms, 1640-1880, with a Genealogical Register, by J. H. Temple, Town of Framingham: 1887


Framingham: An American Town, by Stephen W. Herring, Framingham Historical Society, 2000


Sarah Clayes/Thomas Danforth History


Email correspondence between Janice Thompson and Professor Bernard Rosenthal of Binghamton University (author of Salem Story and Records of the Salem Witch Hunt), 2005-2006


Letter from Mildred Danforth to Professor Bernard Rosenthal dated October 6, 1983


Last will and testament of Peter Clayes, from Probate Record, Volume 12: 1705-1709


“Three Sovereigns for Sarah,” a PBS performance, June 2005


Currents of Malice: Mary Towne Esty and her Family in Salem Witchcraft, by Persis McMillen, Peter Randall Publisher, 1990



Family life in 17th century New England


Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.


Koehler, Lyle. A Search for Power: The “Weaker Sex” in Seventeenth-Century New England. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1980.


Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives: Images and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650-1750. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.


Photograph of the kitchen of the John Ward House (1690), owned by the Peabody Essex Museum


Sketches of 17th and 18th century architecture


Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town, by Sumner Chilton Powell, Wesleyan University, 1963 (about the history of Sudbury)


A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony, John Demos, 1970


The Peabody Sisters of Salem, Louise Hall Tharp, 1950


New England Begins: The Seventeenth Century, Volumes 1-3, the catalogue for the exhibition of the same title, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1982


Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, by George Francis Dow, The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Boston, 1935


The Diary of Samuel Sewall: The Famous Contemporary Account of Life in Puritan New England, by Samuel Sewall,  edited by Harvey Wish, Capricorn Books, New York: 1967 (donated to JT by Steve Herring)


Hew Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen, edited by Elspeth Graham, Hilary Hinds, Elaine Hobby, and Helen Wilcox, Routledge, 1989


Everyday Life in Early America, by David Freeman Hawke, Perennial Library, 1989


Puritan Experiment: New England Society from Bradford to Edwards, by Francis J. Bremer, UPNE, 1993


Thomas Danforth/Simon Bradstreet Connection


“The Worshippful (sic) Simon Bradstreet, Governor of Massachusetts,” by General William A. Pew, from Sketches About Salem People, The Club – 1930, Salem, MA


Salem Witch Trials


The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History and Culture, July 2008, Volume LXV, Number 3.  This edition focuses on “Salem Repossessed”


New England Ancesetors: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Spring 2008, Volume 9, Number 2.  This edition focuses on “A Genealogical Perspective on the Salem Witchcraft Trials”


 Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692, by Bernard Rosenthal, Cambridge University Press, 1993


Hunting for Witches: A Visitor’s Guide to the Salem Witch Trials, by Frances Hill, Commonwealth Editions, 2002


Winthrop’s Journal: “History of New England,” Volumes 1 and 2, by John Winthrop, Adamant Media Corporation, 2005


The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, by Marilynne K. Roach, First Cooper Square Press, 2002


On Witchcraft: Being the Wonders of the Invisible World 1692, by Cotton Mather, Peter Pauper Press


Salem-Village Witchcraft: A Documentary Record of Local Conflict in Colonial New England, edited by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Northeastern University Press, 1972


Judge Sewall’s Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience: The Story of a Good Man and an Evil Event, by Richard Francis, HarperCollins 2005


Salem Witchcraft, by Charles W. Upham, Dover Publications, first published in 1867


Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Harvard University Press, 1974


A Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, by David C. Brown, 1984


The Salem Witch Trials Reader, by Francis Hill, DaCapo Press, 2000


Records of the Salem Witch Hunt, edited by Bernard Rosenthal, Cambridge University Press, 2009


A Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, David C. Brown, 1984


The Salem Witch Trials:  An Unsolved Mystery from History, Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stempel, 2004


General British-American History – 17th century


The Century of Revolution:  1603-1714, by Christopher Hill, The Norton Library History of England Series, W.W. Norton, 1961


A History of Britain, by Simon Schama (particularly Volume II: The Wars of the British 1603-1776), Hyperion 2001 (book companion to the PBS series DVD)


General New England Regional History


History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, by Lucius Page, Cambridge Historical Society: 1930 (Nicholas Danforth settled first with his family in Cambridge)


History of Topsfield, MA, by George Francis Dow, Topsfield Historical Society, 1940 (the Townes were some of the first settlers of Topsfield)




Ashland Town Forect/Cowassock Woods Trail Map (with “caves” – where Sarah Clayes and her family supposedly hid before building the house – clearly marked)