George Burroughs

ID# 2594, (c 1650-1692)
     George Burroughs was born about 1650 in Scituate, Maine. He married third Mary (--?--) about 1690 in Wells, Maine.1 He died on 19 August 1692 of hanging in Witch-hill, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.

He was a graduate of Harvard University in the class of 1670, and after preaching in Maine for several years he became, in 1680, pastor at Salem Village. In 1683 he retired to Casco Bay. He was a pastor at Wells, Maine in 1692. On April 30, 1692 a warrant was issued for his arrest charging that "he was suspected of a confederacy with the Devil". He was tried at Salem, Massachusetts, and executed by hanging.

Research Note: Many Hall family pedigrees indicate that George & Mary Burroughs' daughter Mary was the wife of Christopher Hall; however it is more likely that, as indicated in this report, Christopher Hall married Mary (--?--) Burroughs Homer, the widow of George Burroughs and Michael Homer. George Burroughs is therefore not part of the Hall family. (Too bad, it would be cool to have a witch in the family.)2
Last Edited=10 Apr 2016

Child of George Burroughs and Mary (--?--)


  1. [S31] The Wall Family Website, online (
  2. [S263] Dr David L Greene, "The Third Wife of the Rev. George Burroughs", The American Genealogist 56 (Jan 1980).