m. 6 Nov 1625
Facts and Events
Captain Thomas Chandler was born in England ca 1630 and in 1645 was one of the early settlers of Andover, his name 23rd on the list of names. There about 1650 he married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Brewer of Ipswich. He was constable of Andover in 1661-2, on the grand jury in 1664, and for years an officer of the Andover military company. He was a blacksmith and ironworker like all of the Chandlers and by 1678 was a wealthy man.
Salem Witch Trials Important Persons: . . . Mary Parker's luck plummeted when Mary Warren suffered a violent fit in which a pin ran through her hand and bloodd came from her mouth during her examination. Indictments followed for the torture and other evil acts against Sarah Phelps, Hanna Bigsbee, and Martha Sprague. Martha's indictment was rejected, returned reading "ignoramus", but the indictments for both Hannah Bigsbee and Sarah Phelps were returned "billa vera" and the court held Mary Parker for trial. Sara claimed that Mary tortured her on the last day of August as well as "diverse other days and times." Hannah said that Mary tortured her on the first day of September: the indictment stated that she had been "Tortured aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft."
Capt. Thomas Chandler approved both indictments. Significantly both Sarah and Hannah were members of the Chandler family, one of the founding families in Andover. The Captain's daughter Sarah Chandler married Samuel Phelps on May 29, 1682. Their daughter Sarah Jr. testified against Mary Parker in 1692. Hannah Chandler, also the daughter of Capt. Thomas, married Daniel Bigsbee on December 2. Capt Thomas Chandler's daughter Hannah and granddaughter Sarah gave evidence that held Mary for trial. Did the Chandler family have it out for the Parkers?