Brass Sundial, Dated 1644, and Owned by John Proctor.

John Proctor lived with his wife Elizabeth in what is now Peabody, Massachusetts. They were respected farmers and keepers of a tavern. Mary Warren, one of the "afflicted girls" of Salem Village was a servant in the Proctor household. Early in 1692, Proctor had been an outspoken critic of the witchcraft proceedings and of the antics of the Village girls. He and his wife were accused of witchcraft and sent to prison. Both were convicted of witchcraft, and John was hanged on August 19. Elizabeth, who was found to be pregnant, was spared execution and outlived the 1692 hysteria. The story of the Proctors was later made famous by Arthur Miller in his play "The Crucible."
(courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA) close window