Thomas and Bridget Oliver

Brought to Court for Physical Abuse

(1670)

Testimony of Mary Ropes

 

Mary [her mark] Ropes, aged about fifty years, deposed that she had several times been called to her neighbor Thomas Oliver's, by himself, but mostly by his wife, to hear their complaints one of the other, and they both acknowledged that they had been fighting together. 

Further she saw Goodwife Oliver's face at one time bloody and at other times black and blue, and they said Oliver complained that his wife had given him several blows. 

Salem presentment. 

                                       Witness: Mr. Edmund Batter

 

Verdict

 

Thomas Oliver and his wife, for fighting each with the other, were fined or to be whipped ten stripes if payment be not made in one month next following.