Who was the minister of Salem village during the witch trials?
The minister of the official Salem church was Nicholas Noyes. The minster of the Salem Village church, which had been allowed by Salem, was Samuel Parris.
The most prominent Puritan minister in Massachusetts at the time would either be Increase or Cotton Mather. Increase, Cotton's father, was in England trying to get the colony's charter back during most of the trials, making Cotton the most prominent that was physically there. Samuel Parris and Nicholas Noyes were the ministers in Salem Village and Salem Town respectivly, so both would have an impact on a witch crisis in Salem.
Cotton Mather was an important Boston Minister. He was one of the people who put their full support behind the Trials and wrote one of the few accounts of the Salem panic by someone who was actually there. Unlike most people, he never recanted what he said during the Trials and argued that they executed were witches.
The town was split between Salem Village, which consisted of poor farmers, and Salem Town, which were merchants that prospered in the new economy. Many believe though, that if you prospered in the new economy it questioned your Puritan faith. Once Parris became the new minister of Salem, he claimed the new economy was work of the devil.
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693. Despite being generally known as the Salem witch trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in a variety of towns across the province: Salem Village (now Danvers), Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town.
There was no Samuel Parrish in Salem during the witch panic. However, if there's a typo and you were asking about Samuel Parris... Parris was the reverand of the church in Salem Village and the father and uncle respectively of the first to of the afflicted. He played up the bewitchment in the early stages, some believe, to keep the public's mind off how much they wanted to fire him. As the trials progressed, he…
The salem witch trials started because of a conflict between 2 families who lived in salem village, who argued about whether salem village should separate from salem town. Families in the village began taking sides and, after a couple weeks, the first accusation was made. Some teen girls in salem town were hearing a story from their nanny, Tituba, about black magic. Then, one of the girls started miming that they were being attacked by…