1634 - 1692
Father: Roger TOOTHAKER
Mother: Margaret ?????
Family 1 : Mary ALLIN
1. Nathaniel TOOTHAKER
2. Martha TOOTHAKER
3. Allin TOOTHAKER
4. Roger TOOTHAKER
5. Sarah TOOTHAKER
6. Mary TOOTHAKER
7. Mary TOOTHAKER
9. Margaret TOOTHAKER
| (1612 - 1637/8) m 1632/3
|- - Roger TOOTHAKER
| (1634 - 1692) m 1665
(ca1607 - 1683) m 1632/3
1635 - travels to New England with his parents
1638 - DEATH of father, Roger; mother, Margaret, marries Ralph Hill
1654 - filed complaint against Thomas Martinn for "abusing" him
1663 - death of stepfather Ralph Hill
1664 - signed petition in support of Charles II
1665 - MARRIAGE
1666 - Nathaniel is born
1668 - Martha is born
1670 - Allin is born
1672 - Roger is born
1674 - Sarah is born
1675 - Mary (1) is born and dies in the same year
1676 - Mary (2) is born
1679 - Andrew is born
1683 - Margaret is born; death of Nathaniel; death of Mary (2); publicly admonished for family affairs; DEATH of mother
1690 - Martha marries Sgt. Joseph Emerson
1692 - arrested during the Salem Witch Trials, along with wife and daughter Martha
Roger Toothaker came to America from London in 1635 (sailed 21 AUG to 11 SEP) on the ship "Hopewell" (Captain Babb) arriving in Boston. His father died a few years later (many sources claim in Plymouth 5 FEB 1638) and his mother remarried Ralph Hill (21 DEC 1638) and lived in Billerica. Became the servant of Samuel Eldred and then a physician, although he lacked formal medical training (probably more of a "healer" using herbs). His stepfather died (between 18 NOV 1662 and 12 NOV 1663) and left him land near Shawshin River near Billerica.
Savage V. V, 312; Donna Valley Russell, "Roger Toothaker Of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Some Descendants," The American Genealogist 69.1 (Jan. 1994): 1-7.
From Tom Ramsey's Website (link below):
"This family had quite an involvement in the witchcraft trials at Salem. In those times doctors would often blame untreatable illnesses on witchcraft. Dr. Toothaker had claimed to many people that his daughter (Martha Emerson) had killed a witch. On 18 May 1692 Salem filed a complaint against Dr. Roger Toothaker for witchcraft, and he was taken to Boston Prison. He had been accused by Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Putnam, Jr., and Mary Walcott, who had accused many of witchcraft. Elizabeth Hubbard was the 17 year-old servant of Dr. William Griggs of Andover, a rival doctor. Dr. Griggs was a witchcraft conspirator, he used his 17 year-old servant to accuse many of witchcraft. On 28 May, Mary Toothaker, her 9 year-old daughter Margaret, Martha Carrier (Mary Allin Toothaker's sister) of Andover, and Elizabeth (Jackson) Howe of Ipswich Farms (a cousin in law) were arrested for witchcraft. Roger died 16 June 1692, in Boston Prison, he had probably been tortured. There is not a record of torture, it was most likely covered up as 24 men inspected the body to confirm he died of natural causes."
The case against Dr. Roger Toothaker is described in Russell's article as follows:
"Thomas Gage, aged thirty-six, testified on 2 May 1692 that sometime the previous spring Dr. Toothaker was at Gage's house in Beverly, where they discussed a child of John Maston of Salem and a child of Philip White of Beverly, who were strangely sick or having fits. Toothaker stated that he had seen both children and concluded they 'were under an Evill hand' and that his own daughter [Margaret] had killed a witch. [El]ias Pickworth, aged thirty-four, testified to the same story."
Dr. Toothaker was arrested along with John Willard of Salem, Thomas Farrar of Lynn, and Elizabeth Hart, wife of Isaac, also of Lynn, who together were accused of witchcraft against the bodies of Mary Walcott, Abigail Williams, Mary Lewis, Ann Putnam, and others of Salem. Specifically, Toothaker was charged with witchcraft against the bodies of Elizabeth Hubert, Ann Putnam and Mary Walcott. Sometime between his arrest on 18 MAY 1692 and the coroner's report of 16 JUN 1692, Roger died. The report claims he died of "natural causes," although it is presumed that he was tortured and mistreated in the prison.