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Sarah Osborne (also variously spelled Osbourne, Osburne, or Osborn; born Sarah Warren, ca. 1643 – May 10, 1692) was one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Early life and first marriage[edit]

Born Sarah Warren, she married a prominent man by the name of Robert Prince. He was the brother of a woman who married into the prominent Putnam family. She moved with her husband to Salem Village in 1662, where the couple had two sons and a daughter: Joseph, James, and Elizabeth. Robert Prince died in 1674.[1]


Sarah became one of the first persons accused of witchcraft at the beginning of the year 1692, when Betty Parris and Abigail Williams became ill with an unknown sickness. Both girls claimed that Sarah Osborne, along with Tituba and Sarah Good, had been afflicting them. Elizabeth Hubbard also accused Osborne of afflicting her, describing it as her pinching and poking her with knitting needles. All three women were considered social outcasts, albeit for different reasons. Osborne had not attended church in almost three years due to a long illness, and was still dealing with legal issues with the Putnam family. The accusations against Osbourne likely were the product of powerful suggestions from the Putnam family.[2] The warrant for Sarah Osborne's arrest was written for March 1, 1692.[3] She was to be placed in the Boston jails for the duration of her examinations and trials. She died in jail on May 10, 1692, believed to have been 49 years of age.[citation needed]


  • Osborne is mentioned in the original version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible but does not appear as a character. Miller added her (along with other characters) into a courtroom scene when he wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film adaptation. In the drama, her name is spelled "Osburn". She was portrayed as a very pathetic character by actress Ruth Maleczech, an impoverished and obviously deranged beggar but also aware that she is in grave danger. As no evidence indicates that Osborne was mentally ill, her movie depiction may be a composite character of Osborne and Sarah Good, the latter of whom was known to mutter and insist she was reciting the Ten Commandments, as does the Osborne character in the movie.
  • "Goody Osburn" is mentioned in episode 5 of True Blood's season 3.


  1. ^ Charles W. Upham. "Witchcraft at Salem Village". Salem Witch Trials, Vol. 2. Williamstown, Massachusetts, Corner House Publishers, 1971 p. 4
  2. ^ Marilyn J. Westerkamp. Women in Early American Religion, 1600–1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions. London: Routlyyedge, 1999. p. 66
  3. ^ Frank W. Thackery. Events that Changed America Through the 17th Century. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000. p. 160

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Madison County Record

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Tue, 19 May 2015 06:52:30 -0700

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Lexington Dispatch
Fri, 15 May 2015 14:31:18 -0700

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The Argus

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Sun, 10 May 2015 22:12:47 -0700

RETURNING Lewes District councillor Sarah Osborne demanded a re-count on her poll and good thing she did because a whole bundle of her votes had been put on the wrong pile. After a swift redistribution, which revealed she was in fact the winner, her ...

West Sussex County Times

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Thu, 07 May 2015 21:07:30 -0700

Sarah Osborne (Lib Dem) and Guy Hudson (Green Party) received 1,339 and 1,100 votes respectively. Hoping for a Conservative majority rather than another Coalition, Henry spoke of the frustration he had felt at being “held back” by the Liberal Democrats ...

News & Observer

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Sat, 02 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

Sarah Osborne reacts as she learns she is receiving the outstanding graduate award during the William Peace University commencement on the University Green on the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Crawley Observer

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Wed, 06 May 2015 02:11:15 -0700

This year, though, looks set to be another neck-and-neck race to the finish line and both men, along with Chris Brown (UKIP), Sarah Osborne (Lib Dem) and Guy Hudson (Green Party), have been doing all they can to drive home the message – vote! Wannabe ...

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:09:30 -0700

Ms Harman has previously defended the choice of pink as the colour for the bus that has been touring the country, saying that it had to be eye-catching. Also standing for election next week are Henry Smith (Conservative), Sarah Osborne (Liberal ...

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