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"A new question started spinning in my mind, and brought other questions behind it. Is it possible that the girls are letting their dreams and fantasies run away with their sense of reality? Is anybody really tormenting those girls?"
—Deliverance Trembley[3]

Deliverance "Liv" Cooper (née Trembley; c. 1679 – c. 1757) was the daughter of Goodwife and Mr. Trembley. In her childhood, Liv experienced much strife, including the deaths of her parents and two brothers. She and her older sister Remembrance "Mem" lived with their uncle until he went to work on a ship in late 1691. Liv and Mem then witnessed the early months of the Salem witch trials.


Early Life[]

Deliverance was born around 1679[1] in Connecticut. She was the youngest of five, including her brother Benjamin and sister Remembrance "Mem". During King Philip's War, the family stayed at the Hartford home of her mother's cousin, Widow Ruste.[4] Liv's mother died when she was three years old.[5] Shortly later, her father remarried, giving the children a stepmother. Liv's father and two of her brothers died of smallpox. During an Indian raid, her stepmother was captured while protecting Liv, Mem, and Ben.[6]

Following their deaths, Mem and Liv lived for a time with Widow Ruste. She taught Liv how to read and write. Their uncle, whom was named their legal guardian in their father's will, eventually took them away from the Widow and brought them to live in Salem Village.[5] Ben, meanwhile, was serving in the militia and sometimes came home on leave to help out at his uncle's farm.

Salem witch trials[]

In late 1691, Liv's uncle left Salem Village to work on a whaling ship and instructed the girls to not tell the other villagers. They had an increasingly hard time keeping the secret. In January 1692, the girls met Jones Darcy Cooper and his son Darcy when they became trapped in a snowstorm. They stayed in the barn for two days. Later that month, Liv was befriended by Martha Corey whom she read to whenever she had time. Not long after, two girls Abigail Williams and Betty Parris became "afflicted" and started having "fits." Soon, joined by Ann Putnam and Elizabeth Hubbard, the girls began accusing people in the village of practicing witchcraft. Liv and Mem attended many of the examinations of the accused.

Liv went along with the hysteria at first, but Martha's views on the matter began to change her mind. After Liv finished reading Mary Rowlandson's book to Martha, she bid Liv goodbye and told her not to come back. Martha was arrested shortly and put through the examinations. Meanwhile, Liv and Mem decided to write to their brother about their uncle's absence. In late March, Darcy proposed to Mem and she accepted, thinking he was speaking about his father. Mem was distraught by her blunder. Liv, whom liked Darcy, did not understand why she would not want to marry him. When no word had come from her brother, Liv sold the corn and meat Martha had gave her to pay the rent on the farm.

In early April, Liv confessed her uncle's absence to Darcy and Ben finally came home. Darcy left to find out their uncle's whereabouts, discovering that he had likely gone down with his ship. Over the next week or so, Liv's refusal to attend the examinations began to irritate Mem, whose suspicions of her sister grew. Liv found some solace in Ben, who seemed to agree with her about the witch hunt. After finding Liv's diary, Mem violently confronted her. Liv then began reading it aloud to Mem, whose opinions on the examinations and Darcy started to change. Darcy later invited the family to come live in his hometown of Haver'il. After considering it, Mem agreed to go as long as Liv came along as her "dowry."

Later Life[]

Mem and Darcy married in June 1692. The couple and Liv lived and Ben, whom started a thriving farm, until their own home was built. By the following year, the trials had concluded with no more convictions. Liv was relieved and, despite Martha being wrongly killed, she knew she would be remembered as a "good Gospel woman" and not a witch. Later on, Liv began began keeping the accounts of the Coopers' barrel shop. She was also kept busy by her niece Remembrance and nephew Darcy. In 1698, Mem passed away of a fever. Liv cared for the children as her own.

Two years later, Liv and Darcy were married after an appropriate mourning period. They moved with the children and Ben to the old Trembley homestead, reviving the farm and expanding the family barrel business. Liv and Darcy had seven children, including two "wheezy" ones like Mem. Her children and grandchildren sometimes asked about the witch trials, but the memories remained painful for her so she spoke about it little. Liv passed away at the age of seventy-eight. By then, she had sixty grandchildren and "too many great-grandchildren to count."

Personality and traits[]

Deliverance was independent, both in thoughts and actions. She initially had a strong desire to fit in with the other girls her age. However, after befriending Martha Corey, Liv learned to have her thoughts instead of going with the crowd. She soon became disgusted with the trials, believing that the afflicted were actually lying or otherwise mistaken. Liv had a strong conviction in God and always tried to do what she thought was right. Additionally, she was competent at many household chores due to her sister often being too sick to help her. However, she had no talent at cooking and usually had Mem do that chore.

Family tree[]

The Trembley-Cooper Family Tree
(1) Goodwife Trembley
(d. 1682)
Mr. Trembley
(d. 1680s)
(2) Goodwife Trembley
Goodman Trembley
(d. 1691?)
First wife
(d. 1691?)
Jones Darcy Cooper
Second wife
Benjamin Trembley
(b. 1671)
Two brothers
(d. 1680s)
(1) Remembrance Trembley
Darcy Cooper
(2) Deliverance Trembley
Adam Cooper
Mehitabel Hall
Robert Cooper
Rebecca Cooper
Four others
Remembrance Cooper
Darcy Cooper
Seven children
Sixty grandchildren

Behind the Scenes[]



See also[]

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