The Parker Noyes school.
About Rev. Thomas Parker, of Newbury
"Parker, together with his cousin Rev. James Noyes, his nephew Rev.
John Woodbridge, and some others, obtained leave of the general court
to remove to Quascacunquen at the mouth of the Merrimack River, and
the settlement was incorporated as a township under the name of
Newbury or Newberry in the spring of 1635. Noyes was chosen teacher
and Parker first pastor of the church, the tenth established in the
colony. He remained at Newbury for the rest of his life, "the beauty,
holiness, charity, and humbleness of his life," says Cotton Mather,
"giving his people a perpetual and most lively commentary on his
With Noyes, Parker also prepared students for Harvard, refusing all
compensation for his services. On John Woodbridge's return from
England in 1663, he was made assistant to Parker, who had complained
of failing eyesight in 1643, and towards the end of his life became
quite blind. His blindness did not prevent Parker from continuing to
teach, usually twelve or fourteen pupils at the James Noyes House,
where he lived with Noyes. He taught languages with ease from
Thomas Parker and James Noyes were real people and respected Puritans. At the time of the Salem trials their school was up and running and both men would have been considered beyond reproach. Parker would probably have been blind at that time but still teaching.
Also good for your story: there lived a proven witch in Newbury at the time of the Salem trials and contemporaneous with Parker and Noyes: Elizabeth Morse.
The Newbury trial predates the Salem witch trials and Morse was sentenced to death as a witch. Somehow she got a reprieve and it is not clear to me exactly how. For a story you could have an intervention by Parker and Noyes be the reason for the reprieve - she was still a witch but was allowed to live, although not be buried in hallowed ground.
This approach uses real people and real history which makes the whole thing seem more real. Persons in Salem frightened by the trials might seek refuge with Parker and Noyes who were respected Puritans, not that far away in Newbury, and who had a track record of saving at least one witch. Noyes and Parker make fine characters and so does Mrs Morse, the witch imprisoned in her home.
The real Parker and Noyes had both died a few years before the events in Salem. For a fiction, I think it is OK (and maybe even prudent) to take inspiration from these real people but slide their time forward a few years and change their names a little.