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Rebecca and Francis lived in Salem Town until the year 1678 when they moved to a large tract of land in Salem Villge, now called Danvers.
Rebecca Towne Nurse, and her sister Mary Towne Estes were hung as witches during the Salem Village witch hysteria of 1692.A third sister, Sarah, was condemned but managed to survive her ordeals and told the story of her siblings.She lost the site in one eye, suffered badly from malnutrition and died not too many years after her ordeal.
WFT V. 14, Tree 77
REBECCA (TOWNE) NURSE WAS ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED VICTIMS OF THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS OF 1692. SHE WAS HANGED IN 1692 AT THE AGE OF 71 YEARS AND WAS LATER EXONERATED IN 1710. THE NURSE HOME IN DANVERS MASS IS STILL STANDING AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.(1994)
READ "THE DEVIL IN MASSACHUSETTS"BY MARION L. STARKEY,. A MOST READABLE AND INFORMATIVE ACCOUNT OF THE WITCHCRAFT TRIALS WITH SOME MODERN DAY PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHTS
A WELL RESPECTED MATRIARCH OF AN INDUSTRIOUS PRODUCTIVE FAMILY. AGE 71 AT THE TIME OF THE TRIAL, SHE WAS DRAGGED FROM A SICK BED AND BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT WHERE, BEING HARD OF HEARING AND UNABLE TO FOLLOW MUCH OF THE PROCEEDINGS SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY AND CARTED OFF TO PRISON. LATER TO BE HANGED TOGETHER WITH AN HONEST, SKEPTICAL FARMER AND A PIPE SMOKING FEMALE TRAMP.
WFT V 3, Tree 2667
"Rebecca Nurse" By Tapley Jones Co. 1930