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Rebekah Blake Eams
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Birth: Feb., 1641
Gloucester
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 8, 1721
Boxford
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Parents: George and Dorathie Blake
Marriage: Robert Eames abt. 1660

Rebecca married Robert Eames Sr. in 1661 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts. To this union, 11 children were born.

ROBERT EAMES, an early inhabitant, probably came from Boxford, Eng. and resided near the Andover line. "He married, about 1660, Rebecca, eldest daughter of George Blake of Gloucester, who afterwards removed to Boxford, and became an early settler. She was rather of a loose character, and in 1692 was arrested as a witch, and condemned ; but was reprieved after seven months' imprisonment, and lived to be eighty-one years old, dying 8 May, 1721. She was imprisoned in August, 1692, reprieved in March, 1693; and her husband died 22 July following."
- from Sidney Perley, History of Boxford.

The family lived on a farm south of what is now West Boxford near Stiles Pond.

Rebecca (BLAKE) EAMES, the first of seven children of George and Dorothy BLAKE. She is the fifth great grandmother of Carl Everett LYON, Sr. (1884-1960). The EAMES (later AMES) and LYON lines crossed with the 4 February 1870 marriage of Edward Augustus LYON (1841-1929) and Marietta Farnsworth AMES (1843-1929) in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Early in 1692 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts (about 15 miles northeast of Boston) several girls began acting strangely-suffering seizures, trance-like states, and mysterious spells. Physicians, unable to identify a cause for their symptoms, concluded that the girls were under the influence of Satan.

Pressured to identify the source of their afflictions, the girls identified three women as witches. On 1 March 1692, one of these women, the slave Tituba, confessed to witchcraft. The hysteria grew, with several women and men accused of witchcraft and examined by magistrates during February, March, and April 1692.

Rebecca: Eames: examined. before Salem Magistrates: Aug'st 19: 1692 She owned she had bin in the snare a month: or 2: and had bin persuaded to it: 3 months: & that the devil: appeared to her like a colt. very ugly: the first: time: but she would not own: that she had bin baptized by him. she did not know but that the devil did persuade her: to renounce god & Christ & follow his wicked ways & that she did take his Counsel: and that she did afflict Timo: Swan: she did not know but that the devil might ask: her body & soul: & she knows not but that she did give him soul & body: afterward she s'd she did do itt & that she would for sake god & his works: and the devil promised her: to give her power: to avenge her self.

Rebekah Eames further acknowledged & declared that she was baptized about three years ago in five Mile pond and that her son Daniel was also then baptized by the Devil, and that her son Daniel hath been a Wizard about thirteen years.

On 27 May 1692, Governor Phips appointed a seven-member special Court of Oyer and Terminer (empowered to inquire, hear and determine) the validity of the witchcraft accusations. On 2 June 1692, in its initial session, the Court pronounced Bridget BISHOP guilty and condemned her to death. She was hanged on 10 June

Children:
Hannah Eames, b 18 Dec 1661, d 8 Jul 1731, at Andover, Essex, Mass.
Daniel Eames, b 7 Apr 1663, d aft 1695
Robert Eames, b 28 Feb 1667/68, d aft 1698
John Eames, b 11 Oct 1670, d 24 Jul 1726 at Groton, Middlesex, Mass.
Dorothy Eames, b 20 Dec 1674
Jacob Eames, b 20 Jul 1677, d aft 1700
Joseph Eames, b 9 Oct 1681, d 27 Dec 1753 at Boxford, Essex, Mass
Nathaniel Eames, b 19 Nov 1685, d 11 Jan 1765 at Boxford, Essex, Mass
 
 
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 Parents:
  George Blake (1611 - 1698)
  Dorothy Blake (1615 - 1702)
 
 Children:
  Hannah Eames Foster (1661 - 1731)*
  John Eames (1670 - 1724)*
 
 Sibling:
  Rebekah Blake Eams (1641 - 1721)
  Prudence Blake Tyler (1647 - 1688)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
HERE LYES BURIED
THE BODY OF
REBEKAH EAMS
DIED MAY Ye 8
1721 & IN THE 82d
YEAR OF HER AGE
 
Burial:
Mount Vernon Cemetery
Boxford
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Bill Boyington
Record added: Jul 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14788727
Rebekah <i>Blake</i> Eams
Added by: Bill Boyington
 
Rebekah <i>Blake</i> Eams
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Rebekah <i>Blake</i> Eams
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In memory of my 9th great-grandma
- BeNotForgot
 Added: Aug. 19, 2014
8th g grandmother
- Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014
my husbands 7th great grandmother. (direct Ames descendant)
- puppy.tracks@comcast.net
 Added: Jun. 9, 2014
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