|Clifford Laureno (#47122391)|
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I first became interested in Genealogy when my Mother passed away in 1976. At her funeral my brother Joe and I were talking and realized that we new so little about our family history. Both our grandparents had passed away (Mothers side) in 1973 and no one left but our Aunt Fran (Moms sister) that new anything. I thought we better have a talk with our Aunt, I did, and that started the whole thing.|
I have made many trips since to Salt Lake City, and been back to Massachusetts, Vermont, Ohio, etc., and all over California, (home State) to search records and Cemeteries. I use Family Tree Maker to keep tract of everything/everyone and have entered over 215,000+ names over the years to our data base. (All by hand, not one merged file) I do most of my research on line now, with some local travel here and there.
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|katmandew56||Israel and Elizabeth (Hathorne) Porter|
I was doing my 8th gr. grandparents genealogy.
I found some miss information as to the trial of your ancestor. God Bless our ancestors.
My 8th great grandparents Israel and Elizabeth (Hathorne) Porter signed a plea for the life of Rebecca Nurse, age 71. Not to be sentenced to death by hanging in the hysteria of the Salem witchcraft trials. The Judge that ordered the execution in 1692, Was William Stoughton, Lieutenant-Governor of the colony.
William Hathorne, father of Elizabeth Porter is not the judge in the Salem Witch Trials.
John Hathorne, brother of Elizabeth is not the judge in the Salem Witch Trials. He was a magistrate who presided over the pre-trial exaninations in Salem Village. He was trying to help his sister's plea.
William Stoughton, Lieutenant-Governor of the colony. Is the judge that ordered the death of Rebecca Nurse.
John Hathorne was a magistrate who, along with Jonathan Corwin, presided over the pre-trial exaninations in Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts) prior to the actual Salem Witch Trials. (The judge during the trials was William Stoughton, Lieutenant-Governor of the colony.) 2nd Great Grandfather of the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. The miss information of who that judge was on the trials is long over due.
The examining magistrates, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, who normally regarded the guilt of the accused as self-evident, took a notably different attude in Rebecca's case, as they also did in the case of her sister Mary Eastey, telling her openly that if she was innocent, they prayed that God would show her innocence, for "it is a sad thing to see church members accused". Hathorne was no doubt influenced by the fact that his sister Elizabeth Porter was a close friend of Rebecca, and one of her staunchest defenders.
Many people described Nurse as "the woman of self-dignity", due to her collected behavior on the gallows. As was the custom, after she was hanged, her body was buried in a shallow grave near the gallows along with other convicted community members on Proctor's Ledge. They were considered unfit for a Christian burial in a churchyard. Nurse's family secretly returned after dark and dug up her body, which they interred properly on their family homestead. In July 1885, her descendants erected a tall granite memorial over her grave in what is now called the Rebecca Nurse Homestead cemetery in Danvers (formerly Salem Village), Massachusetts. The inscription on the monument reads:
Rebecca Nurse, Yarmouth, England 1621. Salem, Mass., 1692.
O Christian Martyr who for Truth could die
When all about thee owned the hideous lie!
The world redeemed from Superstition's sway
Is breathing freer for thy sake today.
(From the poem "Christian Martyr," by John Greenleaf Whittier)
In 1706 her accuser, Ann Putnam, Jr., publicly apologized to the Nurse family for accusing innocent people, naming Rebecca and her two sisters in particular: "I desire to lie in the dust and to be humbled for it, for being the cause of so sad a calamity to them and their families". The Nurse family accepted the apology and were reconciled with Ann: by contrast, they never forgave Samuel Parris, the village minister, whom they held personally to blame for their bereavement- "none can know what we suffered by the loss of such a mother"- and they did not rest until Parris was removed from office in 1697. In 1711, the government compensated the Nurse family for Rebecca's wrongful death. In 1712 her church reversed the verdict of excommunication it had passed on her: "that it be no longer a reproach to her memory or an occasion of grief to her children".
The Nurse family homestead fell into the hands of Putnam family descendant Phineas Putnam in 1784. The Putnam family maintained control of the property until 1908. Today, it is a tourist attraction that includes the original house and cemetery, on 27 of the original 300 acres.
In 1892 the community erected a second monument recognizing the 40 neighbors, led by Israel and Elizabeth (Hathorne) Porter, who took the risk of publicly supporting Nurse by signing a petition to the court on her behalf in 1692. One signer was General Israel Putnam's father.
Jerry R. Smith
Thank you for accepting my edit so quickly.
It REALLY makes things so easy for me.
Just FYI ... I am going through Evergreen cemetery, one memorial at a time, and making sure they are all tidy... that is how I happened upon your memorial that you have at Evergreen.
Thank you again,
Added by CHANDLER on Apr 29, 2016 12:36 AM