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 Rebecca <I>Towne</I> Nurse

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Rebecca Towne Nurse

  • Birth c.21 Feb 1622
  • Death 19 Jul 1692 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 5872

Salem Witch Trials Defendant. Convicted of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. In most cases, the bodies of those hanged or pressed were cast off into a shallow ditch, not deserving of a Christian burial due to the charge of witchcraft. However, the family of Rebecca Nurse, according to legend, got to her body, removed it from the ditch in Salem and possibly buried it in secret on the family farm in Salem Village (now Danvers, MA). Where, exactly, is lost to history. Several years after her execution, it was agreed that she had been innocent of being a witch. She was the daughter of Joanna (Blessing) and William Towne.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5872
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rebecca Towne Nurse (c.21 Feb 1622–19 Jul 1692), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5872, citing Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .