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Rebecca Towne Nurse
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Birth: c. Feb. 21, 1622
Death: Jul. 19, 1692
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

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 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. 
Family links: 
  William Towne (1598 - 1673)
  Joanna Blessing Towne (1594 - 1682)
  Francis Nurse (1618 - 1695)*
  John Nurse (1645 - 1719)*
  Rebecca Nurse Preston (1647 - 1695)*
  Samuel Nurse (1649 - 1715)*
  Sarah Nurse Bowden (1651 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Nurse Russell (1656 - ____)*
  Mary Nurse Tarbell (1657 - 1749)*
  Francis Nurse (1660 - 1716)*
  Benjamin Nurse (1666 - 1748)*
  Sarah Towne Clayes*
  Susanna Towne Hayward*
  Rebecca Towne Nurse (1622 - 1692)
  John Towne (1624 - 1672)*
  Edmund Towne (1628 - 1678)*
  Jacob Towne (1631 - 1704)*
  Mary Towne Easty (1634 - 1692)*
  Joseph Towne (1639 - 1713)*
*Calculated relationship
Nurse Homestead Cemetery
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Jul 13, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5872
Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
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Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
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Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
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- Sam
 Added: Mar. 25, 2015
As time keeps passing, your injustice is felt by all who learn from what happened. you are a 10th great aunt that shares a very special day with me. Your death of 19 July 1692 is my birth date of 19 July 1962. You are forever etched in my thoughts. May yo...(Read more)
- Jodi Mosher
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015
I have read that a person dies twice. The first is when you physcially die; the other is when you are forgotten. My dear grandmother, you will never die!
- Jodie Schram Jenks
 Added: Feb. 18, 2015
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