Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Nurses in:
 • Burying Point Cemetery
 • Salem
 • Essex County
 • Massachusetts
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Rebecca Towne Nurse
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)
  Susanna Towne Hayward*
  Sarah Towne Clayes*
  Rebecca Nurse (1622 - 1692)
  Rebecca Towne Nurse (1622 - 1692)*
  John Towne (1624 - 1672)*
  Edmund Towne (1628 - 1678)*
  Jacob Towne (1631 - 1704)*
  Mary Towne Easty (1634 - 1692)*
  Mary Towne Esty (1634 - 1692)*
  Joseph Towne (1639 - 1713)*
*Calculated relationship
Burying Point Cemetery *
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
*Cenotaph [?]
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8291
Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
Added by: Tom W. Stanley
Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
Added by: J.Wendling
Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
Added by: Karen Valentine
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

for my 9th Great Aunt, you are not forgotten. You and Mary( my 9th Great Grandmother) are resting peaceably in the arms of the Lord always to be remembered
- Michelle Davis Miller
 Added: Sep. 20, 2014
- diana damico
 Added: Jul. 29, 2014
Sacred to the memory of my very dear 7th great-grandmother, Rebecca Towne Nurse.
- Benita Towle
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
There are 272 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.5 after 147 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service