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

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. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Towne (1598 - 1673)
  Joanna Blessing Towne (1595 - 1682)
 
 Spouse:
  Francis Nurse (1618 - 1695)*
 
 Children:
  John Nurse (1645 - 1719)*
  Rebecca Nurse Preston (1647 - 1719)*
  Samuel Nurse (1649 - 1715)*
  Sarah Nurse Bowden (1651 - 1754)*
  Elizabeth Nurse Russell (1656 - ____)*
  Mary Nurse Tarbell (1657 - 1749)*
  Francis Nurse (1660 - 1716)*
  Benjamin Nurse (1666 - 1748)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rebecca Towne Nurse (1622 - 1692)
  John Towne (1624 - ____)*
  Susan Towne (1625 - 1630)*
  Edmund Towne (1628 - 1678)*
  Jacob Towne (1631 - 1704)*
  Mary Towne Easty (1634 - 1692)*
  Sarah Towne Clayes (1637 - 1703)*
  Joseph Towne (1639 - 1713)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salem Witch Trials Memorial *
Salem
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
*Memorial Site [?]
 
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Record added: Jul 13, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5872
Rebecca <i>Towne</i> Nurse
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- StacieND
 Added: Sep. 20, 2017

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 Added: Sep. 17, 2017
To honor my 8th great grandmother, wrongfully hanged. A true hero and devout Christian, your legacy lives on.
- Arlene
 Added: Mar. 8, 2017
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