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Francis NURSE
Rebecca TOWNE
Husband:  Francis NURSE / NOURSE
Birth:  1618-20, England
Death:  22 Nov 1695
Occupation:  tray maker
Marriage:
Wife:  Rebecca TOWNE
Baptism:  21 Feb 1621/2, Great Yarmouth, NFK
Death:  19 Jul 1692, Salem, Essex Co., MA hanged as a witch
Migration:  1640, England to MA
Father:  William TOWNE
Mother:  Joanna BLESSING
Children:
  1.  John NURSE, b. ca. 1645 
  2.  Rebecca NURSE, b. 1642/47 
  3.  Sarah NURSE, b. 1644/48
  4.  Samuel NURSE, b. 3 Feb 1649 
  5.  Mary NURSE, b. 1653/55
  6.  Elizabeth NURSE, b. 9 Jan 1656/7
  7.  Francis NURSE, Jr., b. 3 Feb 1660/1
  8.  Benjamin NURSE, b. 26 Jan 1665/6
  9.  Michael NURSE
10.  (child) NURSE
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; GRB, UK, United Kingdon, ENG, Norfolk; USA, US, United States, Massachusetts

Historical Note:  Rebecca (TOWNE) NURSE was the most famous victim of the Salem Witch Trials, immortalized as the central character in Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible.  Two of Rebecca's sisters, Sarah (TOWNE) CLOYCE and Mary (TOWNE) EASTEY, were also accused, arrested, and jailed.  Sarah was never put on trial, so she survived, but Mary was also hanged.
 
Timeline for Rebecca (Towne) Nurse 1992
March 23rd warrant issued for her arrest
June 2nd indicted
June 29th put on trial
July 3rd excommunicated
July 19th hanged as a witch

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

2.  The Preston/Lindsey Trail, self-published (1995) by Rosaline Preston (17369 Road 6 SE, Warden, WA 98857) and Carol Huber  (10508-A Witter Springs Rd., Witter Springs, CA 95493).

3.  Various sites on the web covering the Salem Witch Trials.

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