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Rebecca Blake, "Witch"

Rebecca Blake, "Witch"

Female 1641 - 1721  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name Rebecca Blake  [1
    Suffix "Witch" 
    Born Feb 1641  Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Died 08 May 1721  Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 7
    Person ID I5339  drabold
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 

    Father George Blake,   b. Abt 1611,   d. 17 Feb 1698, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Dorothy,   d. 1702 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1641  United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Photos
    U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    Family ID F1813  Group Sheet

    Family Robert Eames,   b. 1630, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1693, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Eames,   b. 18 Dec 1661, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jul 1731, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Daniel Eames,   b. 07 Apr 1663, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1695, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Robert Ames,   b. 28 Feb 1666, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1698, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     4. John Ames,   b. 11 Oct 1670, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1724, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Dorothy Ames,   b. 20 Dec 1674, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1751  (Age 76 years)
     6. Jacob Ames,   b. 20 Jul 1677, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1700  (Age 22 years)
     7. Joseph Ames,   b. 09 Oct 1681, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1753, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     8. Nathaniel Ames,   b. 19 Nov 1685, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1765, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F2698  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Feb 1641 - Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 08 May 1721 - Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    Birth date: Feb 1641
    Birth place: Gloucester, Massachusetts
    Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988
    Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988
    Birth date: February 1641
    Birth place: Gloucester, Essex, MA, USA
    Rebecca Blake Eames Tombstone
    Rebecca Blake Eames Tombstone
    examination of rebecca eames original handwritten copy page 1
    examination of rebecca eames original handwritten copy page 1
    rebecca blake eames
    rebecca blake eames
    "HERE LYES BURIED THE BODY OF REBEKAH EAMS DIED MAY Ye 8 1721 IN Ye 82ND YEAR OF HER AGE"Location: West Boxford Burying Ground (Mt. Vernon Cemetery)

    examination of rebecca eames original handwritten copy page 2
    examination of rebecca eames original handwritten copy page 2

  • Notes 
    • Rebecca (Blake) Eames Born about 1640, Gloucester, Essex Co., MA; married Robert Eames abt 1660; died May 8 1721, Boxford, Essex County, MA.
      Convicted of witchcraft in Salem on September 17, 1692. Although sentenced to hanged, she confessed, and was reprieved and released from prison in 1693.
      p.284
      The Humble Petition of Rebecka Eames unto his Excellencye S'r: W'm: Phipps Knight & Govern'r of their Majestyes Dominions in America humbly sheweth
      That wheras your Poor and humble petitioner having been here closely confined in Salem prison neare four monthes and likewise Condemed to die for the crime of witchcraft w'ch the Lord above he knowes I am altogether innocent and ignorant off as will appeare att the great day of Judgement having had no Evidences against me but the Spectre Evidences and my owne confession w'ch the Lord above knowes was altogether false and untrue I being hurried out of my Senses by the Afflicted persons. Abigaill Hobbs and Mary Lacye who both of them cryed out against me charging me with witchcraft the space of four dayes mocking of me and spitting in my face saying they knew me to be an old witch and if I would not confesse it I should very Spedily be hanged for there was some such as myselfe gone before and it would be long before I should follow them w'ch was the Occasion with my owne wicked heart of me saying what I did: and the reason of my standing to my confession att my tryall att what the honoured Majestr'ts said to me but only the Name of Queen Mary: But may it please yo'r Excellencye: when mr Matther and mr Brattle were here in Salem they disowned w't they had sayd against me and say w't they had sayd against me was Nothing but the Divells delusions and they knew nothing in the least measure of any witchcraft by me: your poor and humble petition'r doe begg and Implore of yo'r Excellencye to Take it into yo'r Pious and Judicious consideration to Graunt me A Pardon of my life Not deserving death by man for witchcraft or any other Sin That my innocent blood may not shed and your poor and humble petitioner shall for ever pray as she is bound in duty for yo'r health & happinesse in this life and eternall felicity in the world to come So prayes
      Your poor humble petition'r
      Rebecka: Eames
      from Salem Prison
      Decem the 5th: 1642
      (New York Public Library--Manuscripts and Archives Division)
      Rebecca spent her childhood at Gloucester, MA (now Boston), where she was born and was the oldest child in the family, at age 15 she was a servant in the home of WM. Cogeswell in Ipswich, MA. According to a disposition recorded in the book "Ipswichin the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1633 - 1700."
      Rebecca was married to Robert Eames of Rowley, about 1661, and Prudence Blake, her sister, was married to Moses Tyler a neighbor July 16, 1666. Because Robert Eames was a farmer, his property was near Andover line, they attended church in Andover. Five of their children were born when Robert was called to fight in King Philllip's War, he left the family for several months. The Indians would appear in small parties, killing a man or two and then disappearing. It must have been a hard time for the small family.
      After he returned; Rebecca gave birth to three more children.
      It was an age when it was common belief in England as well as the colonies in specters, supernatural manifestations, and extraordinary events and the actual existance of witches was not doubted in the least degree.
      Religious and civil affairs were closely interlocked. Families formed small closely-knit groups, most of whom were related by marriage.
      Job Tyler and his family were neighbors to the Fosters, Blakes and Eames.
      So these villages-Rowley, Andover, Salem, and Ipswich had the elements needed for the witchcraft-mania a quarrel between the minister and the people.
      In 1692 the Andover conspirarcy did it's work. About 1 August 1692 Rebbeca was accused of witchcraft and by 10 August 1692 her son Daniel was accused. Rebecca was imprisoned, she was accused of afficting Timothy Swan. Daniel Eames was also imprisoned.
      On the morning of 19 August 1692 a mass exacution was held. Rev. George Burroughs, George Jocobs, Sr., John Proctor, John Willard and Martha Carrier were hanged. They had scorned confession that they were witches. They were carried thru the streets of Salem to execution.
      Captan Corwin, sherriff of Essex, was at the head of a armed guard, escorted the condemed prisoners for the jail to the place of excution on Gallows Hill. The people were all gathered around to watch the hangings and Rebecca and the other accused were brought to watch the hangings.
      It was a special event all the townfolks were there to watch this happening. The authorieties requried certian prisoners who stubbornly resisted authority to watch the executions in an effort to induce confession. Rebecca Eames was examined right after the hangings. She was asked if she was at the executions. She said she was at the house below the hill. She saw a few folks. The woman of the house had a pin stuck in her foot, but she (Rebecca) did not do it. After the intimadations of the hangings she stared answering Magistrate Hathorne's leading questions in the afirmative. He asked "Have you been a witch 26 years?" She answered, "No I can remember but 7 Years." To the question "Does not the Devil threaten to tear you to pieces?" She answered, "Yes he threatens to tear me to pieces." and she said she had been in the snare of the Devil for a month or two and had been persuaded three months. She said the Devil appeared to her like a colt, very ugly, the first time she would not say she had been baptized by the Devil. The Devil did persusde her to renounce God and Christ, and follow his wicked ways, but she did afflict Timothy Swan. Afterward she said she would forsake God and his works, and the Devil promised to give her power to avenge herself on them that offended her. She said the Devil appeared to her seven years ago and he temped her to lie, and made her afflict persons.
      (Is it suprising that her confessions mimicked what the authories wanted to hear?) Barraged by leading questions, she answered, "A ragged girl came together with the Devil and they persuaded me to afflict. I afflicted Mary Warren and another fair face. It is a quarter of a year ago. I did it by sticking of pins."
      Father: George Blake Born: about 1620
      Mother: Dorothy Born About 1615
      Marriage:Robert Eames
      Married: 1661 in Essex Co., MA
      Source: Essex Co. MA Vital Records CD
      Title: Essex Co., MA Vital Records CD
      Page: Gloucester births, p. 94
      Quality: 3
      BIOGRAPHY: According to Linda, Rebecca was condemned to be hung for being a witch at Salem. The day before she was to be hung Gov. Pitts gave her a reprieve. After her husband died she spent the rest of her life on Witch Haven Farm at Boxford. Our line descends down from Robert and Rebecca Blake Eames. In 1710 she sent a letter to the General Court asking that her name be restored to it's former purity and for them to pay certain bills that she had due to her imprisonment. They did. per Brenda Frazer..bfrazer821@aol.com
      In 1692, Rebecca Blake Eames was accused, tried and condemned to death for being a "witch", but after being imprisoned for 7 months in Salem Jail, she was released and lived 20 more years. From the "Styles Family History of Massachusetts".
      Donna Boileau - ROLSPECS@aol.com
      Author: The New England Historical a

  • Sources 
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    2. [S57] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived;), Source number: 766.012; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 58; Submitter Code: ..
      Birth date: 1640
      Birth place: MA
      Marriage date: 1660
      Marriage place: MA

    3. [S38] Family Data Collection - Individual Records, Edmund West, comp., (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.;), Birth year: 1641; Birth city: Gloucester; Birth state: MA..
      Birth date: February 1641
      Birth place: Gloucester, Essex, MA
      Death date: 8 May 1721
      Death place:
      Marriage date: 1661
      Marriage place: Boxford, Essex, MA

    4. [S23] American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI), Godfrey Memorial Library, comp., (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genea;).
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      Birth place: Massachusetts

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      Birth date: Feb 1641
      Birth place: Gloucester, Massachusetts

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      Death date: 8 May 1721
      Death place: Boxford, Essex, MA, USA

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