Judge Hathorne Hathorne is the judge who presides over the Salem witch trials. James Allen, the man who had sold the farm to the Nourses before becoming pastor of First Church of Boston, tried to protect her. The verdict was not surprising as Nurse was well-liked in Salem and 39 people had risked their lives to in support of her. When Margaret Scott was accused of witchcraft, Benjamin, who had six children of his own at the time, offered no legal support. The final reason for Wardwell's accusation of witchcraft, was due to his neighbors' jealousy of his sudden wealth. Some of her medical supplies, such as foot ointments, were confiscated and introduced to the court as objects of the occult. The Rebecca Nurse homestead is now a museum open to visitors.
Started with her husband Francis Nurse. Even though the stage direction tells us Francis is 'trembling with anger,' he still speaks calmly and respectfully to the judge. Around 1645, she married Francis Nurse, who had also been born in England, some time between 1618 and 1620. Much fresher in the minds of her accusers would be the outspokenness demonstrated by her comments during her courtroom examination. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum edition of The Salem Witchcraft Papers I: 33,75. James Savage noted this marriage but believed Susanna bore no children.
A summary of the courtroom examination follows. Nurse was found guilty the second time because of the reconsidered evidence and her failure to respond to questions because her poor hearing. Thirty-nine of the most prominent members of the community signed a petition on Nurse's behalf. Particularly of note was her scathing addition that John Best Jr. Martha Corey was also an outspoken critic of the Salem Witch Trials and stated many times that the afflicted girls were liars. Her case showed the court relieving a community of a long believed witch and distracted attention from other defendants who were convicted on much more questionable evidence. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1671 and Samuel moved to nearby Andover with his young son in search of a new life.
According to Boyer and Nissenbaum in Salem Possessed, considering the bitterness between these families, it can be seen as no coincidence that the three Towne sisters, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Cloyce and Mary Easty, were all daughters and wives of Topsfield men eventually to be persecuted by Putnam women in 1692 on behalf of Putnam men. Sarah was regarded as an unsavory person and has come to be regarded through literature as the stereotypical witch, a disreputable old hag. Rebecca was indicted for Physical examination on June 2, 1692. Judge Hathorne gestures towards the clerk of the court, Stephen Sewall, who is shown writing down Margaret's testimony at the clerk's table, with the other court records lying in front of him. Although Martha might have inherited some property after the majority of her male relatives died in the smallpox epidemic of 1690, such an inheritance would have been minimal. Her name appears for the first time in the public record of Salem Town on the certificate of inventory for the his estate following his death in 1674.
It continued to do so during the early years of their marriage as he acquired more land. This document may be intended to represent Margaret's written confession in which she accuses her grandfather. Information from Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 156. When the charter was granted in 1691, Mather used his influence to nominate Phips as the first Royal Governor of the colony. He was incredulous from the moment the first accuser, Abigail Williams, cried out against him. In 1692, some neighbors called on Rebecca, by then a 70 year old grandmother. Andover Vital Records, Volume 1 records the births of all Nathan and Mary's children except Joseph.
When one of the girls accused Good of stabbing her with a knife and produced a broken knife tip to prove it, a man came forward showing that it was his knife from which the tip had been broken in the presence of the accusing girl. These puppets were made of rags and hogs bristles, with headless pins in them. He was a puritan and apparently left England because of religious persecution like most of the people who left England for Massachusetts at that time. She passed away in 1692. Mary and Nathan marriage was not documented but we do know Nathan and his brother Joseph settled in Newbury, Massachusetts sometime in the early 1630's. Whatever his reason, Phips' relationship with the Mathers proved politically successful, as they ensured that he was chosen to command military expeditions against the French colonies of Acadia and Canada.
The young girls asserted they had been bitten, pinched, and otherwise abused. Nicholas Noyes pronounces her excommunication before the congregation. Proctor was a major figure to be put on trial and executed in the summer of 1692. Source Boston Herald, May 14, 1930. The residents of Rowley would have been well aware of her high infant mortality rate.
. The details of what happened next provide undeniable clues about the power of the accusers and the impossibility of conducting a fair juridical process. Enders Robinson, Salem Wichcraft: And Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables,1992. Witnesses testified for and against Rebecca Nurse on June 29 and 30. The second minister of the church in Andover , Francis Dane had lived in Andover for 44 years when the witch trials began. Payson, her religious surroundings could well have had an effect on her actions. There is much less information on Rebecca's husband Francis Nurse.
He and Rebecca married August 24, 1644 at Salem. William spent most of his childhood carrying out chores on his family's farm, leaving little time for formal education. Martha's independent spirit and lack of deference seem to have quickly alienated her from the rest of the community. Two older rooms are augmented with period furnishings. Stoughton sentenced her to be executed on July 19, 1692. Rebecca Nurse Homestead — Danvers.
Putnam pushes his daughter to charge witchcraft against George Jacobs, for if he is executed, his land will be open for Putnam to purchase. Written By Kristin Buckstad Salem Witch Trials in History and Literature An Undergraduate Course, University of Virginia Spring Semester 2001 George Jacobs, Sr. Testimony against John Proctor revealed his true feelings of the trials. Bridget Bishop was the first person to be hanged as a result of the infamous Salem witchcraft trials. The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide. Previous experience had taught her to deny allegations of witchcraft at all costs. Francis Nurse and the Putnam family had fought in court several times over land.