Rachel Hathorne (Phelps) (1734 - 1813) MP

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Birthplace: Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
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About Rachel Hathorne (Phelps)

Rachel is a descendant of Henry Phelps and his first wife, Eleanor Batter . Henry's second wife, Hannah, was originally married to Nicholas, Henry's brother. Nicholas and Hannah Phelps were Salem Quakers who held meetings at their home in the Woods, as the area west of Salem was called at the time. William Hathorne had ordered that those who held such meetings be arrested, and eventually Hannah was jailed and Nicholas was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Thus Hawthorne may have felt a connection to both the persectors of Quakers and the persecuted which, says Margaret Moore in The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne, may account for "the very ambiguity with which he treats the Quakers"

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Hawthorne was also descended on his father's side from the Phelps; his paternal grandmother was Rachel Phelps Hathorne. Rachel is a descendant of Henry Phelps and his first wife, Eleanor Batter . Henry's second wife, Hannah, was originally married to Nicholas, Henry's brother. Nicholas and Hannah Phelps were Salem Quakers who held meetings at their home in the Woods, as the area west of Salem was called at the time. William Hathorne had ordered that those who held such meetings be arrested, and eventually Hannah was jailed and Nicholas was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Thus Hawthorne may have felt a connection to both the persectors of Quakers and the persecuted which, says Margaret Moore in The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne, may account for "the very ambiguity with which he treats the Quakers" (37).

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Henry Phelps, born 1595, married Eleanor Sharp

son Henry Phelps, Jr, born 1615, arrived in Salem 1634, married Eleanor Batter

son John Phelps, born 1644, married Abigail Antram

son Henry Phelps, born 1673, married Rachel Guppy

son Jonathan Phelps, born 1708, married Judith Cox

daughter Rachel Phelps, born 1733, married Daniel Hathorne

son Nathaniel Hathorne, born 1775, married Elizabeth Clarke Manning

son Nathaniel Hawthorne, born 1804

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Rachel Hathorne's Timeline

1734
June 1, 1734
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts
1756
October 21, 1756
Age 22
Salem, Essex Co., MA
1757
1757
Age 22
Salem, Essex Co., MA
1759
June 23, 1759
Age 25
1763
May 11, 1763
Age 28
1766
October 4, 1766
Age 32
Salem, Essex Co., MA
1768
July 25, 1768
Age 34
1770
April 17, 1770
Age 35
1775
May 19, 1775
Age 40
Salem, Essex, MA
1778
January 20, 1778
Age 43
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts