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Rebecca Fox (unknown)

Also Known As: "Rebecca (MNU) Andrews Wyeth Fox"
Birthdate:
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Wife of Thomas Andrews, of Cambridge; Nicholas Wyeth and Thomas Fox, of London & Cambridge
Mother of Thomas Andrews; Daniel Andrews, Accused Witch; Rebecca Jacobs; Rebecca Andrews; Mary Wyeth and 4 others

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About Rebecca Fox

Rebecca (MNU) Andrews Wyeth Fox (c1620 - 1698) - Rebecca MNU, was born c1620; she died 19 May 1698 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married (1) Thomas Andrews (c1610 - c1647) about 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, (2) Nicholas Wyeth (1600 - 1680), (3) Thomas Fox (1608 - 1693), married 16 December 1685 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

During the witch hysteria which swept Salem at the end of the 17th Century, Rebecca's daughter (also Rebecca), her daughter's husband (George Jacobs, Jr.), his father (George Jacobs, Sr.), and one of her granddaughters (Margaret Jacobs), were accused of witchcraft. George Jacobs, Jr. fled the town to escape arrest. Although she was mentally ill, Rebecca Andrews Jacobs was imprisoned without a trial for almost a year, leaving the care of her children to the mercy of the neighbors. Rebecca Andrews Fox wrote letters to the court asking them for her daughter's release. The court took no action on her pleas, but when the trial came to court Rebecca Andrews Jacobs was acquitted and released.

Marriages and Children

  1. Thomas Andrews (c1610 England - c1647), married c1640 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    1. Thomas Andrews (born 15 October 1641 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; baptised First Church of Christ, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    2. Daniel Andrews (born 1643 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; baptised First Church of Christ, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    3. Rebecca Andrews (born 18 April 1646 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; baptised First Church of Christ, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts); married (1) John Frost in 1666; (2) George Jacobs, Jr., of Salem, Essex County, Masssachusetts
  2. Nicholas Wyeth (baptised 20 January 1600 Saxtead, Suffolk, England - 19 July 1680), married c1648 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
    1. Mary Wyeth (born 26 January 1649 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    2. Nicholas Wyeth (born 10 August 1651 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    3. Martha Wyeth (born 11 January 1653 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    4. John Wyeth (born 15 July 1655 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
    5. William Wyeth (born 1 January1657 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  3. Thomas Fox (1608 London, England - 25 April 1693 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts), married 16 December 1685 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; no issue

Petition of Rebecca Fox

To his Excellency S'r William Phips Kn't Govern'r & the Honourable Council now setting at Boston, the Humble Petition of Rebeccah Fox of Cambridge

Showeth that whereas Rebecah Jacobs (daughter of your Humble Petitioner ) has a long time, even many Months now lyen in Prison for Witchcraft, & is well known to be a Person Craz'd Distracted & Broken in mind, Your Humble Petitioner does most humbly & earnestly seek unto Your Excellency & to Your Hon'rs for releif in this case:

Your Petitioner who knows well the Condition of her poor Daughter, together with severall others of good repute and creditt are ready to offer their Oaths, that the s'd Jacobs is a Woman Craz'd, Distracted & Broken in her mind, & that She has been so these twelve Years & upwards;

However for (I think) about this half Year the s'd Jacobs has lyen in Pris[obar ] & yet remaines there attended with many sore Difficulties:

Christianity & Nature do each of them oblige Your Petitioner to be very Solicitous in this matter, and altho many weighty cases do exercise Your thoughts, Yet Your Petitioner can have no rest in her mind, till such time as she has offer'd this her addresse on behalf of her daughter:

Some have dyed already in Prison, and others have been dangerously sick, & how soon Others, & among them my Poor Child, by the Difficulties of this Confinem't may be sick & dye, G'd only knows:

She is uncapable of making that shift for her self that others can do, & such are her circumstances on other accounts that Your Petitioner who is her tender Mother has many great Sorrows & almost overco[mbar ]ing burthens on her mind upon her account, but in the midst of all her [pbar ]plexities and troubles (next to supplicating to a Good & Mercifull God) Your Petitioner has no way for help but to make this her afflicted conditi[obar ] known unto You, So not doubting but Your Excellency & Your Honours will readily hear the cries & Groans of a Poor Distressed Woman and grant what help and enlargem't You may Your Petitioner heartily beggs God's gracious presence with You and Subscribes her self in all humble manner

Your Sorrowfull and Distressed Petitioner Rebeccah Fox

Petition of Rebecca Fox

To the Hon'ble: William Stoughton Esq'r Cheif Judge of Their Maj'ties Special Court of Oyer & Terminer Holden at Salem &c The Humble Petition of Rebecca Fox Sheweth

That Whereas Rebeccah Jacobs (daughter to the Humble Petitioner ) has long lyen in Prison for Witchcraft, & she at some times has uttered hard words of her self as tho she had killed her Child, which words are much accounted of as is famed

These may acquaint your Hon'r that the s'd Rebeccah Jacobs is a Woman broken & distracted in her mind, & that she has been so at times above these 12 Years, & this I am ready to take my oath to, & I can bring several Others that will do the same & therefore

Your Humble Petitioner thought her self bound in Conscience for your Hon'r's informatio to declare the same to Your Hon'r & Prays that due regard may be had thereto, that so there may not be stresse laid on the Confession of a Distracted Woman to the Prejudice of her life; So not doubting of your Hon'r's Integrity in this Matter Your Petitioner prays to God Almighty, that Wisedome may not be witholden from your Hon'r. who is Wise, & subscribes her Self

Hon'ble S'r Your Hon'r's Dutiful Servat and Humbl Petition'r Rebecca Fox

Discussion

Apparently this woman, Rebecca MNU who married Thomas Andrews in Massachusetts, Nicholas Wyeth, and Thomas Fox, has been considerably confused with Damaris Craddock who married Thomas Andrewes in England.

Sources

  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Name: Nicholas Wyeth; Gender: Male; Birth Place: En; Birth Year: 1601; Spouse Name: Rebecca Andrews; Comments2: Wid.
  • American Marriages Before 1699. Name: Rebecca Wyeth; Spouse: Thomas Fox; Marriage Date: 16 Dec 1685; Marriage Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts. Source Information: Ancestry.com. American Marriages Before 1699 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997. Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.
  • Paige, Lucius. History of Cambridge. "Thomas Andrews", p 480. He had by wife Rebecca, 3 children. Thomas died about 1647, Rebecca then married Nicholas Wyeth, who died July 19, 1680. She married her third husband, Thomas Fox, on Dec. 16, 1685. Rebecca died in 1698.
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI). Name: Rebecca Andrews; Birth Date: 1620; Birthplace: Eng, Massachusetts; Volume: 04; Page Number: 225; Reference: History of the Andrews fam. gen. of Robt. Andrews and des. By H. Franklin Andrews, Audubon, Ia, 1890. (234p.): 20, 202. Source Information: Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Name: Rebecca Parks Andrews; Gender: Female; Birth Year: 1620; Spouse Name: Nicholas Wyeth; Spouse Birth Place: EN; Spouse Birth Year: 1600; Marriage Year: 1648; Marriage State: MA; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 15857.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: JJ2. Source Information: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. 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 from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.
  • Pope, Charles Henry. Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents. Heritage Books, 1965. p.18, "Andrew, Thomas, Watertown, before the Court Sept. 27, 1631. he joined Mrs. Rebecca Craddock in a petition in 1648. He rem. to Cambridge about 1645. Wife Rebecca; ch. Thomas b. Oct 15, 1641, Daniel, Rebeccah b. 18 (2) 1646. He d. about 1648. The widow m. 2, Nicholas Wyth."
  • Crane, Ellery Bicknell. Historic Homes and Institutions. Lewis Publishing Company, 1907. Worcester County, Massachusetts. p. 184, "Thomas Fox was one of the original proprietors of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He dealt in real estate and was executor and administrator of many estates. He was selectman in 1658 and repeatedly afterwards elected to that office. He was an esteemed and enterprising citizen and stood well in the church...he [Thomas Fox] married (fourth) Rebecca Wyeth, widow of Nicholas Wyeth, December 16, 1685."
  • Fox, Nathaniel. A history of that part of the Fox family descended from Thomas Fox of Cambridge, Mass. : with genealogical records (Google eBook) Union Printing Co., 1899 - 240 pages. Page 197-199. "Note D."
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Rebecca Fox's Timeline

1620
1620
1640
1640
Age 20
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1641
October 15, 1641
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1643
March 1643
Age 23
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1646
February 18, 1646
Age 26
April 18, 1646
Age 26
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1648
January 26, 1648
Age 28
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachesetts, USA
1648
Age 28
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1651
August 10, 1651
Age 31
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachesetts, USA
1653
July 10, 1653
Age 33
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts