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Rebecca Jacobs (Andrews)

Nicknames: "Rebecca (Andrews) Frost", "Salem Witch", "Andrew", "Andrewes"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Died insane
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Andrews, of Cambridge and Rebecca Fox
Wife of George Jacobs; John Frost and George Jacobs, Jr.
Mother of George Jacobs, III; John Frost; Rebecca Coolidge; Thomas Frost; Margaret Foster and 4 others
Sister of Thomas Andrews and Daniel Andrews, Accused Witch
Half sister of Mary Wyeth; Nicholas Wyeth, Jr.; Martha Ives; John Wyeth and William Wyeth

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About Rebecca Jacobs (Andrews)

Rebecca Andrews Jacobs (1646 - 1717) - Rebecca Andrews, daughter of Thomas Andrews (c1610 - 1647) and Rebecca Craddock Fox (1623 - 1698), was born 18 April 1646 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; she died insane in 1717.

She married (1) John Frost in 1666, (2) and George Jacobs, Jr. (1649 - 1717), son of George Jacobs, Sr. (c1612 - 1692) and his first wife (c1627 - before 1673), on 12 September 1674 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; they had six known children.

Marriages and Children

  1. John Frost, married 1666
  2. George Jacobs, Jr. on 12 September 1674 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
    1. Margaret Jacobs (born 26 November 1675 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    2. George Jacobs, III (born 29 July 1677 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    3. John Jacobs (born 18 September 1679 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    4. Jonathan Jacobs (born 29 July 1681 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    5. Mary Jacobs (born 20 May 1683 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    6. Joseph Jacobs (born 1690 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts)

Accused of Witchcraft

George Jacobs, Jr., his wife Rebecca, his father, and his daughter Margaret were all accused of witchcraft in May of 1692. George Jr. fled before he could be arrested, abandoning his wife and four children in spite of his wife's long-standing mental illness. When the constables seized his wife, the children were left behind. Those old enough to walk followed behind the carriage for some distance, crying. Neighbors eventually took responsibility for the children. Rebecca's mother, Rebecca Fox, wrote a heart-rending plea to the court asking them for her daughter's release, but it was ignored.

George's father was tried and convicted, and was executed on 19 August. It is not known when George Jr. returned to Salem, but his wife and daughter were not released from prison until January 1693, after at least eight months incarceration. Rebecca Jacobs was acquitted due to mental incompetence. She never regained her mental health, dying in 1717, insane.

Complaint v. Rebecca Jacobs and her arrest

Warrant for the Arrest of Rebecca Jacobs , Daniel Andrew , George Jacobs, Jr. , Sarah Buckley , Mary Witheridge

To the Constables in Salem

You are in theire Majests names hereby required to Apprehend and bring before us on Tuesday next being the seaventeenth day of this Instant moneth of May aboute ten of the Clock in the forenoon at the house of L't Natha[nbar ] ll Ingersons of Salem Village, Daniell Andrew of Salem Village Bricklayer. George Jacobs Jun'r of Salem Village husbandman And Rebecka Jacobs the wife of said George Jacobs and Sarah Buckley the wife of W'm Buckley of Salem Village Cord wayner, And Mary withridge the daugter of sayd Buckley. who all stand Charged in behalfe of theire Majesties with high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcrafts by them donne or Committed on the Bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams and Others of Salem Village (Lately) whereby hurt hath been donn them. And hereof you are not to faile

Dated Salem May the 14th. 1692

[signed] John. Hathorne, Assists

[signed] Jonathan. Corwin, Assists

Statement of Constable

In prosecution of this warant I have apprehended and brought the bodyes of Sarah Buckley and Marye Withredg and Rebekah Jacobs all of Salem velage according to the tener of the within written warrant: and have Likewise made delegant sarch at the house of Daniell Andrew and at the house of Georg Jacobs for them Likewise but cannot find them

[signed] Jonathan Putnam Constable in Salem

Indictment v. Rebecca Jacobs

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England

Anno R. Rs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c'a Quarto Anno'qe Domini 1692

The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe [Pbar ]sent That Rebeccah Jacobs of Salem Villadge in the County of Essex afors'd husbandman In the Yeare aforesaid in Salem Villadge in the County of Essex, afores'd. Wickedly and felloniously a Covenant with the Evill Spiritt the Devill did make Contrary to the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity, And the forme in the Stattute In that Case made and Provided Indictm't: Agst Rebeckah Jacobs for Covenanting with the Devil Igno Rama

Indictment v. Rebecca Jacobs

Essex in the Province of the Massachusett Bay in New England ss//

Anno R Rs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c'a Quarto Anno'qe Domini 1692

The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King and Queen doe present That Rebechah Jacobs Wife of Georg[e] Jacobs of Salem Village -- In the County of Essex aforesaid Husbandman upon the Eighteenth day of May -- In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries [Wicke]dly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practi[ced an]d Exercised At and in Salem Village -- Aforesaid in upon and against one Elizabeth Hobert of Salem -- aforesaid Single Woman -- by which said Wicked Acts the Said Eliz Hobart the day & yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented #[and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by [torn] said Rebeckah Jacobs -- Comitted and done before and Since that time] and against the peace of our Sov'r Lord & Lady theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme in the [Stattute] In that case made and Provided

Witnes [torn]

Eliz: Jo [torn]

Mary [torn]

Ann [torn]

Jurat in Curia

Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Rebecca Jacobs

The deposistion of Eliz Hubbred who testifieth and saith that one the begining of may 1692 I was afflected by Rebecah Jacobs the wife of George Jacobs but on the 18.th may 1692 being the day of hir examination I saw Rebekah Jacobs or hir Apperanc most greviously afflet mary walcott Abigail williams and Ann putnam: tho when she began to confes she left ofe hirting of us but severall times sence that she has most greviously affleted me and I beleve in my heart that Rebecka Jacobs is a wicth and that she has often affleted me and the afforesaid parsons by acts of wicthcraf.

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 Rebecc ah 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

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-------------------- Accused of witchcraft in Salem, 1692.

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Rebecca Jacobs's Timeline

1646
April 18, 1646
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1666
1666
Age 19
1667
November 19, 1667
Age 21
1669
December 3, 1669
Age 23
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1674
September 12, 1674
Age 28
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1675
November 26, 1675
Age 29
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1677
September 29, 1677
Age 31
Essex , Massachusetts, USA
1679
September 18, 1679
Age 33
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1681
July 29, 1681
Age 35
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1683
May 20, 1683
Age 37
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts