Rebecka Eames (Blake) (1641 - 1721) MP

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Nicknames: "Rebecca Ames", "Rebecka Eams"
Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Salem Witch- Pardoned
Managed by: Michael Foster
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About Rebecka Eames (Blake)

Rebekah was one of the woman accused of being a witch by her brother-in-law , Moses Tyler, during the mass hysteria that raged in Salem in this regard at the end of the 1600's. He eventually succeeded in getting 11 of his siblings family members convicted! These also include Rebekah's son, Daniel. She was condemned to be hanged but reprieved the day before by Governor Pitts. After her husbands death, she spent the rest of her life on Witchhaven Farm in Boxford. In 1710 she sent a letter to the courts asking that her name be "restored to its former purity" and for them to pay certain bills that she had due to her imprisonment. They did! The farm has a interesting name when seen the whole context ! The original handwritten version can be seen in my photo albums . Click on 'media' to read her and her son, Daniel's hearings.

Robert Sydney Blake

Children

  1. Hannah Eames, b 18 Dec 1661, d 8 Jul 1731, at Andover, Essex, Mass.
  2. Daniel Eames, b 7 Apr 1663, d aft 1695
  3. Robert Eames, b 28 Feb 1667/68, d aft 1698
  4. John Eames, b 11 Oct 1670, d 24 Jul 1726 at Groton, Middlesex, Mass.
  5. Dorothy Eames, b 20 Dec 1674
  6. Jacob Eames, b 20 Jul 1677, d aft 1700
  7. Joseph Eames, b 9 Oct 1681, d 27 Dec 1753 at Boxford, Essex, Mass
  8. Nathaniel Eames, b 19 Nov 1685, d 11 Jan 1765 at Boxford, Essex, Mass

more notes

ROBERT EAMES, an early inhabitant, probably came from Boxford, Eng. and resided near the Andover line. "He married, about 1660, Rebecca, eldest daughter of George Blake of Gloucester, who afterwards removed to Boxford, and became an early settler. She was rather of a loose character, and in 1692 was arrested as a witch, and condemned ; but was reprieved after seven months' imprisonment, and lived to be eighty-one years old, dying 8 May, 1721. She was imprisoned in August, 1692, reprieved in March, 1693; and her husband died 22 July following." - from Sidney Perley, History of Boxford.


Sources

from TORREY: AMES/EIMES/EAMES?, Robert (-1693) (ae 31 in 1671) & Rebecca [BLAKE] (-1691), dau George; by 1661, 1661; Andover {Boxford Hist. 30; R. Wheeler 49; Essex Ant. 3:88, 10:47; Ames (ms) 1; Reg. 6:206}

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Rebecka Eames's Timeline

1641
February 1, 1641
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
1661
1661
Age 19
Boxford, MA, USA
1661
Age 19
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
1663
April 7, 1663
Age 22
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
1666
February 28, 1666
Age 25
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
1670
October 11, 1670
Age 29
Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts
1674
December 20, 1674
Age 33
Suffolk, Massachusetts
1677
July 20, 1677
Age 36
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
1681
October 9, 1681
Age 40
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
1685
November 19, 1685
Age 44
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts