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George Jacobs, Jr.

Also Known As: "Salem Witch"
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: 1717 (68)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts (Escaped from Salem.)
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of George Jacobs, Salem Witch Trial and First Wife of George Jacobs
Husband of Rebecca Jacobs
Father of Margaret Foster; George Jacobs, III; Jonathan Jacobs; Jonathan Jacobs; Mary Jacobs and 2 others
Brother of Mary Jacobs and Ann Andrews

Managed by: Joe Fitzgerald
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About George Jacobs, Jr.

George Jacobs, Jr. (1649 - 1717) - George Jr., son of George Jacobs, Sr. (c1612 - 1692) and his first wife (c1627 - before 1673), was born in 1649 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; he died in 1717 at the age of 68 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married Rebecca Andrews, daughter of Thomas Andrews (c1610 - 1647) and Rebecca Craddock Fox (1623 - 1698) on 12 September 1674 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; they had six known children.

Marriage and Children

George Jacobs, Jr. married Rebecca Andrews (18 April 1646 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts - 1717 Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts), married 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 and eldest daughter, the other children were left behind, including the unweaned child about two years of age) . Those old enough to walk followed behind the carriage for some distance, crying. Neighbors eventually took responsibility for caring for the children.

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 or February 1693, after at least eight months incarceration. Rebecca Andrews Jacobs died insane.

Complaint v. George Jacobs Jr and his arrest

Salem. May the 14th. 1692.

Lt Nathaniell Ingersall and Serjt Thomas putnam, yeomen both of Salem Village personally appeared before us and made Complaint in behalfe of theire Majests against Daniell Andrew of Salem Village Bricklayer. George Jacobs jun'r of Salem Village husbandman, and Jacobs the wife of Said George Jacobs , Buckley the wife of W'm Buckley of Salem Village Cordwayner. and Mary Withridge of Salem Village daugter of Said Buckley Hart the wife of Isaac Hart of Lyn husbandman Thomas farrer sen'r of Lyn.hubandman. Elizabeth Colson of Reding single Woman, And Bethya Carter of Ouburne daugter of Widdow Carter of s'd Towne. for high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft by them Committed or donne lately on the body of Ann puttnam Marcy Lewis Mary Walcot And Abigail Williams & others of Salem Village, whereby much hurt is donne to their bodyes, therefore Craves Justice.

[signed] Nathaniel Ingersoll.

[signed] Thomas putnam

Warrant for Arrest of Daniel Andrew and George Jacobs, Jr.

To the Marshall Generall or Lawfull dept of Constables in Boston or eles where.

You are in theire Majests names hereby required to apprehend forthwith; or as soon as may be, Daniell Andrew And George Jacobs both of Salem Village, who Stand charged with high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft by them donne or Committed on the bodys of Mary Walot Abigail Williams Mary Lewis and Others of Salem Village Lately: where by great hurt & dammage hath been donn them. Contrary to the Laws of theire Majests who being found you are to convey unto Salem & Deliver them unto Authority in order to theire Examination Relating to the Premises and hereof are not to faile

Dated Salem May. 17th 1692

[signed] John Hathorne ] By order of the Governour

[signed] Jonathan. Corwin ] By order of the Governour

Sources and Further Information

  • Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum. Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, 1974.
  • Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum. The Salem Witchcraft Papers, 1977.
  • Buckstad, Kristin. Salem Witch Trials: George Jacobs, Sr., Undergraduate essay, Salem Witch Trials in History and Literature, University of Virginia. 2001.
  • Burns, M. The Salem Witchcraft Papers. A Guide to the Online Primary Sources of the Salem Witch Trials. 17th Century U.S., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. This page links the entries in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, Bernard Rosenthal, General Editor (Cambridge University Press, 2009), with the publicly available facsimiles online of the manuscripts and published sources from which they were transcribed.
  • Endicott, C.M. "Minutes for a Genealogy of George Jacobs, Senior, of Salem Village..." Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Vol I, p. 52-55.
  • Fowler, Samuel P. Salem Witchcraft; Comprising More Wonders of the Invisible World. Salem, MA: H.P. Ives and A.A. Smith, 1861. Print.
  • Greene, David L. "Salem Witches II: George Jacobs". The American Genealogist, Vol 58:2. April 1982.
  • Hill, Frances. The Salem Witch Trials Reader. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2000. Print.
  • Karlson, Carol. F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England, 1998.
  • Linder, Douglas O. An Account of the Events in Salem. The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Sept. 2009. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.
  • Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, Kory L. Witches in Colonial America. ProGenealogists., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.
  • Odrowaz-Sypniewski, BFA, Margaret. [ The Salem Witch Trials]. Salem Trials. Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski, BFA, 9 Sept. 2005. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.
  • Perley, Sidney. The History of Salem, Massachusetts, Vol.III. 1924.
  • Ray, Benjamin, and University of Virginia. Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive. Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive. University of Virginia; Scholar's Lab of the University of Virginia Library; Intitute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, 2002. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.
  • Rosenthal, Bernard. Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692, 1993.
  • Salem Town Records, Volume II, page 269. "Pasture of the Northfield Men. This tract of common land was leased for one thousand years to John Green, John Leach (son of Richard Leach) and John Bachilder, all of Salem, Feb. 1, 1677." John Tompkins, John Waters, Sr., John Foster and George Jacobs, all of Salem, husbandmen, appear to have been the owners in 1677. Though it is probable that some division of this tract of land was made in fact, a legal partition was not made until March 2, 1707, when John Leach, Samuel Leach, John Batchelder, Jonathan Batchelder, Josiah Batchelder, John Foster, John Waters, Richard Waters, Nathaniel Tompkins, Joseph Jacobs (in behalf of his father George Jacobs) and Samuel Foster agreed to divide it. This was done27 March 1708.
  • Upham, Charles Wentworth. Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II. Cirencester, Eng.: Echo Library, 2005. Print.
  • Woodward, W. Elliot. Records of Salem Witchcraft, Copied from the Original Documents. Whitefish, Mt: Kessinger, 2007. Print.


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George Jacobs, Jr.'s Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 26, 1675
Age 26
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
September 29, 1677
Age 28
Essex , Massachusetts, United States
September 18, 1679
Age 30
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
July 29, 1681
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
May 20, 1683
Age 34
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 41
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 41
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 68
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts