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Rebecka Eames (Blake)

Also Known As: "Rebecca Ames", "Rebecka Eams"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: May 8, 1721 (80)
Witchhaven Farm, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Blake; George Blake; Dorothy Blake and Dorothy Blake
Wife of Robert Eames
Mother of Hannah Foster; Daniel Eames; Robert Eames; John Ames; Dorothy Eames and 3 others
Sister of Deborah Pemberton; Prudence Tyler; Elizabeth Perry; Mary Curtis; Thomas Blake and 1 other

Occupation: Salem Witch- Pardoned
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About Rebecka Eames

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 (ironicaly!) 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 'media' . Click on 'media' to read her and her son, Daniel's hearings.

Robert Sydney Blake


  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

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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.


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}


Rebecca Blake Eames was among those accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials of 1692.

Rebecca Eames was in the crowd at the August 19, 1692, hanging of witches in Salem when she was accused of causing a pinprick in the foot of another spectator. She was arrested. Eames later testified that the devil had appeared to her as a colt and had persuaded her to follow him. She testified that she had allowed her son Daniel (born 1663) to be baptized by the devil. She confessed to afflicting Timothy Swan.

She was examined again on August 31, 1692 by John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin. She repeated her confession and implication of her son Daniel as a wizard and her confession of afflicting Timothy Swan. She also implicated "Toothaker Widow" [Margaret Toothaker] and Abigail Faulkner as fellow witches.

Mary Walcott, Mary Warren and Ann Putnam Jr. gave testimony on September 15 that they had been afflicted by Rebecca Eames. She was tried and convicted on September 17, with nine others. They were all condemned to die. Four of those nine were executed on September 22. In October, the Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved. Rebecca Eames remained in Salem prison. On December 5, she submitted a petition to Governor Phips retracting her "false and untrue" confession, saying she had been "hurried out of my Senses" by Abigail Hobbs and Mary Lacey who had said she would be hanged if she did not confess. Her husband, Robert Eames, died on July 22, 1693, four months after his wife's release from prison.[1]

Life[edit] Born in February 1641 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, she married Robert Eames, an immigrant from England, in 1661 in Andover, Massachusetts. She died on May 8, 1721 in Boxford, Massachusetts.


Hannah Eames, b December 18, 1661, d July 8, 1731, at Andover, Essex, Mass. Daniel Eames, b April 7, 1663, d AFT 1695[2] Robert Eames, b February 28, 1667/68, d AFT 1698 John Eames, b October 11, 1670, d July 24, 1726 at Groton, Middlesex, Mass. Dorothy Eames, b December 20, 1674 Jacob Eames, b July 20, 1677, d AFT 1700 Joseph Eames, b October 9, 1681, d December 27, 1753 at Boxford, Essex, Mass Nathaniel Eames, b November 19, 1685, d January 11, 1765 at Boxford, Essex, Mass Further reading[edit] Upham, Charles (1980). Salem Witchcraft. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. v 2 pp. 324, 480[ISBN missing]

Rebecca Blake was born in 1641in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1661, she married Robert Eames who emigrated from England. They had eight children between 1661 and 1685.

The story of Rebecca being accused as a witch goes like this. She was in Salem on August 19, 1692 watching some of the witch hangings (five witches were hung on that day). While standing in the crowd, a woman standing next to Rebecca felt a pinprick in her foot. Rebecca was accused of causing this and arrested. Even more bizarrely, Rebecca was examined that same day and immediately confessed she was a witch. This included stating that she had allowed her son Daniel, born 1663, to be baptized by the devil. This was not so great for Daniel as he and his son were both accused. An August 31, she was examined for a second time, and this time expanded her confession to include naming several other witches. On September 17, 1692, Rebecca and nine others were condemned to die. Four of the accused from this group were executed just five days later. Luckily for Rebecca, the witch court (Court of Oyer and Terminer) was dissolved in October, 1692 before she could be executed. She did remain in Salem prison for a time. In December, 1692, she petitioned Governor Phips and recanted her confession. She stated that she had been pressured into confessing by two other witches who told her she would be hanged if she did not confess. She was released from prison in March, 1693. Her husband Robert stood by her during the trial. He was much affected by the stress of the trial and died July 22, 1693. Rebecca died May 8, 1721.

A notation on her death record states the following: Rebekah ["Condemed for a witch, received sentence of Death but was not executed."], May 8, 1721, in her 82d y.

Sources: Massachusetts Vital Records Project

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Rebecka Eames's Timeline

February 1, 1641
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
December 18, 1661
Age 20
Boxford, MA, USA
April 7, 1663
Age 22
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
February 28, 1666
Age 25
Andover, Essex County, MA, Colonial British America
October 11, 1670
Age 29
Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts
December 20, 1674
Age 33
Suffolk, Massachusetts
July 20, 1677
Age 36
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
October 9, 1681
Age 40
Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 19, 1685
Age 44
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts