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View Tree for Rebecca BlakeRebecca Blake (b. Feb 1640/41, d. 08 May 1721)

Rebecca Blake (daughter of George Blake and Dorothy) was born Feb 1640/41 in Gloucester, Essex, MA, and died 08 May 1721 in Boxford, Essex, MA. She married Robert Eames on 1661 in Andover, Essex, MA.

 Includes NotesNotes for Rebecca Blake:
Tried and convicted of witchcraft at the Andover Witch Trials on September 17, 1692; later reprieved.

The Salem witchcraft papers : verbatim transcripts of the legal documents of the Salem witchcraft outbreak of 1692 / compiled and transcribed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, under the supervision of Archie N. Frost; edited and with an introduction and index by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum.

Rebecca Eames
(Mary Walcott, Mary Warren, and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Rebecca Eames)

Mary Walcott affirmed to the grand Inquest: that Rebecca Eames hath afflicted her at the time of her examination.
this she ownd: Sept 15: 1692
Mary Warren: & Ann Putnam: affirmed that Rebecca Eames: did afflict Mary Walcott at the time of her examination: this they owned Sept 15. 1692.
(On Reverse)
Sept 15 1692
Affirmation agt. Rebecca Eames of }
Mary Walcott
Mary Warren
Ann Putnam {

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts [1939 acquistion])

(Examination of Rebecca Eames and Mary Lacey Sr.)

Rebecca: Eames: examined. before Salem Majestrats: Aug'st 19: 1692 She owned she had bin in the snare a monthe: or 2: and had bin perswqded to it: 3 monthes: & that the devil: apeared to her like a colt. very ugly: the first: time: but she would not own: that she had bin baptized by him. She did not know but that the devil did perswade her: to renounce god & christ & folow his wicked wayes & that she did take his Counsell: and that she did afflict Timo: Swan: she did not know but that the devil might ask: her body & soul: & she knows not but that she did give him soul & body: after ward she s'd she did do itt & that she would for sake god & his works: and the devil promised her: to give her powr: to avenge her selfe on them that offended her afterward she s'd the devil apeared to her 7 year agoe: & that he had tempted her to ly and had made her to afflict persons but she could not tell their names that she first afflicted: Q who came w'th the devil when he made you a wittch A: a ragged girl: they came to gether and they perswaded me to afflict: & I afflicte mary warin & an other fayr face: it is abo't a quarter of a year agoe: I did it by sticking of pins. but did you afflict Swan: yes but I am sorry for it: Q where had you your spear A I had nothing but an all but was it with yo'r body or spirit you came to hurt these mayds: A with my spirit: Q but can you ask them forgivnes: A I wil fall down on my knees: to ask it: of them: She would not own: that she signd the devils book when he askd her body & soul: but he would have had her done it not. to a burch Rign: nor nothing: she s'd the devil was in the Shape of a hors when: he caried her to afflict: but would not own any body went with her to afflict but the afflicted s'd her son Dan'll went with her: to afflict:

Q did you not say: the Devil babtized yo'r son Daniell. A he told me so: but: did you not touch the book nor lay yo'r hand on book nor paper: A I layd my hand on nothing without it was a peice of board: and did you lay yo'r hand on the board when he bid you. A yes: mary Lascy: s'd she had given her son Dan'll to the devil; at 2 years old: & that her aperition told her so: but: she could not remember it: she was bid to take warin & lasy by the hand & beg forgivnes & did so: & they forgave her. she s'd if she had given her son Dan'll to the devil it was in an Angry fitt she did not know but she might do it nor I do not know he is a wich but I am afrayed he is: mary lascy saw her son Dan'll stand before her & s'd Dan'll bid his mother not confess he was a Wich: his mother: did not know she s'd but: she might se him for she saw a burlling: thing before her: Mary lascy s'd she had babtized her: son Dan'll & that she had bin babtized in five mile Pond: she s'd the reason she feared Dan'll was a witch: was because he used dredfull bad words when he was Angry: and bad wishes being asked: the #[s'd her] age of Dan'll: s'd he was 28 years old: she was told she had bin long a witch: then if she gave her son to the devil at 2 years old she woned she had bin discontented since she had bin in league: with the devil: she knew not but the devil migfht come once a day: lik a mous: or ratt: she s'd she knew Sarah parker but did not know her to be a wich: but she heard she had bin crosd in love & the devil had come to her & kisd her who was with you when you afflicted Swan: A no body but my son Dan'll he was there when I came: theether: she would have Dan'll perswaded to confes: but was told she were: best to perwade him becaus she knew him to be a wich: she was askt if she was at the execution: she was at the hous below: the hill: she saw a few folk: the woman of the hous had a pin stuck into her foot: but: she s'd she did not doe it: but how do you afflict: A I Consent to it: but have you bin a wich 26 years: A no I can remember but 7: years & have afflicted: about a quarter of a year: but: if you have bin a wich so long: why did you not afflict before seing you promised to serv the devil A: others: did not Afflict before: and the devil: did not require it: but: doth not the devil threaten: #[to tare] you #[in peices:] if you not do what he ses: A yes he thretens to tere me in peices but did you use: to goe to meeting on sabath dayes: yes: but not so often as I should have done: what shape did the devil Com in when you layd yo'r hand on the board: A. I cannot tell except it was a mous #[or rat] (Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 25)

(SECOND EXAMINATION OF REBECCA EAMES)
August 31't: 1692 present Jn'o Hathorne Jona't Corwin Esq'r

Rebeca Eames further acknowledgeth & declareth that she was baptized aboute three years agoe in five Mile pond and that her son Daniell was also then baptized by the Divell, and that her son Daniell hath benne a Wizard aboute thurteene Yeares and that [] Toothaker Widow, and Abigail faulkner are both Witches and that her son and both them have benne in Company with her in Andover affliteing of Timothy Swan and further Confirmes what she formerly acknowledged (viz) that she hath benne a wicth this 26 years and that the Divell then appeared to her in the likeness of a black man and she then gave herselfe she sayth soul and body to the Divell and promised to sarve & obey him and Keepe his ways and further declares that she did Then at the tyme signe to a paper the Divell then had that she would soe doe and sayth she made a Mark upon said paper with her finger, and the spott or Mark she made was black, and that she was then in such horror of Conscienc that she tooke a Rope to hang herselfe and a Razer to cutt her throate by Reason of her great sin in Committing adultery & by that the Divell Gained her he promiseing she should not be brought out or ever discovered.
the abovesaid Confession is the truth as wittnese my hand Rebecka Emes
(The mark of Rebecka Emes]
Rebecka. Emes. signed & owned the abovesaid Conffesion to be the truth before me *John Higginson Justice of peace. 15 Sep't 1692
(Essex Institute -- Fowler Papers)

(INDICTMENT V. REBECCA EAMES, NO. 1)
The Juriors for our Sov'r. Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe. present. That. Rebeckah Eames Wife of Robert Eames of Boxford in the County of Essex. aforesaid In the Yeare afores'd. and divers other dayes and times as well before as After Certaine detestable Arts Called witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and. in the Towne of Andivor in the County of Essex afores'd. in upon and against one. Timothy Swan afores'd. by which said wicked acts the Said Timothy Swan the day and yeare -- afores'd. and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and Is Tortured aflicted Consumed Wasted Pined and Tormented and also for Sundry Acts of Witchcraft by the said Rebeckah Eames Comitted and done. Before and Since that time against 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.
(Endorsement)
{Reverse} She acknowledged that she aflicted Timo. Swann. Indictm't agst Rebecka Eames for bewitching Timo Swan
Billa Vera
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 25)

(INDICTMENT V. REBECCA EAMES, NO. 2)
The Juriors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe present That Rebeckah Eames Wife of Robert Eames of Boxford in the County afores'd About Twenty six years past in the Towne of Boxford in the County aforesaid Wickedly & felloniously A Covenant with the evill Speritt the Devill did make in & by which Wicked Covenant Shee the said Rebeckah Eames hir Soule & body to the Devill did give & promised to serve & obey him & Keep his Wayes, Contrary to the Stattute Of the first yeare of the Reigne of King James the First in that Case made & provided And Against the peace of o'r Soveraigne Lord & Lasdy the King & Queen their Crowne & dignity Cogn.
{Reverse} Indictm't ag'st Rebecka Eames for Covenanting with the Devil Billa vera Cogn.
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 26)

(PETITION OF REBECCA EAMES)
The humble Petition of Rebecka Eames unto his Excellencye S'r. W'm: Phipps knight & Govern'r of their Majestyes Domionions in America humbly sheweth
That wheras your Poor and humble petitioner having been here closely confined in Salem prison neare four monthes and likewise Condemned to die for the cirme of witchcraft w'ch the Lord above he knowes I am altogether innocent and ignorant off as will appeare att the great day of Judgment having had no Evidences against me but the Sprectre Evidences and my owne confession w'ch the Lord above knowes was altogether false and untrue I being hrried out of my Senses by the Afflicted persons. Abigaill Hobbs and Mary Lacye who both of them cryed out against me charging me with witchcraft the space of four dayes mocking of me and spitting in my face saying they knew me to be an old witch and If I would not confesse it I should very Spedily be hanged for there was some such as my selfe gone before and it would not be long before I should follow them w'ch was the Occasion with my owne wicked heart of my saying what I did say: and the reason of my standing to my confession att my tryall was: That I know not one word w't I said upon my Tryall att what the honourd Majestr'ts said to me but only the Name of Queen Mary: But may it please yo'r Excellencye: when mr Matthew and mr Brattle were here in Salem they disowned w't they before had said against me and doe still owne and say w't they had sayd against me was Nothing but the Divellls delusions and they know nothing in the least measure of any witchcraft by me: your poor and humble petition'r doe begg and Implore of yo'r Excellencye to Take it into yo'r Pious and Judicious consideration To Graunt me A Pardon of my life Not deserving death by man for wichcraft or any other Sin That my Innocent blood may not be shed and your poor and humble petitioner shall for ever pray as she is bound in duty for yo'r health & happinesse in this life and eternall felicity in the world to come So prayes
Your poor and humble petition'r
*Rebecka: Eames
From Salem prison
Decem the 5th: 1692
(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Arcives Division)

REVERSAL OF ATTAINDER OCTOBER 17TH 1711.
Province of the Massachusetts Bay: Anno regni anna Regin' Decimo.
An Act to reverse the attainders of George Burroughs and others for Witchcraft

Forasmuch as in the year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred ninety two several Towns within this Province were Infested with a horrible Witchcraft or posession of devils: And at a Special Court of Oyer and Termina holden at Salem in the County of Essex in the same year 1692. George Burroughs of Wells. John Procter, George Jacobs, John Willard, Giles Core, and Martha his wife, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Good all of Salem aforesaid, Elizabeth How of Ipswich, Mary Eastey, Sarah Wild and Abigail Hobbs all of Topsfield, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post and Mary Lacey all of Andover, Mary Bradbury of Salisbury, and Dorcas Hoar of Beverley Were severally Indicted covnicted and attainted of Witchcraft, and some of them put to death. others lying still under the like sentance of the said Court and liable to have the same Executed upon them.

The Influence and Energy of the Evil Spirits so great at that time acting in and upon those who were the principal accusers and Witnesses proceeding so far as to cause a Prosecution to be had of persons of known and good reputation, which caused a great disatisfaction and a stop to be put thereunto until theire Majesty's pleasure should be known therein: And upon a Representation thereof accordingly made her late Majesty Queen Mary the second of blessed memory by Her Royal Letter given at her Court of Whitehall the fifteenth of April 1693. Was Graciosly pleased to approve the care and Circumspection therein; and to Will and require that in all proceedings agt persons accused for Witchcraft, or being possessed by the devil, the greatest Moderation and all due Circumspection be used, so far as the same may be without Impediment to the Ordinary course of Justice.

And some of the principal Accusers and Witnesses in those dark and severe prosecutions have since discovered themselves to be persons of profligate and vicious conversation.

Upon the humble Petition and suit of several of the sd persons and of the children of others of them whose Parents were Executed. Be it Declared and Enacted by his Excelency the Governor Councill and Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same That the several convictions Judgments and Attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Procter, George Jacobs, John Willard, Giles Core and Martha Core, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah Wild, Abigail Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury, and Dorcas Hoar, and every of them Be and hereby are reversed made and declared to be null and void to all Intents, Constructions and purposes whatsoever, as if no such convictions Judgements, or Attainders had ever been had or given. And that no penalties or fforfeitures of Goods or Chattels be by the said Judgments and attainders or either of them had or Incurred. Any Law Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. And that no Sheriffe, Constable Goaler or other officer shall be Liable to any prosecution in the Law for anything they then Legally did in the Execution of their respective offices.

Made and Pass'd by the Great and General Court or Assembly of Her majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England held at Boston the 17th day of October, 1711.

Whereas we the subscribers are Informed that His Excellency the Governour Honourable Council, and Generall assembly of this province have been pleased to hear our Supplication and answer our Prayer in passing an act in favour of us respecting our Reputations and Estates: Which we humbly and gratefully acknowledge.

And inasmuch as it would be Chargeble and Troublesome for all or many of us to goe to Boston on this affair: Wherefore we have and do Authorize and Request our Trusty Friend the Worshipfull Stephen Sewall Esq. To procure us a Coppy of the said act and to doe what my be further proper and necessary for the reception of what is allowed us and to take and receive the same for us and to Transact any other thing referring to the Premises on our Behalfe that may be requisite or Convenient. Essex. December 1771.

John Eames in behalfe of his mother Rebecca Eames; Abig'l Falkner; Samuel Preston on behalf of his wife Sarah Preston; Samuel Osgood on behalfe of his mother Mary Osgood; Nathaniel Dane; Joseph Wilson; Samuel Wardwell; John Wright; Ebenezer Barker; Francis Johnson on behalf of his mother Brother & sister Elizabeth; Joseph Emerson on behalf of his wife Martha Emerson of Hauerhill; Ephraim Willds; John Moulton on behalfe of his wife Elizabeth, the daughter of Giles Coree who suferd; Robert pease on behalfe of his wife; Annies King on behalf of her mother; Charles Burrough eldest son; John Barker; Lawrence Lacy; Abraham Foster; John Parker, Joseph Parker {ye sons of Mary Parker deceased]; John Marston; Thomas Carrier; John Frie; Mary Post; John Johnson in behalf of his mother Rebecca Johnson & his sister; William Barker senr; Gorge Jacob on behalfe of his father who suffered; Thorndik Procter on behalfe of his father John Procter who suffered; Beniamin Procter son of the abouesd; Doarcas hoare; willem town; Samuel nurs; Jacob estei
Edward Bishop By his Excellency the Gouernor

Whereas ye Generall Assembly in their last session accepted ye report of their committe appointed to consider of ye Damages sustained by Sundry persons prosecuted for witchcraft in ye year 1692 vizt
To Elizabeth How...12 lbs; George Jacobs...79 lbs.; Mary Eastey...20 lbs.; Mary Parker...8 lbs.; George Burroughs...50 lbs.; Giles Cory & wife...21 lbs.; Rebeccah Nurse...25 lbs.; John Willard...20 lbs.; Sarah Good...30 lbs.; Martha Carrier...7 lbs. 6 s.; Samuel Wardwell & wife...36 lbs. 15 s.; John procter and wife...150 lbs. 1s.; Sarah Wild...14 lbs.; Mary Bradbury...20 lbs.; Abigail Faulkner...20 lbs.; Abigail Hobbs...6lbs. 10s.; Rebeccah Eames...10 lbs.; Dorcas Hoar...8 lbs. 14s.; Mary Lacey...8 lbs. 10s.

The whole amounting vnto Five hundred seventy eight poundes and Twelve shillings.

J doe by & with the advice and consent of her Majtys council hereby order you to pay ye above sum of fiue hundred seventy eight poundes & twelve shillings to Stephen Sewall Esqr who together with ye gentlemen of ye Comitte that Estimated and Reported ye said damages are desired & directed to distribute ye same in proportion as aboue to such of ye said persons as are Liuing and to those that legally represent them that are dead according as ye law directs and for which this shall be your Warrant.
Given under my hand at Boston the 17 Day of December 1711
J. Dudley

To Mr Treasurer Taylor By order of ye Gouernor & Council Jsa Addington Secrty.
Whereas His Excellency the Governor and Generall court haue been pleased to grant to ye persons who were sufferers in ye year 1692 some considerable alowance towards restitution with respect to what they suffered in their Estates at that Sorrowfull time and jaue alsoe appointed a Comitte viz. John Appleton Esqr Thomas Noyes Esqr John Burrel Esqr Nehemiah Jewet Esq. & Stephen Sewall to distribute ye Same to and amongst ye parties concern'd as in & by ye records and Court orders May apear. Now Know yee that wee Subscribers herevnto being Either ye proper parties or such as represent them or have full pwoer & authority from them to Receiue their parts and shares of ye money aforesd and such of vs as haue orders from some of ye parties concerned to receive their parts and shares doe avouch them to be real and good so that for whomsoever wee take vpon us to receive any such sum we doe oblige ourselves to Idemnify ye said Comitte to all Jntents constructions & purposes, wee say Recieved this 19th day of February anno Domi 1711-12 & in ye Tenth year of...from the Topsfield Historical Collections Volume 11, p. 285-290.

More About Rebecca Blake and Robert Eames:
Marriage: 1661, Andover, Essex, MA.

Children of Rebecca Blake and Robert Eames are:
  1. +Hannah Eames, b. 18 Dec 16611, d. 08 Jul 17312.
  2. Daniel Eames, b. 07 Apr 1663, d. date unknown.
  3. Robert Eames, b. 28 Feb 1666/67, d. date unknown.
  4. John Eames, b. 11 Oct 1670, d. date unknown.
  5. Dorothy Eames, b. 20 Dec 1674, d. date unknown.
  6. Jacob Eames, b. 20 Jul 1677, d. date unknown.
  7. Joseph Eames, b. 09 Oct 1681, d. date unknown.
  8. Nathan Eames, b. 19 Nov 1685, d. date unknown.
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