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Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register, Chapter 17: heresy and witchcraft. (search)
nter upon the general history of that tragedy; The mischief began at Salem in February; but it soon extended into various parts of the Colony. The conatgion, however, was principally the County of Essex. Before the close of September, nineteen persons were executed and one pressed to death, all of whom asserted their innocence.— Holmes' Amer. Annals, i. 438. but as one of the victims was a child of Cambridge, a brief notice of her case may be proper. Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Andrew, was born here, April 18, 1646, and married John Frost, June 26, 1666; he died in 1672, and she married George Jacobs, Jr., of Salem. The father of her second husband and her own daughter had already been imprisoned, and her husband had fled to escape a similar fate, when she was arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. She was long confined in prison, leaving four young children, one of them an infant, to the tender mercies of her neighbors. What made her case the more deplorable was, th