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The Salem Witch Trials June 12, 2017

Filed under: Salem Massachusetts,Salem Witch Trials — Janet @ 2:08 am

six women of salem   This is my current reading.  Upon further investigation I’m not sure that this would have been my first choice of books to read on this topic.  But I’m half way through and I’ll plod on.


9x Great Uncle Reverend Francis Dane March 7, 2017

Reverend Francis Dane  Reverend Francis Dane who opposed the Salem Witch Trials.  He was my 9X Great Uncle.


Messages For Current Times February 4, 2017

img_2310  Reading this book made me think of parallels in the McCarthy era in the 1950’s and now sadly the new administration headed by Donald Trump.  Highly recommended reading.

(One of my ancestors, Rebecca Nurse, was falsely accused and hanged in Salem in 1692)

On the news today I heard that a former Head of State in Norway was formally held and questioned yesterday when he tried to enter the U.S.  He was traveling on his diplomatic passport and the immigration officials felt he was a threat because he had visited Iran at some point in the past.


My 8X Great Grandmother = Hanged As A Witch January 26, 2016

It is rather a shattering discovery regarding one of my ancestors my 8X Great Grandmother.

Francis Nurse          Documentation f nourse


Nourse Family



Rebecca Nurse Homestead Danvers 149 PineSt       Rebecca Nurse home             Rebecca Nurse marker?

Rebecca Town 0001


Was My Ancestor A Witch? January 25, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Salem Witch Trials — Janet @ 8:00 pm

I am trying to sort out whether it was my ancestor who was convicted and executed as a witch.  Of course with hindsight we can determine that none of the convicted women were guilty as charged but they were unfortunate victims of their place in time and history.

One of my ancestors was Rebecca Nurse.  Now a Rebecca Nurse was tried and convicted and executed as such.   But was the convicted woman not to be mixed up with my ancestor of the same name.  That is a puzzle I am trying to sort out.


Parson Capen House January 21, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Historic Houses,Salem Witch Trials — Janet @ 5:32 pm

Parson Capen HouseAn Historic House in Topsfield Massachusetts       The Parson Capen House      Think of the Salem Witch Trials