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Rachel Varney (abt. 1631-1707/8), Salem Witchcraft Survivor

This week, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Rachel Varney, born abt. 1631, probably in England, daughter of William Varney (abt. 1599-1653/4) and Bridget Deverell (abt. 1599-1672). Rachel seems to have had poor judgment regarding her choice of husbands, and married three times, the first two ending poorly (her first husband Thomas Cooke died likely as a result of drinking too much liquor and she divorced her second husband, Joseph Langton due to his abusive nature after he deserted her and her children). The relationship with her third husband, William Vinson of Gloucester was better, and he provided a prosperous home for Rachel and the children, but he died in 1690. Afterwards, Rachel narrowly escaped being part of the Salem Witch Trials and was released after the uproar died down. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)