Person:Rebecca Unknown (632)

Rebecca Unknown
Facts and Events
Name[4] Rebecca Unknown
Gender Female
Death[1][2] 26 Sep 1692 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States While imprisoned on charge of witchcraft
Residence? Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  1. Foster, F. Apthorp (ed.). Vital Records of Billerica, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908), p. 349.

    "CHAMBERLAINE... Rebecca [dup. Rebeckah Chamberlain], w. Will[ia]m Sr., Sept. 26, [16]92, in the prison at Cambridge."

  2. Hazen, Henry Allen. History of Billerica, Massachusetts, with a genealogical register. (Boston, Massachusetts: A. Williams, 1883), p. 23.

    "His wife's name was Rebecca. She died 'in the prison at Cambridge.' 1692, Sept. 26, possibly charged with witchcraft."

  3.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 1:354.

    "His w. Rebecca, mo. of the four last ch. perhaps of more, d. 26 Sept. 1692, in pris. on the preposter. charge of witchcrf."

  4. Chamberlain, George Walter. William Chamberlain of Billerica, Mass. and his descendants. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1987?), p. 96-100.

    [Note: a long discussion of Rebecca's name concludes she is the sister (per Sarah Shelley's will) of Sarah Shelley, who is apparently a widow, thus maiden name unknown. It further concludes that they may have had some relationship, possibly half-sister, to Capt. Isaac Addington, though there is no conclusive evidence of the exact relationship.]

  5.   John Farmer "Early History of Billerica" in referring to the death of Rebecca Chamberlain on 26 Sept 1692 said "She was probably a victim of the infatuation which prevailed at that time."
    No court records exist regarding a warrant for her arrest.