Great Yarmouth, St. Nicholas
Great Yarmouth, St. Nicholas


July 19 is declared Rebecca Nurse Day in Massachusetts!

Governor Charlie Baker, has named July 19 2017 as "Rebecca Nurse Day" in Massachusetts. The proclamation was read aloud at the Rebecca Nurse Commemoration Ceremony at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead on July 19th. July 19th marks the 325th anniversary of the hanging death of one of our three Towne ancestors involved in the trials, Rebecca (Towne) Nurse. Two events took place on that day which were of interest to TFA members and which received extensive local coverage in the media.In Salem at noon, there was a dedication ceremony for the Proctor's Ledge Memorial. TFA President, Gail Garda was one of the speakers. Later that same day, the Danvers Alarm List Company hosted a special commemoration of Rebecca's execution in the Meeting House at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers.


Welcome to the Towne Family Association, Inc. site, dedicated to the descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, who were married at St. Nicholas Church on April 25, 1620. Six of their children, Rebecca, John, Susan, Edmund, Jacob, and Mary were baptized there. After emigrating to Salem MA, two additional children, Joseph and Sarah were born. Rebecca (Nurse), Mary (Esty) and Sarah (Bridges Cloyse) were victims of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692. A plaque commemorating this family, donated by TFA hangs in St. Nicholas Church.

TFA members Helen Shaw and Barbara Hanno were interviewed as they represented TFA at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference Society Fair in Springfield, Massachusetts in April. Watch them on youtube!


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